My Brightspace essentials
"Pinning" is the act of adding courses to "My Courses", on your D2L homepage.
You can control which courses appear here, and can "un-pin" courses that you access less frequently.
How to "pin" courses
- At the very top of the page, click on the "Select a course..." icon. All of the courses you currently have access to are listed here.
- Locate the pin icon to the right of the course in question.
- If it is solid, the course is "pinned" and appears in the My Courses area.
- If the pin icon is merely an outline, the course is "unpinned" and will not appear in the My Courses area.
- Click on the pin to switch its state.
You will see the course updated in the "My Courses" section of your homepage.
There is an even quicker way to unpin a course directly from My Courses.
- Hover your mouse over the course you wish to unpin, and click on the "three dots" icon.
- From the resulting menu, click Unpin.
You will see the course removed from the "My Courses" section of your homepage. It can still be accessed using the "Select a course" dropdown menu at the top of the screen.
Course instructors may notice a couple of visual cues when you have courses within the Start and End dates that have not been made "active" (and therefore aren't yet visible to the students).
- There will be a message above the list of courses in the My Courses area, to indicate that at least one of your pinned courses is inactive.
- Any pinned course that is inactive will have its image darkened, and will have a message that indicates that the course is inactive.
After a course has past its End Date, only the Instructor will retain access. If the course is still pinned for the Instructor, it will appear with a darkened image and the message "Course Ended", with the end date.
If you don't wish to see these courses in the My Courses area, please unpin the course. It can still be accessed using the "Select a Course" dropdown menu and can be re-pinned if needed.
- When you log into your course in Brightspace, click Content from the navbar.
- On the left, you’ll see the course table of contents. The modules for your entire course are listed here. Click on a module to open it up.
- The module will display in the center of your interface. There may be files, links and reading materials displayed in each module. Modules may also contain sub-modules, which are an added folder structure to house content.
D2L's "tracking progress" feature allows you to see your progress in completing your coursework. Completing is defined as clicking through an item. As you work through content such as files, videos, etc., progress indicators will show green checks for topics and modules completed, gray circles for topics not yet completed, a progress bar for progress within a module and a progress bar for overall course progress when viewing the table of contents. This will help identify the items you have already clicked through and reviewed.
- For most of you, progress tracking will occur automatically when you click through a content topic. This is the default setting in D2L.
- If you see a blank checkbox underneath the content with the message “Task: View this topic”, you have to check the box for your progress to be tracked.
- If you don’t see a progress bar whatsoever, your instructor may have disabled progress tracking from the course.