Magenta Release

At D2L, we’re passionate about our vision to transform the way the world learns. Good quality feedback is essential for advancing student learning. The Magenta release provides tools to help instructors and teachers connect with their students by easily providing meaningful and transparent feedback and assessments. 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

Join our product experts for an overview of the new features in the Magenta Release.

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Provide Meaningful Feedback with Rubrics

Rubrics feedback can lead to deeper learning by students, resulting in higher achievements. They can help students to focus their efforts and produce a higher quality of work – while knowing that the assessment is going to be fair and transparent. Recent improvements enhance and unify the rubric experience in Brightspace for instructors and teachers, allowing students to more easily access feedback and take action as well as helping instructors more easily identity and support students’ needs. With easy to use and consistent workflows, it has never been a better time to use rubrics to provide rich and meaningful feedback.

Quizzing Made Easy

Question pools now replace random sections in Quizzing, making it easier for instructors and teachers to create quizzes as well as providing an effective way to help prevent cheating. See how the questions appear in the quiz with a dynamic preview as you create it.

Students will appreciate autosaving during the quiz experience, as well as the ability to take a quiz in full-screen – making it easier to focus by being fully immersed.

Keeping Grading Fair

Students can be assured that they are being assessed fairly with anonymous marking. Assignments can be set up by instructors, teachers and graders so that student names are anonymized to remove an unconscious bias in the grading and feedback process.


Extend Student Feedback to Parents

Brightspace for Parents gives parents a virtual seat in the classroom so that they can easily see what’s happening and be better able to support their children. With this release, parents now have access to additional details for grades, rubrics and quizzes. They can help their child stay on top of due dates with the upcoming work and overdue widgets. They’ll be able to see information for discussion activities that their children are involved in. Individual assignment submissions are now accessible, so they can look at their child’s latest project. And if an assignment was done on-paper or in-person, they’ll see this reflected in the upcoming work, overdue, and recent grades widgets. And teachers can rest easy knowing that this information flows into Brightspace for Parents as part of their regular workflow.

Check out the New Content Experience

The new content experience is now connected with the Learning Repository, allowing instructors and teachers to add objects to content from the Learning Repository as well as publish back – making it easy for instructors and teachers to share resources. Navigation in the table of contents has been improved, and file type icons have been added, making it easier to visually distinguish materials. New files can be added to the table of contents quickly with the ability to drag-and-drop. Colors can be customized by administrators, making it easy to match the colors to the school or organization’s branding. And text-to-speech conversion can be done with the Read Speaker integration.

Use Data and Analytics to Develop Feedback Strategies

As teaching and learning moves more and more virtual with less in class instruction and face-time, it is becoming increasingly difficult to rely on qualitative measures of engagement and feedback for students. You need data to facilitate efficient and effective decision making – including strategies that will guide the type and methods of feedback in your classroom. But it must be the right data at the right time. You need tools and knowledge that make it easy to access, analyze and act on your data to answer the questions that matter.

Robust data sets provide information that can be used to guide strategic insight into what’s happening in the classroom. Data Solutions Consulting Packages are available to focus on defining data-driven goals, completing a needs analysis and feasibility study and recommending a data solution required to answer identified business problems – helping you action your data. Partner with D2L experts to turn student success strategy into a technology enabled plan to harness data to solve business problems.

Enjoy the Small Things that Matter

These time-saving features will streamline common activities so that you can get your work done more quickly:

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