Teaching and Learning Supports for North Island College Instructors
 
Teach Anywhere

Brightspace

Brightspace is NIC’s digital learning platform. We encourage all instructors to take some time to watch the videos within these pages, attend some CTLI training sessions and explore the Brightspace Community to learn more.  Start on this page and then access one of the sub-menu pages via the quick links:

Brightspace Support Pages (videos, steps, info):  Content | Grades | Assignments | Quizzes | Communications

 

GETTING STARTED and KEY RESOURCES

NIC Brightspace (direct) URL: https://mycourses.nic.bc.ca 

Video: Update on Course and Video Movement Details from Blackboard Learn to Brightspace

This video shares where and how courses are moving and appearing in Brightspace along with Kaltura videos.  (March 20, 2022)

Recommended Resources for NIC Instructors

  • NIC Student Quick Start Guide to BrightspacePDF Version
    • See what students get for supports and orientation to the platform. Some of this might be helpful to peruse on your own.
  • D2L Brightspace Quick Start Guide for Higher Education: PDF Version
    • Not the NIC version from the Quick Start sessions but D2L’s version in a few pages of where to start.
  • D2L Brightspace Tools Guide: PDF Version
    • Fantastic “placemat” of all the tools and where to learn more about each of them
  • D2L Brightspace Video Tutorials: YouTube Link
    • Go to Featured Playlists > Semester Start for Instructors  (16 short videos)
    • Go to Featured Playlists > Getting Started for Instructors (4 short videos)
    • Go to Created Playlists > Teaching Tips for Instructors (11 short videos)
    • Go to Created Playlists > Quick Eval for Instructors (2 short videos)

 

Instructor Quick Start: Top 7 Steps to Brightspace Success

This video is a 45-minute recording of a similar live session of the same content. If you can’t attend the session or you already did and want to review the key points – this video is for you. It doesn’t include the live audience with questions and follow-ups instead just the core content narrated. Although 45 minutes long, follow the chapter segments via the left hand area three lines (hamburger menu) to jump ahead to various chapters. (March 21, 2022 version).

Handout of Slides: PDF Version

Step 0: Organize First – Delete, Clean, File, Label, Arrange, Get in Order! **

Step 1.Verify and Navigate Access

  • Instructor Access: Can you access your successfully log into Brightspace?
  • URL: https://mycourses.nic.bc.ca + NIC credentials (or via NIC portal or main page of NIC website)
  • Course Shells: Can you access your instructor sandbox, Course Shells?
  • Navigate Main Home Page: My Courses / Waffle Icon, Pinning, Semesters

 

Step 2. Develop Course Plan and Locate Content

  • Blackboard Learn Content: Do you want use content from Blackboard courses? What does your content look like in Blackboard? Types? File Organization? Need again?
  • Start from Scratch: Do you want to build from scratch and bring in content as you need?
  • Video Content: Do you have Kaltura (YouTube or other) Videos?

 

Step 3. Sign Up and Review Training Materials

  • Brightspace Community: Have you created your account? Taken “Guided Training for Instructors” and “Create an Online Course” training in Brightspace Community? RECOMMEND!!!
  • Teach Anywhere Brightspace Section: https://teachanywhere.opened.ca/brightspace/
  • Teach Anywhere DIY: Have you reviewed top DIY instructor actions?
  • YouTube Videos: Have you reviewed many of the Instructor Playlist videos in YouTube?
  • NIC Sessions: Have you signed up for sessions led by CTLI staff? Coming March 1st.

 

Step 4. Build Course Gradebook

  • Grades: Organize your grade book set up first via Wizard. ORSkip this step if you don’t use Brightspace for grade tracking.
  • Categories: Organize all assignments, quizzes, etc. with appropriate weightings.

 

Step 5. Organize File Structure – Front + Back Ends!

  • Manage Files: Organize your content in the ‘back end’ of your course first. Lay out file folder organization.
  • Content: Rethink Brightspace’s content experience for ‘front end’ content design of course.
  • Course Builder: Leverage the course builder for in-between content design.

 

Step 6. Upload, Copy, Import and/or Build Content

  • Content: Via Manage Files upload content manually or
  • Import: Do a course import from Blackboard Learn OR from a converted course (via Converted Semester)
  • Rebuild Content: Use HTML Templates for more professional and readable content
  • Kaltura My Media: Embed YouTube and Home-Grown Video into Content areas

 

Step 7. Develop Course Learning Engagements

  • Assignments: Create categories, build and link to content
  • Quizzes: Build, organize in quiz library first, then build quiz, link to content
  • Discussions: Create a “Welcome” Forum + “Content” Forum > put topics under
  • Checklists: Build for each week or topic to help students stay on track
  • Announcements: Build communications to alert students
  • Activity Feed: Consider leveraging social learning tool on course homepage to communicate, highlight, engage

 

D2L Full Instructor Guides

Full guides per each topic – note: not all items are available or enabled in  NIC’s instance. The guides are very detailed – use table of contents to navigate. Maybe more than you want to know.

  • Set up and Deliver a Course (course builder, course structure, files, content files, manage dates, html templates, lessons, checklists) – PDF Version
  • Assess and Grade Learners (grade books, quick eval, rubrics, quizzes, assignments) – PDF Version
  • Interact and Engage with Learners (activity feed, announcements, chat, email, discussions, FAQs, groups) – PDF Version
  • Measure and Guide Performance and Engagement (class progress tool, competencies, etc.) – PDF Version
  • Release Conditions – PDF Version
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