Dear MSU Faculty, Staff, and Students,

This message is to provide details on minor changes that will be made to the Brightspace Learning Management System on August 17, 2016. These include changes to the language used in the Brightspace platform and the TurnItIn interface. D2L has changed the system language based on results of user research as well as data from past user experience research activities in an effort to enhance the user experience by clarifying tool purpose and action and make the system more user friendly. There will be no downtime of the LMS due to the upgrades.

Language Changes to the Brightspace LMS

  • Language changes for all users:
    • News changes to Announcements
    • Dropbox changes to Assignments
    • Pager changes to Instant Messages
  • Additional Language changes for instructors:
    • Edit Course changes to Course Admin
    • New changes to Upload/Create-in the Content tool
    • Add Existing Activities changes to Existing Activities

TurnItIn Enhancements

  • Updated and simplified TurnItIn Feedback Studio Interface
  • TurnItIn mobile platform
  • Overall improvement of the system, including the ability to combine Originality Check and Grademark layers and instructor ability to leave audio feedback for students.


Please contact the eCAT team at 994-3255 or

Thank you

Information Technology Center