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