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What's New in Brightspace at Ryerson

What's New - Winter 2019

This page is the home for news and resources for teaching using D2L Brightspace. Throughout the term, we will add information about new features, upcoming workshops and more.

Instructors can now mark up student assignment submissions using D2L Brightspace's new annotation tool. You can highlight, draw freehand, add shapes and include typed comments. Annotations are editable until the feedback is published. If you need to make changes, update the annotations, and publish again. This now makes it possible to complete all of your evaluation and feedback for assignments without the need to use any external tools.

If you need similarity reports for student submissions, we still encourage you to enable Turnitin for your assignments.

PLEASE NOTE: The annotation tool does not autosave. Please make sure you click on Save as Draft periodically, to ensure you don't lose any of your work.

Students can now submit .cs file types as assignment submissions. These are C# source files. To evaluate these submissions, instructors will need to download each submission and view locally, using the appropriate software.

As a reminder, there are a variety of file types that can be uploaded.

The following file formats are compatible with the Assignments document viewer, and can be viewed within D2L, without the need to download when grading the submission:

Extension File Type Notes
HTM, HTML, MHT, MHTML Web document Brightspace Learning Environment strips the <title> tag and text within the tag from user created web documents
RTF, PPT, PPS, PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPTX, XML, XLS, TXT, WPD Text document  
JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF, TIFF Image  
SWF, MPG, MPEG, RM, MP3, MP4, M4V, M4A, AVI, WAV, RAM, ASF, MOV, RA Media The extensions MP4, M4V, and M4A allow users to drag entire albums, video podcasts, and movies from iTunes

For those instructors who use SCORM content in their course shells, there is now some additional reporting information available.

The new SCORM engine in D2L now includes Interactions and Objectives reports, and can be accessed by navigating to Scorm Reports from a course's reports page (Content > Table of Contents > Related Tools > View Reports > SCORM Reports).

When you copy a quiz, or import from another course shell, quizzes will now have a default status of 'inactive'. This ensures that you have a chance to review questions, associate with a grade item, and set due/start/end dates on a quiz before you make the decision to make the quiz available to students.

Previously the status was copied from the original, which sometimes resulted in unintended access by students.

Did you know that D2L Brightspace hosts a variety of training courses at Ryerson? It isn't just used for online courses and supplemental course materials!

This year, we will be introducing some new information for those of you using D2L for training courses, including:

  • courses run through the staff Learning Event Calendar
  • mandatory training courses, like AODA

... and more!

Keep an eye on this space for more information!

Did you request your new course shells before RAMSS knew your courses and sections for the term?

Great news! You can now use a self-serve feature to connect your student sections to your course shell, instead of having to contact the support team to do it for you.

In the past, if you created your course shell without sections included, you would need to reach out to the D2L support team for assistance, but this is no longer the case.

As soon as your sections appear in RAMSS, you can use the Manage Student Sections form in Self Service to add your student sections to your course shell.

The D2L Brightspace support team at the Digital Media Projects (DMP) office is offering drop-in sessions to help get you started for the new term, and a couple of advanced workshops to keep up the momentum!

The following training resources are offered to instructors, TAs, and staff delivering online training via Brightspace.

D2L Brightspace troubleshooting drop-in clinics

Bring your course shells and questions, our daily drop-in clinics are here! Each weekday from Wednesday January 09 through Wednesday January 16, from 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

Our Wednesday weekly drop-in clinics resume the following week.

See our Instructor Events page for details, including the location.

Please contact us to book an appointment if you cannot come during one of our drop-in times.

Two advanced workshops added!

Register through Ryerson's Learning Events Calendar. Space is limited.

D2L Brightspace Turnitin assignments

In this hands-on workshop participants will learn how to create and grade Turnitin-enabled assignments. Turnitin is integrated with D2L Brightspace and can be used to prevent plagiarism and provide inline feedback on student papers.

D2L Brightspace Rubrics

In this hands-on workshop participants will learn how to use the D2L Brightspace Rubrics tool to simplify online assessment of assignments and discussion topics, as well as how to use rubrics directly in the Grades tool.

We're always working to improve the contents of this website.

Here are some of the things we worked on recently:

You can also read about updates that occurred in Fall 2018 and Spring/Summer 2018.

Are you new to Brightspace at Ryerson?

The best place to start is our Getting Started section!