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Basic Navigation in D2L Brightspace

Basic navigation in D2L is done using links and dropdown menus. Other navigation in D2L is done using icons. If at any time you want to know what an icon or dropdown menu does, leave your mouse on top of it for a few seconds and a small box will pop up with a brief description. In this tutorial we will review the basic navigation of this online learning environment.

My Courses Widget
  1. Log into D2l Brightspace using your StarID and Password
  2. Once you are on your homepage, scroll down to the lower part of your screen
  3. View the My Courses widget to see courses that have been pinned to your homepage
    My Courses in D2L Brightspace
  4. Click the drop down arrow next to My Courses.
  5. Click the View All Courses link, located beneath your list of courses. This allows you to see both your pinned courses and unpinned courses.
  6. Click the X in the upper right hand corner to close this view.
Customizing My Courses

You can pin courses in your My Courses widget for quick access.

  1. Hover over the upper right corner of a course image.
  2. Click on the Box with three dots that will appear.
  3. Click Pin to save that course in your list of Pinned courses.
    NOTE: When you no longer want the course to display in your My Courses list, you can Unpin the course.
  4. Click the three dots and then click Change Image and you will be brought to a page of 3,000 images. You can search the image library by key words related to your course.
  5. Click on the new image you want
  6. Click Use Image and it will be saved to that course.
Elements of your Course Homepage

The descriptions of course home page items appears on the next page.
D2L Brightspace Home Page Elements

Basic Elements

Basic Elements

Main Right Frame Widgets

Main Right Frame Widgets

Lower Right Widget Buttons

Lower Right Widget Buttons

This completes the overview of the Basic Navigation for D2L. More specific information on many of the Navigation Bar drop down tools is available.

Call or email Beth Jensen (4217) or Julie Adams (4219) for individual support. The staff in eLearning Support are available for one on one or small group training sessions by appointment. Please let us know how we can help.