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Magenta Release

At D2L we’re passionate about our vision to transform the way the world learns. Good quality feedback and engaging content are essential for helping employees progress in their careers, and an integral part of a modern learning experience.
The Magenta release includes tools to help managers provide meaningful and transparent feedback to employees – offering a structured way to give feedback for skills demonstrations and Social Assessment™. Gamified elements can be used to deliver training in a more engaging way, with animated stories, interactive assessments and leaderboards to drive some friendly competition.

Combined with other time-saving features and usability improvements, the Magenta release offers a lot to be excited about. With user-driven innovation and a track record of consistently implementing your ideas in each release, we’re continuing to deliver with 29% of features in this release suggested by you in the Product Ideas Exchange in the Brightspace Community.

Magenta Release Webinar

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Put Employees on the Fast Track to Mastering Skills with Rubrics

Skills development is one of the top concerns of L&D professionals and business leaders. With that in mind, D2L has made rubrics available to employees and managers. Well-known in the Higher Education market, rubrics is a tool that can be leveraged to create consistency and set expectations for what good looks like. Providing good quality feedback on soft skills and effectively measuring skills can be a key ingredient to helping employees continue to progress in their careers. With the Magenta release, Brightspace makes it easier for organisations to evaluate employee skills and provide clear and transparent feedback with the use of rubrics.

Good quality feedback is a key ingredient of modern learning for helping employees master skills they need to develop and progress in their careers. For example, when providing feedback to someone in a customer support or leadership development role – they should clearly see how they’re performing, and more importantly, see what actions will take them to the next level. Similarly, feedback on technical skills training will clearly communicate what was achieved, and what can be done to advance to the next level.

Using rubrics as a structured scoring guide makes it easy to evaluate employee skills and provide clear and constructive feedback. Rubrics are a grid with criteria mapped to levels achieved, providing clear guidance on how to score various skills based on performance. They can show employee performance over time, demonstrating the impact of training on soft skills development and mastery of skill. Rubrics provide guardrails to organise meaningful feedback – helping managers to clearly communicate how an employee is progressing on a skill – and show opportunities for improvement.

Learn how to use rubrics for social assessment

When adding a rubric to a discussion or an assignment, it will automatically display across various places that employees may be looking for feedback. You can quickly go through and select the level of achievement for the employee, adding comments on specific items. Employees can see their overall level achieved and get a detailed look at the specific areas that were assessed, including comments. You can decide which rubrics to show employees, and when, by using the rubric visibility setting. When you have multiple people providing feedback you can set the rubric to be shown after all the feedback is added. Employees have a clear picture of what they can work on to progress in their career – such as developing a new technical skill, improving a specific aspect of a communication skill or increasing knowledge on a specific subject.

Keep Everyone Interested with Interactive Elements

Engaged employees are more likely to stay motivated to keep learning. The Course Adventure Pack makes it easy for learning and development managers to create content that employees won’t want to leave – and have a bit of fun while learning. By integrating game-based learning, storytelling, interactive assessment and awards leaderboard elements into your training material, you can help improve employee engagement, retention, achievement and outcomes.

Interactive assessments can be used to simulate real-life examples of technical skills training or help participants in a leadership development course practice what to do in scenarios they might encounter in their careers. New product knowledge-transfer can be brought to life with animated storytelling. Leaderboards can motivate salespeople by generating some friendly competition in sales enablement courses. A game board can provide an engaging way for new employees to work through on-boarding activities. All these elements can help to keep employees engaged and interested as they’re developing skills and progressing – giving them a better chance at success in their careers.

Enjoy the Small Things that Matter

These time-saving features will help you get your work done faster:

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