What is Online Rooms?

Online Rooms (Bongo Virtual Classroom)

What is Online Rooms?

Bongo’s Virtual Classrooms are now Brightspace’s (D2L’s) new synchronous Online Rooms tool. Online Rooms offers many ways to communicate and collaborate with your class and/or outside guests in real-time.

Since Online Rooms is integrated into Brightspace (D2L), all instructors will have access to it providing you have activated your course site.  You will be able to create and manage your own Online Rooms.

You can also choose to save your sessions and post them w ithin your course(s) as a resource.

How Do I Access Online Rooms?

Simply go to the Communication tab in your course navigation bar, and choose Online Rooms from the dropdown menu. This will take you to the Class Meetings setup page.

Ways to Use Online Rooms

  • Online Office Hours
  • Guest Speakers
  • Class presentations
  • Webinars
  • Language labs
  • Simulations
  • Group projects

Peer Review Groups

Peer Review Groups are used during assignment activities for peer review and interaction. These groups are consistent throughout the term or course, allowing a group of students to stay together and deepen interaction. Students must be assigned to one group, if you do not want to use groups, then you’ll have just one default group.

For information on how to create a Peer Review Group, click here.


You can create your own custom rubric right in the Rubrics tool, or you can also import an existing rubric you’ve created as a .csv file.

For more information on the rubrics tool, click here.