mycourselink Updates

mycourselink - Updates

Updates and/or new features and functionalities are applied to the mycourselink environment at the end of each month as part of the Continuous Delivery design model. Highlights that will affect mycourselink are listed on this page.

The full list of updates can be found on The Brightspace Community Site. Please note this site will list updates for tools that Lakehead may not have or could be enabled at a later date.

If you have any questions, please contact us at mycourselink@lakeheadu.ca

mycourselink Update - Aug 15, 2018

The quiz question creation screens have been improved to streamline the experience so that getting started is immediately clear for new users, while at the same time respecting/supporting the workflows of avid users. By default, each question creation screen will only display the options that are commonly used. If there is an option missing from this screen, you can find it by clicking Options near the top of the page.

Below is a screenshot showing the new interface for creating a Multiple Choice question:

A screenshot showing the new interface when creating a Multiple Choice question

Note that some question type types will still use the old interface. They will be updated as well in the coming months.

mycourselink Update - July 27, 2018

Assignments - New Text Submission type and workflow

Instructors can now create Text Submission assignment types in Brightspace Learning Environment. The new Text Submission type allows learners to create text documents for submission directly in Assignments using a rich text editor, eliminating the need to attach a file. Previously, learners had to create documents outside of Brightspace Learning Environment, then add them as attachments to their submissions within Assignments. This feature enables learners to work directly within Brightspace Learning Environment, allowing for a simpler workflow and standard file type submissions.

Brightspace Daylight Experience - Improved widget style for homepages

System and custom widgets now display more prominently against homepage backgrounds. The new widget container style appears by default for both system and custom widgets.

mycourselink Update - June 29, 2018

Assignment Grader - Assignment submission can now be annotated without EduDentity credentials

Instructors that use Assignment Grader are no longer required to log in using EduDentity in order to annotate non-PDF assignment submissions. Instructors can now log in using their Brightspace credentials and have the same functionality as they have had in EduDentity.

Grades – Linked discussion threads are now available

When assessing a discussion post in the Assess Post pop-up, an instructor can now see a link to the original discussion post. This allows instructors to see more information about why the user posted that reply, or what other learners replied to their post. Previously, there was no hyperlink, and instructors had to open Discussions and manually find the information.

mycourselink Update - May 24, 2018

Grades - Locked Name column and header row

This Daylight-only feature introduces the locked Name column and header row in the following pages within Grades, so that instructors can 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
  • Final Grades

The existing solution that repeats the Name column and header row every x columns / rows is only available on legacy web browsers (Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge). The new locked Name column / header row is present on Chrome, Firefox, and Safari web browsers and is not present on Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge web browsers. The locked Name column /header row will not be active when using a small screen space such as a mobile device.