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Getting started with Brightspace

Getting started with Brightspace

Welcome to Brightspace! In this article we will introduce you to the platform and guide you through the first steps on how to personalize your course page. Feel free to explore the Course Admin area, to see all the possible features to add to your course.

Once logged into Brightspace, the Home page will open.

It might appear different to what is shown here, but you will essentially have the same elements. Notice that your name is displayed on the right-hand at the top of the page.

When you click on your name, a drop-down menu will open. Here, you can change your profile or account settings. We suggest you upload a photo of yourself. This tiny photo is visible across the site, and helps to personalize it a bit for students. We recommend you not fill in your contact information or other personal information, as it will be shared across the site.

In the account settings, you can change the number and percentage format of brightspace. This way, you can for change how brightspace displays numbers for you (e.g. ten thousand can be shown as 10000, 10,000 or 10.000, depending on preference)

You can search for courses you are enrolled in by using the Course Selector (the 9 square icon on the navigation bar). You can pin the courses you’re enrolled in, so that they appear always on top.

Click on these icons to access the built-in email, instant messaging features and notifications.

Your students will see an orange dot appearing on the notifications icon whenever new content is available in a course, a new announcement is posted, when grades are released, and so on.

The email feature is available, but should not be used as a replacement for your TU Delft email. There are some limitations to this email system, which we describe in our other videos related to communication. We recommend though, that you use the Announcements tool to communicate with your students in the course.

Let’s look at a typical course page:

Click on the Course Selector icon to select a course, and pick one of them.

Courses might be configured slightly differently but there are some common elements.

  1. On the Home page of your course you will find a course banner where the name of the course is shown prominently with a background image. This can be easily customized, see the page we have on that.
  2. The Course Home link, will always bring you to the Home page of the course. It mostly displays announcements and other useful information.
  3. Click on Content to access the main part of your course site. It is here that all your course content is placed, and that students will interact with the learning materials.
  4. Collaborate is the place they will interact with each other, with activities and assignments, quizzes, and so forth. Most of the training material in this website focuses on the Content area.
  5. Lastly, there is a Course Admin link. The course admin area contains a list of all the functionalities available to you in Brightspace. Everything that you can add, change, or remove in a course is available here. If you are ever stuck looking for a feature that you know exists in Brightspace, this is place to find it.

The Course Admin area looks intimidating. A quick tip: use the “Find” function in your browser to search for the word you are looking for. The Course Admin area is also grouped into categories, each one of them with several icons to help you locate what you need.

Click on Content to view the structure of the area where your course material is placed for students.

You will see a course menu on the left-hand side, and the content areas spanning the larger part of the page to the right of the course menu.

  1. Add some content to the Overview section, giving your students an idea of what the course is about.
  2. Below that you will see Bookmarks. Students can bookmark pages by clicking on the bookmark icon, so that they can easily go back to pages which they want to read again.
  3. Next is the Course Schedule where dates will be shown that have been made within your course.
  4. Lastly is Table of Contents where all your course material will be listed in modules that give structure to your course.
It is important to make sure that the Course Information module is updated with the relevant information for your course. This, as well as the previous items mentioned, are standardized throughout all courses and organizations, making it easy for students to find it.

You can structure the rest of your modules in any way you choose – by topic, type or date.

Now that you know how to access the content area, you can get started. Start adding content to your course site from here on.

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