Getting Started Instructor Help
Instructors use Brightspace to:
- Communicate easily with learners
- contains a course roster of registered learners, internal/external email available
- Manage courses effectively (face-to-face, hybrid, purley online)
- create a calendar of events, post announcements, make course content available, collect assignments, offer online quizzes, survey learners, create discussion areas, create and utilize grading rubrics, form groups, release grades to learners, leverage other system functionality for advantage
All courses that exist in Banner each semester are automatically provisioned in Brightspace.
Build a very basic Brightspace course - step-by-step instructions
Find courses for which an instructor is scheduled to teach.
To find a course:
- Go to the Brightspace Login page
- Login using NetID and NetID password
Courses in which an instructor is listed as Instructor of Record in Banner are made available
Post announcements via the Announcements area of a course.
To post an announcement:
- When in a course, click on the "Create an announcement" link in the announcements area
- Enter a heading for the announcement and enter the announcement text in the content section
- Use the HTML Editor to format the announcement item
- Click Save to save the Announcement
Make announcements as often as necessary
Learners have access to announcements via My Home page and course home page
Links to areas in a course can be established in an announcement using the HTML Editor's Quicklink functionality
Use availability options to set when an announcement is visible to learners
Post course materials for the learners to view/download in the Content area of a course.
To add content to a course:
- When in a course, click on the Content link in the course nav bar
- 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 the Upload/Create button to choose from various options to add a Topic to the module
- Follow the prompts to establish the topic
In-line editing available to manage module/topic specifications
Use the Existing Activities button to link to other already established tools in the course
Create a Discussion area for class discussion to take place online.
How to create a discussion area:
- When in a course, click on the Discussions link in the course nav bar
- Click on the New button and select New Forum from the drop menu to create a heading for the topics
- Enter a Title (e.g. Class Discussions) and click Save and Close
- Click on the New button and select New Topic from the drop menu
- Choose the Forum under which it will appear and enter a Title for the topic
- In the Description, enter text explaining to the learners what the discussion area will be used for - select Save and Close
- Click on the topic title and when in the topic select the Start a New Thread button to post a discussion
- To read postings, click on the topic title to enter that topic and select threads (posts) to read them
Create as many forums and topics as needed
Set restrictions on discussion forum/topic visibility and availablity
Use Settings to adjust how discussion posts present
All course offerings are autoprovisioned from Banner, but will not be visible to the learner until the instructor makes the course active.
To make a course active:
- After logging in to Brightspace, enter a course
- When in the course, select Course Admin from the course nav bar
- Select Course Offering Information
- Click the checkbox next to Course is Active
- Click Save
Online resources are available from D2L and MSU
- Visit the Brightspace Basics for Instructors page from MSU
- Visit the Get Started area from D2L Help pages
- Brightspace Video - various video resources related to Brightspace
- Brightspace Getting Started Videos - various Getting Started video resources related to Brightspace
There are mutiple workflows to complete all of the examples listed on this page.
All links on this page will open in a new tab or window dependent on browser/OS configuration.
Some of the workflows, tools, and settings referenced in the Brightspace Community Resource area are not utilized in the Montana State University - Bozeman Brightspace instance. MSU's look (My Home page, Course Home page, etc.) will differ from the look in documentation produced by Brightspace (D2L).