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Long Island University is transitioning from Blackboard Learn to Brightspace for the 2022 Fall Semester.

D2L’s learning platforms, high-impact content experiences, and customized support provide you everything you need to transform teaching and learning in person or online. Take your courses to the next level with highly personalized experiences that unlock learner potential. You can boost engagement and learner success by making your content shine.

Key features include:

  • An intuitive interface that makes it easy for instructors to design courses, create content and grade assignments.
  • A design that works on all devices and is paired with purpose-built native apps that create an awesome mobile experience for both instructors and students.
  • A mobile-friendly LMS that provides a modern way to learn, with no need to pinch-and-zoom or scroll to view content on mobile devices.

Reliable and accessible

  • Easy course creation by dragging and dropping from your desktop into the LMS.
  • An international award-winning LMS for accessibility.
  • An automated accessibility checker that makes compliance confirmation easy.
  • Course templates that make it easy for instructors to create new and engaging content.
  • 99.9% uptime with no downtime or maintenance

Tools to create engaging courses

  • The ability to add annotations, inline audio, video and other media from content repositories or external sites directly into course content.

Built-in analytics

Intuitive learning analytics reports help you understand performance for departments, courses or individuals so you can make better decisions. Access to your learner data lets you conduct your own research and analysis as well.

  • A Class Progress dashboard allows instructors to quickly compare each learner’s performance in the course.
  • Student-level reports and detailed grade statistics allow for granular analysis of learner performance to help them improve.

Fall 2022

  • Few selected schools will start using Brightspace for this semester.
  • Classes will still be available on Blackboard.
  • As of August 8th 2022, all instructors for selected schools can login at Brightspace.
  • Training begins for instructors.

Spring 2023

  • All courses are taught in Blackboard, except for courses that are taught in Brightspace by early adopters.
  • Continued course development training for summer and fall 2023 for instructors.

Summer 2023

  • Majority of courses will be in Brightspace except for faculty that wish to finish the Summer in Blackboard
  • Continued course development training for summer and fall 2023 for instructors.
  • Access to Blackboard will end on Aug 28, 2023
  • Continued course development training for summer and fall 2023 for instructors.

Fall 2023

  • No courses will be taught in Blackboard
  • All Courses and Organizations will be conducted through Brightspace.
  • Continued course development training.

Current Scheduled Training Sessions

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Instructor and Staff Training

Brightspace training is available to instructors and staff through the various methods.

Past Recorded LIU training videos

Option 1: Live or recorded training sessions offered by Brightspace (preferred)
Brightspace offers many live and recorded webinars on the various aspects of the platform.
Upcoming Brightspace Guided Training Webinars
Recorded webinars for higher education

Option 2: Brightspace Subscription Training
Navigate to the landing page of Brightspace and follow the directions in the Subscription Training Registration Steps widget.

Option 3: Training videos offered by Brightspace
Brightspace offers many video tutorials for instructors to learn more about the platform. Navigate to the landing page of Brightspace  and click on Getting Started for Instructors on the main navigation bar.

Tutorial Videos

Class Gamification

Create an interactive gaming experience to improve engagement

Game Based Learning (GBL) is the use of games to enhance the learning experience.

Incorporating game based mechanics, visual design, and thinking into a course can help organizations improve learner motivation and engagement. Learners who are engaged are more inspired to succeed.

A highly interactive gaming experience is something that many learners are already comfortable with. They can proceed at their own pace and get immediate feedback about their progress.

In a game based environment, learners work towards a set goal. A risk-free setting encourages experimentation by letting them choose their own actions. They can even repeat a step if they need to.

Instructors can determine the scope and depth of the gaming experience, implementing game based learning that fits unique needs and objectives.

In the spirit of gaming, learners can personalize their learning experience by creating their own unique character (an avatar) using the Create Avatar process. The avatar is visible when learners access the Game Map.

Designing a Game Based Learning module

To motivate and engage learners, D2L recommends considering the four stages of course gamification when designing your Game Based Learning module:

  • Stage one: know your learners. To make sure your gamified course meets your learners’ needs, first analyze their player types.
  • Stage two: design a game plan. Consider how your mechanics will work and how often learners will encounter them.
  • Stage three: create gamified content. Be creative and put your mechanics to work.
  • Stage four: play the game. It takes time and even a little trial and error to create a great gamified experience, but these four simple steps are fundamental guidelines towards which all gamification effort should be built.


Gamifying a course using awards in Brightspace

In Brightspace there is an awards system that you can set up with conditions that will grand a student that award when the conditions are met.

From your course menu go to Class tools > Awards> Course Awards.


From there you Click “Add Award to Course” then click “Create”.


Give the Award a name, a description that explains how to claim the award and select if it’s a certificate or a badge. A certificate will issue a pdf certificate that you create.

Set the availability and expiration dates if any

Choose an icon that best fits the award, or you can create your own. Set the issuer information and email then click save and close.


Finally, Click to edit the properties and you can set the credits and the conditions under which the award is given


Respondus in Brightspace

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Reusing old course content in Brightspace

Over the course of 2022, instructor-created content from 2019-2022 LIU Class course sites will be moved into LIU Brightspace as reference material, where you may choose to reuse it to build your new Brightspace course sites. It is important to note that this content will be moved into corresponding LIUBrightspace “Reference Sites” under the equivalent term — content from a Spring 2022 LIU Classes course site will be moved into a corresponding Spring 2022 LIU Brightspace reference site; it will not be moved into your active Brightspace course sites, action IS required on your part if you choose to reuse this content.

Adding a TA to your Course

  • Click on Classlist in the navigation bar.
  • Click Add Participants and then Add Existing User.
  • Enter the BNumber or name of the individual and click the magnifying glass.
  • Scroll down to select the checkbox next to the user.
  • Scroll to the right to change the role to TA and choose the course name from the dropdown list.
  • Click Enroll Selected Users.

More Tutorials

Brightspace offers many live and recorded webinars on the various aspects of the platform. Register for membership to join Brightspace Communities where you can access these resources and more.

Brightspace offers a plethora of videos that illustrate how students can navigate, interact, and learn using the Brightspace Learning Environment. Click on the following link to go to the Brightspace Tutorials video list.

Quick Brightspace Tutorial for Students

Training Documentaion
Brightspace Basics for instructors (pdf)

The Brightspace Community is the primary destination for D2L’s community of clients, partners, users, developers, and D2L staff to:

  • Find product information, release notes, documentation, videos, and webinars
  • Share product ideas with D2L, and your knowledge & resources with others
  • Connect with other users and D2L staff through membership and discussion forums

Register for a Brightspace Community account
If you need more assistance getting started, check out this account creation & navigation YouTube videos:
How to Register & Navigate the Site
How to Engage More with Your Community
How to Manage your Community Profile

Learn about different functions in Brightspace using our Guided Training modules. This is self-directed, allowing you to choose content that is relevant to you and revisit it any time you need a refresher!
Brightspace Guided Training for Instructors
Brightspace Guided Training for Administrators
Brightspace Guided Training Webinars

Visit the Product Idea Exchange to request new Brightspace functionality or up-vote ideas from other Brightspace clients. You can access it from the navigation bar in the Community.
Want to learn more? Check out these articles in the Community:
PIE: What Makes an Idea Great
How D2L Product Managers Get Ideas for Roadmap

Check out the Brightspace Help (or Documentation) site to get the latest product information. Information is organized by user profile, so as an Administrator, Instructor, or Learner, you can find documentation based on your needs.

Other Useful Resources

How to Support At-Risk Students with Brightspace
How to Maximize Student Engagement with Brightspace
How to Teach More Productively with Brightspace

Brightspace 24/7 Technical Support

The first place to start if you need help with Brightspace 24/7 Technical Support via phone, chat, or email. 24/7 Support is available to all faculty, staff, and students.

You can connect with Brightspace Help using this link.

How do I log into Brightspace?

  • Click on the Brightspace shortcut in your MyLIU portal
  • Log in directly at
  • Click the login button at the top of this page.

Is there a mobile app for LIU Brightspace?

For the best experience on mobile, it is recommended to go to LIU Brightspace through your mobile device’s browser at this time.

Why is "CONVERTED" in my class title?

This is a course that was converted from Blackboard. It is an old course. You will not use this course as a real, teaching shell, but you can import content from it into a future course shell.

What BlackBoard Features will be Available in Brightspace

Many of the features that are commonly used in Blackboard will be available in Brightspace, including:

  • Announcements
  • Grades
  • Content – files, pages, links
  • Discussions
  • Folders/Modules (called Modules in Brightspace)
  • Tests (called Quizzes in Brightspace)
  • Third-party tools like Turnitin, Zoom, etc.

Where is the Content I had in my Blackboard course folders?

Content is organized in the Content section of the course. Folders are now Modules and Sub-modules. You can add modules and sub-modules as needed, rearrange and rename files as well as add additional content.

I'm logged into blackboard and don't see my current courses ( after start of classes)

  • Scroll down to the My Courses widget.
  • Use the left and right arrows in the widget to scroll to the desired term.
  • If you still do not see your course, go to your MyLIU portal to ensure you are enrolled.