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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.

Why is D2L making the change? What are the benefits?

  • Less Disruptive : The primary benefit of the Continuous Delivery process is the shift from larger, disruptive, annual upgrades to smaller and more easily integrated changes. To further ensure that this process minimizes client and end user disruption, D2L will provide release documentation and other resources to support the adoption of changes.
  • More User-centric : Continuous Delivery makes it possible to adapt software more closely in line with user feedback. Frequent feedback loops mean that it is possible to incorporate that feedback directly into the build and affect the relevance, quality, and successful adoption of the product. Developers will grow closer to our clients and users, enhancing their understanding of what users really need.
  • Reliability and Stability : Continuous Delivery enables increased reliability and stability due to the frequency of releases. Making changes in small increments substantially reduces the potential risk of problems occurring. Minimizing larger changes also makes it substantially easier to find and fix problems if they do occur - ensuring they have minimal impact on the user. One single code-line of work ensures issues are resolved more rapidly and completely, eliminating the potential difficulty incurred by lagging versions.
  • Increased Speed : The Continuous Delivery model will speed up the whole upgrade process. Test, support, development, and operations will work with each other as one team, in turn increasing the speed of delivery. Automating the release process leads to greater speed and efficiency, saving developers time that can in turn be spent creating features that deliver better business value to clients.
  • Better Quality : Better quality products result from frequent user feedback, earlier releases, increased customer focus, and one single code-line for development. These factors combine to improve speed to market, innovation, and reliability.
  • Better User Experience : Ensuring clients have the latest software makes them better able to deliver the best possible experience to their users.

These updates will occur during the regular maintenance period every 3rd Friday of the month. On the Wednesday prior to the update, you can expect to see announcements from eLearning informing faculty and staff 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 and 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: 10.6.3 September 2016 & 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.

Previous 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.