Brightspace: Instructors Quick Start Tutorial

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Brightspace: 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:

  • Create a Course Overview
  • Add a Module
  • Upload a Topic
  • Create a File and Insert Stuff
  • Delete a Module
  • Rearrange Topics, Submodules, and Modules
  • Organizing Content in Brightspace

More about Grades & Grading

  • Export Grades (video)
  • Adjust Final Grades
  • Release Final Grades
  • Final Grades FAQ

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)