where to find the New Checklist option

Use Checklists to help keep learners on track.

Create a checklist

  1. Go to a Module in ContentUpload/Create->New Checklist
  2. Name your checklist
  3. Categorize or divide into Lists
  4. Add Tasks


Use Quicklinks to link to activities that are due.


Keep students informed

Gamify learning

Guide learning

Personalize learning

Enhance with apps, web content, and External Tools

    1. Secure Open Educational Resources(OER)

      • Contact your campus librarian.
    2. Publisher tools

    3. TurnItIn

    4. Zoom

    5. VoiceThread

Using the Course NavBar, go to Course home and then scroll down Announcements near the bottom of that webpage.  Select Create an announcement.

In the new window, create your Announcement. 

Once the announcement has been created, set the date range that this announcement will be visible to students, add (upload) a file if you wish and indicate any other restrictions that will control the viewing of this announcement.  Once you are satisfied, publish the announcement.                                           

Let’s pretend finals are creeping up on you and your students. You have provided a study guide to assist in preparing for the final. Half the students have looked at it, but half haven’t.  You would like to send an announcement, but only want the announcement to appear for those students who have not looked at the study guide.

Send an announcement with a release condition and {FirstName} replace string for personalization.

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Release conditions allow you to create custom learning paths for students by setting conditions a student has to fulfill before being allowed to access specific course material or activities. When you attach a release condition to an item, you create rules which restrict users from seeing specific items or content until they meet certain criteria.

For example:

  • –  Students can only take the quiz for week 3 if they have received a passing grade for the quiz in week 2.
  • –  Students will not be able to see the final exam until they have submitted all the previous assignments or activities
  • –  Students are required to view the week’s materials before they can post to the week’s discussion topic. 
  • –  Students who received a passing grade item on an activity will be able to submit to an extra credit assignment

Release conditions are available in nearly every tool or item type in Brightspace including Content, Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, Announcements, Awards, Intelligent Agents and more.

To Setup Release Conditions

In Content, click the drop down arrow next to the topic name or the module name you wish to attach a release condition, and select Edit Properties in Place, then click into the Add Dates and Restrictions section to “create and attach” release conditions.
In the Assignments, Discussions or Quizzes tool, click on the drop down arrow next to the item name and select Edit, then click on the Restrictions tab to create an attach release conditions.

1.  Click Create and Attach

image of create and attach release condition

2.  Select the Condition Type (for example, “Score on a Quiz”)

3.  Select the Condition Details (for example, Quiz name, criteria, and grade)

4.  Click Create

image of quiz score condition

5.  You can add additional criteria if desired. Select whether you want all conditions or any conditions to be met, and then click Update.

image of release condition setting
image of existing release condition

For additional details and a complete list of Release Condition Types, visit the Brightspace documentation.

Replace Strings allow instructors to personalize course content and communication in Brightspace by incorporating the student’s name, for example, into announcements, content, or intelligent agent templates. Essentially, anywhere you find the HTML Editor*.  The use of replace strings can help the instructor build better relationships with students, increase engagement levels, and improve the overall learning experience.

Replace strings are particularly useful within the following:

  • –  Announcements
  • –  Content descriptions (modules, topics, etc.)
  • –  Intelligent Agent templates
  • –  Grades when adding bulk feedback
In your HTML Editor, use the curly bracket {} to enclose the string of text.
Here is an example of an announcement using the {FirstName} replace string and the {OrgUnitName} replace string.
example of replace string in use

Most Common Replace Strings for Announcements, Content and Topics

Replace StringDescriptionExample
{FirstName}first nameJohn
{LastName}last nameSmith
{UserName}CCC usernamejsmith999
{ExternalEmail}CCC email
{OrgUnitName}Course nameFall 2019 English 101 A

Most Common Replace Strings for Intelligent Agents

Replace StringDescriptionFor use in
{InitiatingUser}the user that meets the agent’s criteriaEmail address field
{InitiatingUserFirstName}first name of user  that meets the agent’s criteriaEmail body
{InitiatingUserLastName}last name of user  that meets the agent’s criteriaEmail body
{LastCourseAccessDate}the date the initiating user last accessed the courseEmail subject or Email body

For more information about Replacement String options and examples, please visit this page on Brightspace Help.

The course homepage for your course is the landing page when students access the course. You can add various widgets, such as Pearson, calendar, tasks, etc. to the homepage.

  1. Go to your course -> Course Admin -> Homepages
  2. Use the drop-down menu menu next to an existing homepage, Copy.
  3. Edit the Copy.
    • Under Widgets, click Add Widgets to add the appropriate widgets to your homepage. Note, more than one widget can be added to one panel of the home page
  4. Save & Close.
  5. Set your edited homepage as the active page.


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