Frequently Asked Questions
Brightspace (formerly known as D2L) is Memorial University’s learning management system. It is a web based technology which means that you and your students can access a course in Brightspace from any device, from anywhere, at any time. It is a convenient ‘one stop shop’ with many different types of tools to assist you in the facilitation of your course.
A course shell is the term used to refer to the Brightspace site for your course.
If you are teaching a course in the current semester, you will automatically be provided with a Brightspace shell. Once your login ID is linked within Desire2Learn, each semester when you are listed as the instructor in Banner, our student registration system, a Brightspace shell will be automatically created for you for each of your courses.
Yes. Contact client support to make your request.
No, you will use your MUN login ID to access Brightspace. This is the same password that you use to login to my.mun or to access webmail.
You can if that is what you wish. You also have the option to crosslist the sections of your course. This means that all the sections of the same course you are teaching would share the same course shell. This is convenient in that you only have to maintain one course shell containing all of the sections, instead of a course shell for each section of the course.
By default all course shells are inactive. You will have to make your course active before students can see it. Go to the Course Admin link in your course and choose “Course Offering Information”. There, simply click the “Course is Active” checkbox to make the course active.
Student will use their mun login id and password. If they are registered for your course in Banner, your course will appear in their list of courses in Brightspace. Keep in mind that you must make your course active before your students will see it in their list of courses.
Each term you will get a new empty course shell for the courses you are teaching. You can then copy all of the content and settings from a previous offering into your new course shell. This only takes a few seconds. For more info, see this video:
Yes, TA’s can be given access to your courses. You will have to submit a ticket to Client Support listing the students names and email addresses. These students can then be added to your course. This request has to come from the instructor listed in Banner for the course.
TA’s have access to the Classlist, Grades, Quizzes and the Dropbox. They cannot upload content.
Yes, over 500 on-campus courses use Brightspace
Students can contact Client Support or if they are on-campus in St. John’s, they can also visit the Commons in the QEII Library where there are students available to provide one on one assistance to students who need help with using Brightspace.