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
Starting Spring 2020, all courses are automatically added! Log in and find your course(s):
getting started with D2L Brightspace
In this playlist by D2L, learn to navigate, manage account settings, create a profile, and set notification preferences in your D2L Brightspace account:
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
Learn key strategies to maximize effective and efficient use of Grades in D2L Brightspace.
- Teach multiple sections of the same course? You might Request Merged/Grouped Courses
- It takes 1-2 days for grouped courses to update in your account.
- Note: Please request your grouped/merged courses before any content or student submissions have been added.
- Need to add a Teacher's Assistant or Co-Teacher who is NOT listed in our official record? Use these instructions to add a Co-Teacher, Teacher's Assistant to your course.
- When are courses deleted? How will I learn about updates? Learn more about Course Request, Deletion, and Updates for D2L Brightspace here.
- Learn essential admin tasks, such as how to:
- How can I practice? Request a "Sandbox" practice course in D2L Brightspace by submitting a ticket to IT Solutions:
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Design and Build Your Course
Create the design for your course and build it in the D2L Brightspace course offering.
Learn more about course design, teaching strategies, and technology tools available to you by browsing the links below.
Learn to apply evidenced-based and pedagogically-strong online course design principles and practices. Engage in self-paced learning, training, individual or group consultations, conferences, course certification and more. Let's design together!
Six key areas for online teaching success plus tools and tips to apply it immediately.
MavLEARN is the Maverick Learning and Educational Applied Research Nexus. Learn research-based strategies for student engagement, teaching practice, assessment and feedback, learning theories, course design, and more.
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.