Entries by Elissa Tobin

Fall 2019 – Student Engagement


More and more research in the instructional technology field shows that retention and completion rates increase when instructors maintain an online presence in their class, engage regularly with students, communicate often, and provide clear instructions and expectations. We all want to reach each and every one of our students individually, but it can be time-consuming. Brightspace makes it easier!

Engage them and guide them.
Show them the way.
You’re off to great places.
You’re off and away.

-Dr. Seuss

Did you know that you can…

Upcoming Training

In this training you will learn about the engagement tools in Brightspace. Learn how you can personalize and direct learning, keep your students on task, and connect with them.

Engagement topics include:

  • Replace Strings
  • Release Conditions
  • Awards and Badges
  • Checklists
  • Intelligent Agents

Engagement Training (virtual) – Register Here

  • October 22, 12:00-1:00pm (virtual)
  • November 14, 12:00-1:00pm (virtual)

Psst…Missed the Grades Training? There’s still time Register Here

  • Oct 11, 1:00-2:00pm (virtual)
  • Oct 16, 12:30-1:30pm (virtual)

Faculty Spotlight

Rich Powers (English & Literature HW) on his use of Intelligent Agents:

“Intelligent Agents send out e-mails automatically to students when certain conditions are met or aren’t met. They save me at least an hour each week because I don’t have to send out reminders to students when their quizzes, assignments or discussion posts are late. Brightspace does that for me!

I also use an intelligent agent in my online course to notify students when they haven’t logged into the course in the last 5 days, prompting students to get their acts together and not fall behind.  

Intelligent agents are instructors’ and students’ friends!  They help with:

 –  class engagement
–   student motivation
–   students’ abilities to keep up with the course
–   fewer withdrawals
–   fewer e-mails reminding students about due dates
–   fewer e-mails asking about late assignments

Watch his tutorial on setting up an Intelligent Agent for “No Logins for 5 days”

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What’s New In Brightspace?

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October 2019 Highlights

Help and Resources

Fall 2019 – Making the Grade

Grades. What are they good for? Absolutely everything! Rushing out the door fumbling for your keys, thinking of your next destination, juggling books and bags, a student asks you for his grade.  As the bags slip and a folder of papers sprays all over the floor, you struggle to find the book with the right […]

Summer 2019 | End of Term Reminders

It’s the end of Brightspace Summer 2019! As finals quickly approach, we reflect on the educational journey you guided your students on. Before you go, below are some reminders of common end-of-term tasks in Brightspace, as well as tips to help you prepare for fall. For more help, look below or visit http://brightspaceresources.ccc.edu End of […]

Summer 2019 | Mid-Semester Reminders

It’s the middle of Brightspace Summer 2019! As midterms quickly approach, we continue to focus on students by informing them of their progress and grades. For more help, look below or visit http://brightspaceresources.ccc.edu Midterm Reminders Below are direct links to the most common middle-of-the-semester tasks: Create a midterm grade item or a calculated midterm grade […]