autumn17RELEASE

At D2L, we work hard to understand how to evolve the Brightspace platform to improve the day-to-day activities of instructors and teachers. We hear your requests via our Product Ideas Exchange. We meet you in design sessions to understand your workflows. We hear from you via the Brightspace Community and our user events like Fusion.

For Autumn17, we’ve taken what we’ve learned and improved on your commonly used workflows that will help you to get tasks done effectively with a system that fits into your schedule, and not the other way around. This will give you more time to focus on what matters – spending time with your students.

Autumn17 Webinar

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Streamline the process for sharing assignments

A new approach makes it easy to add and share an assignment with your students – and even attach reference materials. This can be done simply by creating assignment posts right from the activity feed. With the social interface of activity feed, students have a place to ask questions or make comments. They can upload their assignments, and it’s easy for you to keep track of what has been submitted.


Make it easy and fun for young learners in K-12 to share their work

Students will have a blast capturing and sharing their work using Portfolio’s friendly, animated cartoon character to guide them through every step. It’s easy for teachers to review and approve portfolio items, and share them with parents or guardians.

Keep parents in the loop for K-12 students

Staying connected with parents and guardians keeps them engaged in their child’s education. It’s now easier than ever for teachers to keep parents in the loop with a few simple clicks using Brightspace for Parents. Parents get access to their own experience on any device, letting them check to make sure their child is on track, view upcoming online assignments and quizzes, see if work is submitted, or view classroom communications for each of their children.

Leverage tools you love to create compelling Lessons in K-12

Create engaging lessons with confidence. You can double check that your lesson is set up how you want it by previewing the student experience. You have more options to create compelling content by being able to add OneDrive documents or creating content and editing in the HTML editor. And you can spruce up your course by easily adding links, including YouTube links, with the video displaying inline. Linking directly to specific spots in your lessons will make it simple to navigate to the right place.


Be more efficient with these time-savers

Work when it’s most convenient for you and share with students when the time is right by scheduling posts for the activity feed and saving drafts of your assignments. Set up your courses quickly with a new shortcut to edit or copy navbars in Daylight from the navbar itself. Create quizzes faster by easily adding questions from a question bank with a streamlined workflow. Make navigating your course a snap for young learners – even if they can’t read – with icon-based navigation.

Want data faster? An add-on for hourly access for certain data sets is available for Brightspace Core and Performance Plus. Admins at your institution can easily integrate with Banner and Colleague by Ellucian – learn more in this webinar and watch the video.

Get the training you need at your convenience

Get the most out of Brightspace with unlimited access to on-demand & live virtual Brightspace training for instructors and administrators. Subscription training is now available, enabling institutions to scale the roll-out of Brightspace and keep faculty and teachers up-to-date with the latest improvements so that they can maximize their impact on student success. A rich course catalog includes content that can help instructors and administrators get started, or become power users.


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Provide valuable and unbiased feedback

Add rich-media annotations and markup to documents, presentations, and other assignment types by adding Critique^It Assignments to Brightspace. It also allows for collaborative, real-time peer feedback so students can learn from each other. Optional anonymous grading helps remove any unconscious bias towards learners.