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Long Island University will be fully transitioning from Blackboard Learn to Brightspace for the 2023 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.

Featured Tools


Are you interested in having your student’s work checked for plagiarism? Turnitin®  is available in  Brightspace  for instructors who are looking for a solution similar to SafeAssign.

Learn more about Turnitin

Turnitin for Instructors
Turnitin for Students

Class Progress Tool

The Class Progress tool tracks your learners’ overall progress as a course and individually.  This tool can be used to:

  • Monitor progress for any or all users in your course
  • Prepare progress reports
  • Track when a user accesses the course and downloads course content
  • And more!

Learn more about the Class Progress Tool

The Pulse App

Students can receive instant notifications and update from courses and well as navigate and interact with course material.   Get the Pulse app for iOS and  Android.

Quick Eval

The Quick Eval tool offers instructors a single location to view all learner submissions that are awaiting evaluation including quizzes, assignments, and discussions.  Instructors can sort, filter, and search submissions to prioritize their evaluation work.

Intelligent Agents

Intelligent Agents in Brightspace can assist instructors, administrators, and students by providing an automated message when:

  • A defined student activity occurs in a course
  • An activity does not take place in a course
  • A student does or doesn’t login to Brightspace
  • A student does or doesn’t enter a particular course

Learn more about Intelligent Agents


Give your students the power of crossing off to-dos or steps in an assignment with checklists:

Create a checklist, and add it to a Content Module. Then, students can check off items as they complete them.

Learn more about creating Checklists

HTML Templates

Make engaging and accessible course content

Use HTML Templates, which adjust based on screen size, are accessible and interactive, to style course content pages without having to write code!

Learn more about creating HTML Templates

3rd Party Tools

There are many add-ons or LTI tools that have been added to Brightspace.


Spring 2024


Brightspace Overview

Organizing content, upload course material, set dates expiry. 

February 13:1 pm– 3pm Register Here

Grades: Gradebook setup and features

Covering How to set up a new gradebook in Brightspace, creating an item and category and assign grade scheme to support evaluation, unlinking, deleting and reorder items, managing and releasing final grades.

February 6: 11am – 1pm Register Here

February 21: 1pm – 3pm Register Here

March 20: 11am – 1pm Register Here

April 17 – 12pm – 1pm Register Here


 Brightspace Assessment

Creating Assignments and Quizzes  

February 15: 11am – 1pm Register Here

March 18: 1pm – 3pm Register Here

April 3: 12pm – 2pm Register Here


IT Drop-In Assistance (Two- 1-hour sessions) 

Daily Live support services are offered to provide faculty with technical assistance via Video conferencing. 

Monday-Friday: 10 – 11 am | 2 – 3 pm


Pre-Recorded Training Videos  

Past training sessions have been recorded and are available as a course within the LMS.  If you prefer to learn at your own pace, then this mode of instruction may better serve you. We recommend viewing these videos prior to a live workshop. Click Here


Instructional Design Consultation (By Appointment) 

We offer instructional design assistance to any faculty that needs assistance in their course development. This consultation is with a Brightspace subject matter expert who will work with you in your course development process.  This needs to be scheduled by our IT staff during weekdays. This semester the focus will be mostly on grading and assessment, but you can certainly bring any of your questions. Please send an email to lms.support@liu.edu to schedule an appointment. 

In depth training from recorded sessions in an LIU tailored environment.

Past Recorded LIU training videos

(Requires LMS login)

Live or recorded training sessions offered by Brightspace (preferred)

Brightspace offers many live and recorded webinars on the various aspects of the platform.

Brightspace Guided Training Webinars
Brightspace recorded webinars

Brightspace Subscription Training

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

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

Getting Started

  1. Go to lms.liu.edu or click the button above.
  2. Follow the directions on the Brightspace landing page to log in.
  3. See the videos below for more detailed information on getting situated in Brightspace.

Navigating Brightspace
Manage Account Settings
Manage Your Profile
Manage Notification Settings


Brightspace offers a robust quiz creation and administration tool with several customizable options that make it ideal for assessment, pre-assessment, and acknowledgment of course policies. The Quizzes tool enables you to create and manage points-measured assessments. The following guide provides detailed steps on the quiz creation process.

  1. On the navbar, click Assessments and select Quizzes.
  2. On the Manage Quizzes page, click New Quiz.
  3. Enter a name for your quiz.
  4. In the Questions area, click Add Existing or Create New. Follow the steps below to either create new individual questions, create new questions by section or import questions from the question pool
    Creating New Questions
    1. Select Create New, New Question and the type of question.
    2. Enter the question text and use the Options menu to set advanced criteria.
    3. Click Save for the main Question Editor page, Save and New to create another question of the same type or Save and Copy to create a new question identical to the question you just created.
    Creating New Questions by Section

    Sections can be used as a method to group and organize questions within Quizzes.

    1. Select Create New and then Section.
    2. Enter a section title.
      -To hide the section title from learners, select the Hide Section Title from students check box.
    3. Enter the Section Text.
      -To hide the section text from learners, select the Hide Section Text from students check box.
    4. To shuffle questions within this section, select the Shuffle questions in this section check box
    5. Click Save or from the Save drop-down menu click either Save and New or Save and Copy.
    Adding Questions Using the Question Pool
    1. Select Create New and then Question Pool.
    2. Enter a Question Pool Title.
    3. Specify the number of questions from the pool that you want to appear to learners and how many points learners will receive for each question they answer correctly. The appropriate number of questions will be chosen randomly for each quiz attempt.
    4. Click Browse Question Library, search for and select the individual or group of questions you want to add and then click Import.
    5. Click Save.
    Importing Questions From your Computer
    1. Click Add Existing and then Upload a File.
    2. Drag and drop your CSV file or IMS QTI compliant course package (ZIP folder) or click Browse Files and select the file you wish to upload
      Please note: If you do not have the proper CSV template, you can download templates from Brightspace.
    Importing Questions From the Question Library

    The Question Library is a good place to store, organize, easily access and see statistics for all your questions within a course. As a a central repository, it stores and archives questions which you can reuse within a course.

    1. Click Add Existing and then Browse Question Library.
    2. In the Source Section drop-down list, choose the Collection Root or a specific section from which existing questions reside.
    3. Select the check boxes beside the questions you want to import, then click Add.
    Importing Questions From the Learning Repoitory
    1. Click Add Existing and then Import from Learning Repository.
    2. You can use the search bar to Search For repositories you wish to import questions from or click Show Repositories to see which University at Buffalo Repositories are available to select questions from.
    3. When you find the file you want to import, select the option button next to the object and click Select.
  5. To set permissions and restrictions on a quiz:
    Setting Permissions and Restrictions for Quizzes
    • Availability Dates & Conditions
      1. Set the Start Date and End Date
      2. Choose a Release Condition
      3. Manage Special Access
      4. Create a Password to take the quiz
      5. Restrict the origins from where students can take the quiz using IP Restrictions.
    • Timing & Display
      1. Select whether students have No Time Limit, a Recommended Time Limit, or turn on an Enforced Time Limit.
      2. Please note:The Enforced Time Limit allows you to set a “grace period” (which can be set at 0); you can select whether students can continue working without a penalty, prevent the student from making additional changes, or automatically score the quiz as a “0” after this grace period expires.
      3. Shuffle the Quiz questions
      4. Allow Hints
      5. Disable Email, Instant Messages, and Alerts within Brightspace.
    • Attempts & Completion
      1. Manage the number of attempts a student can have to complete a quiz
      2. Set the Category the quiz will be under in the grade book
      3. Send a notification email to alert an instructor or TA that a quiz is attempted
    • Evaluation & Feedback
      1. Auto-publish attempt results immediatly upon completion
      2. Synchonize to grade book on publish
      3. Choose what to display to learners (the grade, incorrect questions or correct questions)
      4. Customize Quiz Results Displays
      5. Mananage Learning Objectives
  6. Click Save and Close.

Respondus in Brightspace

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Creating an EchoVideo link in Brightspace

For disciplines that make use of the EchoVideo platform, follow the instructions below to create a link in Brightspace for your EchoVideo content.


In your course or module click the Existing Activities button

Step 2

From the drop down list, select External Learning Tools


Step 3

From the list of services select Echo360 Course


Step 4

Click on the Name of the created item, then on the next screen select the term, course and section. It is recommended to leave the option for section home as the default

Step 5

Once the connection is made, you will see the EchoVideo interface.

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.

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


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.

Tutorial Instruction

Adding Microsoft Teams to your course

Before using Microsoft teams with Brightspace it is highly recommended to add “lms.liu.edu” to the cookies exception list using the instructions in the following link.

Allow Cookies for LMS urls


To Add a Microsoft Teams link to your course do the following:

  1. Go into the module of your choice where you want to put the link
  2. Click on the “Existing Activities” button and select External Learning Tools
  3. Click on Microsoft Teams

To Create a Microsoft Teams meeting from within the course do the following:

  1. Click on the Microsoft teams link item
  2. Enter the name of your meeting ans set the date/time and schedule
  3. You MUST add participants or the meeting will not start.

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


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


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


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


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

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 https://lms.liu.edu
  • 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 LMS (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.

Fall 2023

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

Summer 2023

  • Last semester for Blackboard access
  • Continued course development training for summer and fall 2023 for instructors.

Spring 2023

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

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 LMS (Brightspace).
  • Training begins for instructors.

LIU has adopted D2L Brightspace as our next-gen modern learning management environment replacing Blackboard. LIU’s Blackboard learning management environment will retire on August, 31, 2023. Until that date, faculty, staff, and students can still log in at blackboard.liu.edu to view and download content and data from past courses. After August 31st, neither faculty nor students nor staff will have access to materials and student submissions directly on Blackboard.

Getting content out of Blackboard (faculty)

As we transition to D2L Brightspace, we would like to provide important next steps that we are taking to preserve your Blackboard course content and a few recommended steps you should take to backup and archive your course content from Blackboard.



What we are doing

Migrating Blackboard course sites from Spring 2021 onwards into Brightspace:

Migrated courses will not contain any student enrollments or student data, but will contain course content, including uploaded files, tests, quizzes, exams, and assignments.


Our recommended steps for you

More information

Download your course content from your courses’ content collections

Each course in Blackboard has a content collection that houses all of the documents and file attachments that you uploaded as part of the course. Each course’s entire content collection can be downloaded as a single zip package. This file can be housed on your local computer or your online Microsoft OneDrive. This process is only required if you want to backup your courses prior to spring 2021.

Click Here

Download your course Grade Centers into an Excel spreadsheet

The Grade Center for each course can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet for retention of student grades on your own computer. The spreadsheet will show scores/grades but will not include copies of student submitted work such as assignments and tests.

Click Here

Download student-submitted papers, tests and discussions

If you want to retain copies of student work, you can download student-submitted papers (as zip packages) and tests (as Excel spreadsheets)

Click Here
(For tests & surveys)

For Exporting assignments please see the How To section below

Download your test item pools as QTI files

Blackboard test item pools can be download as QTI (Question and Test Interoperability) zip packages which can be imported into a wide variety of other learning management systems, including Brightspace. Please note that only a test item pool downloads as QTI, individual Blackboard tests do not.

Getting content out of Blackboard (students)

As we transition to D2L Brightspace, we would like to provide a few recommended steps you should take to backup and archive your course content from Blackboard.

Saving your course work and course content

More Information

Downloading your submitted and graded papers (with and without instructor feedback):

You can download the papers you have submitted to Blackboard assignments, either in their original formats or with your instructor feedback attached as a PDF.
Access your submitted and graded paper through Tools –> My Grades. Click on the Assignment name. On the Review Submission History screen, click on the Download icon to download your submitted paper.

Downloading file attachments:

Files such as PDFs and PowerPoints that your instructors have uploaded to their Blackboard courses can be downloaded for you to keep on your personal computer.
Access the individual files in your course content, and manually save those on your computer.

Copying your grades:

While there is no way to download a version of your Grades in Blackboard, you can highlight the information on the My Grades page and paste them into an Excel spreadsheet if you wish to keep a record of them. Please note that this will not be considered an official grade record.


How To’s

Downloading Instructor Assignment Comments

Notice:  If there are several assignments created in the course be aware that the download process must be done for every assignment submission

Steps To Download Instructor Assignment Comments

  1. Go into the grade center and locate the column where graded assignments exists.
  2. Hover you mouse of the graded assignment and select the submission attempt to launch and preview graded submission with comments once the crocodoc window launches.
  3. Click on the download arrow to download the assignment submission with comments
  4. The pdf document will appear in the browser window which allows you to download or print the file.

Exporting Assignment Submissions

Notice:  If there are several assignments created in the course be aware that the download process must be done for every assignment column that appears in the grade center

Steps To Download Student Assignment Submissions

  1. Go into the Grade Center and locate the column for the assignment submissions that you want to download.
  2. Click on the chevron (down-arrow) next to the assignment title and select Assignment File Download in the drop-down list.
  3. When the window launches select specific student submissions to download -OR- select the check box in the header bar to choose all available submissions then click Submit.
  4. In the pop-up window, select Download assignment now to download and save the file onto your computer (Notice: file will download as a zip file)
  5. Click OK to return to the Grade Center.Once all assignments have been downloaded locate and click on the zip file to extract the data. Be aware that you can preview a word document and pdf file; however, a txt file cannot be previewed.

Exporting Grade Center

Steps To Export and Grades in the Grade Center

  1. Go into the Grade Center to locate and select download from the drop-down arrow next to Work Offline.

  2. In the Download Grades window, leave default settings for DATA, OPTIONS and SAVE LOCATIONS; and click Submit.

  3. Click the DOWNLOAD button to download and store the file locally.
  4. The file will download and save as an Excel File.
  5. Locate and launch the excel file to preview the downloaded grade center.