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Brightspace Essentials For Faculty

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If you are new to the Brightspace Learning Environment, please review the resources listed below.

Brightspace Essentials For Faculty

Brightspace is the Learning Digital Learning Environment that SUNY has selected as a system-wide tool. This tool allows for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, and delivery of courses for all modalities of instruction; face-to-face, online, hybrid, hyflex and blended.

To login into Brightspace:

Online Learning Teaching Academy in conjunction with the SUNY DLE Team has built, continues to run, and has provided recorded sessions for faculty to learn how to use this new system. Below are many resources that you can choose from based on your learning skills, and the choice of training methods that best suits your way of learning (asynchronous, live training, written material, videos, and recorded sessions).

To View: Online Teaching Academy Training Schedule


Expand the tabs on this page to learn more about how to interact within your Brightspace course.

Getting Started / Creating Content / Prep New Semester

Brightspace Pre-Flight Course “Go Live” Checklist
The Brightspace Pre-Flight Course “Go Live” Checklist will provide you with a copy of the checklist with editing rights to keep track of your course creation.


Building Content

  1. Start from scratch (recommended)
    This document will show you how to download the NCCC Asynchronous Template and import the content into a Brightspace course.
    You will use the tools that you learned about in the SUNY DLE Training that you participated in to build your course content.
  1. Import a Blackboard course into a Brightspace course
    This document will show you how to import course content from a zipped Bb course shell into a Brightspace course shell
    Recorded session: steps you through the export from Bb and import into Brightspace. Recording on how to attach assignments, discussions, and quizzes to the Grade Book.
  1. Copy a Brightspace Course into Another Brightspace Course
    Instructions (step-by-step or  video)

Brightspace Training Options

NCCC Brightspace Training Recordings:

  • Setting Up Attendance in Brightspace (Aug 25, 2022)
    Recording, Handouts
  • Final Prep to Go Live for Preparing Fall 2022 Classes (Aug 23, 2022)
  • Brightspace Demo/Training for Staff (Aug 11, 2022)
  • Brightspace Grade Book and Grading (May 23, 2022)
    Recording | PowerPoint
  • Brightspace Go Live (May 17, 2022)
    Recording | PowerPoint
  • Best Practices for Exporting a Blackboard and Import it in Brightspace (May 3, 2022) 
  • How to Connect an Assignment, Discussion, or Quiz to the Brightspace Grade Book (May 3, 2022)
  • D2L Brightspace Demo (Jan. 7, 2022)
    Recording | Brightspace Resources
  • Q&A Informational Meeting: D2L Brightspace Migration (March 25, 2022)
    Recording | Handouts

SUNY CPD Scaled Webinars / Recordings:

These scaled webinars offer live demonstrations of the Brightspace learning environment and other many training topics. To View Training Options and Recorded Sessions
Log in to using your Outlook Username and Password. For All Training Options/Resources/Recording Documentation


Fireside Chats / Recordings:

Fireside Chats introduce participants to the training team, showcase Brightspace tools and features.
Sessions included; Training Overview, Brightspace Engagement & Faculty Time Savers, Video Chat, Course Builder, Templates, Personalization, Quick Eval, Migration Strategies.
View the website for recordings and future sessions…

Asynchronous Training Course:

This course is divided into 9 modules and is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to use the Brightspace learning environment to build and deliver digital course materials, communicate effectively with learners, and effectively manage your grades and reports.
To locate this course go to Brightspace and you should see this course listed in the widget called My Courses and open SUNY DLE Brightspace Asynchronous Modules course.



Brightspace Community:

Getting Started with Brightspace Resources – Here you can learn Brightspace, join the Community, and follow the articles to receive updates.


Brightspace Tips (YouTube Channel)

Getting Help


Online Learning: 
– Faculty call Donna Simiele @ 716-614-6487 or visit D106C
– Students call Glory Fox @ 716-614-6487 or visit D106D

Merging Courses – submit an OIT Help Desk ticket. Specify what course you want as the “Parent” course (this is the course where content will be placed) and specify what course(s) will be “Child” courses.  The Child course(s) will be merged into the Parent course.

For night and weekend help with Brightspace please reach out to the SUNY Online HelpDesk at 1-844-673-6786 or submit a ticket.

Cannot Login

Please reach out to the NCCC OIT HelpDesk with questions about issues logging into Brightspace. Call 716-614-6730, visit A133, or submit a ticket.

Virtual Classroom & Video Assignments in Brightspace

Virtual Classrooms

The Virtual Classrooms tool in Brightspace allows you to: Schedule, hold, and record live video conferencing sessions without ever leaving Brightspace. Give distance education courses an engaging classroom experience using real-time video-based live communication between instructors and students.

How do I Navigate a Virtual Classroom interface? (Vanderbilt University)

Bongo Support Page – Virtual Classroom and Video Assignment Documentation and Resources

Virtual Classroom for Brightspace (Video)

Video Assignments

Brightspace by D2L has an integrated feature called the Video Assignment Tool or Bongo. This can be used to implement structured, video-based assessments that evaluate learners of speeches, foreign languages, demonstrations, class projects, filmmaking and more.

Bongo Support Page – Virtual Classroom and Video Assignment Documentation and Resources

Getting Started with Video Assignments/Bongo – Instructor & Student Version (Vanderbilt University)


T-Wolves & Brightspace username/password help: call OIT at 716-210-2505, or visit A131.

Online Learning Support & Brightspace Assistance:
– Faculty call 716-614-6487 or Visit D106C
– Students call 716-614-6488 or Visit D106D.

Additional Brightspace Assistance: contact SUNY Online HelpDesk 1-844-673-6786  (They offer night and weekend hours!)