Spring 2016 Release

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Spring is almost here in Canada! And with it comes the anticipation of warmth and renewal, and the promise of great things to come. At D2L, we’ve worked to roll many of these great things into our Spring 2016 Release which is designed to make learning more engaging and affordable than ever. Brightspace continues to modernize education with new products that will save instructors time and help students graduate on time, as well as new tools our users need to make their lives easier.

Brightspace Daylight Experience

We’re excited to announce the ‘Brightspace Daylight User Experience’ a new look and feel for Brightspace products that adapts responsively to different device sizes. This new design will be incorporated into Brightspace products throughout the year. Clean and easy to use, it allows learners to focus on what is most important. The Daylight experience will soon unify the entire Brightspace platform, delivering the most engaging learning experience possible.

With the Spring 2016 Release, the Daylight experience is showcased in Brightspace Assignment Grader for Android™ tablets and Brightspace Capture™. Soon, we’ll start to introduce changes into the Brightspace Learning Environment. It will be configurable and can be enabled by clients when they are ready for it.


Brightspace Capture v9

Video is a powerful tool to engage learners. With Brightspace Capture you can record and share lectures to larger and more distributed audiences. It removes the physical limitations of the classroom and alleviates the time constraints of the student. Learners have a powerful search capability to easily find the exact terms and moments they’re interested in, right within the video. Now built with the Daylight experience, presentations can be accessed on any mobile device, and it’s easy to navigate to the content that you want. With Brightspace Capture v9, your message can be delivered to more learners, with greater impact than ever before.


Improvements to Brightspace App Finder

Brightspace App Finder is the easiest way to discover and manage third-party solutions for Brightspace. With the Spring 2016 Release you will have access to enhanced Admin reporting capabilities and new ways to customize the App Finder experience. Create listings for custom internal apps built on the Brightspace platform in order to share unique solutions across your organization. Maintain a seamless teaching and learning experience with the ability to customize branding in App Finder – your logo, color scheme and customized banner ads can be easily changed by an Admin. Management of approved apps is simple with new Blacklist functionality. You now have the ability to hide specific apps from end user view with the click of a button. Pair this with existing Whitelist functionality for tight control of third party solution discovery within Brightspace.

New offerings from Creative Services

Working with D2L Creative Services is a great way to take your courses to the next level. With the Higher Ed Course Development bundle available with the Spring 2016 Release, you can reduce the cost by 30% by bundling 6 courses. There is also a new Course Maintenance offering where you can leverage the Creative Services team for ongoing updates and maintenance to your courses.
Contact your account manager for more information.

Highlighted Features

We’ve got amazing customers who we work with very closely to continuously improve our products. Channels like our Product Ideas Exchange (PIE) on the community website are great ways to engage and let us know about your product ideas. Our customers continue to shape and influence our roadmap, and we’re delighted to say that more than 1/3 of the Spring 2016 release comes from suggestions on PIE.

Here are just a few of the highlights of features in the Spring Release.