D2L - Summer 2017 Upgrade Features, Changes and Known Issues for Students

This is a list of new features, changes and known issues for the Summer 2017 update of D2L, which coincides with the upgrade of Brightspace from 10.6.0 to 10.7.0 MR1 on June 6-7, 2017. This was last updated August 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm.

New Features and Changes


Ensure You’re Using a Supported Browser

With the Summer 2017 upgrade, Internet Explorer 10 and Safari 6, 7 and 8 are no longer supported by D2L. The preferred browser is Google Chrome. Firefox is also supported. Edge and Safari are supported, but their use is discouraged.

There is no change in the support of mobile browsers.

Improved Copy/Cut and Paste from Microsoft Word and Excel

When pasting into D2L, users now have the option of pasting as plain text (recommended) or pasting with formatting preserved. When pasting, users are prompted with the options: Remove Formatting or Keep Formatting. Colors, font size, indentation and typeface changes are preserved. Table formatting and Excel cell layout are also preserved.

Note: there is no paste icon in the HTML Editor. Instead, press CTRL+V in Windows, or Command-V on a Mac. To paste as plain text, use CTRL+Shift+V in Windows, or Command-Option-Shift-V on Mac.

Improvements in Image and PDF Viewing

In previous versions of D2L, PDFs and images would load in the Document Viewer. Images and PDFs no longer require the Document Viewer.

Equations Now Previewed in the HTML Editor

The Equation Editor is updated and is now able to insert preview of equations directly into the HTML Editor.


Accessibility Improvements


Copy Replies with the Parent Post

When using More Actions > Copy while reading a post, a checkbox is available labeled ‘Copy replies’. If checked, the replies to a thread will copy along with the original thread post.

Quizzes, Surveys

Quiz and Survey Answers Now Highlight

Multiple Choice, True/False and Multiple Select questions are now grey when the mouse moves over an answer, and the answer background turns blue.

User Progress/Class Progress

Weights Shown with Grades

In the Grades section of User Progress, grade weights are now displayed below the grade entered by the instructor.

Known Issues

Known issues are problems found with D2L or other tools associated with the D2L service that are considered incorrect behavior by the vendor. Known issues will likely be addressed at a later time.




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