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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 Helpdesk@desales.edu

  1. Open Panopto by clicking on the Panopto link in the blue Navigation bar in your Brightspace course or by going to https://desales.hosted.panopto.com
  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!

Accessing Feedback in Brightspace

Viewing feedback for students is different than how it was in Blackboard. For students to view feedback on their assignments or quizzes within Brightspace, students should navigate to the appropriate tab within their course navigation bar. Assignments are located under Course Tools on the right-hand side of the course navigation bar, while Quizzes are located next to Discussions on the main navigation bar. 

Once a student is in either section, students should then click on the link in the “Evaluation Status” column. This will bring students to a page where they can view their grade, the assignment rubric (if applicable), quiz questions/answers (if set up by the instructor), and any feedback left on the assignment by their instructors. 

Questions? Please reach out to the Helpdesk at helpdesk@desales.edu or 610-282-1100 x4357 (HELP)

Brightspace resources for instructors

There are some great resources for instructors to learn about Brightspace:

D2L Brightspace is Here!

By Eric Hagan, August 10, 2023

Unless you are brand new to DeSales or have been living under a rock, you are aware that DeSales decided last academic year to transition learning management systems. Blackboard is out, Brightspace is in. Thank you for your commitment to making this transition a success to the benefit of our students. 

Many courses have successfully run on Brightspace this summer. Beginning with our fall terms all courses will be taught using Brightspace. I taught an Adult Studies online course in Brightspace at the beginning of the summer. The students in the course were either returning Adult Studies students or day students taking a summer course – in other words, they were all used to Blackboard and new to Brightspace. The students barely mentioned the change, and if they did, it was a positive comment. So the good news is that the transition to Brightspace will not be a big change for students. To them, it’s just another website to navigate. If your instructions are clear, the students will be fine.  

The transition to Brightspace is more significant for the faculty. Many of us take satisfaction in setting up our course in the learning management system just the way we want it. Although all the basic content and some of the structure can be copied over from Blackboard, Brightspace has differences and new capabilities so give yourself plenty of time to set things up the way you like.  

CERT offers plenty of support to the faculty through live training sessions (https://www.desales.edu/workshops), online resource courses in Brightspace – look for the Faculty Orientation and Faculty Resources courses in Brightspace, and one-on-one staff support. D2L also offers a plethora of training videos and support documentation.  

Once you get over the hump of getting your courses up and running in Brightspace, you’ll have a chance to explore Brightspace’s benefits and enhanced functionality including: 

  • Clean, modern interface 
  • Great experience on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets 
  • Deep commitment to accessibility for students with learning challenges 
  • Useful retention support / analytics tools 
  • Integrated high-end content creation tools that make it easy to present content in a highly professional manner 
  • Ubiquitous on-the-fly video integration so you can provide quick on-the-fly video messages to student 
  • Superior integration of our 3rd party tools 
  • 24/7 support from D2L via text and business hours support through the DSU Helpdesk 

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