You are now in the main content area

What's New in Brightspace at Ryerson

What's New - Fall 2017


Welcome to Fall 2017!

The D2L Brightspace faculty and staff support team are here to help you get set up for the first weeks of class.

Take a look at "What's New" in D2L Brightspace at Ryerson in our newsletter below.

Welcome back, and lots of luck in the new term!


New "Intro to D2L" workshop dates added!

New to D2L? Not to worry - we have added new sessions of our popular Introduction to D2L Brightspace workshop for August and September.

Space is limited! See our events page to register.

Extended D2L troubleshooting drop-in clinics

Bring your course shells and questions, our daily drop-in clinics are here! Each weekday from Monday August 28 through Friday September 8 (except on Labour Day), from 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

See our events page for details, including the location.

A clean look and feel, and responsive design

As we first announced back in April, D2L Brightspace underwent a cosmetic change on June 22, 2017 at 6:00 a.m.

This change gives Brightspace a modern and clean look and feel - D2L refers to this change as "external,Daylight".  While it may look different, the site’s tools continue to work as they did before.

The main differences can be found on the Brightspace homepage, with the way you find your courses.

More information about this visual refresh can be found in our  Summer 2017 announcement!

On August 1st, 2017 Turnitin replaced Turnitin GradeMark (Turnitin Classic) with the new Turnitin Feedback Studio, which offers all the functionalities of Turnitin, but with a simplified, more intuitive interface.

While the workflow for the assignment creation, submission, grading and feedback remains the same, you will see a new interface when opening a paper in Turnitin, viewing Similarity Reports and inputting or receiving feedback.

Turnitin Classic (old)

For example, in Turnitin Classic:

  • the menu to access the paper Originality or GradeMark service layers was at the top-left of the page and the side panel on the right-hand side of the page.
Turnitin Feedback Studio (new)

In the new Turnitin Feedback Studio:

  • the menu and service layers option is displayed at the right-hand side of the paper
  • the Originality layer is colored red
  • the Grading (previously named GradeMark) layer is blue

To get acquainted with the upgraded Turnitin Feedback Studio you can:

Request to enable LDB

Starting this term, if you need to enable Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) for a current or future quiz, you will need to contact Ryerson's D2L faculty support team at Our team will be able to enable it for you.

A problem with copied LDB quizzes

LDB-enabled quizzes that were copied from another course shell will not work in the new course. Please contact Ryerson's D2L faculty support team at - we will be happy to unlock these quizzes for you.

Not sure if your D2L Quizzes are LDB-enabled?

Go to your course > Assessment > Quizzes > click on a Quiz name > click the 'Restrictions' tab.

The Respondus LockDown Browser settings will show you whether it has been enabled for that specific quiz.

We are excited to announce the release of the new Land Acknowledgement homepage, which features a section including the Aboriginal Land Acknowledgement statement, as outlined by the Aboriginal Education Council.

For more information, please see our page on how to select a course homepage.

Our website has gone through some major changes this summer!

  • All of the content was updated to be in-line with the new look and feel of D2L Brightspace.
  • The website itself moved to a design that is more "responsive" - meaning that it can be viewed easily from devices of various sizes.

One result of these changes is that many of our links have changed. If you link to any of our documents from your website, course materials or D2L Brightspace shell, please check them to make sure they point to the correct page on the new site.

Are you new to Brightspace at Ryerson?

The best place to start is our Getting Started section!