Tech 4 U: Making Technology Work for You

Keeping You Up-to-Date

The remote world is always changing, always progressing. Below are highlights of new features and settings in a variety of tools that you can take advantage of.

Highlights in this Newsletter:

1)     Zoom – New features and settings

2)     Brightspace – New experiences and updates

3)     Lockdown Browser & Respondus – New features for proctoring exams

4)     Virtual Drop-in Help for Brightspace and Zoom 


Zoom – New Features and Settings

There are some exciting new features and settings from Zoom that can enhance you and your student’s experience.

  • Enable Live Transcription – Enable the auto-transcription option that automatically provides captions during your class in real-time. This is incredibly helpful for students who may be unable to hear clearly or who may be in a loud environment. To use this feature, enable the setting in your CCC Zoom account and then enable it during class using the CC Live Transcript setting.
  • New (optional) Authentication option – A new optional authentication setting is available which, if enabled, will require users to be signed into their CCC Zoom account before being able to join your meeting. If you select “require authentication to join” you can now also select “CCC Users” as the authentication option.
  • For the best experience with Zoom, make sure you and your students are logged into the Zoom application before launching meetings.

Reminder: Zoom Cloud Recordings will be deleted 30 days after the term ends.

Zoom Cloud Recording is not a long-term recording storage solution. If you record your class sessions or other zoom meetings using “record to the cloud”, please note that those recordings will be deleted automatically 30 days after the term ends. If you need to maintain any of your cloud recordings, please download those recordings in a timely manner to avoid losing them.

New In Brightspace

New Assignment Creation Experience

You can opt-into a new assignment creation experience. This feature provides an opt-in experience for users to familiarize themselves with the new experience. There are some limitations with this tool*.

  • *Do NOT turn on the new creation experience if you use Turnitin, rubrics, assignment categories, or grade categories.

New Assignment Grading Experience
You can opt-into a new assignment grading experience*. This feature provides an opt-in experience for users to familiarize themselves with the new experience when evaluating in Assignments. In future releases this evaluation experience will become available in additional tools.

  • *Do NOT turn on the new grading experience if you use Turnitin, anonymous marking/grading, have multiple rubrics or large rubrics, use group assignments extensively, use email/instant message tools while evaluating, use the Edit a Copy function to annotate text or html submissions.

Word Count now visible in Discussions

Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor Updates

There is now an additional option for remote proctoring. The new Instructor Live Proctoring option enables instructors to use a video conferencing system (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet) for live, remote testing. LockDown Browser prevents cheating on the computer or device itself, while the instructor watches students via video conferencing. This mode of testing is recommended for small, synchronous classes where instructors can effectively manage and observe students during the exam.

Explore fun and effective ways to customize your course in Brightspace

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Upcoming Training

Access the complete list of drop-ins and register here.

  • Drop-in Help for Brightspace or Zoom (Jan-May 2021)
  • Request an Individual Appointment

·        Brightspace Assessment Knowledge Base Resources


What’s New in Brightspace?

Every month D2L publishes notes on new features released in Brightspace. Keep informed and see below!

Help and Resources