Wednesday, March 16, 2016

BIG Improvements Coming to BOLT May 20, 2016

After in-depth testing and analysis, Brightspace identified key terminology to update and improve the user experience within BOLT. Updates will be display only; the tools will continue to function exactly the same as they do now.

Based on the results of the testing, the terms changing in BOLT for students are:

  • News to Announcements
  • Dropbox to Assignments
a screenshot showing the change to Announcements and Assignments on the course homepage in BOLT

Again, please note these are language term changes and that functionality will remain the same. 

For more information on the changes and for ways we plan to support you, follow the jump cut...

The Changes 

Brightspace's testing indicated that users had a better experience with the learning environment when using the updated terms. According to the testing, users prefer terms to reflect their practices and present a clear idea of functionality.

For example, users think of the Dropbox tool as a place to submit assignments. Therefore the tool should be called Assignments which is clear and reduces confusion about the online storage solution at

a screenshot of the Coursework drop down menu showing the change from Dropbox to Assignments

News will be changed to Announcements to clarify the function of the tool. 
a screenshot showing the upcoming change in May to Announcements from News on the course homepage

The IMDC Supports You

We have resources available to help you with these and any changes in BOLT.

Online Resources

The documentation and tutorials on the Student Support Page will be updated to reflect the language changes in BOLT.

Hands on Help

You can call or email the IMDC to get hands on help. 

Our BOLT Support staff is on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Our Semester Hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm.
Our Summer Hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm.

You can reach us by calling (570)389-2888 or by emailing

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