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 - Oct 26, 2018

Quizzes - Auto-save during quiz taking

Learners' quiz responses are now automatically saved during the quiz taking process. For forced response questions (such as Multiple Choice and True or False), learner responses are saved automatically when they select the radio button or checkbox. Text input questions autosave every 10 to 15 seconds, and html-enabled questions save when the mouse cursor is clicked outside the quiz response input area. Autosave sends save timestamps to the quizzing log, as the manual save function previously did. For quizzes with multiple pages, quiz responses automatically save upon navigating to a new quiz page. The Save all Responses and Go to Submit Quiz buttons have been removed, and are no longer visible on the quiz page. The only button now visible on the quiz page is Submit Quiz.

Virtual Classroom Update - Oct 9, 2018

  • Early moderator access to meetings -- moderators can enter the meeting room 10 minutes before the scheduled start time to prepare for the meeting.
  • Meeting support on iOS via the Safari browser for both moderator and attendees
  • Improvements to presentation area:
    • Reorganization of annotation tools
    • “Multi-user mode” - allowing multiple users to annotate the whiteboard at once
    • Improved smoothing on drawing/pencil use
  • Changes to webcam and screenshare presentation:
    • Webcams have been moved to the top of the screen
    • Ability to swap position of the webcams and presentation/screenshare area
    • Ability to disable webcams and/or screenshare to improve performance in case of a low-quality network connection
  • New Updated Network Test
  • Additional Moderator functions:
    • New confirmation message when turning recording off during a meeting
    • Ability to

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.

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