August 2023

Announcements – Pin announcements to top of Announcement widget and tool pages| New

With this release, instructors and administrators can now pin announcements and global announcements to the top of the Announcement Widget and Tool pages, allowing important information to remain visible to learners. Announcements so pinned are indicated to learners as such with the use of a new pinned icon that appears on the announcement. Global announcements appear at the top of the page before any announcements pinned within a course offering.

Note: Pinning or viewing pinned announcements is not currently supported in Slim Announcements.

The Announcement page with the Pin to top option selected and the Announcement has been pinned message.

Figure: Select Pin to top to pin an announcement to the top of the Announcement Widget.

This feature implements the following PIE item:

  • D7111 (Ability to Pin Announcement to the Top)

Rubrics – Improve your evaluation experience with the new collapsible panel for Assignments and Discussions in mobile view | Updated

When evaluating assignments or discussions in a mobile browser, instructors can now collapse the containers for Rubrics, Grades & Feedback, Outcomes, and Competencies. The new collapsible container appears in the right-hand panel and reduces unnecessary scrolling, giving instructors more control over which fields are displayed to them. Each component is open by default when the instructor accesses the item. Instructors can open and close each collapsible component by selecting the triangle beside the name of the container.

Note: This change applies to the mobile view only.

Rubrics – Pop-out details provide increased evaluator awareness | Updated

To provide a more complete context for learner evaluation, rubric pop-outs now provide activity details including activity title, course name, learner name, and evaluator name. The evaluator name only appears if it is explicitly assigned; implicit evaluators’ names do not appear with the additional details. These additional details are critical for new multi-evaluation workflows, where evaluators can have access to view and edit multiple rubrics concurrently. However, having the additional activity details in the single-evaluation experience also provides consistency across all evaluator experiences.

Note: Multi-evaluation workflows are currently only available as part of a development pilot program.

Previously, the activity title, course name, learner name, and evaluator name were not visible in the rubric pop-outs.

Note: Learner name information respects user information privacy policies and displays Anonymous if evaluating with the Anonymous role or marking in Anonymous Mode.

User Progress – Class Progress displays absent periods more clearly | Updated

This feature updates Class Progress to better align the course access date and the absent period. When viewing data for Course Access, the absent period now correlates to the course access date on the same line.

Previously, the course access date and absent period were misaligned, which caused confusion to users viewing the data.

This feature addresses the following accessibility criteria:

  • WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.4.8 Visual Presentation


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