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Finally, to post content (course materials) on Brightspace, you can review these resources:
 
Finally, to post content (course materials) on Brightspace, you can review these resources:
  
* Create a Course Overview
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* [https://youtu.be/o0DENk9Uxdw Create a Course Overview (video)]
* Add a Module
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* [https://youtu.be/g-LtyszhAGI Add a Module (video)]
* Upload a Topic
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* [https://youtu.be/aAguK-DGqTE Upload a Topic (video)]
* Create a File and Insert Stuff
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* [https://youtu.be/sEYVxRPLioE Create a File and Insert Stuff (video)]
* Delete a Module
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* [https://youtu.be/mB7YTi1NC-U Delete a Module (video)]
* Rearrange Topics, Submodules, and Modules
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* [https://youtu.be/fz9eLTQJqk0 Rearrange Topics, Submodules, and Modules (video)]
* Organizing Content in Brightspace
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* [https://www.pcc.edu/online/2018/05/organizing-content-in-d2l-brightspace/ Organizing Content in Brightspace]
  
  
More about Grades & Grading
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''More about Grades & Grading''
* Export Grades (video)
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* [https://youtu.be/HrsmdLDa-Zc Export Grades (video)]
* Adjust Final Grades
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* [https://documentation.brightspace.com/EN/semester_start/-/instructor/adjust_final_grades_all_students.htm Adjust Final Grades]
* Release Final Grades
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* [https://documentation.brightspace.com/EN/le/grades/instructor/release_final_grades.htm Release Final Grades]
* Final Grades FAQ
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* [https://documentation.brightspace.com/EN/semester_start/-/instructor/faq_final_grades.htm Final Grades FAQ]
  
  
 
==Cross-Listed Courses and Multiple Sections==
 
==Cross-Listed Courses and Multiple Sections==
If you teach a course that is cross-listed, you will have a Brightspace course for each cross-listing. You can combine the cross-listed courses into one Brightspace course so that you can post course materials and grades to one combined Brightspace course. Combining courses may also work for you if you are teaching different sections of the same course and would like to have the different sections combined into one Brightspace course so that you can post course documents and grades in the one combined course. This merging needs to be done before you start adding to the course. Submit a request to merge your Brightspace courses before you add course materials or grades to the courses.
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If you teach a course that is cross-listed, you will have a Brightspace course for each cross-listing. You can combine the cross-listed courses into one Brightspace course so that you can post course materials and grades to one combined Brightspace course. Combining courses may also work for you if you are teaching different sections of the same course and would like to have the different sections combined into one Brightspace course so that you can post course documents and grades in the one combined course. This merging needs to be done before you start adding to the course. [https://cat.xula.edu/food/brightspace-faq/#merge Submit a request to merge your Brightspace courses] before you add course materials or grades to the courses.
  
Additionally, if the course you are teaching is the same as one of your previous courses, you can copy the entire course (or copy components) into your "empty" Brightspace course.
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Additionally, if the course you are teaching is the same as one of your previous courses, you can [https://cat.xula.edu/food/brightspace-tip-171-copy-course-or-copy-components/ copy] the entire course (or [https://cat.xula.edu/food/brightspace-tip-171-copy-course-or-copy-components/ copy components]) into your "empty" Brightspace course.
  
  

Revision as of 15:23, 19 October 2020

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Instructors Quick Start Guide

Welcome to Xavier University of Louisiana! To successfully teach your courses, you must be able to utilize basic Brightspace tools. If you are not already familiar with Brightspace, or if you need a refresher, you are in the right place!

Please work your way through this simplified, three-step tutorial as you begin designing your course. CAT+FD staff are available for questions or consultations during regular business hours (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT M-F)

Contact Information:

In addition, D2L provides Brightspace help available 24/7 via Email and Live Chat. Learn more in this CAT FooD Blog post.


Getting Started Basics

If you are very new to Brightspace, you should start by reviewing these resources:


Step 1: Step Up Your Gradebook

The workflow in Brightspace may seem unusual, but it’s best to set up your gradebook first. Once you have your grading scheme in your syllabus, it’s easy to do. If you have little or no experience with using the Grades tool, you can review these resources:


Step 2: Set up Your Activities

If you plan to collect, manage, and grade student work, you will want to use the Assignments Tool in Brightspace. If you have little or no experience with using the Assignments Tool, you can review these resources:


If you plan to give quizzes, exams, or tests on Brightspace, you can review these resources:


Once you have all your activities set up, be sure each one is associated with the appropriate item in the Grades tool!


Step 3: Posting Content

Finally, to post content (course materials) on Brightspace, you can review these resources:


More about Grades & Grading


Cross-Listed Courses and Multiple Sections

If you teach a course that is cross-listed, you will have a Brightspace course for each cross-listing. You can combine the cross-listed courses into one Brightspace course so that you can post course materials and grades to one combined Brightspace course. Combining courses may also work for you if you are teaching different sections of the same course and would like to have the different sections combined into one Brightspace course so that you can post course documents and grades in the one combined course. This merging needs to be done before you start adding to the course. Submit a request to merge your Brightspace courses before you add course materials or grades to the courses.

Additionally, if the course you are teaching is the same as one of your previous courses, you can copy the entire course (or copy components) into your "empty" Brightspace course.


CAT+FD Workshop Videos

  • Back to Basics
    • Introduction to Brightspace (7:55)
    • Assignments & Discussions (27:01)
    • Tests & Quizzes (25:00)
    • Meet Your Class Virtually (34:36)
    • Brightspace Grades (35:35)
  • Beyond the Basics
    • Interactive Lecturing Online (40:06)
    • Engaging Students Online (33:33)
    • (Re)Thinking Exams (43:00)
    • Complex Tests in Brightspace (43:40)


Other Helpful Resources

  • Link Your Google Apps to Brightspace
  • Content Tool Quick Reference (pdf)
  • Using the HTML Editor in Brightspace
  • Understanding the Grades Tool
  • Create an Announcement (video)
  • Place Twitter Feed in Custom Widget (pdf)
  • Manage Dates
  • View Your Course as a Student (pdf)


Next Steps

#LearnEverywhereXULA

Xavier faculty who want to move past Brightspace basics can request to be enrolled in the #LearnEverywhereXULA course. #LearnEverywhereXULA (#LEX) is a Brightspace course organized around the eight General Standards for Higher Education set forth in the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric Sixth Edition. The information, activities, and assignments in the #LEX course aids faculty in developing high quality, well-designed, objective-driven courses on Brightspace for Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) students. Enrollment in the #LEX course gives faculty an opportunity to experience Brightspace from a learner's perspective. Use this enrollment request form to make the request.