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What is D2L Brightspace?

D2L Brightspace is the web-based course management system that is used by Bemidji State University and all other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU).

Brightspace provides a password-protected environment where students can interact online with each other and with their instructor. You only need a computer, Internet access, and a browser to use the features provided in Brightspace. The Brightspace course site allows "anytime, anywhere" access to course materials (syllabus, schedule, readings, multi-media files, etc.), class discussions, student progress reports, an electronic dropbox for students to submit assignments, online quizzes and surveys, grades, and additional resources.

D2L Brightspace Tools

Tool Description
Chat The Chat tool allows you to communicate with class members synchronously (at the same time).
Checklist The Checklist tool allows you to provide your students with a list of course requirements. Students can then check off' each assignment as it is completed.
Classlist The Classlist provides a list of teachers and students currently enrolled in a class. It can be used to send email and to check student progress in the class.
Content The Content tool allows you to post and organize learning materials for your students.
Discussions The Discussions tool can be used to help develop a community of learners in your course. Instructors and students interact with one another by posting messages to discussion topics, reading messages, and replying to messages posted by others.
Dropbox The Dropbox provides a convenient way for students to electronically submit assignments. You can then leave feedback and enter scores.
Glossary The Glossary tool allows you to store terms and their definitions.
Grades The Grades tool allows you to set up an online gradebook.
Links The Links tool allows you to provide students with easy access to online resources.
News Located on the Course Home page, the News tool allows you to post messages that your students will see when they enter the class.
Pager The Pager allows you and your students to 'page' each other by sending a short text message.
Quizzes The Quizzes tool allows you to create a variety of assessments for your students.
Surveys The Surveys tool is similar to the Quizzes tool and allows you to create surveys for your students.