Request a D2L shell (Chang online distance courses only)
What is a Brightspace "shell"?
"Shells" are the spaces in the D2L Brightspace learning system that are created for online course components and other collaborative projects ('course shells' and 'organization shells', respectively). Shells can contain attached documents, learning materials, quizzes, assignments, discussions, and more.
A "course shell" is associated with a specific course, in a specific term, at Ryerson. Course shells need to be requested for each new run of the course, but you may request a copy of materials for up to 2 years.
"Organization shells" function similarly to course shells, except that they are not associated with a specific course. Organizations can be used for research groups, departmental communication, and more.
Can I use this form to request my Brightspace shell?
This is an online distance course run through the Chang School, with no classroom component.
This section is listed when I view RAMSS.
I have taught this specific course in the last 2 years, and have a previous Brightspace shell to copy.
If you're not sure, please contact the Digital Education Strategies instructor support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You'll notice your name and primary email address have already been filled in. You will receive all confirmation and communication pertaining to your course shell(s) at this email address, so please be sure to check it regularly.
After selecting the term that the course runs in, the form will display any courses that RAMSS knows you are teaching for that term.
Check the box for the course/section that you wish to be included in this one course shell.
NOTE: If you are also teaching the same course in a classroom setting (ie. undergraduate, graduate or continuing education evening classes), and need that section also included in this course shell, please check the box beside This course shell requires additional sections. This will send an email to email@example.com so that they can assist you with this.
In step 4, click on the drop down menu to see all of your relevant course shells that are up to two years old. Simply select the one you would like to copy. This will usually be the most recent course. Look for the term in the shell code (ie. f19, p19, w19).
Review what you have selected in the request form before you click on the Submit button at the bottom of the page.
If you try to submit and have missed any required fields, the page will reload with a warning at the top. Scroll through the page to find an error message near any missed fields.
Once you have submitted the form, a blank course shell will be created. Then, the content will be copied from your old course shell into your new shell. This can take up to several hours, so do not be alarmed if you go into your course shell right away, and you don't see the content there yet.
If you encounter any problems with your request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
I think I requested the wrong course or made some incorrect choices when filling out the form. What do I do?! Send an email to email@example.com with details of the problem.
I don't see my regular classroom-based courses (or sections) listed in Step 2 of the form. What do I do?! The instructions on this page are for Chang online distance courses only. Please follow the instructions to find access the request form, and click on 'No' when you see the popup asking if you are trying to request a Chang School shell for an online distance course.
I accidentally selected a 2-term course shell. What do I do? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them what you did. They will assist you.