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”

Doing something cool with Brightspace? Share it with us!

What’s New In Brightspace?

Every month Brightspace releases a video of new features. Keep informed and watch below!

October 2019 Highlights

Help and Resources

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 grades on it. Wouldn’t it be great if students could find out how they are doing anytime/anywhere without stopping you in your tracks? Brightspace makes it possible!

For more help, look below or visit the knowledge base.

Did you know that you can…

Upcoming Grades Training

In this training you will learn about the Grades tool, how you can optimize it to meet your needs, and how it can enhance your ability to identify at-risk students or to acknowledge stellar ones.

Grades Training (virtual) – Register Here

Grades Resources

Faculty Spotlight

Chris Sabino (Mathematics, HW) shared his story about using a weighted grade system and provided a “why do I use weighted grades” video for those interested in exploring weighted grades.

Doing something cool with Brightspace? Share it with us!

What’s New In Brightspace?

Every month Brightspace releases a video of new features. Keep informed and watch below!

September 2019 Highlights

Help and Resources

Welcome to Brightspace Fall 2019!

As you prepare for the fall term, keep in mind that how you use Brightspace is up to you. You may choose to include announcements, content like videos or files, tests/quizzes, virtual discussions, assignment submissions, TurnItIn, grades and more!

Psst…hidden in this newsletter is an error, find it, share it with your Brightspace team, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize.

For more help, look below or visit http://brightspaceresources.ccc.edu

How Course Shells Are Created

Brightspace course shells are created on http://brightspace.ccc.edu before the beginning of the semester. Enrollment in Brightspace course shells corresponds to your assignment in my.ccc.edu. If there is an error, please contact the helpdesk at http://ccc.edu/help. Once a Brightspace course shell is created, students are automatically enrolled and dropped based on the records in CS9.

You must be listed in CS9/my.ccc.edu as the instructor or you will not have access to your course shell. Check the waffle icon if you don’t see all your courses on the homepage because they may be “unpinned”.

Beginning of the Semester FAQs

Below are direct links to the most common beginning of the semester issues:

  1. How do I locate my courses?
  2. How do I upload my syllabus?
  3. How do I change my course start and end dates?
  4. How do I copy a course?
  5. How do I email my students?
  6. How do I use Grades?

For more help, visit http://brightspaceresources.ccc.edu

What’s New in Brightspace?

Every month Brightspace releases a video of new features. Keep informed and watch below!

May 2019 Highlights June 2019 Highlights
July 2019 Highlights August 2019 Highlights

Did You Know?

  • You may wish to personalize Announcements and other content through the use of Replace Strings.
  • You may wish to use Intelligent Agents to save you time and energy while also helping you engage students with differing needs.
  • You may wish to reward students with badges for accomplishments in your course

New to Brightspace? Complete the Foundations Training!

Self-Paced Online Foundations Training

If you would like to review and earn a digital badge, you may wish to register yourself for the online, asynchronous version of the Foundations Training class

  1. Go to brightspace.ccc.edu
  2. On the NavBar, select My Brightspace and then Self Registration from the dropdown menu.
  3. Follow the directions to enroll in this training course called: “Instructor Online Training Course (Brightspace Foundations): The Brightside”


Foundation Handouts

Faculty Spotlight

We are looking for innovative ways that instructors use Brightspace within their classes. Do you have an assignment that translates well to Brightspace? Have you incorporated some of Brightspace’s more advanced features? Do you have unique ways to communicate with students via Brightspace? We would love to showcase the great work that you’re doing.

Doing something cool with Brightspace? Share it with us!

Help and Resources

·         Videos: Visit http://bit.ly/ccctube  – CCC Instructional Technology YouTube site contains CCC-created videos like a Foundations review, TII, Student overview, course copy and more for you and our students

·         Training Calendar: https://brightspaceresources.ccc.edu/trainingevents/