Spring 2022 Brightspace and Beyond Refresher

May 24-26, 2022

Via Zoom (invitation sent to all registrants)

Pre-register at https://ihcc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4MyHJam4xM8t05o



This three half-day workshop is designed for all faculty. Whether you have been teaching online for the past several years or are relatively new to teaching online, this hands-on workshop is for you. Facilitators will focus on D2L tools and recent updates, as well as other academic technology that can be used to liven up your online courses and make them a more engaging space for you and your students.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the key elements of a well-designed online or hybrid course (consistency, logical organization, clarity of expectations, and accessibility).
  2. Utilize D2L tools and components effectively and appropriately to deliver online and hybrid courses.
  3. Integrate Zoom, Microsoft O365, and other academic technology into the design of their online courses.

Prior to the workshop:

  • Choose a course that you would like to build or improve upon. This could be a new class, one that you want to redesign. We suggest using an old course, a development course, or one that you will be teaching. It is not advised to experiment in an active course wherein students are currently learning.
  • If you do not have a course that you can use during the workshop, submit a JIRA ticket and request a D2L development course shell. Indicate in your ticket that you need the course by the morning of the workshop.


This training will be conducted using Zoom, Teams, and the D2L Brightspace learning management system. Please attempt to login to Brightspace prior to the training to ensure that you have access. To login, visit

https://inverhills.learn.minnstate.edu (IHCC faculty) or Dakota County Technical College https://dctc.learn.minnstate.edu (DCTC faculty) websites.

May 24 Agenda

9:00-9:30 – Basics in Online/Blended Course Design and Delivery


In this session, you will learn the basics of designing curriculum for online/blended instruction and the D2L Brightspace tools that will support the delivery. Topics include:

  • Overview of online pedagogy
  • Tips and best practices for online course design
  • Getting students started in an online class
9:30-10:15 – Your Course Home Page and Materials: Content


This hands-on session will guide you through the setup of your course content section and course homepage. We will also discuss best practices in design and organization of course content (modules, weeks, chapters) and ideas for using your course homepage for clear communication, as well as facilitating student navigation.


10:30-11:15 – Setting Up Your Gradebook and Assessment Tools



Your course gradebook can include assignments, quizzes, discussion posts, participation, and other items. This hands-on session will guide you in:

  • Setting up assignments, class gradebook and grade schemes, and in
  • Creating rubrics that make grading clearer to students and less time-consuming for you
11:15-12:00 –  Communication Tools


As an extension of work on your course homepage, this session will cover other communication tools that support student collaboration and interaction with other students as well as course instructors. Topics will include:

  • Discussion forums and topics
  • Classlist and class progress tool

May 25 Agenda

9:00-10:00 – Advanced Tools


This hands-on session will introduce other D2L Brightspace tools that you can incorporate into your course. Topics will include:

  • Intelligent agents
  • Release conditions
  • Checklists
10:00-11:00 – Student Support


In this session, you will learn about the many ways you can support your students in their use of academic technology.

  • How to format your D2L course to promote student understanding, and common mistakes to avoid
  • Existing student technology assistance on campus
  • Teaching students how the technology works early in the semester
  • Course audits for student understanding


11:15-12:00 – Teams and O365 Tools: OneNote, Forms, OneDrive


Teams and other Microsoft O365 tools can help you create seamless online learning experiences, with many tools that facilitate student engagement and sharing. In this session, you will learn the basics of:

  • OneNote
  • OneDrive
  • Forms

We will also help you create a new Teams space for your course, where you can bring together all of the above.

 May 26 Agenda

9:00-10:00 – MediaSpace Whether you’re producing videos for your online course or need to flip your in-person course to an online format, this session is for you. We will cover:

  • Kaltura Capture
  • MediaSpace
  • Embedding content in D2L Brightspace
  • Captioning and accessibility
10:00-10:30 – VoiceThread  



VoiceThread is a cloud-based tool that allows threaded video and voice discussion around many kinds of media, such as photos, videos, and documents. Topic include:

  • Accessing VoiceThread from within D2L
  • Creating a VoiceThread from various media
  • Engaging students in asynchronous online discussion


10:30-11:00 – Flipgrid FlipGrid allows faculty and students engage in online discussion using short, informal video clips. You will learn the basics of this tool during this session, including how to facilitate student access from your classes.




11:15-11:45 – Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor are used for proctoring exams online. These tools are integrated with D2L, and accessible from your courses. Topics of this session include:

  • Accessing proctoring tools from within D2L Brightspace
  • Setting up an exam
  • Troubleshooting and advice for students