Brightspace 101: Getting Started in the Learning Environment

I’m hoping this session is more about what is different with Brightspace rather than a general overview of LMS platforms. Otherwise I may have to step of this session also…

Intelligent agents

  • Send automated/customized messages to students based on conditions (things done or not done)
  • Can be used for students and instructors

Activity feed

  • Can post comments/documents/links for “real-time” communication
  • Cannot do date restrictions/adaptive release (would have to be done in announcements)


  • Can use “replace strings,” allowing you to customize announcements (ex: {FirstName})
  • Possible use: MDTP survey embedded field (2017MDTPATL) – Use SIS id?

WYSIWYG editor

  • Pointing to a file or announcement within a course and then copying course with auto update links to the new course.

Learning Object Repository

  • Can make changes to content or assessments and cascade the changes to courses (if desired)

Modules can have details/descriptions.

  • Possible place to put objectives?

Completion tracking within the course

  • Interactions are only “done” when the interaction is submitted (not auto checked when opened)
  • Content pages can be set to manual completion checking, where students would have the ability to check/uncheck items for completion (can be used as a reminder to view something later on).

Check That Off My List! Engaging Students with Checklists

Checklists are an easy way of allowing students to see what requirements are needed for a period of time. You can create due dates for the requirements, as well as use Intelligent Data for release conditions. With the due dates, you can put checklist items on the course calendar, which can show on the course home page. The checklists can include links, HTML, videos, etc.

The question I have is, how is this different than announcements? Why use checklists instead of assignment due dates, which I assume would also show up on the course calendar.

The presenter did say that the checklist alone is not to be used as an assessment tool, which I agree with.

Overall, a pretty great session(for what I caught of it).

Getting Your Feet Wet: An Introduction to Brightspace

I’m hoping that this session answers some of the questions that I have. It seems like from the show of hands, only 1/2 of the group has logged into D2L before, and I may be the only enterprise/corporate user.

  • You do have the ability to create sub-modules. The sub-modules will appear in the content list on the left side of the course, but it does not appear in the table of contents.

I started feeling like this session was for people who have no knowledge of any LMS. Since that’s not my situation, I started getting bored/lost. Time to move onto a new session…

Let’s Fidget With Our Custom Widgets

The first breakout session of D2L Fusion. I have absolutely no idea what to expect and I have no idea what I plan to do with the results of this session. Not even being a D2L customer, I’m hoping to get ideas on what the course homepages can do/how they can be customized.

So with that, let’s look at some custom widgets…

So overall, the session was fairly basic. From a beginning user, it seems like the steps of creating a widget in D2L seems pretty straight forward. The hardest part is getting the embed code or generating the iframe for the content. What I didn’t see, that I would be interested in, is how to put checklists in a widget on the course homepage. A visual representation of what the students still have to do for that week or module, and one that updates as assignments are completed would be beneficial. Add that to the list of questions to have answered…