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Getting Started: Teaching with D2L Brightspace

Get your course shell ready in 5 steps!

These are the first 5 things you should do when preparing to teach using D2L. Once you're done, proceed to the Instructor Tutorials for more detailed information on various tools.

'Shells' are the spaces in the D2L Brightspace learning system that are created for delivering online components to Ryerson courses and other collaborative projects ('course shells' and 'organization shells', respectively). We offer 'course' shells specifically for official courses, and 'organization' shells for other uses.

The Instructor of the course will need to request a course shell for each iteration of your course (unless you teach through Distance Education / Digital Education Strategies).

Use your my.ryerson username (not email address) and password to login to the external,my.ryerson.ca portal, and access D2L Brightspace. From here, you will see all of your current D2L Brightspace course and organization shells.

Find out how to get your enrolled students loaded, how to add other people to your course (TAs, collaborators, auditing students) and how to get a "dummy" student account that you can use to test your shell.

Adding the course outline is one of the first things that all instructors do once they have a D2L course shell. Attaching the Course Outline is the same as uploading any other content file.

By default, your course shell is 'inactive' when it is first created. This prevents the students from accessing your shell before it has been prepared - but it doesn't prevent the other administrative users (like Instructors, TAs, Course Builders, etc.) from going in and making changes.

Once you are ready for students to access your shell, you must make it 'active'.

Are you sure your computer and its software are compatible with D2L Brightspace? You can check your system to find out.