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What’s New on Brightspace? (February 2018)

Feb. 15, 2018—Every month, Brightspace will release new features and updates. You can get a comprehensive view of the updates here, but this blog post will give you a quick overview of what’s new on Brightspace! HTML Editor – Advanced image editing Users can now edit images in place (including flipping, rotating, and adjusting brightness, sharpness, and...

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Conducting class virtually when you or your students can’t make it to class

Jan. 16, 2018—Recently, the CFT updated the teaching guide Dealing with the Unexpected: Teaching When You or Your Students Can’t Make it to Class to reflect all of the tools now available to conduct class online. If you are wondering how to teach this week with the unpredictable road conditions, this guide can help! The following excerpt will be...

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New Resources for Using Turnitin

Jan. 15, 2018—Brightspace is nicely integrated with Turnitin. Turnitin provides a collection of tools that help instructors streamline their grading and feedback, and ensure that student work is original. If you used SafeAssign in the past, it has some similar features. Once Turnitin has been enabled for one of your Brightspace assignments, you’ll view your student submissions...

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Brightspace support closed (along with the rest of campus) on Friday, January 12

Jan. 12, 2018—Brightspace support is taking an administrative day today along with the rest of the campus. The support team will be back on for email support 5-11pm on Sunday. You can find our support schedule here: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/brightspace/brightspace-support/ If you plan to work on Brightspace today and need assistance, we do have many resources available online at...

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Make your homepage work for you on Brightspace

Jan. 9, 2018—When you (or your students) first click on a course from the main landing page in Brightspace, the default first page is a homepage that has the announcements tool and the calendar tool pre-loaded. However, the default is not your only option. In fact, you have quite a bit of control over what your students see...

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What’s New on Brightspace? (October 2017)

Oct. 13, 2017—Every month, Brightspace will release new features and updates. You can get a comprehensive view of the updates here, but this blog post will give you a quick overview of what’s new on Brightspace! New default state of new Assignment Submission Folders Administrators can to set the default state of new assignment submission folders created...

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What’s New on Brightspace? (September 2017)

Sep. 24, 2017—Every month, Brightspace will release new features and updates. You can get a comprehensive view of the updates here, but this blog post will give you a quick overview of what’s new on Brightspace! Additional attachment types available for assignments Links, Existing Activities, and Google Drive files can now be added to assignment posts and...

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Get more out of Brightspace with Quicklinks!

Sep. 12, 2017—In this video, Stacey walks through how to create an announcement or email for students with links that take students directly to different content files or assignments inside of the course. Using the Quicklinks tool, you can send students a direct link to just what they need. Here are some guides that might help you...

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Monday, August 21: Morning Drop-ins, but No Afternoon Events

Aug. 20, 2017—We at Brightspace Support hope you are able to take some time on Monday to observe the historic eclipse. We plan to take advantage of some of the great on-campus activities at Vanderbilt, and we hope you do too! We will be available Monday morning for drop-in sessions and for a workshop about the Groups...

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New Resource! Quick Start Guide for Instructors

Aug. 18, 2017—If you are trying to get your new Brightspace course up and running in a hurry, check out our new resource! Using this Quick Start Guide for Instructors, you can walk through the five most common steps instructors need to take to get their course set up. As always, if you have questions or feedback,...

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Fall Courses Available on Brightspace

Aug. 17, 2017—Fall courses are now available on Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s new course management system. Brightspace can be used to share course resources with students, communicate with students and engage them in discussion, administer quizzes and other assignments, and provide students with feedback on their learning. Faculty are invited to prepare their courses on brightspace.vanderbilt.edu and activate them...

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Talking to your students about Brightspace – Fall 2017

Aug. 16, 2017—Many instructors have asked us where students will go to learn about Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s new course management system. While students are always welcome to reach out for support, we put together a list of four important resources that students will find helpful as they navigate this new course management system. Instructors can feel free to share this post...

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Brightspace Support Summer Hours

Jul. 18, 2017—We love helping the Vanderbilt community use the course management system effectively and efficiently. To that end, members of our Brightspace support team will be spending this week at a conference learning more about how to serve faculty, staff, and students as we transition to Brightspace. Next week we will be back at full strength and...

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New plagiarism detection software at Vanderbilt: Turnitin

Jul. 17, 2017—Starting this summer, Turnitin will replace SafeAssign as Vanderbilt’s plagiarism detection software. This powerful tool can help instructors teach and promote good citation practices as well as provide detailed feedback more efficiently. You can log on to this fully online webinar from any computer at home or on campus, but participation is limited to those...

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What’s New on Brightspace? (July 2017)

Jul. 14, 2017—Every month, Brightspace will release new features and updates. You can get a comprehensive view of the updates here,  but this blog post will give you a quick overview of what’s new on Brightspace!   Quizzes – Shuffle the order of questions Instructors can now shuffle the order of all questions in quizzes or specific groups of...

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