What’s New in D2L for Instructors?

MSU upgraded D2L from version 10.7.11 to 10.0.0 on April 26, 2018. Future upgrades will occur on a monthly basis for hosted institutions. The current version is 10.8.0.

To see what the current version is at any given time, go to d2l.msu.edu, click on the “Admin Tools” icon (top right corner), select View Product Versions, and note the version listed under “Learning Environment.” The items below indicate new features and changes since the last version. For full details on version updates, see the Release Notes on the Brightspace Community site. Sign up or login using your msu.edu email address for access to additional resources.

New features (10.7.1 – 10.8.0):

  1. (10.7.1)Discussions - Instructors can post to all groups at once: Instructors can now post a discussion thread to all associated groups/sections from a group discussion topic.

  2. (10.7.1)Virtual Classrooms - New HTML5 client available: Instructors can now use the HTML5 version of the Virtual Classroom client in addition to the existing Flash version of the client.

  3. (10.7.2) Grades - Grade exports include all group and section enrollments: When exporting grades from the grade book, under User Details, there is a new option to include group and section membership information for each user.

  4. (10.7.3) HTML Editor - Unsaved changes prompt: In the HTML Editor tool, when you make content changes and attempt to navigate away or close the browser or tab without saving your changes, a message prompts you to discard your changes or resume editing.

  5. (10.7.3) Quizzes - Shuffle questions tool: To discourage cheating in quizzes, instructors can now shuffle the order of all questions in quizzes or specific groups of questions (sections) in quizzes.

  6. (10.7.5) Assignments - Additional attachment types available for assignment submission folders: Links, Existing Activities, and Google Drive files can now be added to assignment submission folders as attachments.

  7. (10.7.5) Lessons - Instructors can create topics by adding a link: This feature enables instructors to create new topics in Lessons by adding a URL.

  8. (10.7.5) Virtual Classrooms - iOS native application available: An iOS native application is now available for Virtual Classrooms to allow participants to join meetings from iOS devices.

  9. (10.7.6) Content & HTML Editor - Google Drive and OneDrive integration: In Content, Google Drive and One Drive options can be added to the Existing Activities menu. The quicklinks picker in the HTML Editor can also include Google Drive and One Drive options.

  10. (10.7.6) Lessons - Linking options available: When browsing in Lessons, a unique URL is assigned to each unit, module, topic, and lesson. This allows instructors to link to a specific location in Lessons without learners having to navigate to the item manually.

  11. (10.7.6) Lessons - Create, edit, and delete documents from the HTML editor: The option to create a new document is available when adding materials to Lessons. Instructors can create HTML documents with the HTML editor and all its familiar features. Instructors can also edit and delete existing HTML documents that have been added to Lessons.

  12. (10.7.8) Assignments - OneDrive Integration: Instructors can now attach an item directly from OneDrive to an Assignment Submissions folder.

  13. (10.7.9) Intelligent Agents - Links to Intelligent Agents: This update introduces a system navbar link to the existing Agent List page that users can add to their navbars in addition to a link to the Intelligent Agents tool from the Class Progress tool.

  14. (10.7.9) Question Library - New Question Import Workflows: This update adds new ways for instructors to search the Question Library when adding questions to a quiz. Using a slide in panel featuring the questions in a tree structure enables easy navigation of questions to be added to quizzes. The ability to sort questions by their source collection, question type, points value, and question text has also been added.

  15. (10.7.9) Brightspace Learning Environment - Private file indicator for Google Drive materials: When instructors add private files from a Google Drive account to Brightspace Learning Environment, they are notified if the file is private and are given the option to change permissions so that anyone with the link can view the file.

  16. (10.7.10)Quizzes - Due Dates Available: Due dates are now available for quizzes. This allows instructors to better communicate when quizzes are due, and better identify when a learner submits a quiz late. A quiz will now be considered late when it is submitted after the due date is reached.

  17. (10.7.10)Exemptions - Additional launch points: Instructors may now launch the Manage Exemptions page from a variety of tools, including the Assignments tool, Discussions tool, and Quizzes tool.

  18. (10.7.10)Quicklinks – Self-Enrollment groups link: Instructors can now insert a Quicklink to self-enrolling groups. This update provides learners a direct path to sign up for their group and a new Group Self-Enrollment screen.

  19. (10.7.11)Quizzes - LaTeX editor added to the HTML Editor: The previously unavailable LaTeX editor has been added to the new quizzing experience.

  20. (10.7.11)Quizzes - New user interface for creating sections: A new, simpler UI has been introduced for creating sections in a quiz. The new UI includes a preview of the quiz section. Additionally, the Section Title and Section Text are now visible to learners by default but can be hidden.

  21. (10.8.0)Grades - Adding feedback in bulk: This feature enables instructors to add generic feedback on learners' grades in bulk. Instructors can also sort the Feedback column in the Gradebook and quickly determine which learners need feedback.

  22. (10.8.0)Groups and Sections - Create sub-groups from sections and group: Users can now create sub-groups, based on Section or Group enrollment, within the Groups tool. When creating a new Group category, the Restrict Enrollments To option allows the user to restrict Group enrollment by course sections and all course-level groups.
  23. (10.8.0)Manage Dates - Improvements to the Manage Dates tool: This feature includes the following improvements to the Manage Dates tool:

    • Dates will now display for Quiz Submission view names and dates, Quiz report names and dates, Topic unlock dates, Forum unlock dates, Checklists, and Surveys.

    • The Status options have been updated from "Hidden","Limited", and "Visible" to "Hidden", "Visible", "Visible with conditions", and "Hidden. Conditions are inactive".

    • "Grade Object" now reads as "Grade Item" or "Grade Category".

    • "Topic" reads as "Content Topic".

    • From the manage dates page, instructors can now edit, offset, and bulk offset the start, end, and display in calendar options for surveys.

Changes to existing features / Fixed Issues (10.7.1 – 10.8.0):

  1. (10.7.1) HTML Editor - Improved paste functionality for quizzes: Administrators and instructors can now copy content from external sources such as Word or HTML and paste it as answer or question content in a quiz, while retaining all the formatting and images from the source.

  2. (10.7.4) Assignments - Instructors can now set the visibility state for Assignment content: Instructors can now set the visibility state for draft content within assignment submission folders in Content and Assignments.

  3. (10.7.5) Question Library - Import workflow changes: Instructors can now complete file uploads without leaving the Question Library, Survey, Self-Assessment, or Quiz creation workflow.

  4. (10.7.7) Assignments - Rubric Visibility:Rubrics are now positioned at the beginning of the assessment portion for an assignment. Previously, rubrics appeared below the Learning Objectives as part of a large list of rubric links.

  5. (10.7.9)Exemptions - Improvements: This update introduces an Exemptions Log Data Set and also introduces an option on the View Statistics page that allows instructors to either include or exclude exempted users in quiz statistics.

  6. (10.7.9) Quizzes - Removal of confirmation buttons to start and submit a quiz: This update alters the quizzing experience and now when learners click Start on the quiz instruction screen, they are taken directly to the quiz and do not have to click OK to commence the quiz. When learners complete the quiz and click Go to Submit Quiz, they are taken to the Quiz Submission Confirmation screen where they can either submit the quiz or return to one of the quiz questions using the Quiz Info menu.

  7. (10.7.10)HTML Editor – Advanced image editing: The HTML Editor has been updated to include expanded image editing capabilities. Users can now edit images in place (flipping, rotating, and adjusting brightness, sharpness, and color), edit the image description, and edit the size of the image.

Coming Soon (10.8.1):

    1. (10.8.1)Grades - Locked Name column and header row: This feature introduces the locked Name column and header row in the following pages in the grades tool, so that instructors may scroll through user grades without losing the context for which and whose grades they are looking at: Standard View, Spreadsheet View, Grade Category, Grade Individual Item, and Final Grades.
    2. (10.8.1)Quizzes - Imported quizzes are set as inactive: When quizzes are imported into a course, their status is set to inactive by default. This limits learner visibility of newly imported quizzes that instructors may not want students to access immediately.