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.
1. 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
Grade Items: Grade items are used to store grades, they can be added to assignments to allow marks and grades to be set for assignments, which can then be collected in the Grades area of Brightspace. A number of different types of Grade items are possible including Pass/Fail, Numeric and Select-box. The example below involves
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.
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
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
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
Creating Groups: The type of groups that you create will depend on what you require students to do within the module. The following group types exist in Brightspace: Auto enrolment - whereby students are randomly enrolled to groups by the system. Manual enrolment – whereby the instructor can add students to groups one by one.
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
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.
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