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Brightspace – Quick Start for Instructors

Find and pin your courses

This short article in the UVM Knowledge Base, Brightspace – Find Your Course explains the difference between Fall 2023 courses, migrated courses, and sandboxes.

Upload your syllabus

You can just drag and drop your syllabus into the Syllabus area in at the top of “Content & Activities.” See the Syllabus section on this Knowledge Base article.

Make your course available to students

In Brightspace terminology, a course is either “Active” or “Inactive.” By default, all courses are inactive, but activating your course so students can see it is simple! See this Knowledge Base article.

Add TAs and/or review the Classlist

You no longer need to request this in MyUVM. You can now add TAs immediately from your own class list! This Knowledge Base article explains how.

Create an Announcement

It’s simple! Read about how in this article in the Knowledge Base.

Add some content

Content can mean a few items or a huge host of materials or links to course activities, e.g. quizzes, assignments, discussions. Either way, they’ll need to be presented and organized within Modules (which are similar to folders) under the Table of Contents. To learn how about adding content to your course, see these Knowledge Base articles:

View your course either as a learner or with a Student-View account

View as Learner: For a quick look at content, you can click on your icon on the upper right of the page and choose “View as Learner” (this is similar to Blackboard’s Edit Mode: OFF). You can’t take quizzes or interact with the course as a student would in this view.
Make a Student View Account: This type of account will allow you to do activities such as quizzes and give grades to the student view account, as well. Read how to set it up on this Knowledge Base article.

Learn about assessment tools

Adding assessment tools perhaps is a step or two more complex than a Quick Start Guide should cover, but if you’re interested here are the Knowledge Base Articles to get started:

Visit the Brightspace Community website

This is a community site for Brightspace users. You can create a login with your UVM address and navigate to Higher Ed/Postsecondary to explore this active community and its resources.

Updated on January 22, 2024

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