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What's New in Brightspace at Ryerson

What's New - Fall 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.

We always recommend that you use the most recent version of a reliable web browser, such as Google Chrome, external link or Mozilla Firefox, external link to access D2L Brightspace.

As of August 2019, if users attempt to access Brightspace Learning Environment using Internet Explorer, an unsupported page appears. The unsupported page contains links to download supported browsers and a link to the Community End of Life communication. Users cannot log in to Brightspace Learning Environment using any version of Internet Explorer.

Instructors can now mark up student assignment submissions using D2L Brightspace's 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. Learn more about this new tool.

If you need similarity reports for student submissions, or prefer to build your own library of reusable markup items, 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.

If you've accidentally deleted a student's quiz attempt, and now realize that you wish to restore it, whether to use that attempt for the student's grade, investigate possible misconduct, or other reasons, you can now restore the attempt.

If you haven't used the Rubrics tool for a while, you may notice an updated look and functionality. The rubrics experience is consistent for instructors and students between tools, and your work is autosaved. Learn more about how to create rubrics in your course shell.

What is Akindi?

Akindi is an online integrated assessment system for bubble sheet examinations. The tool is accessed off your D2L Brightspace course shell, where you can input your test answers using the easy to use assessment builder. Once complete, you can either print and scan the bubble sheets yourself using any printer and scanner, or easily send it off to be done for you on campus.

What are the benefits to using Akindi in your course?

  • Integrated with D2L Brightspace
  • Scantron bubble sheet alternative
  • Use any scanner and regular printer paper
  • Innovative web based platform
  • Use any dark writing utensil to fill it out

What is Crowdmark?

Crowdmark is an online collaborative grading and analytics platform that helps educators, working alone or in teams, to more effectively evaluate student work. The platform allows for easy distribution and collection of student work, offers tools for the assembly and management of grading teams, and provides an online workflow that streamlines grading and the delivery of rich feedback to students.

What are the benefits to using Crowdmark in your course?

  • Integrated with D2L Brightspace
  • Graders collaborate with ease and are able to see results and comments of other graders
  • Digital implimentation of marking reduces the need to carry physical papers 
  • Efficiency gains in exam administration, grading, data recording and analysis

What is peerScholar?

peerScholar is a customizable peer assessment tool that helps develop your students’ critical and creative thinking skills. The tool allows instructors to set up individual, group or case study assignment submissions for students to peer review. This is done through three phases: creating, assessing, and reflecting. peerScholar is designed for peer to peer evaluation and grading as well as self-assessment.

What are the benefits to using peerScholar for your students?

  • An opportunity for students to acquire analytical, learning skills and perform critical thinking developed by the critical thinking aspect of peerScholar.
  • Students attain continual practice in self-reflection, assessing quality of feedback and a sense of where their own work fits relative to the work of peers.
  • Feedback is prompt and timely which maximizes learning impact.
  • Students learn to communicate their ideas in an efficient manner.

This summer, Lynda.com switched to LinkedIn Learning.

All faculty, staff, and students continue to have access to the same library content, but there are some changes with regard to the integration with Brightspace.

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

Here are some of the recent updates:

You can also read about updates that occurred in Winter 2019 and Spring/Summer 2019.

Are you new to Brightspace at Ryerson?

The best place to start is our Getting Started section!