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D2L Brightspace: Clear Announcements

FACULTY: When a D2L Brightspace course is copied into another course site and all previous announcements are brought into the site, there is a prescribed method for faculty to clear their previous announcements.

D2L Brightspace: Copy all materials between courses

FACULTY: Step by step instructions on how to copy course content from one D2L Brightspace course to another.

D2L Brightspace: Faculty Introduction to the Learning Environment

FACULTY: D2L Brightspace is a platform that can aid faculty supplement their in-class courses. It is also available to support the in-class courses when there is need to close school for an emergency.

D2L Brightspace: Login Information

ALL: Learn what Brightspace is and how to access the Login portal for Metro State D2L Brightspace.

D2L Brightspace: Manage Dates

FACULTY: Use Manage Dates to quickly and efficiently modify dates for any given course. (This is particularly handy to use after a course copy has been completed.)

D2L Brightspace: New Discussion Layout

FACULTY: Discussions are no longer tabular in setup but have moved to a familiar accordion layout. This article speaks to the layout.

D2L Brightspace: Release Grades

FACULTY: D2L does not release the grades to students without faculty action. The Final Calculated or Final Adjusted grades are only visible to students inside D2L Brightspace when the faculty has released the grades. This article walks faculty through releasing final grades within the D2L Brightspace platform.

D2L Brightspace: Semester Startup Checklist

FACULTY: Preparations for semester starts can always be hectic. Center for Online Learning created a checklist for some of the common areas of concerns.

D2L Brightspace: Student Introduction to the Tools within the Learning Environment

STUDENTS: D2L Brightspace is a platform that can enhance and drive learning for students. It is also available to support classes should there be a need to close school for an emergency.

D2L Brightspace: Students' Assignment Tool

STUDENTS: Step by step instructions on how to submit files into assignments in D2L and review feedback

D2L Brightspace: Students' Quiz Tool

STUDENTS: This article will cover how to navigate to a quiz and explain the user interface a student would see when you take a quiz.

D2L Brightspace: Turnitin® Setup within Assignments

FACULTY: Create an Assignment submission folder in D2L Brightspace utilizing the Turnitin integration. This may help reduce plagiarism and increase academic writing skills of students. This article addresses the Turnitin integration setup necessary for faculty to use Turnitin in their D2L Brightspace course.

D2L Brightspace: Creating Assignments

FACULTY: Create an Assignment folder inside D2L Brightspace for student submission of assignments.

Email Class List Using My.Metro (

Email your whole class list or individual students using tools under My.Metro (

Email through the D2L Brightspace Classlist

FACULTY: D2L Brightspace allows you to reach your entire class or individual students via email through the Classlist tool.

Flexible Teaching Classrooms

Provides information on how to use flexible teaching classroom technology.

How to Access Equity by Design Data for Faculty

Equity by Design data allow faculty to identify equity gaps in their classes. The data are most easily accessed through Metro State virtual labs which bring our on-campus labs (including all of our academic software) to our students, faculty, and staff on their personal computers and tablets - virtually.

Link to your MediaSpace Video (including cloud-saved Zoom meetings) in D2L

ALL: Share your videos stored in Kaltura MediaSpace either link them or use the D2L Brightspace integration so that others may view them.

LinkedIn Learning Access

ALL: A LinkedIn Learning subscription is available for current Metropolitan State faculty, staff and students.

LinkedIn Learning: D2L Brightspace Integration

FACULTY: LinkedIn Learning provides great courses and specific videos that can work well to supplement learning in the classroom, as well as prepare our graduates to be successful in the job market with courses that can help with technical skills and soft skills. Metro State has an easy process whereby instructors can integrate LinkedIn Learning into their D2L Brightspace course.

Online Learning: General Information

Learn more about what Online Learning means to students of Metro State University.

Online Learning: Success Guide

STUDENT: View a sampling of resources that can help propel students toward online learning success.

Remote Proctoring: Getting Started with Respondus Monitor in D2L Brightspace

This article for faculty introduces remote proctoring tool Respondus Monitor, explains how to get it set up, and how to review results.

Remote Proctoring: How to take an exam with Respondus Monitor

This article provides a link to step-by-step instructions for taking a remotely proctored exam using Respondus Monitor in D2L Brightspace.

Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor Set Up after a Course Copy in D2L Brightspace

This article is for faculty. It explains what to do to set up Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor in a course in D2L Brightspace following a course copy.

Respondus LockDown Browser: How to enable LockDown Browser for a quiz in D2L Brightspace

This article is for faculty. It explains how to turn on Respondus LockDown Browser for quizzes in a course in D2L Brightspace.

Third Party Programs: Media Recording and Editing

ALL: Read about features of Media and Recording and Editing third party tools, like Audacity and Kaltura MediaSpace.

Turnitin: Plagiarism-Prevention Service

ALL: Read the description and features of Turnitin and access a tutorial.

VoiceThread: Completing a VoiceThread Assignment in D2L Brightspace

This article provides, via links to existing tutorials, information on how a student can complete a VoiceThread assignment in D2L Brightspace.

VoiceThread: Creating a VoiceThread Account

This article explains how to create a VoiceThread account for students and faculty. It also explains what to do if you have an existing, non-Metrostate account.

VoiceThread: Enabling Cookies and Local Storage for VoiceThread in D2L

When attempting to view or create a VoiceThread assignment in D2L, users sometimes encounter a blank screen. This is often due to third-party cookies or tracking being blocked. This article explains how faculty or students can enable third-party cookies for VoiceThread in a variety of browsers for desktop and laptop computers, and mobile devices.

VoiceThread: How can faculty order high-quality captions?

This article is for faculty and demonstrates how to order high-quality captions for VoiceThread audio and video content.

VoiceThread: How can I edit captions in VoiceThread?

This article is for faculty, staff, and students and explains how to manually edit captions in VoiceThread, a multimedia instruction, presentation, and discussion tool used in D2L Brightspace.

VoiceThread: Set up VoiceThread in D2L Brightspace

This article explains to faculty how to set up VoiceThread in a course in D2L Brightspace. It covers creating an account automatically with your D2L login, adding an assignment to your course, and provides links to additional resources.

VoiceThread: Setting up a VoiceThread after a Course Copy in D2L Brightspace

This article is for faculty. It explains how to set up VoiceThread links following a course copy in D2L Brightspace.

Why can’t I see the file I attached to an assignment folder in D2L Brightspace?

FACULTY: This article is for faculty who have added a file attachment to an assignment folder in D2L Brightspace and wonder why they can’t see it.

Zoom: Connecting to a Web Conference

There are many ways to connect to a Zoom meeting. Pick one that works for your technology and location.

Zoom: Hosting a Web Conference for Presenting or Teaching

View information on Zoom Rooms, starting and recording your meeting, sharing your screen, sharing documents through chat, breakout rooms and polling. .

Zoom: Scheduling Recurring Meetings

Zoom can easily be set up for recurring meetings. You can leverage Zoom to set up your classroom times or recurring meetings.