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This page provides an overview of future and past releases of Brightspace.


Upcoming release dates 2022

  • Thursday 20 October

  • Thursday 17 November

  • Thursday 15 December

What’s New? September 2022

On 15 September 2022, a new version of Brightspace (20.22.9) will be released. For a more detailed explanation of the release notes, see this Brightspace community page.

Assignments – Save time by copying assignments to other courses

Instructors who teach multiple courses can now copy assignments to other courses. To copy assignments, the user must be enrolled in both the source and destination course with a role having the permission Assignments > Copy to Other Courses in order to copy from source to destination.

Note: The permission is turned Off for all roles by default.

Instructor can copy assignments in two ways:

  1. Using the Assignments tool to select an existing assignment

  2. Using the New Content Experience (Lessons) tool

Each of these methods enables instructors to copy the following assignment attributes to the new destination:

  • Assignment folder and its properties, including instructions, assignment category, and visibility

  • Assignment properties, including description and category

  • Attachment (direct file attachments, uploaded from Google Workspace or OneDrive, and audio and video files)

  • Grade item and grade category

  • Availability dates

  • Submission and completion information, including the Optional Grade item and the course scheme

  • Rubric(s) associated with the assignment

Note: 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 its archived state in the destination course.

The following attributes are not copied to the new assignment destination:

  • Instruction Quicklinks and attachment resources created with the Attach link to existing activity action

  • Instruction images added using Insert Stuff 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)

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

Brightspace Pulse – Retirement of the + button for manual dates in Work To Do

The + button for adding manual dates in the work to do page is no longer available to learners. Previously, learners could use the + button to add personal due dates for activities. Now, only activities that come through Brightspace are viewable. All users who use this feature were notified a maximum of 90 days in advance each time they interacted with the manual dates, or +, button.

Course members - Easily access and view sections for specific users

Instructors can now use the Course members tool to view groups and sections. Previously, instructors could only view section enrollments using various filtering and sorting work flows or by searching within the Sections tool.

A new Course members tool permission View Section Enrollments can be used alongside the existing View Group Enrollments permission to allow for both sections and groups to be displayed in the Course members context menu. If a role has only one of the two permissions enabled, then users may only see either View group enrollments or View section enrollments in the Course members context menu.


Previous Releases

 What's New? August 2022

What’s New? August 2022

On 18 August 2022, a new version of Brightspace (20.22.8) will be released. For a more detailed explanation of the release notes, see this Brightspace community page.

Assignments - Apply the filters Show everyone and Show all groups for individual and group assignments

The default of instructors in an assignment is now “Show everyone/Show all groups” instead of “Users with submissions/Submitted groups”.

Brightspace Editor – Easily insert code snippets with the Insert Code option

It’s now possible for instructors to directly insert a code snipped into their content. This is done by selecting the “Other Insert Options” menu from the Editor toolbar, and then selecting the new “Insert Code” option. Previously, instructors had to use the <code> tag and build out their own code to add a code snippet in the editor.

 What's New? July 2022

What’s New? July 2022

On 21 July 2022, a new version of Brightspace (20.22.7) was released. For a more detailed explanation of the release notes, see this Brightspace community page.

Brightspace Platform Requirements - Receive browser update alerts

The supported browser list is updated to reflect browsers that need to be updated.
Users will receive the message “Your browser is looking a little retro” that prompts users to update their browser. Legacy Browsers are also updated. All users of Legacy Browsers receive the message “Unsupported Browser” either before or after logging in. There are no changes to the ability to access Brightspace.

Grades – Copy grade items only copies unique or in-use grade schemes

This feature updates the Copy Course Components functionality in regard to copying grade schemes to prevent unnecessary duplicates. When a grade item is copied, any grade scheme associated with the item is also copied. If an item in a grade scheme already exists in the course you are copying the grade scheme to, that item will not be copied to prevent duplicates.

Additionally, if you have created a scheme but have not linked that to any of the grade items, this scheme will not be copied to the other course.

More information about how to copy assignments and grade items to other courses can be found on the EDU Support page about Importing/Exporting/Copying course material.

 What’s New? June 2022

Copy assignments to another course

Instructors who teach several courses are now able to copy assignments between their courses. The following key assignment properties will be copied:

  • Assignment folder and properties, including instructions, assignment category, and visibility

  • Assignment properties including 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.

More information about how to copy assignments to other courses can be found on the EDU Support page about Importing/Exporting/Copying course material.

Streamline workflows with the replace uploaded files functionality

Instructors can now replace uploaded PDF, Word, PPT, and image files when editing a topic. This can be done by means of a button instead of deleting and re-uploading the file.

View user pronouns

The Course Members Tool can now display course members' pronouns next to their names.

Archiving Rubrics

It’s now possible to archive Rubrics when they can/are no longer used. Note: if you disconnect a rubric from an assignment while it is being used for grades, these grades are irrevocably lost.

More information about how to copy assignments to other courses can be found on the EDU Support page about Rubrics.

For a more detailed explanation of the release notes, see this Brightspace community page.

 What’s New? May 2022

On 27 May 2022, a new version of Brightspace (20.22.05) was released. Read more about what’s new on this Brightspace Community Article.

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