Getting Started Step-by-Step

Brightspace LE at Montana State University - Bozeman

All courses that exist in Banner each semester are automatically provisioned in Brightspace LE.

  • Login to Brightspace LE find your course offering online.
  • Note: Students do not see a course in their view of Brightspace LE until the instructor activates it.
  • Instructors can use Brightspace LE to (among other things):
    • post announcements
    • upload or post course content
    • collect assignments
    • deliver online quizzes
    • release grades to students
    • facilitate student discussions

Training on the various aspects of Brightspace LE is available - check out the faculty workshops page.

Visit the Brightspace LE Basics for Instructors page for a more in depth set of resources.

Use the following sequence of step-by-step instructions to build a very basic Brightspace LE course.

A. Find your course offering on Brightspace Learning Environment

  1. Go to Brightspace LE Log on page
  2. Log in with your NetID and NetID password.

Courses for which you are the instructor of record will be listed under the current semester. What if my courses aren't listed?

B. Post information in the Announcements area

Post announcements to students in the Announcements area of the course. Students have access to announcements on the course home page when entering a course.

  1. From your MyHome page on Brightspace LE, click on the course title to enter the course.
  2. Click on the "Create an announcement" link in the announcements area.
  3. Enter a heading for the announcement and enter the announcement text in the content section. Use the formatting option to change the appearance of your announcements item.
  4. Click Save to save the Announcement.
  5. Click on Course Home on the navigation bar to return to the course home.

Lather, rinse, repeat for each additional announcement. You can use the availability options to set when the announcement will be visible to the students. More information in the Announcements Help Area.

C. Post course materials under Content

You can post course materials for the students to view/download in the Content area of the course.

  1. From your My Home page on Brightspace LE, click on the course title to enter the course.
  2. Click on the Content link in the nav bar.
  3. Enter a title into Add a Module (under the "Table of  Contents" on the left hand nav bar) to create a heading under which topics will appear. Select "Enter" on the keyboard to make it stick.
  4. Select the Upload/Create button to choose from various options to add a Topic to the module.
  5. Follow the prompts to establish the topic.

You can use the restrictions to set availability for the modules and topics. More information in the Content Help Area.

D. Setup a class Discussion area

If you wish to create an area for class discussion to take place online, you can use the Discussion area. You can create as many topics for as many discussions as you wish to take place.

  1. From your My Home page on Brightspace LE, click on the course title to enter the course.
  2. Click on the Discussions link in the nav bar.
  3. Click on the New button and select New Forum from the drop menu to create a heading for the topics.
  4. Enter a title (e.g. Class Discussions) and click Save and Close.
  5. Click on the New button and select New Topic from the drop menu.
  6. Choose the forum under which it will appear and enter a title for your topic.
  7. In the description, enter text explaining to the students what the discussion area will be used for - select Save and Close.
  8. Click on the topic and when in the topic select the Start a New Thread button to post a discussion.
  9. To read postings, click on the Topic title to enter that topic.
  10. Use Settings to adjust how your discussions posting view appears for you.

You can set restrictions on when discussion forums and topics will be visible and available to the students. More information in the Discussions Help Area.

E. Make your course active

All course offerings are autoprovisioned from Banner, but will not be visible to the student until the instructor makes the course active.

  1. After logging in to Brightspace LE, find your course offering in the My Courses widget.
  2. Select the elipse in the upper right of the course picture.
  3. Select Course Offering Information.
  4. Click the checkbox next to Course is Active.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Click on the MyHome link on the nav bar to return to the MyHome page.

Complete information on course activation.

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