What's New

Coming soon to Buzz (updated 03/24/2022)

Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member
  • Updated:

A round-up of some upcoming changes to the Buzz platform.


Reduced use of cookies and added IP masking to Google Analytics integrations

Announced: March 10, 2022

Release date: March 24, 2022

Change: Updated Buzz's Google Analytics integrations to reduce the use of cookies and added IP masking. Only customers that integrate with this tool will be impacted.

Google Analytics will begin tracking users differently after this change, so customers may see their usage attributed to a new user going forward.

Reason for this change: To improve user privacy.

Update default content font

Announced: January 28, 2022

Released: February 3, 2022

Change: Changing the default font used for user-created content from Verdana to Roboto.

Reason for this change: Roboto is already used for all other default fonts in Buzz, so this increases consistency. Certain special characters (pi, for example) are better represented in Roboto. This change will impact user-created content where the font was not changed from the default font. Users can still change their fonts with the rich text editor.  

Beta LTI 1.3 for Publish Anywhere

Announced: September 16, 2021

Released: September 30, 2021

Change: LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage are now enabled for Publish Anywhere in beta.

Reason for this change: To take advantage of the updated security in LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage.

Learn more: Publish Anywhere publisher steps: How to export courses

Blocking messages to unverified accounts

Announced: February 23, 2021 (originally posted only to authorized support contacts) and February 25, 2021

Updated: July 15, 2021

Released: August 19, 2021

Change: Buzz will begin blocking messages for unverified emails and phone numbers. After implementation, when a message is sent from Buzz to an unverified account, the user is given one week to verify their information before Buzz begins blocking messages. During this grace period, the banner remains visible, and users receive an automated message from Buzz prompting them to verify their information along with the first message they receive during this time.

This change impacts: All Buzz users who have not verified their email and/or phone numbers.

Reason for this change: Improve security for users.

Changes to Remediation assessments

Announced: July 15, 2021

Released: August 12, 2021

Change: We enhanced Remediation assessments to automatically grant a student a retry on any gradable activities that are aligned to objectives that the student failed to show mastery of in the Remediation assessment.

As a part of this, we also updated the Activity stream to inform learners of activity retry opportunities and recommendations that are initiated by this change. 

Reason for this change: To better personalize learning and help the student gain proficiency in the learning objective.

Option to ignore gating settings for observers

Announced: July 15, 2021

Released: July 22, 2021

Planned change: A new Domain setting that allows the removal of various gating restrictions for observers. For example, the setting can be used to allow an observer to view an activity that is blocked from the observed students because they haven't completed a previous activity.

Reason for this change: This allows an observer to provide better support to their student.

Updating rubrics to display point value instead of point range

Announced: June 25, 2021

Released: July 1, 2021

Change: Instead of displaying a points range in Buzz's rubric headers, Buzz now displays the exact point value that will be granted if the level is selected.

Reason for this change: To make the rubric easier to use, more intuitive, and consistent with other grading tools.

Enabling SpeechStream in assessments

Announced: June 11, 2021

Released: June 17, 2021

Change: A new option will be added to the Assessment activity editor > Advanced assessment options allowing students to use SpeechStream during the assessment.

Teachers and other content authors can enable this option for an assessment wherever SpeechStream is enabled for the domain.

Reason for this change: To further enhance Buzz's accessibility and general usability.

Enhancing the security of Google Drive integration

Announced: June 15, 2021

Released: June 17, 2021

Change: We are enhancing the security of Buzz's default Google Drive file picker. After this update, users who have already granted access allowing Buzz to embed files may be asked to grant this access again.

This change impacts: All Buzz users in domains with Google Drive integration.

Reason for this change: Improve security for users.

Changed ‘Mail From:’

Announced: March 25, 2021

Released: April 29, 2021

Released change: The Mail From: domain has been changed from amazonses.com to buzz-mail.agilix.com. When messages are sent from Buzz, there is a Mail From field and a From field. Mail From has been changed; From continues to be mailer@agilix.com.

This change impacts: Buzz users hosted by Agilix at subdomain.agilixbuzz.com or custom URL with an API address of api.agilixbuzz.com. The Mail From: appears in the email header and is not normally visible to the students or teachers.

Reason for change: For some school email systems, they only allow certain ‘Mail From:’ domains to message their students and teachers. Previously, they couldn’t allow emails from the amazonses.com domain as that is also used by thousands of other websites. Having a ‘Mail From:’ domain that is owned by Agilix will allow these schools to allow a domain that is specifically used for Buzz communication.

Next steps: If your email system restricts the domains that are allowed to message your students and teachers using the Mail From: field, you should include both amazonses.com and buzz-mail.agilix.com as authorized senders. After we make the change on April 29, you can remove amazonses.com domain from your security rules.

Changed how updated password security works

Announced: April 1, 2021

Release: April 22, 2021

Released change: When a user's password is changed, any current sessions where that user is authenticated using the previous password now becomes inactive, and the user will have to login again with the new password.

  • If a user changes their own password and is using one browser, they will continue to be able to use Buzz without having to sign in again as long as it is the same browser session.
  • If a user changes their own password and is using multiple browsers, they will continue to be able to use Buzz without having to sign in again with the same browser session. However, they will have to sign in with the new password in the other browser(s).
  • If an admin changes a user's password while the user is using Buzz, the user will have to sign in again with the new password.

Reason for change: We are making this change to enhance security around the user's sessions.

Messaging updates in Buzz: New and updated Domain feature switches

Announced: March 4, 2021

Released: March 11, 2021

In this release, we made the following updates to Domain feature switches:

  • Added Enable user notifications. When disabled, the Notification preferences card is hidden in User settings and no notifications are sent to users (including the banner asking users to verify email addresses and phone numbers). 
  • Updated the Enable email switch, so that, when disabled, Buzz no longer allows users to receive messages sent by another user from Buzz. 

Increased security for Buzz

Announced: December 1, 2020

Released: February 18, 2021

Starting on February 18, 2021 (previously January 14), the Buzz LMS discontinued support of being embedded within another website (specifically, websites that loaded Buzz in an iframe). This change will improve the security of Buzz and prevent some malicious attempts to hijack a users account.

New "Congratulations!" prompts for continuous courses

Announced: September 17, 2020

Released: October 1, 2020

As previously announced, students in continuous enrollment courses now receive congratulatory prompts when they complete all activities by the recommended deadlines.

This is intended to help students recognize when they are caught up on a course, so they can assess their best next steps.


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