Getting Started Step-by-Step

All courses that exist in Banner each semester are automatically provisioned or created in Brightspace LE, so if you login you can find your course offering online. Students, however, do not see a course in their view of Brightspace LE until the instructor activates it. You can use Brightspace LE to send announcements to your students, to upload or post course content, and for student discussions. Use the following brief orientation of step-by-step basic instructions to set up the online presence of a face-to-face course.

For more information, including in-depth hands-on training on the various aspects of Brightspace LE, check out the faculty workshops page.

Also available is the Brightspace LE Basics for Instructors page for a more in depth set of resources.

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. 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. Click on the pencil to the right of the course title.
2. Click the checkbox next to Course is Active.
3. Click Save.
4. Click on the MyHome link on the nav bar to return to the MyHome page.

Complete information on course activation.

C. Post information in the Announcements area

You can post announcements to the students in the news area of the course. They will see the news items on the course home page when they enter your course.

1. From your MyHome page on Brightspace LE, click on the course title to enter the course.
2. Click on the green "+" symbol in the announcements area.
3. Enter a heading for the news item and your announcement in the content section. Use the formatting option to change the appearance of your announcements item.
4. Click Save to save the News Item.
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 news item will be visible to the students. More information in the Announcements Help Area.

D. 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. Click Add Module to create a heading under which your files will be linked.
4. Enter a title and click Save.
5. Click Add Topic to post a file.
6. Choose the module under which it will appear and enter a title for your file.
7. Select Upload file to upload the file from your computer. Browse for the file, select it and click Upload.
8. Click Save.
9. Click Manage Content to return to the manage content screen. Your file will appear linked in the content area.

Lather, rinse, repeat for each additional course file.
NOTE: While you can post any file available electronically, keep in mind file sizes and appropriate formats.

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

E. 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 New Forum to create a heading for the topics.
4. Enter a title (e.g. Class Discussions) and click Save.
4. Click New Topic.
5. Choose the forum under which it will appear and enter a title for your topic.
6. In the description, enter text explaining to the students what the discussion area will be used for or post your starting question that will begin the discussion.
7. Click Save.
8. Click Forums & Topics List to return to the main discussions screen. To read the postings, click on the Topic title to enter that topic.
9. 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.

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