Course Content & Settings

Building and sharing your material are easily accomplished in Brightspace. Refer to these resources to get started, and connect with OIT if more assistance is needed.

The following publisher content requires a specific role in Brightspace to function: Cengage, GoReact, Macmillan -Tools, Pearson / MyLabs, WebAssign, and Vista Higher Learning / VHL.

When preparing to link this content with your Brightspace course, we recommend reviewing the following resources first and then connecting with OIT for more assistance.

Refer to the following setting options for a smooth semester

The following resources highlight what areas of your content students are visiting and how long they are spending in a part of your course. Choose to explore overall view rates for specific content, like a video/presentation, or delve into an individual student’s data within your course.

Brightspace easily allows you to add other instructors, TAs, SI/Tutors, etc. to your course. Please note, you CANNOT add “Learners” to your academic courses.

Review the Understanding Roles and their Permissions to ensure you assign the correct role to the user. Refer to this Add/Remove other Users to My Course resource to add, remove, or modify the role for those in your course.

When adding users to a course, they must be up to date with their FERPA certification.  This annual federally required training for instructors can be accessed by registering through the WebCert portal.  PNW instructors will then see the course display in Brightspace under the “WebCert” tab in the MyCourses widget.  For more information on FERPA, please visit the Registrar’s FERPA site.

Brightspace allows you to “role swap” and view your course quickly as a “Learner”. However, we recommend you add a “Demo Student” to your course to permit you the full functionality of what a learner sees and can do in your course by following along with this guide: Add/Use a Demo Student.

Any courses you are assigned to teach in the Class Schedule will be displayed in the Banner/myPNW Portal and in Brightspace.  Confirm the courses you are teaching by looking up each course in the Class Schedule. If you cannot see your course in Banner/myPNW, contact your department secretary to be added as the instructor of record from Banner/myPNW.

Brightspace receives registration information from Banner/myPNW.  Courses are loaded into Banner/myPNW on the following schedule:

  • Spring courses–week before Thanksgiving
  • Summer courses–week of Spring Break
  • Fall courses–week before Spring Finals week

Need additional assistance?

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