Fall 2022 Brightspace & Beyond Refresher

Wednesday, August 10th and Thursday, August 11th 2022 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Sessions will be held on Zoom (invitation sent after registration).

Please pre-register at: https://ihcc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9zWGg0srM8h5OVE 



This two, 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 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.

Wednesday, August 10th 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 – 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 
11:15-12:00 – 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 an 
  • Overview of rubrics that make grading clearer to students and less time-consuming for you.  


Thursday, August 11th 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
  • Post recorded Zoom meetings
  • Captioning and accessibility
  • Embedding content in D2L Brightspace
10:00- 11:00 Student Support This session will cover how to help students when they have questions about online learning and academic technology used in their courses.  You will learn how to:

  • Assist students when they have questions about logging into EduRoam Wi-Fi, school email accounts, or D2L.
  • Best practices when it comes to setting up courses for students
  • Locate the Student Resources website, and the services CTL can offer students.
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.

Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 – Classroom Audio/Visual Technology and OWL Camera This session will be part training and part open-lab! This session will take place in a hy-flex format – you can join over Zoom, but you’ll also have the option to come to campus in-person and experience the new classroom technology systems for yourself! This session will cover the new audio/visual systems that were installed in all classrooms this summer, as well as information on running a hy-flex class with an OWL camera.


Hy-Flex Attendance Options for the Audio/Visual Session – Thursday, 8/11 from 1-2pm

  • To meet over Zoom, please register at the link above – after registration, the Zoom link will be sent to you!
  • In-person at DCTC – Please meet in the Digital Learning Lab 2-104
  • In-person at Inver Hills – Please meet in the Digital Learning Lab FA 250