Bongo Service Patches, Spring 2020

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Indicates the new customer-facing features and changes included in our accelerated service patches, deployed to all Bongo production regions.

Bongo 20.2.15 Service Patch

Release Date: 6/17/2020

Various background performance enhancements

  • During peak usage periods, some customers have seen a "1002" error message when attempting to join audio in a Virtual Classroom meeting. This update reduces the frequency of this issue.

Bongo 20.2.14 Service Patch

Release Date: 6/11/2020

Various background performance enhancements

  • Related to scheduling meetings and copying courses.

Bongo 20.2.13 Service Patch

Release Date: 6/04/2020

Various background performance enhancements

  • Related to video processing time and scheduling meetings.

Bongo 20.2.12 Service Patch

Release Date: 5/28/2020

Virtual Classroom Audio Improvements on iOS

  • Users attending Virtual Classroom sessions using iOS 13.5 devices may have experienced an inability to hear audio.  This behavior has been improved to allow users attending Virtual Classroom sessions with iOS 13.5 to reliably hear audio. 
  • Users attending Virtual Classroom sessions on various versions of iOS may have experienced sudden fluctuations in volume.  This issue has been addressed and users should hear consistent levels of audio during their Virtual Classroom session while attending using their iOS devices.

Bongo 20.2.11 Service Patch

Release Date: 5/21/2020

Audio Component Upgrade in Virtual Classroom

  • The audio component of Virtual Classroom has been upgraded to a new version. With this updated component, iOS/iPadOS 13.4.x is now fully supported in Virtual Classroom.
  • Along with this upgrade, the iOS/iPadOS 13.4 warnings added in a previous patch have been removed.

Bongo 20.2.10 Service Patch

Release Date: 5/14/2020

Bypass Brightspace events API for whole-class meetings

  • For Brightspace users, the Bongo application calls a Brightspace API to determine if a user should see a Virtual Classroom session on the meeting list page. Depending on the number of meetings in the class, this call can take longer than desired to run.
  • If all of the meetings for a class are “Whole Class” meetings, it should not be necessary to make the Brightspace API call. As of the end of April, over 70% of classes have “Whole Class” meetings only. By removing the API call, users accessing these classes should see significantly faster load time of the meeting list page in Bongo.

Reduced bitrate for Virtual Classroom webcams

  • The target bitrate for sharing webcams in Virtual Classroom has been reduced from 300 kbps to 200 kbps. Testing has confirmed that this change has negligible to no difference in video quality while requiring less bandwidth for users sharing their webcam as well as those viewing webcams.

Bongo 20.2.9 Service Patch

Release Date: 5/7/2020

Improved performance on Meeting List page

  • Previously, the meeting list page in Bongo may have become slow to load as the number of meetings in the class increased.
  • The background call to retrieve the list of meetings has been optimized and users should observe faster response time when loading the meeting list page.

Bongo 20.2.8 Service Patch

Release Date: 4/30/2020

Virtual Classroom network monitor updates

  • Previously, the Virtual Classroom network monitor would test the user’s download speed every 60 seconds by doing a 512k download test. The download size has been increased to 3MB per test to get a more realistic metric.
  • Because of the increased download size, the test will no longer run automatically every 60 seconds. Instead, the user can run a test on-demand inside the details view of the network monitor. Downloading 512 KB every 60 seconds takes up substantial bandwidth on a connection that may already be constrained.  By making it on-demand, users on constrained networks can expect to have better audio/video quality
  • To accommodate these changes, the monitor rating is now only based on the ping value.

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Moved Virtual Classroom browser checks 

  • Due to some issues with browser compatibility checks on the meeting lobby page, these browser checks have been removed. The compatibility of a user’s browser will now be tested after he or she joins the session. 

Increase port range for audio connections 

  • Due to increased usage, there have been audio connection issues (1004 errors) for some customers. There were previously only 500 ports available for audio connections on a single meeting server. This has been increased to over 8,000.

 

Bongo 20.2.7 Service Patch

Release Date: 4/23/2020

iOS/iPadOS 13.4: Virtual Classroom video fix

  • Components of Virtual Classroom have been updated to address an issue caused by the iOS/iPadOS 13.4 update. iPhone and iPad users on this new version can now use the video functionality inside Virtual Classroom.

iOS/iPadOS 13.4: Virtual Classroom audio message 

  • iPhone and iPad users will be prompted to use dial-in to join audio in Virtual Classroom sessions due to issues caused by the iOS/iPadOS 13.4 update. A fix for these issues is in development, and the message will be removed when the fix is complete. 

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iOS/iPadOS 13.4: Q&A Fix 

  • Background components have been updated to fix an issue caused by the iOS/iPadOS 13.4 update for iPhone and iPad users completing Q&A assignments.

 

Bongo 20.2.6 Service Patch

Release Date: 4/16/2020

iOS/iPadOS 13.4 Meeting Lobby Page Warning

  • A message has been added to the Meeting Lobby Page for iOS/iPadOS users warning them not to upgrade to version 13.4 because that version does not currently support all components of Virtual Classroom. Users will need to access Virtual Classroom on a different device if they are using version 13.4. 91d883b5-75c3-4a44-a013-709a37fae86a.png

Bongo 20.2.5 Service Patch

Release Date: 4/15/2020

Institution flag to disable dial-in for learners

  • An institution flag was added that will disable dial-in for all learners in the institution. If this flag is enabled, the dial-in number will be omitted from the meeting lobby and meeting chat for all users. Educators will still be able to see dial-in numbers if this flag is enabled. This flag is disabled by default for all institutions.
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