Request a D2L 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.
If you are teaching a combination of types of courses:
If you are teaching a combination of types of courses, which include online and regular classroom-based courses, and you wish to request a D2L Brightspace course shell for a regular (classroom) course, click on 'No' and follow the step-by-step instructions below to request your D2L Brightspace course shell.
If you are teaching a Chang school online distance course:
If you are teaching a Chang School online distance course (with no classroom component) that you have taught before, and you want to create a D2L Brightspace course shell that is a copy of that past course, click on 'Yes'. Please follow these step-by-step instructions to fill out the course shell request form that you will see.
If you are teaching a Chang School online distance course (with no classroom component) for the first time, DO NOT PROCEED. Email email@example.com for assistance creating your course shell.
If you weren't able to include your section numbers in the request form, once you can see them in RAMSS, you will be able to associate your section(s) with the course shell, a process that takes less than 2 minutes. If you don't see your sections listed in RAMSS, it is too early for us to add them to D2L. We are not able to override this for you.
REMEMBER that this form will create ONE course shell containing ALL of the courses and sections you have listed.
Want to request a separate course shell for each section (of the same course)?
- As each request form will result in one course shell, you need to submit separate requests for each course shell that you want.
- In each request form, select one course/section to be included in the shell.
- In each request form, make sure you select the checkbox to "Include section number(s) in title". This will ensure that you can differentiate between the shells, by section.
I think I requested the wrong course or made some incorrect choices when filling out the form. What do I do?!
If you are confident about what you intended to do, fill out the form again, with the correct information. Once you receive a confirmation message that your course shell was created as you intended, and you are happy with it, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of the incorrect course shell(s) (include the shell code from the confirmation email, if possible), and we will remove it from your list, so that it will not create confusion for you.
If you're not sure how to correct your mistake, email email@example.com with as much detail as possible of what you did (course code and section, shell code, what you typed, clicked on, etc), and what you actually want, and we can provide you with some guidance for how to proceed.
I don't see my courses (or sections) listed in Step 2 of the form. What do I do?!
Usually, this is simply a timing issue. If you were just hired to teach a course, or if it is currently more than 2-3 weeks before the start of classes, this information may not be set up in RAMSS yet. If you have some time before classes start, wait until you can see this information in RAMSS, and then submit your course shell request.
If you are in a hurry, read the instructions above, under Step 2: Identify your course and sections > Don't see your course listed?, and follow the instructions carefully. Your D2L Brightspace course shell will be created without any students in it. Once your course(s)/section(s)/enrollments are appearing for you in RAMSS, you can follow our instructions to associate your course section(s) with your shell.
I requested my course shell, which is a copy of another instructor's course, but I don't see it yet. What's happening?!
When you submit your request, a blank course shell is created immediately, and a permission request email is sent to the instructor whose content you have requested. The content in a course shell is the intellectual property of the instructor, so we need their written permission before we can copy it. Once our team receives that permission, someone will copy the content and send you a confirmation email. If the instructor declines the request, we will let you know, so that you can pursue other options for your course content, such as creating your own, or reaching out to someone else in your department. If you do not hear from us, this is because we have not heard from the instructor. You could try reaching out to them yourself, to remind them.
I'm not teaching this term, but I want to work on my course content for a future term. How can I do this?
This is not a problem. It's fine to create a shell that won't be used for teaching. Fill out the form to create a shell. If the term you will be teaching in isn't listed yet, just choose the term that is furthest in the future. You can copy this shell later. In step 2 of the form, follow the instructions for Don't see your course listed? Keep in mind that this shell will only exist in D2L for 2 years from the creation date, so if you need to keep it longer, once the end date is near, you can either copy it into a new term, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to extend this shell.