Brightspace is Here!

What is Brightspace?

Brightspace is a “Learning Management System” (LMS). An LMS is a tool for teaching courses online, or augmenting face-to-face instruction. In 2019, the University of Maine System started a competitive bidding process for a new LMS. After receiving and vetting a number of bids from LMS companies, and soliciting extensive feedback from the campus community, D2L’s Brightspace LMS was selected.

Read about the process that led us to Brightspace.

D2L Brightspace Logo

When will Brightspace replace Blackboard?

Fall 2020 will be the first semester all courses run on Brightspace. Blackboard will not be available at that point, but a full backup will be done of all courses and organizations before that time. For more information, please see the Brightspace FAQ.

How to Make Your Course Active

When you are ready to have your students enter your course, be sure to make it active.

  1. First, log into Brightspace and enter the course.
  2. In the Navbar, click Course Admin
  3. Under Site Setup, click Course Offering Information.
  4. Click the box next to Course is active and then click the Save button at the bottom of the screen.


Watch a demonstration of how to make your course active.

Don’t wait until Winter. Your future-self will thank you!

IT is gradually moving Blackboard courses to Brightspace automatically. That’s the easy part. Afterward, there’s a lot of stuff that has to be done to make the course function properly for you and your students. CTEL can help get your former-Blackboard course fixed up for the Winter/Spring terms! After entering your courses into our Converted Course Cleanup (C3) form, we’ll contact you to let you know when we’ve started and finished. Here is a list of what we do:

  1. Move your course from Blackboard or the Blackboard Archive manually (if it hasn’t been done already).
  2. Post the Course Description and Course Syllabus on the Syllabus Page
  3. Clean the Blackboard cruft out of the Grades tool and make sure it matches your Syllabus.
  4. Attach Discussion Topics to Grade Items.
  5. Hide old quizzes and exams that aren’t being used.
  6. Clean up old Announcements.
  7. Copy the Converted course to the upcoming semester’s shell.

NOTE: The deadline to submit courses for us to work on is December 4th, 2020. We’ll start taking requests for Summer 2021 courses after the start of Spring term.

Please Note: You must be logged into your maine.edu account to access this link!

Self-Paced Brightspace Training!

This CTEL-produced, self-paced, on-demand course will help you learn how to use Brightspace through the creation of a small demonstration course. It is more comprehensive than our live sessions and can be used as a reference whenever you need it. The demonstration videos have been designed to be as short as possible allowing you to work through at your own steady, gradual pace as your time allows.

Please Note: You must be logged into your maine.edu account to access this link!

Where can I learn more about Brightspace?

Get the Latest

Stay up to date on what’s happening with Brightspace on this page

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to all of your Brightspace questions.

CTEL Brightspace Guide

We’ve put together an online, printable guide to use as a reference as you begin using Brightspace.

Converted Course Cleanup Guide

Read the C3 Guide for advice and time-saving tips to get your old Blackboard course running smooth on Brightspace.

Try it Out

Empty sandbox courses have been created for all faculty to allow you to explore with no risk!

Brightspace Community

Join D2L’s Brightspace Community to talk to colleagues from other institutions about brightspace, and get help.

Still have Questions?

Send an email from your maine.edu account to:

ctelhelp@maine.edu

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