Teaching with D2L Brightspace

What is D2L Brightspace?

D2L Brightspace, is the LMS or Learning Management System for Minnesota State Mankato. This is the mechanism that instructors can use:

  • To create an online course website
  • To organize course materials
  • To create community online

All of your courses are automatically added! Log in and find your course(s):

Log in to D2L Brightspace


getting started with D2L Brightspace

Learn to navigate, manage account settings, create a profile, and set notification preferences in this video playlist by D2L:

D2L Brightspace Essentials

The campus Technology Roundtable recommends using D2L Brightspace at minimum to:

  • Post the syllabus to Content
  • Post Grades
  • Add course due dates to Content Topics, Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, and events to the Calendar

Watch this playlist of tech tip videos (most of them are 90 seconds or less!) to learn how to manage your courses, add files to Content, set-up Grades, and add due dates:

Course Design in D2L Brightspace: Teaching from Content

Teaching from Content is a strategy that applies instructional design and education research for quality course design. Teaching from Content uses the D2L Brightspace Content tool to create a "hub" for all of your course activities.

Watch this playlist of tech tip videos (most of them are 4 minutes or less!) to learn how to Teach from Content:

Get the most out of grades

In this playlist of tech tip videos, learn key strategies to maximize effective and efficient use of Grades in D2L Brightspace.

creating Assessments

Learn how to set-up a variety of assessments in your courses with these video playlist from D2L Brightspace.

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Technology Tools for Teaching and Learning

Whatever your teaching style, and whether your course is entirely face-to-face, hybrid, flipped/blended, or fully online, we can assist with the technology tools to enhance your course and your student's learning experience.