By: Monica Gaertner, Product Manager
With the 20.23.01 January release, we introduce a new major BDS version 8 (d2l.Tools.BrightspaceDataSets.Version: 8). As our Change Management Policy indicates, we provide a 6-month adoption period for major changes because we recognize adopting major changes requires effort on your end. Please keep in mind that the adoption period will end in July 2023 and anyone who has not already adopted version 8 will be automatically migrated at that time.
Due to the impact to clients, major changes are something we try to avoid. However, providing data access to our clients in a performant, complete, and understandable way is our top priority. In the upcoming major version 8 the following 2 Brightspace Data Sets (BDS) have been affected:
- Quiz Objects BDS - removed DisableRightClick column
In August 2022 the Disable Right Click setting within quizzes was retired. There were several reasons for this, including browser security and accessibility. For more details on the decision to remove this setting please review this blog post: Retirement of Quizzes "Disable Right Click" Setting. As mentioned in the blog post, we are now removing this data from the Quiz Objects data set.
- Grade Objects BDS - removed CategoryName column
We determined that the Category Name column was redundant because the parent of a grade object is considered its Category, and the parent of a grade object is already identified by the ParentGradeObjectId column. Having duplicated data like this can lead to inconsistency (especially with our differentials) and inefficiencies in generating the data set, therefore we made the decision to remove this column. You can still find the Category Name in the Grade Objects BDS by using the ParentGradeObjectId column and the Name column (i.e. by joining Grade Objects to itself).
Please note that if you use Insights Report Builder (formerly Self-Serve Analytics; available as part of Performance Plus) you may be impacted by this major version change. Watch for an upcoming blog post providing more details on how you can update Insights Reports Builder for BDS Major version 8.
If you have additional questions about the new BDS Major version 8, please feel free to post below or reach out to your account team for some additional support and to learn about our consulting engagements.