TRAININGS

Brightspace training videos are also available

LinkedIn Learning: UVM’s license to LinkedIn Learning means you can log in by entering your UVM email address and follow the authentication steps to view: Learning Brightspace: LinkedIn Learning.

Brightspace Community: Creating a community account with your UVM email address will allow you to access to Brightspace Guided Trainings for Instructors.

UVM Hosted Workshops: D2L-led Trainings

Spring Workshops

In categories of workshops below, you’ll see that there are, in most cases, two types: a regular workshop and a Migration Lab. These Migration Labs will focus specifically on looking at courses that were migrated over from Blackboard to Brightspace. We do not yet have regular workshops for Grades, Discussion, or Journals, Blogs & Wikis, but they will be posted soon.

Brightspace Essentials

Essentials Workshop

This session introduces Brightspace and focuses on finding your way in the Brightspace environment. It will cover course settings and personal profiles, the course navigation bar, home page, and table of contents. We will take a brief look at content and course tools e.g., Announcements, Calendar, Discussion, Assignments, and Quizzes.

To Register, click the links below.

Migration Lab: First Steps

If your fall Blackboard course has been migrated (copied) to Brightspace, you might wonder what to do next. Join us for an overview that describes what you can expect and will help you assess your course holistically, identify which of your migrated materials need attention, and what your next steps might be. (If you have detailed questions about specific tools in Brightspace, consider attending one of our Spotlight Labs.)

Brightspace Course Content

Course Content Workshop

In this session we’ll focus on how content is added and organized in Brightspace (modules and topics), including adding and organizing content, important settings, linking to course activities and using powerful tools like Video Note and the Accessibility Checker.

To Register, click the links below.

Migration Lab: Spotlight on Content & Course Organization

How your content displays in your migrated Brightspace course depends on your Blackboard organizational choices. In this lab, we’ll show you strategies for handling some of the common organizational challenges. This session will be particularly helpful if your Blackboard course contained a multi-level folder structure, multiple Blackboard Items in folders, and had a complex Course Menu. Enrollment is limited so we can better your address specific questions.

Brightspace Assignments

Assignments Workshop

In this session we’ll focus on creating and previewing Assignments (individual and group), important settings, and connecting Assignments to Grades. We’ll cover editing and reordering Assignments, evaluating student submissions (including annotations and rubrics), and using the Submission Log for tracking student work.

To Register, click the links below.

Migration Lab: Spotlight on Assignments

These online workshops cover the details about how to check Assignments in your courses that were migrated from Blackboard. We will demonstrate where your Assignments are found throughout your course and options for getting them ready. Enrollment is limited so we can better address your specific questions.

Brightspace Quizzes and Tests

Quizzes Workshop

In Brightspace, the Quiz tool is used for both quizzes and tests. In this session we’ll show the workflow for creating quizzes, including creating questions, the question library, building a Quiz, and Grading Quizzes and viewing statistics and logs

To Register, click the links below.

Migration Lab: Spotlight on Quizzes

This workshop covers the details about how to check how your tests and quizzes migrated into your Brightspace course. We will demonstrate where and how to check your quizzes and question pools (if you used them in Blackboard) and discuss options for connecting them to Brightspace’s Grade Tool. Enrollment is limited so we can better address your specific questions.

Brightspace Discussion

Migration Lab: Spotlight on Discussions

This workshop covers the details about how to check Discussions in your courses that were migrated from Blackboard. We will demonstrate where all your Discussions are found (group and whole class), how Forums function in Brightspace, and how Blackboard threads translate to Brightspace Topics.

Brightspace Solutions: Journals, Blogs, & Wikis

Migration Lab: Brightspace Solutions – Journals, Blogs, & Wikis

These three tools don’t exist in Brightspace, so this workshop will focus on alternative methods for journaling, blogging, and wiki-ing to meet your instructional goals. We will show how to clean up references to the old tools and set up the new options in both Brightspace and MS Teams.

Brightspace Grades

Migration Lab: Spotlight on Grades

This workshop covers the details about how to approach the Grades area in your migrated Brightspace course. We will demonstrate where to find the grade book in Brightspace and offer options for your next steps. Some instructors may find it beneficial to create your Grades area anew rather than editing what has been migrated from Blackboard. This session will help you decide what option is the best for your course.

D2L Trainings with Recordings (Recordings require a UVM Login)

All of the following recordings were presented by Desire to Learn (D2L) trainers. D2L is the parent company of Brightspace.

Navigating in Brightspace – Sept 13th (UVM Login Required)

This session focuses on finding your way around your Brightspace sandbox course and includes: 

· Explaining the elements of the institutional landing page 

· Editing your settings and profiles 

· The course navigation bar, home page and table of contents 

· An overview of building content (adding files, build a file in Brightspace, using HTML templates found in Brightspace)

(Log into UVM Streaming before viewing recording)

Introduction to Brightspace Tools – Sept 15th (UVM Login Required)

This session is an overview of Brightspace teaching and communication tools, including: 

· Announcements 

· Calendar 

· Discussion 

· Assignments 

· Quizzes

(Log into UVM Streaming before viewing recording)

The ABC’s of Brightspace Content – Sept 20th (UVM Login Required)

This session is a deeper dive into creating and uploading content into Brightspace and includes: 

· How content is organized in Brightspace (modules, modules descriptions, and topics) 

· Creating Content with powerful tools like Video Note (“Insert Stuff”) and the Accessibility Checker. We’ll also hear tips for using the HTML editor. 

· Options for uploading content 

· Linking to course activities 

· Settings for content (visibility, date restrictions) 

· Conditional Release and how to use it

(Log into UVM Streaming before viewing recording)

View topic timestamps [PDF]

Brightspace Quiz Basics – Sept 21st (UVM Login Required)

This session shows the workflow for creating quizzes, including: 

· Question types and creating questions 

· Creating a question library 

· Building a Quiz 

· Grading a Quiz 

· Quiz statistics and logs

(Log into UVM Streaming before viewing recording)

View topic timestamps [PDF]

Brightspace Assignment Tool Basics – Sept 22nd (UVM Login Required)

· This is recorded session, presented by Desire to Learn (D2L) trainers. This session shows the workflow for assignments, including: 

· Creating an Assignment (individual and group) 

· Settings for Assignments 

· Connecting Assignments to Grades 

· Editing and reordering Assignments 

· Previewing Assignments 

· Evaluating student submissions (including using Video Note and annotations tool) 

· Using the Submission Log for tracking student work

(Log into UVM Streaming before viewing recording)

View topic timestamps [PDF]

Grading with Brightspace Tools – November 11th (UVM Login Required)

In this Desire to Learn-led  (D2L, Brightspace’s parent company) session, you will learn in the ins and outs of the Grade tool and how to give students feedback. Specific topics include:

  • Setting up your grade book
  • The relationship between Brightspace assessment tools and the grade tool
  • Grading assessments with annotation and rubrics
  • How to use the “Quick Eval” tool
  • How to track students’ progress and identify students who are falling behind

(Log into UVM Streaming before viewing recording)

View topic timestamps [PDF]

Discussions & Groups in Brightspace – November 15th (UVM Login Required)

In this Desire to Learn-led  (D2L, Brightspace’s parent company) session, you will learn in the ins and outs of the Discussion tool, including how to use the groups tool for setting up private discussions with students. Note, if you used the Blackboard Journal tool, you’ll want to use private discussions. Specific topics include:

  • Setting up Discussions
  • Comparing Blackboard terminology to Brightspace’s terminology
  • Using private discussion for Journaling
  • Viewing student participation statistics in discussions

(Log into UVM Streaming before viewing recording)

Brightspace – Providing Students with Feedback, Nov 30

November 30, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

In this Desire to Learn-led  (D2L, Brightspace’s parent company) session, you will learn the many ways you can provide feedback to students in a variety of tools. Specific topics include:

  • Building Rubrics and connecting them to other tools (i.e., Assignments, Discussions)
  • Using annotation tools to provide detailed feedback
  • Using “Intelligent Agents” to automate feedback

Past CTL Workshops

Learning about the Brightspace Transition

January 4
January 10
January 12
January 27
February 3

Brightspace Essentials

January 3
January 5
January 9
January 12
January 23
January 30

Brightspace Content

January 3
January 4
January 5
January 6
January 9
January 10
January 12
January 13
January 25
January 31

Brightspace Assignments

January 4
January 5
January 6
January 9
January 10
January 12
January 13
January 26

Brightspace Quizzes (Tests)

January 4
January 5
January 6
January 9
January 10
January 12
January 13
January 24

CTL Learning Labs

Learning Labs are hands-on sessions that focus on exploring Brightspace with your peers. Currently, we don’t have any labs scheduled, but if you’re interested in this format, please contact us ctl@uvm.edu

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