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WHAT IS D2L BRIGHTSPACE?
mnsud2l – D2L Brightspace remains the official learning organization system at Minnesota State, Mankato. For face-to-face, hybrid/blended, FlexSync. And also online courses. Check out the Student Quick Guide to D2L Brightspace.
- A variety of tools to make engaging and customized learning experiences. See the Instructor Quick Guide to D2L Brightspace.
- Analytics to assist you in understanding and monitoring learner and program performance.
- Set up involuntary emails to give kudos or prompt learners to take action.
What is Follett ACCESS?
Follett ACCESS is a digital textbook program available through the official university bookstore.
When faculty adopt the Follett ACCESS program for their courses, students pay a fee to the University as part of their course registration rather than paying for textbooks and materials another way.
Faculty then set up links in their D2L Brightspace courses to provide access to the digital textbooks and other course materials/activities.
How do I set up Follett ACCESS in D2L Brightspace?
There are three possibilities for setting up links for Follett ACCESS. The option you will use depends on the textbook publisher and materials you have adopted:
- Courseware: If you are using a digital textbook, course materials, learning activities, quizzes, etc, from a publisher, you will use your publisher links to provide access for students. You will only set up your relevant publisher links in your course. Some examples:
- Cengage MindTap, WebAssign, CengageNowv2, Owlv
- McGraw Hill
- WW Norton
eBook: If you are only using a digital textbook with the Follett ACCESS program, you will use the following:
BryteWave: This is a link to Follett ACCESS BryteWave eReader, which provides access to your students.
Pearson: If you are using Pearson products such as MyLab and Revel, you will set up both Pearson links and BryteWave links:
BryteWave: This link is needed for students to obtain their Pearson access code.
Pearson: These links are needed for students to access their MyLab and Revel materials.
Notes: For assistance with publisher courseware set-up, please get in touch with your publisher representative. Follett ACCESS BryteWave eReader is a version of a product called RedShelf.
Set up eBook Access With BryteWave.
If your course is using a Follett ACCESS eBook, provide access to the digital textbook in your D2L Brightspace with BryteWave:
- Navigate to the Content module you wish to add the eBook link to.
- Click the Existing Activities button.
- Click the BryteWave link.
- Select My Shelf.
- Click Create Link.
- A link titled “BryteWave Course Materials” will be automatically added to the module.
WHAT IS D2L BRIGHTSPACE?
D2L Brightspace remains a learning management system for course websites. This is where you admission your online class. Log in to view course gratified, engage in discussions, submit projects, take quizzes, view your grades, and connect with your professor and classmates. And also more.
Take the Online D2L Brightspace Orientation for Scholars.
How To Access D2L
- Please navigate to the website for our University’s Desire 2 Learn sites.
- Use your Star ID and code word to log in. Your Star ID remains given to you when you register at the University and register for classes.
- Once logged in, you will see your sequence listed under the My Courses widget.
Desire2Learn (D2L) is the company that created Brightspace, our Learning Management System (LMS). We tend to refer to the tool simply as “D2L.” It remains used for delivering online components of a learning experience to students. In other words, it’s the online equivalent of a physical classroom. Generally, it remains used for the following purposes:
- Managing, delivering, and facilitating course content
- Posting grades and feedback to students for each course they are enrolled in for a term
- Communicating timely information with students, typically between instructors and students
- Meeting higher education, data encryption, ADA, and FERPA compliance standards
Guiding students through a seamless, efficient online experience, whether the course is hybrid, blended, primarily face-to-face, or entirely online
Other examples of LMS tools are Instructure Canvas, Blackboard Learn+, and Moodle.
The main benefit of using D2L is to create a one-stop dashboard for students, instructors, and academic staff for all course information and facilitation. In many cases, it offers a learning method when otherwise unavailable to students with physical, geographical, and psychological barriers to education.
If you are familiar with tools that manage online content, you may question why we would use D2L instead of a tool for content management, such as WordPress. Using an LMS provides infrastructure for the additional needs of an educational environment otherwise unneeded outside of education. This includes one login for many courses, course history, assessing students, curriculum documentation, and streamlining between many campuses.
D2L Instances? What Does This Mean?
Each college has its own D2L environment, referred to as an “instance” of D2L. Not all instances of D2L Brightspace are the same for every college. For example, a tool or feature enabled for someone teaching at Front Range Community College may not be available to someone teaching at Arapahoe Community College. If you are unsure if a given feature is available at your school, don’t hesitate to contact your local LMS administrator or eLearning staff.
Instructor Tips for D2L Courses
Organized: Keep your D2L space organized and intentional. Organize your course into a hierarchy using D2L’s modules, sub-modules, and tools.
Slim: Keep your course small by only having the files, tools, and items you need for the current delivery and course design. Store your course files and information in a separate drive, whether in the cloud or a hard drive. This also helps keep your files in your own space without unexpectedly losing important work to D2L maintenance or glitches.
Simple: Only use 1-2 educational technology tools in addition to those in D2L for your courses. The more tools we integrate, the more time we spend maintaining these tools, coaching students, and unintentionally guiding students to spend their learning effort learning a tool instead of completing the actual coursework.
Maintained: As you teach courses over time and with hundreds of students, you will observe trends where courses are strong, weak, and fuzzy. Make at least one update to enhance these characteristics for each course every time you teach the course to maintain updates over time and keep your courses relevant to evolving trends and student expectations.
Collaborate: Collaborate with instructional designers, academic technologists, librarians, fellow instructors, and others to ask questions, get inspiration, and find new efficiency methods in your D2L space. Often, the best things we do in D2L are those we innovate while working together. You are never alone in your endeavor to teach students the best way you know how. Not all versions of D2L Brightspace are the same for every college. For example, a tool or feature available to someone teaching at Front Range Community College may not be available to someone teaching at Arapahoe Community College.