Monthly What's New

What is Continuous Delivery?

Continuous Delivery is a design practice used in software development to automate and improve the process of software delivery. D2L has implemented a Continuous Delivery practice for Brightspace, and BlazeVIEW and GoVIEW Continuous Delivery updates will begin March 2016. The Continuous Delivery model replaces the current system of “Big Bang releases” (large updates released once a year) with regular monthly updates allowing for incremental and easily integrated changes. Starting in March 2016, USG-hosted universities will always be on latest version of D2L Brightspace minus one month. 

These updates will occur during the regular maintenance period every 3rd Friday of the month. You can expect to see announcements from eLearning informing those users impacted of what the update will contain. Workshops will be made available, as needed, to review the changes. In addition, this page will be updated with that same information as well as additional resources explaining the changes such as videos and/or written tutorials. 

These will remain on the webpage for archival purposes. If you ever miss an update or need to quickly access update information, you can simply revisit this page.

Latest Update: 10.7.0 June 2017 & Pause continued

While this is a new update for the system, the USG has not yet taken us off of the Monthly Update pause.  After this update in June, and another update in July, the pause will go back into effect.  It is not known yet when the next update will occur after the July update, but eLearning will send announcements and update this "What's New" page when we learn more. 

The update to 10.7.0 contains updates of 10.6.3 through 10.7.0, as such it contains multiple small updates to tools on the Instructor side in BlazeVIEW as listed below.  These changes were all additions to existing functionality and not changes to existing tools or uses.  See below for the highlights of the changes that come with 10.7.0.  Full release note can be found here.

Quizzes

  • Instructions can now set a different number of quiz attempts for a student when granting “Special Access”.  This will enable the instructor to give individual students an additional attempt if needed.  This option will now appear when setting up “Special Access” on a quiz.

Gradebook

  • Instructors can now use an new feature called “Exemption” when grading from the gradebook. Previously, a blank grade could mean the learner hasn’t submitted the item, and a zero (0) could mean either exempt, ungraded, or a failing grade. Having a specific “Exemption” setting supports the differentiation for learners and ensures accurate communication of grades. Instructors can now exempt numeric grades in the grade book with this feature.

    To learn more about this feature you can watch a video of the new Exemption option here.

    To exempt a student from a grade you would follow these steps.

    • Go to the course gradebook
    • Go to “Enter grades”
    • Click the down arrow and choose “Grade All” on the grade you wish to exempt students from
    • Check the box(s) next to the student(s) that you want to exempt.
    • Click the “Exempt” button at the top of the list of students.  This will put the word “Exempt” under the grade Scheme and remove the option to add a grade.
    • Click Save when you are done.
    • If you ever need to Uneexempt a student, simply repeat this process and click the “Unexempt” button instead of the “Exempt” button.

  • There is a new Gradebook setting to automatically release the final grade.  You can check a box in the gradebook settings area to “Automatically release final grade”.   When checked, the system automatically marks the final grade as released. The system does this at the time the final grade is saved for the user. If this option is not checked, you must manually release users' final grades as normal.

Intelligent Agents

  • There is no longer a 4000-character limit on email text from Intelligent Agents. The email text used when creating an Intelligent Agent is now unlimited.

  • Instructors can now copy Intelligent Agents within the same course from a new option in the drop down menu item (down arrow) for each agent listed in the Agent List. The copy is called "Copy of <name>" and is turned off by default to allow for further editing before being used.

  • A new history page allows instructors creating Intelligent Agents to see each time the agent runs, which users it identifies, what emails have been sent, and details on any errors that occurred during the agent run. You can view this page by clicking View History on drop down menu item (down arrow) for each Intelligent Agent. You can also view the history of the most recently executed run directly from Results of Last Run in the agent list. This lists how many users were identified, and/or error information.

Previous Updates

September 2016 - 10.6.3 & Pause

The update occured, but with the 10.6.3 update, no major changes for Instructor or Students were detected.  Changes included a number of fixes as well as adjustments to areas of BlazeVIEW not currently used by Instructor or Students.  Full release note can be found here.

In addition to this update, the USG has initated a pause on updates. 10.6.3 will be the last updated version of D2L until such time as the pause is lifted.  More information will be posted as it is recieved from the USG reguariding future updates.

August 2016- 10.6.2

The update to 10.6.2 contains only minor changes to the Instructor side in BlazeVIEW and no changes to the student side were detected.  The main change instructors may notice is the addition of a new  "Enrollment Type" option in the Groups tool.  In the Groups tool, instructors will now see an option called "single user, member-specific groups" when making a group.  Choosing to make a group with this option will result in creating a group for every student in the course and adding them to their individual groups.  Groups are named with the first and last name of the students automatically and any new students who are added to the class with have a group automatically created for them. Full release note can be found here.

July 2016- 10.6.1

The update occured, but with the 10.6.1 update, no changes for Instructor or Students were detected.  Changes included a number of fixes as well as adjustments to areas of BlazeVIEW not currently used by Instructor or Students.  Full release note can be found here.

June 2016- 10.6.0

The update occured, but with the 10.6.0 update, no changes for Instructor or Students were detected.  Changes included a number of fixes as well as adjustments to areas of BlazeVIEW not currently used by Instructor or Students.  Full release note can be found here.

May 2016- 10.5.7

The update occured, but with the 10.5.7 update, no changes for Instructor or Students were detected.  Changes included a number of fixes as well as adjustments to areas of BlazeVIEW not currently used by Instructor or Students. Full release note can be found here.

April 2016-10.5.6:
The update to 10.5.6 contains only minor changes to the Instructor side in BlazeVIEW and no changes to the student side were detected.  The main change instructors may notice is the addition of "NOT" options for restrictions.  This provides additional restriction capabilities for instructors to use based on actions that have not been take by the student role.  See below for training materials concerning this new feature.  Full release note can be found here.

Tutorial on "Not" Restrictions

March 2016- 10.5.5:
The update occured, but with the 10.5.5 update, no changes for Instructor or Students were detected.  Changes included a number of fixes as well as adjustments to areas of BlazeVIEW not currently used by Instructor or Students. Full release note can be found here.