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1. Accessing Brightspace

Accessing Brightspace: To access Brightspace you can click the link in the top-right of the UCD Connect homepage or enter https://brightspace.ucd.ie into your browser address bar. Then use your UCD Connect username and password to log in to the system. Take a look at the guide to accessing Brightspace, or follow the video tutorial below.

2. The Grades Wizard

Using the Grades Wizard: Using the Grades Wizard will help you organise your grades area. Run the Wizard to apply your choices about how grades are calculated for your module. The Wizard can be run as many times as you require. You should use the Grades Wizard to: Choose between a Points, Weightings, or a

3. Weighted Grading

Weighted Grading: If you choose to use the Weighted Grading option in the Grades Wizard in Brightspace, you can have Brightspace calculate component grades from multiple sub-components. In this example we will demonstrate the use of Weighted Grades for a module with a CA component made up of sub-components. Note: Where there are no sub-components

4. Creating Assignments

Creating Assignments: This Guide will run through the steps required to create Numeric based Assignments and link them to the Grade Items created in the Weighted Grading tutorial Create and link Assignments to Grade Items Download the offline guide or follow the video demonstration below.  

5. Module Builder

Module Builder: The Module Builder is a tool that allows instructors to set the structure for a module, where they can then place content in a considered way, or add place-holders in advance of new content being available. Using the Module Builder is the best way to get a new module structured, and is a very useful

6. Content Copy

Content Copy: During the move to Brightspace you will need to review your existing content from Blackboard and move relevant content into the new system. You will use the Selecting Components to copy tool, to move content from Blackboard to Brightspace. Using this tool will give you control over what content items are included and

7. Ordering Content

Ordering Content: When content items are copied into Brightspace they will need to be sequenced, moved, and re-ordered. Once you have defined your module structure (using the Module Builder tool) it’s very easy to arrange your newly imported content. The following guide will detail how to: Sequence newly copied content items Move the items into

8. Communicating with Students

Communicating with Students: There are two recommended ways to communicate with students in Brightspace: Announcements and Email. The Announcements tool is accessible via the module homepage. Announcements appear to students in the homepage. Announcements are never emailed to the student. If you do need to email students in the module, use the Email function, which is

9. Automating Communications

Automating Communications: With Brightspace it is possible to automate communications to students based on certain criteria. To do this you use the Intelligent Agents tool. Intelligent Agents can be used for many different reasons: Automate a welcome note to the class. Notify students that are falling behind in their work. Remind students about upcoming deadlines.

10. Online Tests — The Question Library

The Question Library: With Brightspace it is best practice to create questions directly in the Question Library, from where they can be deployed in multiple Quizzes or Surveys. The Question Library can be used to: Create a multiple of question types Questions can be imported from Blackboard Questions can be organised into pools called Sections

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