Center for Educational Resources and Technology at DSU

Month: February 2024

D2L Menu bar customization

Are you looking at Brightspace training resources online? Perhaps the D2L Brightspace Community? Please note that DeSales has customized the Course Menu Bar.  If you are looking at a training resource outside of DeSales, and you are instructed to select “Course Admin” from the menu bar, our equivalent is “All Course Tools”, located underneath the “Course Tools” item.  Another difference you may notice is that on the DeSales navigation bar, you must click on Course Tools to find Assignments, Class List, and Class Progress. 

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Changes to Brightspace Course Homepage

Effective March 8th, 2024, changes are being made to Brightspace Course Homepages. The changes being made are the discontinuation of the Content Navigator widget and the reorganization of Work To Do and Calendar widgets (Student View Only).

Currently, the course homepage appears as the image below:

The D2L Content Navigator on the left side of the homepage has been reported to be causing confusion and anxiety among students. After discussions with several committees on the DeSales campus, including representatives of the Student Body, Faculty, and Administration, the decision was made to discontinue the Content Navigator from the Homepage

After March 8th, 2024, the homepage of all courses in Brightspace will appear as below:

For Instructors:

The calendar has been elevated to the top of the page and if you click on the “Calendar” heading, it will take you to the Calendar tool.

For Students:

The Work To Do widget has now been elevated for students to show you upcoming assignments and their due dates. The Calendar Widget has also been elevated to show you upcoming events in your course.

The course content will now be accessible from the “Content” link in the blue navbar at the top of the course page as it always has been.

If students are interested in their progress in a specific module (represented by the percentage in the Content Navigator widget), this percentage can be found by clicking on the module name in the Content Tool

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the DeSales Helpdesk.

Bulk Entering Grades (Set Grades) 

There are cases where it is appropriate to give students the same grade,

  • Assignments are pass/fail
  • Multiple students got the same score
  1. Log into Brightspace using your MyDSU credentials.  
  1. Click on the Course Selector Grid (the waffle) and select the course from the drop-down menu. If you are enrolled in more than 20 courses, you can search for the course name using the search bar. 
  2. On the Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
  • Select the course tile under the My Courses widget. 
  • Once in the course, in the navbar, select Grades.
  1. Select Enter grades
  1. Select the arrow next to the grade item (column) you want to grade, then select Enter Grades
  1. Select the checkboxes to select the students you want to grade. To select all students, select the checkbox in the first row.
  1. Select Set Grades
  1. In the Grade Selected window, enter the grade value you want to assign to all selected students. 
  1. Select Save
  1. Select Save and Close to save your changes and return to the Enter Grades area. 

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