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Using Brightspace by D2L

Brightspace by D2L is a Learning Management System (LMS). It provides a password protected environment in which to house online course materials and provides innovative tools designed to make teaching online more efficient and more intuitive.

Brightspace provides extensive assessment tools and collaboration tools including a discussion forum, an internal email system, chat feature, quiz tool, and assignment dropbox -just to name a few.

Content is primarily presented in the form of online notes but audio, video, and other multimedia elements can also be added.

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Using Brightspace Online

Brightspace by D2L is a Learning Management System (LMS). It provides a password protected environment in which to house online course materials and provides innovative tools designed to make teaching online more efficient and more intuitive.

Brightspace provides extensive assessment tools and collaboration tools including a discussion forum, an internal email system, chat feature, quiz tool, and assignment dropbox -just to name a few.

Content is primarily presented in the form of online notes but audio, video, and other multimedia elements can also be added.

Using Brightspace On Campus

We have automated our online course generation process for on campus delivery. All course shells will be generated - and populated with students - automatically through PeopleSoft.

As Faculty, you will also be given access to your respective courses through PeopleSoft. If you have problems logging in, please contact the DL Help Desk or your Campus Administrator.

Your course shells are empty when they are initially created through PeopleSoft; however, you now have the ability to copy course content and oher components yourself.

The process is to export components from the source course (previous version);  then import to your current course, and is described in detail in the video below:

Brightspace Community

Brightspace Community

The Brightspace Community is a great way to network, explore possibilities and share resources.  All faculty are encouraged to become a member by completing the Enrollment Form from D2L.

Once enrolled, members can log into the community to participate in the discussion forum, read articles on teaching and learning, exchange ideas, and find help on all aspects of the Brightspace platform.

Please note that this site is not maintained by CNA and the information contained on the site serves a wider audience who may have different versions of Brightspace and/or use different templates, navigation, etc. than those used by CNA.

Gradebook

The Grade Book in Brightspace provides an easy way:

  • for you to record your students grades as they progress through their course(s),
  • for students to log in and see how they are doing at any time, and; most importantly
  • for you to transfer your final grade reports to PeopleSoft.

The Brightspace Grade Book Manual - NOW WITH VIDEOS (Revised June 16, 2016 - Steps for Reopening Your Gradebook, on page 21, have been changed) walks you through the process from start to finish. It details how to set up your Grade Book, how to record grades, and how to prepare and transfer your grades to PeopleSoft.

Tips and Tutorials

This section provides links to quality resources to help you become proficient in the use of Brightspace by D2L.

Desire2Learn Quick Guide for Version 10 (PDF file 61KB)

tips

Desire2Learn Quick Guide for Version 10 is a two-page brochure that provides a brief step-by-step description of how to complete some of the most common tasks in D2L.

The guide includes the following topics: Working with Quizzes, Editing Questions and Layout, Setting up Discussion Forums and Topics, Uploading Files into a Course, Managing Course Content, Setting up the Gradebook, Working with Grades, Working with Groups, and Setting up the Assignment Dropbox.

Download Desire2Learn Quick Guide (PDF 655KB).

Brightspace Tutorials

As of August 2016, we are using Brightspace version 10.6.3.