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Ensure your first exam using LockDown Browser runs smoothly and reduce student test anxiety! Have students take an ungraded practice quiz that requires the use of LockDown Browser before the graded exam occurs.

The CERT team has already created two sample quizzes and loaded them into the Quizzes link in your BrightSpace course.  You can use that sample quiz or edit it, to support your students or your course material. 

Simply keep the quiz available for the duration of the course, with unlimited attempts, so students can access it again if they use a different computer.


Follow the link for even more information about Respondus LockDown Browser and how to use practice quizzes to help your students be successful!

Where Students Can See Feedback in Brightspace

As an instructor using the Brightspace learning management system, providing meaningful feedback to students on their assignments and quizzes is important. But do you know where your students can access that feedback within Brightspace?

Students see their scores and any general feedback by clicking on the Grades menu within a course. The students need to return to the assessment to get details, like the quiz questions & answers if allowed, and the inline feedback of an assignment.

Quiz Feedback

Clicking on the Quizzes menu inside a course brings up the quiz list. Included on the quiz list is a column for Evaluation Status. Links to the attempts are available, and quizzes with unread feedback are highlighted.

Assignment Feedback

To find a course’s assignment list, students must click on Course Tools…Assignments.

Like the quizzes, the Assignment list contains an Evaluation Status column that links to read or unread feedback.

BONUS: Controlling the feedback released

Quiz Feedback

What and when students see after taking a Brightspace quiz is controlled in the Evaluation & Feedback section available when editing a quiz. Scores are automatically published by default, but the option can be deselected. Changing the setting does require an instructor to publish the grades manually later but will prevent a student from sharing results with peers.

Another option is a drop-down setting for whether questions are provided after the submission of a quiz. Questions are not displayed by default, but options for all or incorrect questions, with or without correct answers, are available.

Allowing Multiple Submissions

In Brightspace, instructors can set assignments to allow students to submit multiple times. To enable this on an assignment, please follow the series of steps below!

  1. Navigate to your course within Brightspace.
  2. Click on “Course Tools” in your course navigation bar.
  3. Select “Assignments” from the dropdown menu that appears.
    • If you are creating a new assignment, click the blue “New Assignment” button in the upper left.
    • If you are editing an existing assignment, find the assignment from the list that appears and click on the downwards facing arrow to the right of the assignment name, and click “Edit Assignment” from the dropdown menu.
  4. On the right hand side, click “Submission & Completion” to expand the category.
  5. Under the Submissions header will be three options; ‘All submissions are kept’, ‘Only one submission allowed’, and ‘Only the most recent submission is kept’. To allow students to submit multiple times, check the bubble next to ‘All submission are kept’.
  6. Click on the blue Save and Close button on the bottom right corner of the screen.

Students will now be able to submit to that assignment multiple times, and you will keep a record of each submission!

Submitting Documents in Brightspace using OneDrive

Did you know you can add documents to Brightspace using OneDrive? As members of DeSales University, everyone has access to Office 365 which includes OneDrive.  

OneDrive is a virtual storage location that is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.  

Using files that are saved in OneDrive in Brightspace is an easy process. 

As a student, you can upload an assignment submission from OneDrive. The process to upload the file is: 

  1. Ensure the file you want to use is saved in OneDrive. 
  1. Log into Brightspace 
  1. Go to your course 
  1. Go to the assignment that you are submitting to 
  1. Under Submission, click on “Choose Existing” 
  1. Click on “OneDrive Files” 
    • You may be prompted to sign in with your OneDrive account if you haven’t used the integration before. This will only happen the first time you sign in or if you accidentally sign out. 
  1. Choose the file you are submitting 
  1. Click “Add” 
  1. Click “Submit” 

You assignment will now be submitted from OneDrive. 

As an instructor, you can upload documents into the content area. The process to upload the file is: 

  1. Ensure the file you want to use is saved in OneDrive 
  1. Log into Brightspace 
  1. Go to you course 
  1. Go to “Content” 
  1. Go to the module where you want to upload the document 
  1. Click on “Upload/Create” 
  1. Click on “Upload File” 
  1. Click on “OneDrive Files” 
    • You may be prompted to sign in with your OneDrive account if you haven’t used the integration before. This will only happen the first time you sign in or if you accidentally sign out. 
  1. Choose the file you are submitting 
  1. Click “Add” 
  1. Click “Submit” 

The file will now be added to your content area from OneDrive. 

Adding a Panopto Quiz

CERT Tip of the Week

Did you know that you can add quiz questions to any Panopto video at any point during the presentation. These Panopto quizzes can be a graded item in your Brightspace gradebook, or they can just be used as a quick assessment to check student understanding. 

If you have questions, please contact the helpdesk at

  1. Open Panopto by clicking on the Panopto link in the blue Navigation bar in your Brightspace course or by going to
  2. Locate the recording where you want to add a quiz question and open it for editing.
  3. Click in the timeline to navigate to the place in the video where you would like to insert a quiz.
  4. The red vertical line will indicate where the quiz will be added in the video.
  5. In the left Navigation menu, click on Quizzes then select Add a Quiz
  6. A quiz window will appear in your secondary stream window where you can fill in the details for

your quiz.

Here is a Step-by-Step guide to “HOW TO ADD A QUIZ TO A PANOPTO VIDEO

Don’t Forget to link your Panopto video to your Brightspace Course

  1. Navigate to wherever you want to put the video in Brightspace.
  2. For a video without an embedded quiz: Select Upload/Create, then File, then click on Insert Stuff, Select Panopto
  3. For a video with an embedded quiz: Select Existing Activities, then Panopto Quiz
  4. Select the video you want. Click the Insert Video button.
  5. Click Save and Close. DONE!

Grading Discussion Topics

Grading Discussion Topics 

When creating new topics or troubleshooting why a discussion doesn’t appear in the grade book, the setting to check is the Grade Out Of field. 

While creating or editing a discussion topic one of the fields on the page controls the grading option. The default is to have the topic ungraded. 

To change the setting, click on the Ungraded button to get a block to enter a point value. 

Click the Save and Close or Save button at the bottom of the screen and the discussion topic will be in the grade book. 

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. 

CERT Brightspace Tip of the Week – Accessibility

Accessibility ensures that all people—regardless of ability—can interact with the information or services you provide as an instructor.

According to the Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems

Accessibility refers to the design of apps, devices, materials, and environments that support and enable access to content and educational activities for all learners. Educational materials and technologies are “accessible” to people with disabilities if they are able to “acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services” as people who do not have disabilities. As a person with a disability, you must be able to achieve these three goals “in an equally integrated and equally effective manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use” (Joint Letter US Department of Justice and US Department of Education, June 29, 2010). Technology can support accessibility through embedded assistance—for example, text-to-speech, audio and digital text formats of instructional materials, programs that differentiate instruction, adaptive testing, built-in accommodations, and other assistive technology tools. AEM Center

Glossary of Terms for Inclusive Systems, CAST.ORG

Brightspace supports making online content accessible. A common accommodation is more time on quizzes and tests. Brightspace allows instructors to set an accommodation at the course level that automatically applies to all tests/quizzes.

To set up an accommodation –

  1. Navigate to your Classlist, accessible under the Course Tools item in your course navigation bar. Click on course tools in your course navigation bar, and select Classlist from the dropdown menu.
  2. Find the student in your Classlist who requires accommodations, click on the downwards facing arrow to the right of their name, and click “Edit Accommodations”. Click the chevron next to the student's name, and select "Edit Accommodations."
  3. Check the box that says “Modify Time Limit”, and check the box next to the appropriate accommodation settings for the student. You can either enter a modifier, or a set number of minutes. Select the appropriate modifiers for the student using the provided fields.
  4. Click Save.

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