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.

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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.

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 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.

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