Introducing Brightspace, the new Learning Management System at LMU

After an extensive evaluation and pilot process, the Academic Technology Committee, under the guidance of Information Technology Services, and with faculty and student recommendations, has chosen Brightspace. You can access the new LMS right now by visiting brightspace.lmu.edu. Starting in Summer II 2017, Brightspace will be the only supported LMS at the Westchester campus.

Why change?

After over 15 years using MYLMU Connect (powered by Blackboard), it was time to reevaluate the needs of our faculty and students when it comes to teaching and learning with technology. Brightspace is a forward-looking platform with strong integration capabilities, secure features, and a streamlined, modern, and responsive user interface.

To learn more about Brightspace, you can attend workshops, read the FAQ and watch tutorials below, or log in and explore.

  • Transition Timeline

    Spring & Summer I 2017

    • Brightspace & MYLMU Connect are fully supported

    Summer II 2017

    • Transition to Brightspace only: MYLMU Connect courses will not be created for Summer II
    • MYLMU Connect courses from Academic Year 2016-2017 will be copied to Brightspace

    July 15, 2017

    • Access to MYLMU Connect will be removed for faculty & students

    Fall 2017

    • First regular semester fully on Brightspace
  • How do I move my courses from MYLMU Connect?

    ITS is doing everything it can to ensure a smooth transition to Brightspace. First and foremost, we highly encourage you to attend a workshop as well as reach out to your Instructional Technologist. We also recommend that you take this opportunity to re-think how you digitally interact with your class. The Instructional Technologists can help you with this re-imagination and transition. Other items to note:

    • All MYLMU Connect courses from Academic Year 2016-2017 will be copied to Brightspace.
    • To have any MYLMU Connect courses from Fall 2013 to Summer 2017 copied to Brightspace, please send a request to thefic@lmu.edu with the course name, CRN and semester.
    • Additionally, you can migrate courses yourself. It is a two-step process: Exporting from MYLMU Connect and Importing into Brightspace.

    First, start in MYLMU Connect:

    1. In the course, go to the Control Panel
    2. Select "Packages and Utilities"
    3. Click on "Export"
    4. Choose to Select All or choose the components you'd like to save
    5. Click "Submit" (wait until course export/archive has completed - you will receive an email, or you can refresh the page periodically)
    6. Save the .zip file of the course to your computer and store in a safe place such as Box. Do not open the .zip file/allow your computer to automatically open the file.

    Once you have the .zip file downloaded on your computer, go to your course in Brightspace and do the following:

    1. Go to the Import/Export/Copy Components tool for the course offering you want to copy components into
    2. Click Course Admin on your course navigation bar, then click Import/Export/Copy Components
    3. Select Import Components -> From a Course Package and click Start
    4. Upload the .zip file you saved and select either Import All Components or Advanced Options to select individual components
    5. After the import is complete, you will see your course content
  • Faculty Brightspace Workshops

    In Spring 2017, you can take part in a number of Brightspace workshops. There are sessions designed specifically for your school or college, facilitated by your Instructional Technologist. There are also broader workshop sessions for a more general audience.

    Here's what you can expect to be covered in each of the four 45-minute workshop sessions.

    Brightspace 101: Fundamentals

    This introductory workshop includes a general overview of Brightspace layout and navigation, as well as the essential skills required for setting up your course and communicating with your students. Featured topics include site navigation, creating modules/folders, uploading course content, and communicating with your students.

    Brightspace 201: Student Interactions

    This workshop emphasizes the assorted tools available in Brightspace that promote student engagement and assorted learning activities. Featured topics include creating assignment submission folders, evaluating student submissions, using discussion boards, and assigning group projects. A brief overview of the Grade Center will also be provided.

    Brightspace 301: Grade Center

    The Grade Center is a robust and powerful tool that can be used for tracking and sharing student progress and performance. This workshop will focus on how to best utilize and calibrate the Brightspace Grade Center given your individual course structure and learning objectives. Featured topics include using the Setup Wizard, points vs. weighted grades, grade categories, linking assignment submissions to the Grade Center, and assorted student feedback tools.

    Brightspace 401: Online Assessments

    This tool-specific workshop examines the assorted survey and quiz tools in Brightspace. Featured topics include automated grading of quizzes, assorted question types, building question banks, creating self-assessments, developing surveys, deploying assessments online, and providing automated feedback to students.

  • Top 10 Faculty Video Tutorials

    Brightspace has created a number of video and print tutorials to help you make the most of Brightspace. Faculty members are automatically enrolled in the Instructor Training Course in Brightspace, and students are added to the Student Training course, and will both be available on your dashboard as soon as you log into your Brightspace account. Each course has video and printed instructions that will help you become a Brightspace maven in no time.

    To get a taste of the tutorials, here are the top ten videos:

    Brightspace Navigation

    Creating Modules in Brightspace

    Adding Content

    Adding an Announcement

    Please note: the Announcements tool was previously called News and may be referred to such in videos created by D2L.

    Managing Notifications

    Creating a Discussion Forum

    Creating Assignments

    Please note: the Assignments tool used to be called Dropbox and may be referred to such in videos created by D2L.

    Creating Quizzes

    Grade Book

    Import Courses

  • Top 8 Student Video Tutorials

    Brightspace has created a number of video and print tutorials to help you make the most of Brightspace. Students are automatically enrolled in the Student Training course and will be available on your dashboard as soon as you log into your Brightspace account. Each course has video and printed instructions that will help you become a Brightspace maven in no time.

    To get a taste of the tutorials, here are the top eight videos:

    Managing Notifications

    Exploring Content

    Navigating Discussion Boards

    Submitting Assignments

    Please note the Assignments tool used to be called Dropbox and may be referred to such in videos created by D2L.

    Taking Quizzes

    Accessing Grades

    Using Apps

    Binder

    Pulse

  • Are there Brightspace mobile apps?

    There is a mobile-friendly browser version of Brightspace that will load automatically after you log in on your mobile device. If you would like to access Brightspace content via mobile apps, there are a few options, both available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play:

    • Brightspace Pulse: A mobile app that helps students keep track of important updates. It brings news, deadlines, and grades together in one place so they can spend less time organizing and more time learning.
    • Brightspace Binder: An effortless way to keep track of course content. Our free cross-platform app makes it easy for students to store and view all their learning materials in one convenient place.
    • Assignment Grader: A mobile app that makes marking faster and more effective. It gives you on-the-go access to submitted assignments and tools for providing detailed feedback in any format you want. (Tablet only, Faculty only)