Navigate Brightspace

Navigate 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 and your Home Page. Feel free to explore the Course Admin area and your Home Page, to see all the possible features you can add to your Brightspace experience.

Basic navigation in Brightspace

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 dropdown 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 don’t 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 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.

Below the TU Delft icon, you will find the navigation bar. Here you will find links to the following:

  • My Home – to take you back to the Home Page
  • My Timetable – where you can see the schedule of various courses
  • MyTUDelft – Study information system for study results and registration for exams, courses and minors.
  • Catalog – to view courses available for enrolling
  • Resources – links to Collegerama; My Kaltura Media and Software Download
  • Help – link to this website and tips for how to use Brightspace

Click through each of these to orientate yourself.

To the right, you will see the following icons:

  • Course Menu (which looks like a waffle) – where you find your list of courses
  • Update Alerts – used for email and instant messaging.
  • Subscription alerts – shows students when there’s a new post in a forum, topic, or thread that you’ve subscribed to in instant notifications.
  • Notifications (there will be an orange dot indicating new, unread notifications)
  • Profile picture, with your name next to it.

Click on your name to expand the settings menu. Here you can:

  • Set up your profile
  • Change notification settings
  • Change account settings
  • Progress
  • Log out of Brightspace

Navigation in courses

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. Most of the training material on this website focuses on the Content area.
  4. Collaboration is the place they will interact with each other, with activities and assignmentsquizzes, and so forth.
  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 the 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. Read How to create a course structure for more information.

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

Below the navigation bar you will find general Announcements, Current Homepage and My Courses.

You can search for any course in Brightspace with the course code or course name. Only courses to which you are the course manager/ instructor / tutor will be visible to you.

To Pin or Unpin a course:

  1. Click on the TU Delft logo on the top left of the page
  2. On the right of the screen click on the course list icon to see all your courses (see image below)
  3. Once all your courses are visible you can pin or unpin by clicking the Drawing Pin icon next to the course you are interested in. A dark coloured pin means pinned and will appear on your homepage and at the top of your course list.
  4. You can also pin or unpin your courses using the My Courses widget. On your homepage click the dots in the top right corner of a course and click Pin.
Further information about the My (Pinned) Courses widget can be found on this page.

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