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Keeping Up-to-date with LEARN Email or Text Notifications

December 14, 2017 • Written by

You are able to set up email and mobile notifications in LEARN so that you can keep as up-to-date as possible on all activities from within your courses.

As an instructor, having students set up notifications will ensure they receive News updates, or other notifications as soon as possible. This is especially useful for communicating cancellations or changes due to weather or other circumstances.

  • From within LEARN, click your username and then notifications
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  • You are then able to enable email and/or mobile notifications, and then define exactly what you will receive notifications on and from which courses.
  • Once done, click “Save”
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Respondus LockDown – new features and changes – late May 2017

May 30, 2017 • Written by

LEARN is removing the “LockDown Browser” option from the “Restrictions” tab in the Quiz settings. Instead, the LDB (LockDown Browser) will now be configured either from the Quiz tool main menu (“LockDown Browser” tab) or by creating an external link to the LockDown Browser Dashboard. This change also brings a new feature which allows students the ability to launch the LDB from the quiz start area.

To configure a quiz to use the “LockDown Browser” follow these steps:

1. Under the “Assessments tab” select “Quizzes”

2. Click on the “LockDown Browser” tab

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3. Pick a quiz that requires the LockDown Browser, then select from the dropdown “Modify Settings”

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4. Choose the Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam” to unlock the LockDown Browser settings.

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5. You will also have the ability to pick more advanced settings.

6. When you are satisfied with your selections click “Save and Close” at the bottom right.

You have now setup the quiz to use the “LockDown Browser”.

As well, students now have the ability to launch the “LockDown Browser” from the start of a quiz:

1. When the student selects a quiz that is setup to use the “LockDown Browser” they will see the “Launch LockDown Browser” button at bottom of the quiz start page.

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2. The “Launch LockDown Browser” button will check to see if the user has the LockDownBrowser installed and will prompt them to install it if they haven’t already.

Contact LEARN Support if you have any questions regarding the changes. (learn@rrc.ca)

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Brightspace Manitoba Connection (D2L) Conference

March 16, 2017 • Written by

Brightspace Manitoba Connection (D2L) Conference
May 26, 2017   9:00am to 2:20pm
Red River College’s Roblin Centre – 160 Princess St, Winnipeg, MB
Cost – Free

Red River College is hosting a conference about LEARN in collaboration with D2L – Brightspace Manitoba Connection. LEARN (otherwise known as Brightspace) is D2L’s flagship product.  Brightspace Manitoba Connection is your opportunity to connect with peers and D2L staff, exchange product feedback, share effective practices, and network with other users. Brightspace Connection will showcase teaching and learning within Brightspace, and sessions will feature topics such as effective practices in instructional design, technology integration, and administrative management. The event is sponsored by D2L and is free to attend.

The event’s goals are:
1. Provide free professional development sessions for online and blended learning
2. Build a strong community between Brightspace users and employees
3. Enhance the networking opportunities among the various members of the user community
4. Inform the user community about new features of the Brightspace platform

If you’re interested in presenting at the event, please indicate that on the registration page. We’re looking for sessions about:
pedagogical practices using Brightspace
highlighting noteworthy projects with your peers / institutions involving Brightspace
innovative use of Brightspace tools

Conference Agenda
9:00 am –    Registration desk open
9:30 am –   10:10 am   Opening Session
10:15 am – 11:05 am   Breakout Sessions (details coming soon)
11:15 am – 12:05 pm   Breakout Sessions (details coming soon)
12:15 am – 12:55 pm   Catered Lunch
1:00 pm –    1:50 pm    Breakout Sessions / Ateliers
2:00 pm –    2:20 pm    Closing Session


Registration: Please go to https://www.d2l.com/events/regional/manitoba/ to register.

LEARN Cloud Migration Update December 14th

December 14, 2016 • Written by

LEARN’s move to the cloud is still on schedule for December 19th. Please be aware that LEARN will be down from 5pm Monday, December 19th until 11am Tuesday, December 20th.

The integration between Colleague and LEARN has been implemented and is working as expected. This integration controls courses being created in LEARN and student and instructor enrollment in their courses. Only 2017 courses and enrollments are being affected by the integration.

Please let LEARN Support (learn@rrc.ca) know if you see any problems with any of your 2017 courses.

Integration Changes:

  1. Colleague Crosslisting will be actively reflected in LEARN automatically. Previously this crosslisting only showed up in LEARN if the course was already crosslisted when it was entered into LEARN.
  2. Crosslisting will no longer delete the child’s course offering. Instead the child’s course offering will be renamed and set to be “inactive”. The name will be changed to include (Deactivated Crosslisting) in the title. The course will be “inactive” because simply moving the sections to a new parent does not remove those who are enrolled as Developer, EA, Editor, etc. This will prevent them from accessing the course and being confused as to why there are no students there anymore. The child course offering is not being deleted because Colleague crosslisting could have potentially accidentally deleted courses with real user progress or course files in them.
  3. Courses cancelled in Colleague will be renamed to include (Cancelled) in the title and the course will be set to inactive.
  4. We will be able to extend course end dates on demand.
  5. We will be able to extend program end dates on demand.

Login Changes

After the upgrade you will see a new login page. You can see screenshots of this new login page here. To login, click the LEARN Login button and then for your username enter your RRC email address instead of just your username. Your password will be the same. For students this will be username@academic.rrc.ca. For staff this will be username@rrc.ca. Logins through HUB will remain unchanged.

Please be aware that LEARN will be down from 5pm Monday, December 19th until 11am Tuesday, December 20th.

This window will see the last data migrated to the cloud, LEARN upgraded to the latest version, and testing performed to make sure that everything is working. There will absolutely be no data loss. If there is a problem we can always revert to our on premise hosting of LEARN which will not be deleted until we are sure we’re working well on the cloud.

LEARN Cloud Migration Update December 6

December 6, 2016 • Written by

LEARN’s move to the cloud is still on schedule for December 19th.

The new integration between Colleague and LEARN has not been entirely finalized yet, but should be soon. The new integration for LEARN will only affect 2017 courses so that no changes are made to actively running courses where possible.

Integration Changes:

  1. Colleague Crosslisting will be actively reflected in LEARN automatically. Previously this crosslisting only showed up in LEARN if the course was already crosslisted when it was entered into LEARN.
  2. Crosslisting will no longer delete the child’s course offering. Instead the child’s course offering will be renamed and set to be “inactive”. The name will be changed to include (Deactivated Crosslisting) in the title. The course will be “inactive” because simply moving the sections to a new parent does not remove those who are enrolled as Developer, EA, Editor, etc. This will prevent them from accessing the course and being confused as to why there are no students there anymore. The child course offering is not being deleted because Colleague crosslisting could have potentially accidentally deleted courses with real user progress or course files in them.
  3. Courses cancelled in Colleague will be renamed to include (Cancelled) in the title and the course will be set to inactive.
  4. We will be able to extend course end dates on demand.
  5. We will be able to extend program end dates on demand.

An additional change is to how users will login to LEARN. Now that LEARN is using a federated login service, users will no longer be able to login directly on LEARN’s front page. They will need to either login through HUB or by clicking on the login button on LEARN’s front page. This new login will require you to enter your RRC email address instead of just your username. For students this will be username@academic.rrc.ca. For staff this will be username@rrc.ca. Please see this blog posting for more information.

Please be aware that LEARN will be down from 5pm Monday, December 19th until 10am Tuesday, December 20th.

This window will see the last data migrated to the cloud, LEARN upgraded to the latest version, and testing performed to make sure that everything is working. There will absolutely be no data loss. If there is a problem we can always revert to our on premise hosting of LEARN which will not be deleted until we are sure we’re working well on the cloud.

HTTPS and LEARN

August 22, 2016 • Written by

What is HTTPS? HTTPS uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to encrypt and decrypt user page requests over the internet. This helps keep the information that you enter into your browser private as it travels through the internet. LEARN supports HTTPS fully.

LEARN was recently upgraded to a new version of D2L Brightspace – 10.6.3. A side effect of this upgrade is that our existing implementation of HTTPS stopped working properly. Previously HTTPS was enforced only on the login page in order to protect users’ login credentials. When users entered LEARN HTTPS became optional. Currently if we set the system to enforce HTTPS on the login page users are unable to login properly. It is particularly critical that logins to LEARN are done through HTTPS to protect users’ login credentials.

D2L is working on the problem, but if a solution isn’t found soon we are going to have to force HTTPS on throughout LEARN. This may have some side effects if courses are embedding insecure content. If the provider of content that’s been embedded in LEARN doesn’t support HTTPS it will not work when HTTPS is enforced. In most cases external content providers already support secure connections. For example, video providers like YouTube, Vimeo, and the College’s ShareStream video service all support HTTPS natively.

Even if we fix the current problem with HTTPS logins, we are going to be turning on HTTPS only in the fall prior to LEARN migrating to a cloud service.

Check if Your Course Is Affected

If you want to see what your course will look like when we switch over to HTTPS you can do this now. If you type https:// before the learn.rrc.ca address in your URL bar (https://learn.rrc.ca) you will be able to navigate through LEARN using a secure connection. If you have trouble seeing your content when accessing LEARN through HTTPS please contact us at learn@rrc.ca.

LEARN Upgrade Completed – August 10, 2016

August 10, 2016 • Written by

LEARN has been upgraded to a new version 10.6.3.

All problems in the upgrade have been fixed.

  • All browsers should now be able to login to LEARN.
  • The login through HUB and the Employee Development pages has been fixed by ITS.

This new version includes many new requested features, enhancements and bugfixes. In general, LEARN still looks and feels the same, but many features have smoother and more intuitive workflows. The TLTC and LEARN Support have developed a guide to the changes: http://blogs.rrc.ca/tltc/fall-2016-learn-upgrade/.

If you have any questions or concerns about this upgrade please contact us at LEARN Support at learn@rrc.ca.

LEARN Upgrade 2016

August 10, 2016 • Written by

In August of 2016 LEARN is receiving and upgrade from version 10.3.20 – v10.6.  Though these are point version updates there are many features that have been upgraded and/or introduced to the system.

Please feel free to view the full release notes from D2L:  v10.4.0-v10.4.12 and v10.5.0-v10.6.3

Or view our highlighted changes below:

Gradebook – Student View: Hiding and Releasing Grade Items and Details

April 26, 2016 • Written by

Gradebook – Student View:  Hiding and Releasing Grade Items and Details

LEARN’s gradebook is a flexible tool that gives instructors a great deal of control over how information is released to students.

Hiding a Grade Item or Category from Student View

There are many reasons you may wish to hide a grade item or category from student view.  You may wish to release grade items on a specific date, or only show a cumulative grade through the category.

Note:  Hiding grade items within a category may still display a grade on the category depending on the category settings.

Hiding/Releasing a Grade Item

  • Enter Course
  • Click “Assessments”, and “Grades”
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  • From “Manage Grades” click the “action” button (Framework.ContextMenu.dropArrow) beside the grade item you wish to hide/release, then click “Edit Grade Item”
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  • Click “Restrictions”
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  • Adjust the “Visibility” settings
    • Grade item is always visible” will allow a student to see this grade item unless a release condition is restricting it’s view or there are higher level restrictions on its category
    • Hide this grade item” will hide the grade item from student view until this setting is removed
    • Grade item is visible for a specific date range” will allow for a timed release of the grade item unless a release condition is restricting its view or there are higher level restrictions on its category
    • Release Conditions can be applied to any grade item. A release condition in its simplest form is a setting that will restrict the release of an item until a defined condition has been met

Hiding/Releasing a Grade Category

To hide/release a grade category follow the same steps outlined for a grade item, except select the “Edit Grade Item” from the category’s “action” button (Framework.ContextMenu.dropArrow).  When you apply a restriction to a category it will apply the chosen settings to the items within that category.  Individual settings can still be applied to the item within allowing for staggered releases etc.  Note that even if an individual item in a category is hidden from student view a category by default will show a cumulative grade unless you change those settings.

Changing the Display Settings on a Grade Item or Category

When you first run the “Gradebook Setup Wizard” you made some decisions on what grade details you would like the students to see.  You can run the wizard at any point to make changes, make changes in settings or override those settings on individual grade items and categories.

Gradebook Setup Wizard

  • Enter Course
  • Click “Assessments”, and “Grades”
  • Click “Gradebook Setup Wizard”
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  • Click “Start”
  • Follow the prompts

Settings

  • Enter Course
  • Click “Assessments”, and “Grades”
  • Click “Settings” near the upper right hand corner of the page
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  • Click “Personal Display Options” to adjust settings for your view
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  • Click “Org Unit Display Options” to adjust settings for student view

Override Settings in Grade Items/Categories

  • Enter Course
  • Click “Assessments”, and “Grades”
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  • From “Manage Grades” click the “action” button (Framework.ContextMenu.dropArrow) beside the grade item or category you wish to modify the student view in and click “Edit Grade Item”
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  • Under “Properties” scroll to the bottom of the page, click “Show Display Options” if it is hidden
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  • Apply any optional “Student View” settings you may want
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  • Click “Override display options for this item” and remove or add options
    • By removing all options under “Override display options for this item” the student will not see any grade for that item. This may be an appropriate setting for a grade category if you are staggering the release of the individual grade items

Click “Save” or “Save and Close”

Releasing the Final Grade

By default the final grade is not visible to students.  It is up to the instructor if/when they wish to release that final grade to the students.

When using the “Gradebook Setup Wizard” to apply the initial settings in the gradebook, you will have decided if you wanted to release the final calculated or adjusted grade to the students. This setting will only affect what the student is able to see.  For your reference and purposes both the calculated and adjusted final grades are available.  You will notice throughout the wizard, and when you view the gradebook settings that there are distinct settings for student or instructor view.

Releasing the Calculated or Adjusted Final Grade

You can opt to release the final calculated grade at any time during a course. Releasing the final calculated grade early will show the students a running total of how they are doing in the course. Note that your program may have policies about not releasing the final grades to students outside of Webadvisor.

To release the calculated or final grade:

  • Enter your course
  • Click “Assessments”, and “Grades”
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  • From Enter Grades or Manage Grades click the “action” (Framework.ContextMenu.dropArrow) button beside “Final Calculated Grade”, then click “Enter Grades”
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  • Note whether you are releasing the final adjusted or calculated grade based on the settings applied in the “Gradebook Setup Wizard” or settings
    LEARN_Release Final Adjusted Grade

    • If you are releasing the final adjusted grade, you will first have to transfer all grades to the “Final Adjusted Grade” column
      • Click the “action” button (Framework.ContextMenu.dropArrow) beside “Final Grades” (near the top of the page), click “Transfer All” or “Recalculate All”, make any adjustments needed and then “Save”
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    • Click the “action” button (Framework.ContextMenu.dropArrow) beside “Final Grades” (near the top of the page), click “Release All”
      • Manually release or un-release grades to specific students by checking or un-checking the box under the “Release Final Grade” column
    • Click “Save”
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