What's New

Coming soon to Buzz (updated 06/16/2022)

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

Feature switch update: Dark color scheme

Announced: June 16, 2022

Release date: July 14, 2022

In March of this year, we released a new optional feature: Dark color scheme under an admin feature switch.

When we release new features that may impact current workflows, we keep the feature switch default setting to disabled, so you can explore them at your own pace before we enable them by default.

On July 14 of this year, we will change the default setting for Dark color schemes from disabled to enabled. Administrators can still choose to disable the feature at that time.

Feature switch update: Student due date scheduler

Announced: June 16, 2022

Release date: July 14, 2022

In November of last year, we released a new optional feature: Student due date scheduler under an admin feature switch.

When we release new features that may impact current workflows, we keep the feature switch default setting to disabled, so you can explore them at your own pace before we enable them by default.

On July 14 of this year, we will change the default setting for Student due date scheduler from disabled to enabled. Administrators can still choose to disable the feature at that time.

Sign up for our grade passback beta!

Announced: May 26, 2022

Release date: Summer 2022

Our grade passback using Buzz's SIS Sync (via OneRoster) is ready for beta!

If you're interested, but haven't signed up, there's still time: System administrators can sign up to get ongoing updates about this feature and to have a chance to take part in our beta program.

  • Remember, you must use the Buzz SIS Sync (via OneRoster).
  • If you're not the system administrator in your organization, but want your school to participate, please send this form to your system administrator.

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

Announced: March 10, 2022

Release date: March 24, 2022

Change: Updating Buzz's Google Analytics integrations to reduce the use of cookies and adding 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.

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