Academic Technology Updates for June 2022

We have new updates for MyCourses, Pulse, and Zoom this month! See below for details, and please contact if you encounter any problems or have questions.

Note for Upcoming Semester

Fall 2022 courses are available in MyCourses. To copy content from another course into your Fall 2022 course shell, please read MyCourses: Copy Course Components from another Course.

If you are assigned to a section in Banner, but it does not appear in MyCourses, please contact


Assignments – Save time by copying assignments to other courses you teach

Instructors who teach several courses and have the new Assignments > Copy to Other Courses permissions are now able to copy assignments between their courses.

The copied assignment includes the following key assignment properties:

  • Assignment folder and properties, including instructions, assignment category, and visibility
  • Assignment properties include description, attachments (direct file attachments, uploaded from Google Workspace or OneDrive, and audio and video files), and category
  • Grade item and grade category
  • Availability dates
  • Submission and completion information, including the Optional Grade item and the course scheme, if used.
  • Rubric(s) associated with the assignment. When copying an assignment that uses a shared rubric, instead of linking a copied assignment to a shared rubric, the rubric is also copied. The copied assignment links to the copied rubric. If an assignment uses a rubric that is archived, the rubric is copied and retains the archived state in the destination courses.

The following attributes are not copied:

  • Instruction quicklinks and attachment resources created with the Attach link to existing activity action.
  • Instruction images added using Insert Image that were saved to course files.
  • Availability Release conditions and special access settings
  • submission and completion information including group assignment designation.
  • Evaluation and Feedback information including Turnitin associations, competency, and outcome associations.
  • Content topic associations (for example, if the assignment is linked from content)


In some cases, references to links and images that are not copied may result in broken links. 

The Copy to Other Courses option appears in the context menu of assignments.

The Copy to Other Courses option
Figure: The Copy Assignments dialog enables you to select the associated rubrics and grade items and choose destinations.

In the Copy Assignment dialog, you can select any rubrics and grade items associated with the selected assignment to include them in the copy package. The Choose Destinations area enables you to search by keyword or semester to find the destination courses for the assignment. Only course offerings for which a user has the Copy to Other Courses permission appear in the Choose Destinations list. By default, the maximum number of courses you can select is 10. 

The Copy Assignments dialog enables you to select the associated rubrics and grade items and choose destinations.
Figure: The Copy Assignments dialog enables you to select the associated rubrics and grade items and choose destinations. 

After you have completed the Copy Assignment dialog, the progress page indicates the status of each destination course and any issues. If you navigate away from the progress page, a minibar notification in MyCourses indicates when the assignment has been copied to all the destination courses. You can click the notification to open the progress page to review the status and logged issues.

Improved and consistent multi-contextual filter dialog

With this release, MyCourses is refreshing the multi-contextual filter dialog user interface component to ensure consistent filtering functionality across the platform. Changes to the filter dialog include:

  • Multi-dimensional filters now represent dimensions in a nested list instead of tabs
  • Ensuring that most filter dimensions have a search field
  • Changes in padding and styling for applying filters across each dimension
  • Improved mobile responsive behavior

Previously, only certain filter dimensions had a search field.

The areas of MyCourses being updated by this feature are:

  • My Courses Widget: Department/Semester Filters

A comparison of the new and previous My Courses Widget filters.
Figure: A comparison of the new and previous My Courses Widget filters.

Classlist – View user pronouns next to names to further personalize learning

Classlist can now display users’ pronouns next to their names.

Users can choose whether to display their pronouns to other users in the Account Settings > Pronouns menu. They must check the Allow others to see my pronouns check box for their pronouns to display in Classlist.

Previously, the only location where pronouns were displayed was on a user’s profile card.

Pronouns display in the 'Last Name, First Name' column of Classlist, to the right of the user's name, in parentheses. User name text is blue, pronoun text is grey.
Figure: Pronouns display in the ‘Last Name, First Name’ column of Classlist, to the right of the user’s name, in parentheses. User name text is blue, pronoun text is grey. 

Manage Files – New/Edit File workflow change

Currently, when choosing the New File or Edit File option from Manage Files, users see a dialog open that must be moved or expanded to become properly visible. If users attempt to use the advanced code editor (source code editor), they open a second dialog that is not sized correctly and cannot be resized due to constraints from the first dialog. 

Now, the New File and Edit File options in Manage Files open in a new tab in the user’s browser in order to support more efficient editing. By allowing the editor to open in a new tab, the advanced code editor dialog now opens fully.  

Quizzes – Create engaging assessments quickly with the new quiz creation experience

The new quiz creation experience brings create and edit consistency changes from Assignments to Quizzes.  

Quizzes tool in Brightspace Learning Environment
Figure: Quizzes tool in MyCourses. 

The primary panel on the left contains common, frequently used fields that are always displayed. These fields are most relevant to learners and are core to quiz creation. The add/edit question workflow has been brought into the primary panel, giving users the ability to easily modify quiz questions without the need to navigate to a separate interface.  

The right-hand panel organizes additional, more advanced options such as start and end dates, release conditions, and special access. These options follow the same logical groupings as found in Assignments. Other quiz-specific settings can be found in the right-hand panel including creating a password-protected quiz, applying IP restrictions, adjusting quiz timing, setting display options, managing attempts, and altering evaluation and feedback settings. 

This is an opt-in experience that can be opted out of until it becomes default. Not all workflows and functionality will be available with this first release, rather, they will come later as part of the continuous release process. These capabilities will return to the new quiz creation experience before the classic workflow fully retires but no immediate timeline is available.

Rubrics – Quickly determine a Rubrics state with archived tags and selection list descriptions

To provide consistency with other Rubrics experiences and build on the value of the Rubrics tool, there are several improvements in this release.

Archived Rubrics now appear with an archived tag
The Archived tag enables users to update rubric versions while keeping the existing evaluation records available for instructors and learners to review. Previously, when you changed a rubric, previous evaluations were removed. Now, if you change the status of a rubric to Archived, there are no effects on the alignment of rubrics to any assessment activities or previous evaluations that were completed using the rubric. Rubrics that are changed to an Archived status after the initial alignment to the activity continue to display and can be used for evaluation. There is a new Archived tag that appears on rubric tiles in activity creation and activity evaluation workflows to provide information to instructors and course developers that a rubric previously aligned to an activity is now archived. The Archived tag appears in both full-screen and pop-out views of the rubric in Grades, Competencies, and in the Consistent Eval experience. In addition, it appears in rubrics results pages and during evaluation for instructors in collapsed, expanded, and full-screen view. You cannot add archived rubrics to assessment activities ad new rubric alignments – this behavior has not changed. 


The archived state tag is not visible to learners. If you have been evaluated using an archived status rubric, the learner can see those evaluations and feedback. 

Rubric descriptions now appear in the Rubric picker list
The Rubric selection dialog window now includes the first two rows of the rubric description to enable instructors and course designers to better identify the version of a rubric when its name is being reused for a current rubric. 

The help description for Status in the Rubrics tool now more clearly explains the interaction of archived status rubrics
The help text icon now appears next to the Status column heading, and the Archived Status text now more accurately reflects the available interactions with archived status rubrics. Specifically, it expands the description to indicate that archived rubrics do not appear in default search results and cannot be added to activities; however, they can be evaluated. Further, archiving a rubric does not remove it from activities or published feedback.

The Archived tag appears under the Rubric title
Figure: The Archived tag appears under the Rubric title.

The Archived tag in the Rubrics list within Consistent Evaluation
Figure: The Archived tag in the Rubrics list of Consistent Evaluation.

The Archived tag in the Rubrics detail view of Consistent Evaluation
Figure: The Archived tag in the Rubrics detail view of Consistent Evaluation

The new location of the help text icon in the Status column heading
Figure: The new location of the help icon in the Rubric Status column. 

Brightspace Pulse App

Pulse App now only supported on Android 6 / iOS13 and above

With this release, the Brightspace Pulse App is now only supported on the following mobile operating systems:

  • Android 6 and above
  • iOS13 and above

This ensures that mobile-level support is consistent across all D2L Apps, rather than being on a per-app basis; and consistent with Android and Apple policies concerning operating system support.

Previously, Brightspace Pulse was supported on Android 6 and iOS12 and above.


Free Zoom Meetings account limitations

Starting on July 15, 2022, all meetings hosted using a free Zoom Meetings account will be subject to a 40-minute time limit. This limitation does not affect GGC licensed accounts.

If you have not already activated your GGC Zoom account, please read Zoom: Set up a GGC Zoom account.

Zoom Education Summit
Register for the inaugural Zoom Education Summit!

On July 21, Zoom will host its inaugural Global Education Summit, a virtual experience focusing on the future of education. We’ll explore how hybrid work and hybrid learning are changing the primary & secondary (K-12) and post-secondary education landscape.

To register for the Summit, please visit Zoom Education Summit.