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Brightspace

Updated Virtual Classroom Components and Experience

Go live Thursday 20 August

Many backend and frontend components used in Virtual Classroom will be upgraded, to help improve the quality and stability of the platform. Along with the upgrades, various changes will be made to the user experience.

Presentation

  • Presenters will be able to use the new presentation bar under the presentation, where presentation controls will have been consolidated, this used to be done bny clicking on the + icon.
  • Presenters will be able to zoom in on the presentation and pan around the presentation if zoomed in. Zooming and panning will be seen by all meeting viewers.
  • Users will have the ability to minimize the presentation area completely if it is not being used. The presentation can be restored using the button in the bottom right corner.
  • Viewers will have the option to make the presentation fullscreen.

Audio

  • Users will be offered the dial-in information directly from the join audio prompt seen when joining the meeting or clicking the ‘Join Audio’ button.

  • A new speaker indicator at the top of the screen will indicate who is speaking. Moderators can click this indicator to quickly mute a disruptive user.

  • If a dial-in user is kicked out of the meeting, they will not be able to rejoin the meeting.

Video

  • Users will be able to select which camera they want to use from a dropdown before activating the camera. Users are also able to select a quality for their camera.
  • Viewers will have the option to make any camera or screenshare fullscreen.

Participants and Chat

  • The participant menu and chat will be separate items in the new left menu.
  • The mute-all and permission locking items will be easily accessible to moderators inside the participant menu.
  • The presenter will be highlighted in the participant menu to help clarify who is presenting.

 

Breakout Rooms

  • The breakout room menu will be available to moderators from the left menu.
  • Moderators will have the capability to randomly assign users to breakout rooms to speed up the setup of rooms.
  • Moderators will be able to drop in and out of audio for each breakout room from the main room, using the breakout room menu.

Other

  • Recording the meeting will show a timer at the top of the screen indicating how long the recording has been going.
  • Polling will be available to presenters from the left menu.

  • Live captioning will be available to moderators from the left menu.
  • If captions are available, viewers can easily enable them from the bottom left corner.