D2L is a cloud-based learning management system that updates each month with new features and improvements. This page summarizes these monthly improvements to keep instructors up-to-date and provide information to improve course content.
Pulse Mobile App
To help improve the flexibility of push notification, users will be able to choose which push notifications they receive. Previously, it was not possible to limit or control push notifications.
ReadSpeaker Text to Speech Technology
This option is now available in Discussions.
Instructors who teach multiple courses can now copy assignments to other courses. To copy assignments, select the down arrow next to the assignment name and select “Copy to Other Courses”.
“No Time Limit” is now a quiz timing option and has become the default time setting (previously default was 120 minutes). If a time limit is desired, instructors must manually select the desired time.
When evaluating student assignments using D2L’s annotation feature, instructor can now use the new undo/redo button. Previously, the only way to remove the annotation was to use the eraser tool.
Media Library Updates
Early updates shown below provide information on the new streaming Media Library.
Under Insert Stuff, the Media Library is now an option. This allows instructors to upload video in multiple places in D2L.
Instructors now have the ability to restore a quiz they may have deleted in error.
Under Quizzes > More Actions > There is now a restore option.
Video/Audio and the New Media Library
Under the advanced editing option on any video uploaded to D2L, there is now an optimize for streaming button.
Pulse Mobile App
Brightspace Pulse users can now use @mention push notifications. Originally, @mentions came through the LMS but were only visible if the user opened Pulse and viewed their Subscriptions tab under Notifications. Now, the new functionality sends a push notification to the user when they are @mentioned.
Updates and subscriptions in the Pulse App are now aligned to show the same items as the Alert Bell in D2L.
The Create Agent page has a new modernized user interface.
Subject line of intelligent agent emails now supports 128 characters.
Course announcements now have a copy feature.
New Media Library
A streaming media library is now available for D2L courses. New videos posted to a D2L course will be placed in this streaming media library. Videos previous uploaded to D2L will not be automatically transferred to this new media library, so instructors will have to manually transfer.
Workflow improvements for Media
When creating new video and audio, instructors no longer must wait for the uploaded media file to process. While the media file remains unavailable during processing, instructors can navigate away to work on other tasks. When processing is complete, instructor will be notified.
Content – Print and Download Buttons
The Print and Download buttons are now better positioned when viewing content within a module.
Video/Audio and New Media Library
Table of Contents: Instructors can apply meaningful segments to larger videos.
Audio Generated Closed Caption: Instructors can select language, with the ability to edit.
Video Editing: Minor video editing is available – Seek, Mark and Cut.
How to implement?
Within a module in your course, select Upload/Create, then Video and Audio.
Video will take a few minutes to process after uploading.
Select Advance Settings after the video uploads to gain access to these new features.
South Suburban College has an institutional license for Respondus Lockdown Browser. Students should never have to pay any fees associated with Respondus Lockdown Browser.
If using a MyPearson lab course, instructors will have to complete an additional step to avoid students paying a fee. It’s a one-time set up of connecting Respondus Lockdown Browser in D2L to their Pearson MyLab course.
Step 1: Enter your course in D2L
Select Quizzes > LockDown Browser
Under LockDown Browser Resources > Select Other Systems
Select the + icon next to Pearson MyLab
Copy the Pearson MyLab Code (code is unique for each instructor)
Step 2: Go to your Pearson MyLab course
Navigate to course settings > Learning Aids and Test Options
Under LockDown Browser and Proctoring > Check Use Automated Monitor in this course
Select Complete the Respondus Monitor Proctoring license Set up
Respondus is not compatible with tablets (other then iPads), cell phones or Chromebooks. Our web analytics tell us that 50% of our students are accessing our web resources with one of these devices.
Students with screen readers and other web accessibility software will also more than likely have compatibility issues.
Students are required to have a webcam and compatible device for Respondus to work. Workstations have been set up in the computer lab (Fish Bowl) at the South Holland campus and in the Computer Lab at the Oak Forest campus for student use.
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Video Overview – We have the premium version so our meeting time has been increased from 60 minutes to 240 minutes.
Bongo is a web-based solution. There is no software to download.
Bongo is completely integrated with D2L, there is no need to create an account with Bongo.
We have the premium version so our meeting time has been increased from 60 minutes to 240 minutes.
When you schedule a Virtual Classroom session it will automatically be added to the student’s calendar.
Virtual Classroom recordings can be added to your course content automatically.
Virtual backgrounds are unfortunately not available in Bongo at this time.
Virtual Classroom and meeting recordings are available to students through the D2L Brightspace Pulse app.
The digital whiteboard can be enlarged.
If you choose automatic recording, the recording will begin automatically at the scheduled meeting time and stop when the meeting ends. You will not be able to start and stop the recording unless you choose the manual mode.
Instructors will be able to access a scheduled meeting 10 minutes before it starts. Students will gain access at the scheduled meeting start time.
The length of time you schedule for a meeting is a hard time and the meeting will end automatically when time is up. You will receive a count down.
Breakout rooms are not recorded.
A video assignment will not appear in the D2L Grade Book until the first assignment is graded. There is no need to manually create the assignment.
Audio from videos isn’t sharable from an external source (YouTube, etc.). Available options are the instructor’s use of an external microphone, posting the link to the course in advance like pre-reading, sharing the video link in the chat at the appropriate time during the class, and allowing students a certain period to view it.
Bongo’s default view is Presentation view. To view more students cameras, you can toggle to Large Gallery view under settings.