See below for instructions on using Brightspace tools.
How to Login and Access Your Courses
Registered courses will become available in Brightspace at 12AM on the first day of the semester, and not before. If your instructor has not set your specific course to Active, you won’t see it. Contact your instructor about this.
- On the Langara homepage, click Log In
- Under Students, click on Brightspace
- Log in with your Langara email address and password (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Once you have logged in, you will see your Brightspace My Home page; choose a course from the main area of the page
If you are having trouble logging in, contact the IT Service Desk.
Please note: It can take up to 24 hours after registration for a Brightspace course to become available to students. If it has been 24 hours and you still cannot see your course, please contact your instructor.
How to Navigate Through Your Courses
How to Use the Assignments Tool
Due to length, these instructions are available in PDF for easier reading.
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The Assignments tool in Brightspace. How to:
- Find assignments
- Submit assignments
- View feedback and grades
The Brightspace Assignments tool is used for submitting assignments like papers or projects.
Submitting to an Assignment Folder
The quickest way to access the assignments for a course is from the navigation bar, by clicking on Assignments in the Assessments menu.
From the list of assignment folders, select the one you want.
In an Assignment folder, you’ll see folder information that explains the assignment. Depending on the assignment, you might be expected to attach files, or record an audio file directly into Brightspace.
In the HTML Editor (labelled Comments here), there is a toolbar with a number of options. If you can’t see everything, click the ellipsis (three dots) to show the missing options on the next line.
You can insert pictures or media, create links to external websites, format text with bold, italics or underline, use text justification or lists, change font face, size or colour, or insert equations or tables.
If you want to enter HTML directly, click this button to bring up the HTML source editor.
You can also Preview (right) your text as it will appear when posted, or toggle the entry box to full-screen mode.
Attaching a file is simple. You just click Add a File, and the Add a file window will appear. You can add files from your hard drive, or from your file locker or Group locker, if this is a group assignment.
To attach files from your computer, click My Computer, navigate to the file on your hard drive that you want to attach, and click Open. When you’re done adding files, click Add to attach it to the Assignment. Once you’ve completed the assignment, just click Submit.
Seeing Assignment Feedback
You can see submitted assignments by clicking on the link in the Submissions column.
In Assignments, you can see your grade next to the assignment. If there’s feedback, there will be a link in the Feedback column. By clicking on this you can see your grade as well as any comments your instructor may have made on your submission. Your instructor might also attach files to feedback, also available from Feedback.
Listening to Audio Recordings in Assignment Feedback
To play back these recordings, you must download or open the attached HTML file.
From Assessments > Assignments, click the Feedback link in the Assignment.
Click on the HTML file attached to the feedback.
Depending on your browser, you may be offered one or two options: to download the file and then open it, or to simply open it in a new browser tab or window. Either will do. If downloading the file, most browsers will show the completed download in the bottom left or top right corner of the window. Click on it to open.
Click “click to view” to see the player.
Click the play button to listen to the recording.
And whenever you have unread feedback on an assignment, it will show up as a notification in the Updates widget on your Course Home page.
How to Use the Discussions Tool
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Reading and responding to Discussions in Brightspace. How to:
- Find Discussions
- Understand how Discussions are organized
- Read and post messages
- Respond to messages
- Read feedback to your posts
Click on Communication > Discussions in the navigation bar. This which will show you a list of all of the discussions to which you have access.
If you’re working on a project with a group, your instructor might create a discussion forum or topic just for your group.
Forums and Topics
Discussions are organized into two main levels:
Forums: These might often correspond with other organizational units within the course. For example, your instructor might create a forum for each week or module of your course, or for major projects or assignments.
Topics: Within forums, there are Topics. You might have a Discussion Topic for that week’s discussions about the readings. Or you might have one for an assignment.
Within topics, you can make posts, or respond to what other people have posted. Say that you need to introduce yourself as part of the syllabus for Module 1.
- Click on the topic
- Click Start a New Thread; the Compose screen will appear
- The New Post screen contains the Brightspace Editor with all the usual composition options: you can insert pictures or media, create links to external websites, format text with bold, italics or underline, use text justification or lists, change font face, size or colour, or insert equations or tables
- If you can’t see everything, click the ellipsis to show the missing options on the next line
- You can enter a subject and then enter your text in the box below
- You can also Preview your text as it will appear when posted, or toggle the entry box to full-screen mode
- Clicking the Subscribe to this thread box will allow you to get updates any time someone posts a new message in response to the same thread
- Under Attachments, you can attach a file to your message. You can:
- upload a file from your harddrive (Add a File > My Computer)
- select a file from your file locker (or, if this is for a group assignment, from a group locker – Add a File > My Locker or Group Locker)
- record a response directly into Brightspace (Record Audio – requires Flash)
- To post your message, click Post
Respond to a Message
Responding to a Message in a Discussion is easy.
- Click on the topic title to open the topic
- Click on the message title
- Click Reply; the Reply window will appear
- Type your message in the entry field, just like when you’re writing an original message; you can add a file or record an audio response
- When you’re done, just click Post
- Your message response shows up underneath the original thread.
You can sort messages in a number of different ways.
Use the Show menu to view them threaded, sort by date, author name, or subject, or choose to show posts with file attachments first. Click Apply to apply your choice.
The default view for discussions in Brightspace is Threaded.
A thread consists of the original message and all the replies to that message. In Threaded view, a reply will be indented, and the reply to the reply will be indented again, as you can see here.
You can subscribe to responses to this thread by clicking on Subscribe to Topic. Click it again to unsubscribe.
You can also search within a thread using a keyword, or click the arrows to move to the next thread in the topic.
Any time there have been new messages posted in a Discussion since the last time you logged in, you’ll automatically get a notification in the Updates widget on your Course Home page (if your instructor has enabled this widget), as well as the Update Alerts icon at the top of the page.
How to Use the Quizzes and Surveys Tools
Due to length, these instructions are available in PDF for easier reading.[Download/View as a PDF ]
How to do Quizzes and Surveys in Brightspace. All about:
- Finding your quizzes
- Completing quizzes
- Viewing your submissions and seeing your grades
- Completing surveys
Finding Your Quizzes
You can reach Quizzes and Surveys through your Course Content…
…or via the Navbar, by clicking on the appropriate tool under Assessments.
If your instructor has enabled this widget, unattempted quizzes will appear as notifications in the Updates widget on your Course Home page.
Completing a Quiz
When you enter a quiz, there will be a set of instructions. Make sure to read these before you start your quiz, at least the first time.
The quiz details will give you information like the dates the quiz will be available, the amount of time you’ll be given to complete the quiz, and how many attempts you’ll be allowed to make.
Keep in mind that once you’ve entered a quiz with a time limit, the timer does not stop counting down, even if you log out and log back in; so make sure you have a reliable Internet connection. If you get disconnected during a quiz, you can log back in to Brightspace and continue, as long as the time hasn’t run out. If you have trouble logging back in while a quiz is in progress, contact your instructor.
When you’re ready to begin, click Start Quiz.
A confirmation will appear. If you’re ready, click OK.
Quizzes might have a number of different question types, like:
- multiple choice
- short answer
- true or false
- long answer
Question answers are auto-saved as you complete them, except for Written Answer questions which have the formatting bar enabled. To save Written Answer questions as you type, click anywhere outside of the text entry box.
Other question types, and Written Answer questions without the formatting bar, will auto-save approximately every 30 seconds.
Recording Audio in Quiz Questions
In both Assignment feedback, and in certain types of Quiz question, you have probably seen the Record Audio button. Previously, clicking this button launched a recorder window that then requested your permission to run Flash in your browser. As most browsers have stopped supporting Flash, the new version uses a technology called HTML5, which captures audio directly in the browser without the need for additional plugins. Now, to record audio, just click the Record Audio button.
The tool will request your permission to use the microphone. Grant this permission, then create your recording. You may also wish to click the “remember this decision” checkbox.
Click New Recording to start your recording. Click Stop Recording to stop when finished. Then click Add to proceed.
In the next screen, under Title, enter something descriptive, like your name, or something describing the question you’re answering. If you don’t enter anything under Title, the file name will be a random alphanumeric string.
Click Add again to attach the recording. It will appear as an HTML file in the same area as other file attachments.
Submitting a Quiz
When you’re finished, click “Submit.” You will see a confirmation screen asking if you’re certain you’re done; if you are, click Submit.
Viewing Your Submissions and Seeing Your Grades
Depending on your instructor’s settings, part or all of the quiz might be graded and available to you immediately. Otherwise, once it’s been graded, you’ll be able to find it in the list of quizzes, under Submissions.
Click on Submissions, and on the next page, click on the attempt.
Surveys work in much the same way as Quizzes. You might access them via the course content browser, or from the Surveys tool under Assessments.
To start the survey just click on the survey name, answer the questions and click save. Then Submit.
Like in a quiz, a window will appear asking if you’re sure you want to submit your survey. If you are sure, click Yes.
How to Use the Email Tool
Brightspace Send-Only Email
As of December 2019, it is no longer possible to receive email messages in Brightspace. You can still compose and send messages, and your message will be sent from your Langara Office365 email address and sent to your recipient’s Langara email address. Any correspondence from that point will take place within Langara’s Outlook email system.
Sending a Message
In your course, go to My Tools > Classlist
- Click the checkbox to the left of the name(s) of your desired recipient(s)
- This will open a Compose New Message new window with all of your recipients added
- Add a Subject, compose your email, and click Send
The message will be sent to your recipients’ Langara email account. If they reply, it will come to your Langara Office365 email only.
Want to see email sent from Brightspace?
- Click on the Email icon
- Click on the Sent Mail button
- Click on a message to view it
Brightspace Email Settings
Brightspace email settings have changed. To see your settings, click on the Email icon and click on Settings.
By default, all sent messages are saved in your Brightspace Sent folder. If you would also like a copy of sent messages sent to your Langara address, click the box next to “Send a copy of each outgoing message to email@example.com.” This will allow you to forward messages you’ve already sent, for example if you send a message to someone and later need to send the same message to someone else.
Sharing Awards in Brightspace
If you’ve taken courses that use Badges or Certificates, such as the Langara Student Success Course, you might need to be able to make those badges visible to other people. Watch the video below for a demonstration of how to do this.
See below for instructions on sharing your Badge or other Award to your Brightspace profile.
- From the course homepage, click Assessments > Awards
- Underneath your badge, click Share
- In the Share My Award window that appears, click Share to Profile
- From the course homepage or your Brightspace homepage, click your name (at the top right corner) and Profile to view the badge on your profile, under Awards Showcase
How to Join Self-Enrolment Groups
Displaying Pronouns in Brightspace
Please note that the addition of your pronouns will only be reflected in Brightspace.