Here are the sections contained in this Orientation.

1. Logging into the D2L Brightspace Platform.

2. Accessing Your Courses in D2L Brightspace

3. -Navigating the Course Home Page   

Logging into the D2L Brightspace Platform

  • Open a browser and navigate to
  • Click the Shippensburg Logo
  • Enter your Username and Password

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Accessing Your Courses in D2L Brightspace

There are two methods you can use to navigate to a course in Brightspace.  Option 1 is available no matter where you're at in Brightspace while Option 2 is only available from the Organization Home page.  Please Note that courses which have not begun yet may appear in your course list but will not be clickable until the course has officially begun.


1.  Click the "Waffle Icon" in the top right hand corner.

2.  Click on the course you wish to enter.

Additional Notes and Options for this method.

You can pin a course to the top of the list simply by clicking on the "Pin" icon located to the right of the course name.  Once pinned, you will need to refresh the page for the course to appear at the top of the list.


1.  After Logging In scroll down to locate the My Courses widget.  Here you can see a thumbnails for a number of the courses you are currently enrolled in.  You access any one simply by clicking any anywhere on the course image.

2.  You should then find yourself on the homepage of the course you selected.

Search and Filter options for My Course Widget

1.  The My Courses widget does allow you to search and filter your courses and this can be helpful if you are enrolled in many courses.  To do this you'll need to scroll to the bottom of the widget and and click the View All Courses link.

2.  You can click in the "Find a course" field to search for your course OR narrow your course list using the Filter option.


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Navigating the Course Home Page


The Course Homepage is the first page you'll typically see when you first access your course.  Typically you'll find Course Events (Calendar), Announcements, Course Overview and the Content Browser widgets on the course homepage.  You may keep or remove these widgets if you'd like or add additional widgets.

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1.  Navigation Bar "Nav Bar" 

This is the navbar and will be you're primary way of navigating to the various areas of the course.  More on this below.

Navigating Using the Navigation Bar or "Nav Bar"

The Course Nav Bar is your gateway to the main areas of the course that you'll be accessing regularly.  You'll use it to access all of the content available in the course in addition to a few other key tools and resources.

1.  Course Home:  

The Course Home button or "Home Button" will take you back to the Course Home Page.  

2.  Content:  

The Content button will take you to the main content area of the course.  This will be the students primary hub where they will access all course content including course materials, assignment folders, discussion activities, quizzes, etc.  Note:  You can create assignment folders, discussions, quizzes, etc. directly from the content area.

3.  Classlist:  

The classlist will show you all students who are enrolled in your course.

4.  Grades:  

The Grades button will take you to the gradebook.  Here you can setup your grade items and grade scheme.  Remember that when you first navigate to the grades area you will be prompted to setup your gradebook through the setup wizard.  We recommend doing this and following along with the instructions in the wizard.

5.  Groups:  

The Groups tool allows you to create and assign online groups for use in class activities.

6.  Class Progress:  

Class progress allows you to track the progress, completion, grades, and more for all your students in the course.  Students see this as well but they can only see their own information.

7.  Course Admin:  

Here you'll be able to access all the tools and areas of your course.  Note that since the default navbar has changed this will be where you have to go to access the assignment folder area, quizzes, discussions, etc.  

8.  Student Services:  

Provides useful links for students.

2. Announcements  

The Announcements widget will be where you will see any announcement that you're instructor has released.

3.  Calendar  

The calendar widget will show you any events that you're instructor has set for you.  You may also create your own tasks if you wish.

3:  Course Overview

The Course Overview widget will provide you with information on how your students are doing in your class.

4.  Content Browser

The Content Browser widget is a shortcut to any top contained within the Content area.  You can utilize this widget to quickly open any content area topic if you know which module that item is contained in.  To navigate this way, click on the module where you'd like to view the content it contains.  Modules may contain both sub-modules or topics.  If you click on a topic then you will be taken directly to the item in the content area.  If you click a module or sub-module you will view the items it contains in the widget.  If you wish to return to the previous list simply click the Home Button in the Content Browser.

See Updating Your Brightspace Profile to add or edit your profile picture.

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