Technology Assistance Center Newsletter
September 2019

A look at the upcoming changes and improvements to the Brightspace learning environment that will take effect during the last week of September and more!


New TAC Helpdesk

The Technology Assistance Center has a new helpdesk system!

The new system will make it easier for staff, students, and faculty to submit problems, questions, and requests to both I.T. Services and eLearning and allows us to track problems more effectively.

Creating a ticket is easy! All you need to do is visit http://tac.gfcmsu.edu and click on the menu under either I.T. Services or eLearning Services and click on "Create a Ticket". Fill out the brief form and click "Submit".
Note: Enter your email address in the field marked "Search a requester".

Be on the lookout for Lunch With I.T. Invites! Coming Soon!


Assignments - Grades entered in Assignments and Grade Book are synchronized | New

Previously, when grades were entered in the assignments tool the grade was passed to the gradebook but not vice versa. With this update when a grade is entered in the gradebook for an assignment that grade will automatically carry over to the grading area of the assignments tool.

Note: Existing grade data prior to the update will not display this functionality but any grades entered for an assignment in the gradebook after the update will be reflected in the assignments tool grading area.


Discussions - Grades entered in Discussions and Grade Book are synchronized | New

Previously, when grades were entered in the discussions tool the grade was passed to the gradebook but not vice versa. With this update when a grade is entered in the gradebook for a discussion that grade will automatically carry over to the grading area of the discussions tool.

Note: Existing grade data prior to the update will not display this functionality but any grades entered for a discussion in the gradebook after the update will be reflected in the discussions tool grading area.


Quick Eval - Activities View | New

Quick Eval has been available for a couple of months now and allows instructors to view all of their ungraded assignments for all courses in one place. The link to access Quick Eval is on the My Home screen.

With this update instructors will be able to see different types of activites and not just assignments by clicking on the "Activities" button. My understanding is that the "Submissions" button will show only assignment submissions and the activities button will show assignments, discussions, and quizzes.


Release Conditions - Release condition for topic completion | New

As of this update there will be a new release condition for topic completion. You will be able to use this to conditionally release a topic or activity based on whether the user visited a content topic, visited all of the content topics, did not visit a content topic, completed a content topic, or has not completed a content topic.

We're Happy to help!

If you have any questions about the upcoming changes, troubleshooting questions, or anything else related to Brightspace or the Technology Assistance Center, please let us know!

Visit us in G100,
give us a call at 406-771-4440,
fill out our support form at http://tac.gfcmsu.edu/ticketform.html,
or email us
For I.T. related inquiries: helpdesk@gfcmsu.edu
For Brightspace or eLearning inquiries: elearning@gfcmsu.edu

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