Academic Technology Updates for October 2023

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

Badging Opportunity

Information Technology (IT) and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) have teamed up to host the Making the Most of MyCourses workshop series. Please visit the CTE Badging Website for details about how to participate and receive a badge.


Chat Tool End of Life

D2L will disable the MyCourses Chat Tool in January 2024.

“Online communication has evolved over time and has been replaced by instant messaging on mobile devices. Even AOL closed its chat rooms in 2010! Use of our chat tool has been declining over the years, and this decision allows us to simplify our platform by reducing confusion around tools that do similar things.” – D2L

IT recommends the Instant Messages tool or the Microsoft Course Connector as an alternative to the Chat Tool.

Brightspace Editor – Users can set the Text Direction attribute for the entire page

This feature allows instructors, when creating Content or Widgets, to set the directionality for all text on a page when using the Attributes menu in Brightspace Editor. The Text Direction attribute can be applied to the entire page by navigating to Attributes > Page Attributes and selecting the desired text direction. The attribute can have text be DefaultLeft to Right or Right to Left.

Previously it was only possible to set the text direction attribute on Selected Items.

The Brightspace Editor Attributes Menu window. The Text Direction dropdown menu has been highlighted.
Figure: Set the text directionality of your Content or Widget by selecting it from the Text Direction drop-down menu.

Need to learn more?

Need to learn more about MyCourses, Zoom, Accessibility, or Classroom Technology?

Check the IT Webinar Schedule – OR- Schedule a 1-1 Consultation