What's New? January 2020

On January 24, 2020, a new version of Brightspace (20.20.01) was released. Read more about what's new in this release below.


Changes regarding Self Enrolment

A few changes have been made regarding the creation of groups. For more information, please view the following manual: How do I create Groups? Read more about the changes below.

  • From now on, it is possible to add a start date for the opening of self enrolment for groups. Previously only the end date could be altered.
  • Previously students could no longer see the description of a group after they had enrolled using self enrolment. From now on, students can see the description after they have enrolled. Lecturers can use this description to provide information about the location or times of the group meetings.
  • It is now possible to change the maximum number of students after you have created the group using Groups of # - Self Enrolment.

See the number of participants for each course

For both the Classlist and E-mail Classlist you will be able to see the total number of participants in the course. This is shown on the All tab, below the column with participants. When you go to the Student tab, you will see the total number of students who are in the course.

Discussions: change in display of assessments

When you go to Discussions to assess a Topic, it is now possible to publish or retract the grades and feedback for multiple students at once. Below Status you will now see when the assessment was published. 

Grade scheme: new default scheme.

The scheme that is set up as the default scheme for the  Set up Wizard in Grades has changed from Percentage to Grades 0-10 - rounded tot 0,1 points. This only applies to new courses. You can change the Default Scheme manually in existing courses. Go to the manual How do I set up my grade book? for more information about the Grade Book.

Kaltura: Kaltura captura using the editor

Previously, the only way to create a screencast with Kaltura Capture was by using Kaltura My Media. A new option is to add a screencast directly within Content. For more information, read the following manual: How do I make a screencast with Kaltura Capture?

Kaltura: more options for questions with Kaltura Quiz.

Using Kaltura My Media you can add a quiz to videos. Students will then get to see a part of the video, after which the video pauses and a question will appear. Previously the only type of question that could be added was multiple choice. From now on it is also possible to add open-ended questions, true/false questions and reflection points. When a Kaltura Quiz has been added to Content, it is possible to connect a grade item. The score will then be added to the grade book. Are you not yet familiar with adding questions to Kaltura's media? Read the following manual: How do I add questions to a video in Kaltura?