The technology surrounding us today is changing the way we engage with content, each other, and how we want to teach and learn. With Summer16, we’re embracing the way that modern learners live their lives. The release offers new features and functionality that can help you easily create personalized learning experiences—with video, social, and game-based learning—on any device.
Watch a recording of the Solutions Spotlight below. You’ll see the features from the Summer16 release, as well as some announcements of exciting things to come.
 

Engage with learners in real time.

The Brightspace Daylight Experience is the new look and feel for Brightspace products. In our previous release, Brightspace Capture™, Brightspace Degree Compass™, and Brightspace Assignment Grader for Android™ were updated with Daylight. Now, you’ll also have early access to Daylight for testing in Brightspace Learning Environment.

With an updated layout, fonts, icons, and a responsive navigation bar, you’ll be able to see how easy it will be to use the Learning Environment from any device. Once you turn Daylight on, you’ll be able to follow along as more updates are rolled out every month.
*Coming soon
 


Social collaboration is key to keeping learners engaged. Brightspace Pulse is an app that helps them stay up to date and prepared by unifying course calendars, assignments, grades, and news.

We’re continually adding new functionality to Pulse, and with Summer16 we’re introducing the ability to read and reply to Discussions right from the app. Now, users can easily stay connected and engaged in their group discussions from wherever they are.
 


Brightspace Capture is a multimedia presentation recording solution that makes it easy to share, search, and manage videos so that learners can turn them into new knowledge. Capture can be purchased and run on its own or integrated directly with Learning Environment. New Capture features in Summer16 include:

  • A new widget and tighter integration with the Learning Environment. This will help streamline the process for you to quickly create and add videos to your courses and make it easier for students to find and watch videos.
  • Adaptive multi-bit streaming so that you no longer have to worry about delivering a live event with spotty internet coverage. If your bandwidth fluctuates, the video quality will adjust automatically so that your event keeps broadcasting seamlessly.
  • Integration with Microsoft Outlook® that allows you to add Capture events directly in a calendar invitation. Participants can open the event with a click from the invite.
    *Available for Windows machines with Outlook 2013 and above.
  • Polls that can be added to live events so that you can survey your audience and then speak to the results. Connecting with your audience will help you make your events more engaging than ever.

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With Summer16, you can take interactive learning to a whole new level with the Course Adventure Pack. It includes the game-based learning service, the story builder service, interactive assessment tools, and creative services expertise to help you develop and implement an interactive learning strategy. Purchasing these items together means that you’ll get all of the tools you need (and guidance to get the most out of them) to help you create captivating course content. Please contact your account manager for pricing on the new bundle.
 


Deliver feedback when it matters.

Giving students feedback at the right time can be the difference that helps them succeed. Summer16 delivers additional learning analytics tools designed to help instructors do just that by putting intelligent, actionable information in their hands when and where they need it.

  • The user progress tool in Brightspace Learning Environment gives instructors the timely information they need to understand how their students are progressing through a course. Recent enhancements to the tool include a new report on how students are accessing the course as well as content download metrics.
  • When you purchase Brightspace Insights™, data from across the entire learning ecosystem is analysed in real time and you can use the resulting knowledge to take action quickly. The new class engagement dashboard provides a class list with interactive data tiles that can be filtered, sorted, and searched so that you can see student activity, progress, and achievement. Then, you can email those students with one simple click to provide the support they need.
  • For institutional-level learning data users, Summer16 once again improves data access by adding CSV exports with the new data hub—designed for easy data automation and integration.

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Get more done.

Completing administrative tasks quickly gives instructors more time to connect with learners and create engaging experiences. That’s what really matters.

We’ve implemented a variety of improvements that are designed to streamline workflows and reduce the steps involved in common tasks. Ultimately, our goal is to build products our customers love. We’re proud to share that 25% of the features in Summer16 came directly from our customers and the Product Ideas Exchange on the Brightspace Community.

We also have new training options to help you get the most out of the platform. You’ll get the knowledge that you need to be as efficient as possible.
 

Highlighted Features

Take a look at some of the features in the Summer16 release that will help you to get more done quickly.

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