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News

On a regular basis Brightspace will be updated with new functionalities and features. Below you can find the latest additions to the system. If anything is unclear, please contact brightspace@tudelft.nl for support. Click on the title to read more about the update.

Date: 6 October 2021

Lecturers

Because of the changes in Q4 and Q5 of the academic year calendar there is the need for finding new balance between time pressure and quality in assessment and education. This new page gives an overview of the changes and challenges related to assessment, as well as measures and ideas to face these challenges which are mostly related to minimize the grading time of the assessment.

Date: 23 September 2021

Lecturers

A few updates:

  • In Rubrics, users are now able to copy or delete a criteria group with certain restrictions.
  • In Rubrics creation tools, the toolbar now appears in the description and feedback fields. View and options have minor changes in Insert Stuff and Insert Quicklinks formatting options.
  • When a Rubric is collapsed, lecturers can now see if the rubric is complete. If the rubric is complete, the collapsed rubric shows the overall level of the rubric, and if the rubric is not complete, the number of unscored criteria appears on the tile.
  • Assignments now allow lecturers to specify what type of files can be uploaded as assignment submissions via a drop down in the Submission and Completion section of the New Assignment Creation Experience. In this drop-down list, lecturers can choose the restrictions/file extensions, including custom file extensions.

Date: 15 September 2021

Lecturers

Digital on-campus exams: due to a technical issue it is not possible to use Möbius for midterms of Q1 for Digital on-campus exams. There are 2 alternatives:
1. Have the Möbius online exam done remotely, from home, via https://online-exams-mobius.tudelft.nl/login
2. Make the exam a written on-campus test. In this case, please contact logistics a.s.a.p. to check the possibilities since there is not enough room capacity to accommodate all midterms/assessments for Q1 on campus.

When creating Möbius exams from home: it is currently not possible to access the exam server of Möbius via EduVPN or Forticlient from home. A dedicated team is trying to fix this as soon as possible. In the meantime you can access the exam server of Möbius from home by using Weblogin (Citrix) environment.

Date: 8 September 2021

Lecturers

For audiences between 300-1000 students you can now request the Advanced Communication License (ACL).

Date: 1 September 2021

Lecturers

The page has been updated with instruction on using ANS for Formative assessments (exercises) and Summative assessments (exams).

Date: 27 August 2021

Lecturers

A new article to help you prepare exams that need to be online as well as on campus.

Date: 26 August 2021

Lecturers

The updated feature betters the discussion evaluation experience. Now, the Discussions evaluation interface has a similar layout to the Assignment evaluation interface to make the experience consistent.

Now it is possible to easily assess students work using the inline assessment with rubrics. This makes it easier to assess students work.

Release conditions associated to an assignment are now automatically transferred to the grade item attached to the assignment. Changing this release condition in the assignment will automatically change the release condition for the grade item.

Date: 25 August 2021

Lecturers & Students

  • Microsoft Edge Legacy browser
    Browser support in Brightspace for the MS Edge (Legacy) browser has ended. Brightspace will take users of this browser to a ‘your browser is unsupported’ page. The default browsers installed on TU Delft computers were recently updated, meaning that this should not pose any issues.

Date: 29 July 2021

Lecturers

Information about Brightspace courses for the new Academic Year 2021/2022

A new article to help you prepare for extending lectures synchronously to both students in class and online.

  • Brightspace Tools Update

This summer several Brightspace tools were updated. The new/upgraded features are listed below, with links to the relevant new or updated support articles.

Several changes have also been made to other tools integrated in Brightspace:

    • Ouriginal has replaced TurnItIn as the plagiarism detection tool at the TU Delft. Ouriginal is now available to prepare your courses and assignments for the upcoming academic year. You can still use TurnItIn for your current assignments until 1 October 2021. For more information, please review the Support page for Ouriginal.
    • ProjectCampus will no longer be available in courses; details on alternative tooling can be found on the related Brightspace Support article.

Date: 11 June 2021

Lecturers

ConTest will unavailable from 8th of July due to an update. We expect the tool to be fully available again on the 20th of July.

Date: 09 June 2021

Lecturers

From 1 August 2021 a new plagiarism detection tool will be used at the TU Delft. From 1 October the current tool TurnitIn, will be switched off. In consequence, the tools Grademark and Peermark will no longer be available for use. There are however alternatives in place for these tools. Please click on the link above to learn more about these alternatives.

Communication and instructions on the new plagiarism detection tool will follow in June/July via newsletters, Brightspace Support and other relevant information pages.

Previously the organizer of the meeting was able to save a record of who attended the meeting. Due to privacy concerns this feature has been turned off in the integration of the TU Delft.

Date: 26 May 2021

Lecturers

You are now able to print or download a PDF of a previewed rubric.

Date: 19 May 2021

Lecturers

The maximum per file upload size limit in Brightspace has increased from 1 GB to 2 GB. Note that this is the case for uploading files within Brightspace itself. Any tool-specific restrictions are still in place.

Date: 13 April 2021

Lecturers

Sometimes you want to split your class into two or more groups and give each group a different version of the exam. Documentation is now available on what the pros and cons are for different methods, and on steps to take to distribute exam versions over the class.

Date: 31 March 2021

Lecturers

Vocareum offers a cloud-based platform for JupyterHub. JupyterHub is the best way to serve Jupyter notebook for multiple users. It is basically a platform for Python programming. Key capabilities of the platform include grading automation, plagiarism detection, providing code feedback, team projects, and peer reviews.
Students will go to an assignment through Brightspace, so there is no need to install an application.

Date: 25 March 2021

Lecturers

Meeting organizers can now download the attendance list after a meeting has concluded. Before, it was already possible to download the attendance list during a meeting.

Date: 24 March 2021

Lecturers & Students

  • Microsoft Edge Legacy browser

Browser support in Brightspace for the MS Edge (legacy) browser is ending. Edge Legacy is officially end of life per March 2021, and Brightspace will show users a warning banner to encourage them to switch to a different (supported) browser. MS Edge legacy is currently one of the standard browsers supported on TUD computers. As there are other supported browsers available on TUD systems, this should not pose a problem.

Date: 10 March 2021

Lecturers

The link to sign up for didactical training sessions is updated. These trainings are organised upon request. The page will inform you on where to go and how to log in.

The page on choosing balanced fraud prevention and detection measures has been updated. The page is meant to help decide on fraud prevention and detection measures you need for your assessment situation.

Date: 3 March 2021

Lecturers

When you are recording online lectures, be extra aware of the privacy of students. Ask students to turn off their cameras before initiating a recorded lecture and if it is exceptionally necessary to include the student(s) images in the recording, make sure to clearly explain it in advance to the class.

Date: 3 March 2021

Lecturers

Grasple has been updated and is now available for all TU Delft courses. Grasple enables you to collaboratively create and share openly licensed exercises for math and statistics.

Date: 24 February 2021

Lecturers

How to make your assessment remote in 2020/2021

This page has had had a large revision. Main updates include a decision tree to determine how to switch to remote assessents and links to the new assessment tool comparison page, the fraud prevention comparison page and the New Mobius Support overview on the Teaching Lab website.

Date: 17 February 2021

Lecturers

ProjectCampus

Since ProjectCampus will not be available any more starting the new academic year, the page has been updated containing alternatives for all functionalities of ProjectCampus.

Date: 17 February 2021

Lecturers

Update FeedbackFruits

FeedbackFruits has been updated. Now, it integrates better with Brightspace Grades, also, Brightspace Groups are synchronized with FeedbackFruits

Date: 28 January 2021

Lecturers

Comparing Remote Exam Tools

This page provides a comprehensive comparison between online exam tools. The compared tools are: ANS, Möbius, Brightspace Assignments and Brightspace Quizzes.

Date: 26 January 2021

Lecturers and Students

Brightspace supported browsers – update

From 28 January 2021 onwards, the browser version prior to the ones listed will no longer be supported in Brightspace and will result in a “Retro Browser” pop-up when the user accesses Brightspace.
Browser versions: Google Chrome 85 (released Aug 2020), Apple Safari 13 (released in September 2019), Mobile Apple Safari 12 (released in October 2018), Mozilla Firefox 80 (released August 2020), Chromium-based Microsoft Edge 85 (released August 2020), All versions of Microsoft Edge Legacy (in preparation for Microsoft’s end-of-support in March 2021).

Lecturers

New manual generating participants list OSIRIS

New manuals on generating a particpants list from OSIRIS are now added to the Osiris for Teachers support page, in Dutch and English.

Date: 21 January 2021

Lecturers

From 1 February 2021 FeedbackFruits will be updated. The new FeedbackFruits integrates better with Brightspace Grades, and also Brightspace Groups are synchronized with FeedbackFruits. If you plan to use FeedbackFruits in the second semester, we advise you to create new FeedbackFruits tool links after the update, so you can use the improved integration. (Old links will work, but won’t have the improved integration).

Date: 7 January 2021

Lecturers

The instructions on Exporting, Entering and Importin grades using a .CSV-file have been updated to make them clearer and have the information on one page.

Date: 18 December 2020

Lecturers

Breakout Rooms are now available in the Teams desktop app. The meeting organizer can divide the class into several small groups.

Within the Attempt Logs lecturers can now identify the retaken attempts if they use the Retake incorrect question option in quizzes.

Date: 02 December 2020

Lecturers

Users can now enable their students to retake their incorrectly answered questions from previous quiz attempts.

Date: 27 November 2020

Lecturers

Users can now view a preview of their quiz within Quiz Builder. The new feature can be found through the “Preview” button in the Add/Edit Questions section.

Date: 18 November 2020

Lecturers

Users can now pin a video for everyone in the meeting using the Spotlighting feature

Compose Box is now called New Conversation Box.

Date: 10 November 2020

Lecturers

All students and lecturers can now login to MS Teams using [Your NetID]@tudelft.nl. ([Your NetID]@tudelft.net also still works)

Meetings that are recorded are now saved on MS Teams: Recorded meetings will be available for everyone after the meeting but only the owner, the person who recorded the meeting, can download the recording.

Date: 22 October 2020

Lecturers

A new overview that lists all file types that are not supported in Brightspace.

Users can now also access Quick Eval through the Course Admin menu, under the Assessment category.

When importing from Question Library, users can now use the default end of quiz location for the questions or choose to import the questions into a section.

A new Move To option is visible when a question is selected in Quiz Builder, this allows multiple questions to be moved at once.

Date: 2 October 2020

Lecturers

A new overview of the available meeting tools can help decide which meeting tool to choose. The different available tools can be compared based on purpose and different functionalities.

Date: 20 September 2020

Lecturers

With the move to option you can easily reorder quiz questions.

For the arithmetic and significant figures questions, students can now attach files to support their answers.

Date: 28 August 2020

Lecturers

Self-Guided tour through online Tools

This self-guided tour will help kick-start your studies at the TU Delft. On this page, we take you past the following topics:

  • Getting familiar with Brightspace
  • Brightspace courses
  • TU Delft Essential tools for students
  • Questions & Support

Date: 27 August 2020

Lecturers

For the written response question type, students can now also add files to their answers.

Previously created assignments can be copied to easily create similar assignments in a quick manner.

Previously created checklists can be copied to easily create similar checklists in a quick manner.

Previous quiz attempts won’t be affected by alterations made by the instructor. Changes in grades need to be manually changed.

A new option is created giving the instructor the ability to unrelease all final grades given to students.

 

Date: 25 August 2020

Lecturers

Virtual Classroom

Various Virtual Classroom components have been upgraded and major changes made to the user interface. The “Actions” items are now better accessible and include the participant list and closed captions.

Date: 19 August 2020

Lecturers

MS Teams for Education

TU Delft Teaching and Learning Support aims to support teaching staff regarding the use of Microsoft Teams in education. If you have other questions of more technical nature, please check the M365 support team. Review the manuals online or submit a call for ICT Teams.

Date: 19 August 2020

Lecturers

Buddycheck replaces Scorion from September 1st.

As of 1 September Buddycheck will replace Scorion as a peer evaluation tool allowing students to evaluate each team member’s performance in a group activity, as well as perform a self-assessment. More information about buddycheck can be found by clicking on this link. More information about the transfer from Scorion to Buddycheck can be found here.

Date: 10 August 2020

Lecturers

Educational Tools

The Educational Tools page (formerly called Learning Tools Overview) has been updated to make it easier to find a tool that suits your need. Also a link has been added the overview of All educational tools used at TU Delft, including a privacy and security assessment. So if you, TU lecturer, are not sure if it is safe and secure to use a specific tool, please consult this list.

Date: 5 August 2020

Lecturers

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft teams will be replacing Skype for Business. Teams brings conversations, meetings and apps together in one place. Within a group (team) you can chat, have online (video) meetings, share and collaborate on documents and more.

Date: 29 July 2020

Lecturers

Quick Evaluation

We’re introducing a new tool, Quick Eval, which allows instructors to view all learner submissions awaiting for evaluation in one location. Submissions made to Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions are displayed in a sortable list and can be selected to take you directly to their assessment page.

Date: 20 July 2020

Lecturers and Students

Brightspace supported browsers – Update

Browsers versions prior to the listed ones below will no longer be supported in Brightspace and will result in a “Retro Browser” pop-up each time a user uses that browser to access Brighstpace: Chrome 81 (released in April 2020); Chromium-based Edge 81 (released in April 2020); Edge Legacy 44 (not receiving any further updates); Safari 13 (released in September 2019); Firefox 76 (releases May 5th, 2020).

Date: 28 May 2020

Lecturers

It is now possible to bulk delete items in the calendar. This allows for quick removal of events.

Teachers can now select the option ‘include rubric feedback in overall feedback’ when they hide the rubric to the students.

Lecturers and Students

You can now pin and unpin courses in the pulse application.

Date: 16 April 2020

Lecturers

A new brightspace integrated tool which is meant to gradually replace scorion. Buddycheck is a simple to set up and use peer evaluation tool which allows students to evaluate each team member’s performance in a group activity, as well as perform a self-assessment. The Instructor can create any number of performance criteria or select from a number of samples.

Date: 01 April 2020

Lecturers

New support page is available. Grasple enables you to collaboratively create and share openly licensed exercises for math and statistics.

 

Date: 25 March 2020

Lecturers

A new message is now available to warn you when rubrics are incomplete, not fully evaluated.

Instructors can now add an exact time when enrollment opens and when it expires.

It is now possible to include or exclude the authorship of new announcements.

 

Date: 24 March 2020

Lecturers

Updates on TU Delft possibilities for remote assessments.

 

Date: 18 March 2020

Lecturers

Virtual Classroom (YouSeeU by Bongo) is now automatically activated in all Brightspace Courses and Sandboxes.

 

Date: 16 March 2020

Lecturers

Following up the latest government measures, we have cancelled Brightspace open office hours and interrupted the lending of equipment.

 

Date: 13 March 2020

Lecturers

This page offers suggestions for instructors at TU Delft looking to continue offering a student-centered learning experience in a remote or online learning environment.

List of tools available TU-wide, GDPR-compliant, and fully supported by Brightspace Support and by ICT-FM’s technical support staff.

Date: 23 February 2020

Lecturers

Students can now directly access inline feedback to their assignments.

Users can now import tab separated value (.tsv) files into Gradebook.

Date: 23 January 2020

Lecturers

The new Quiz Builder experience is an updated workflow within the existing Quizzes tool for creating, importing, editing, deleting, and reordering questions, question pools, and sections within quizzes. It streamlines the quiz creation and editing process without compromising advanced features. This change is part of an overall effort to revitalize and enhance the existing Brightspace Quizzes tool through incremental workflow enhancements.

Group members can now see the description of their group. An instructor can now increase or decrease the capacity for self-enrollment groups after they have been created, and prior to the group sign-up expiry date. Also, instructors can set Start dates for self-enrollment groups. This feature allows them to schedule self-enrollment groups availability, ensuring learners are prepared and have equal opportunity to self-enroll.

Date: 3 December 2019

Lecturers

You can now save feedback as draft. Also, in the attempt log, you can restore the last deleted attempted quiz.

Date: 25 October 2019

Lecturers

In this monthly update of Brightspace, the language and methods by which instructors make activities hidden or visible to learners across different tools has been made consistent. This means that you might see different icons and settings might be located in slightly different places than before. Functionalities have not changed.

Instead of the Draft checkmark, a new visibility checkbox control ‘Hide from users’ is now available when editing properties and settings. This change affects the Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, Surveys, and Grades (grade item and grade category) tools.

Date: 26 September 2019

Lecturers

Selected settings will be kept until a new setting selection is made.

The Completed content topic is a new release condition that is met when a user completes a content topic. The method of completing the topic depends on the type, such as viewing a file or submitting an assignment.

Grades entered in Assignments and Grade Book are synchronized.

Grades entered in Discussions and Grade Book are synchronized.

Date: 04 September 2019

Lecturers

Updates in roles and permissions in Brightspace.

 

Date: 31 July 2019

Lecturers

Information about Brightspace courses for the new Academic Year.

Students

Updated information about enrolling and unenrolling for courses.

Date: 27 June 2019

Lecturers

Intelligent agents that are copied from one course to another, will be set to ‘Inactive’ per default. This is consistent with how Quizzes behave when copied.

When a discussion is associated with a rubric and assessed, Brightspace now saves scores and feedback while in Draft.

Students

The overview of assingments for students has been updated to be more efficient and practical. It is easier to view which assingments have been submitted, evaluated and scores achieved.

Date: 23rd May 2019

Lecturers

Instructors can now evaluate the quizzes in full screen. You can read more about how to grade quizzes manually and automatically here.

When annotating submissions in Assignments, instructors can now toggle to a full screen view. This allows for more screen space to display learner submissions and insert annotations, while removing unnecessary navigation menus.

If Annotations are enabled for a specific course, instructors can now determine if they want to use the annotation tools when assessing submissions for a specific assignment.

The Rubrics Grading Experience available for assignments and discussions is now available for group Assignments and group Discussions. When a rubric assessment is in draft state, the assessment is not viewable by members of a given group. Once the assessment is published, all group members can view the rubric assessment.

Instructors can now save feedback on assessments in draft state prior to publishing it to students. Now when instructors add feedback to assessments, the Save Draft and Publish buttons display.

Date: 26th April 2019

Lecturers

Instructors can now use the built-in annotation toolbar in Assignments to provide contextual feedback with highlighting, free hand drawing, shapes, and associated commenting. This allows instructors to complete all their evaluation and feedback work directly in Assignments, without the need to use any external tools or applications.

Date: 28th March 2019

Lecturers

Projectcampus is a simple to use, social learning environment for groups and projects and brings together any and all communication regarding learning in projects and groups in one place, including communication from parties outside of TU Delft.

To avoid potential disruption, imported or copied quizzes remain active by default. After importing or copying quizzes, instructors can change the state of each quiz from the Quizzes tool, if necessary.

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