Are you a new faculty member to MSUM? Or, have you always taught face-to-face classes but are interested in hosting all or part of your course content online? MSUM uses D2L Brightspace as a learning environment for all courses. The steps below will help you get started.
Complete a D2L Brightspace Development Course
Request for at least one of your upcoming courses. This will create a
working/archive space for you and also set up your ‘teacher’ account on D2L
Brightspace. Students are not enrolled in your 'devel' course. You can request
a 'devel' course for each of your courses if you like, but only one is
necessary to create your Teacher account.
Request a ‘devel’ course online using the D2L Brightspace Development Course Request Form.
Beginning August 2, 2016, all courses will be created automatically on D2L Brightspace approximately three weeks prior to the beginning of each new semester. For Spring 2017, new courses will be automatically created starting on December 20th, 2016. You can, however, request your courses early by using the
D2L Brightspace Course Request Form.
Reasons to request your course early. You wish to...
NOTE: You may only request and/or merge course shells if you are listed as the official Instructor of
Record (IOR) on the Course Schedule. If you are not listed as the IOR, please
see your Chair, Dean, or Dept. Admin for details.
The D2L Brightspace course shell will be loaded with your
student classlist approximately 25 days prior to the first day of the semester.
Do you have a teaching assistant (TA) or graduate assistant (GA) who needs to be added to your D2L Brightspace course site? Refer to the D2L Brightspace Enrollments page for information on how to make your request.
page for D2L Brightspace can
be found from the MSUM homepage by clicking on myMSUM and then Faculty & Staff. Select D2L Brightspace from the left menu. Enter your StarID and password where indicated and click [Login].
When course shells
are created, they open for students by default on the first day of the semester and close after the last day of finals (as per the Academic Calendar). As the instructor, you can choose to open your
course early and keep it open a few extra days for students by modifying the course start and/or end dates.
When you create a plan for building your course in D2L
Brightspace, be sure to take the student view into perspective.
It generally works well to work “backward” when setting up
your course site. First set up your gradebook in the Grades tool, then set up
your assessments and activities such as Assignments (previously referred to as Dropbox), Discussions, and Quizzes. Finally pull all content, media, and links to activities
together in the Content tool.
When you begin building Content, think of it as an
outline/list of links students will access chronologically. The first module
can consist of general course information students will need to access
throughout the course - such as the Syllabus. From there, create modules that
will be accessed basically in order as students proceed through the class, such
as by module/unit/chapter/week - or whatever organizational scheme you prefer
In each of those modules include the objectives for that unit, required
readings & videos, assignment details, and links to the tools where those activities will be completed (i.e. Assignments, Quizzes, Discussion, etc.).
Materials added to Content can take many forms: Word documents, Excel, PPT, PDF,
HTML pages, and links to outside content and videos.
Refer to the D2L Brightspace tutorials on our web site for
instructions on using the various course tools available to you.
Refer to our Teaching & Learning Resources page for course
design resources. You may find the Instructor’s Guide to Course Design and Facilitation a good resource for gaining a conceptual understanding of how to develop your course
Be sure to keep accessibility in mind as you build your
course. Accessible design resources are available
online to assist you. Consultations are available upon request.
We offer workshops throughout the calendar year. Watch Dragon
Digest for announcements.
Be sure to subscribe to Dragon Digest to keep up with
campus related events and announcements.
Please contact the Office of Online & Extended Learning if you have questions or need to schedule
D2L BrightSpace Update (8/6/2016)