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1.1. Navigating Brightspace

Navigating Brightspace

After logging into gotoclass.tnecampus.org, the TN eCampus homepage will open. The home page presents courses automatically as image tiles in the widget. You can also use the highlighted grid icon on the top toolbar to open a list of courses.

Gotoclass.tnecampus.org landing/homepage with dotted arrow pointing to My Course and Courses icon.

Up to 12 courses can be "pinned" to the top of the widget. Use the search feature to locate courses by name or code. Use a filter to narrow the search even further.

My Courses shown as tiled images for each course. There is a pin symbol to choose or a View All Courses button that leads to a search box for long lists.

Exploring a Course

The Navigation Bar (NavBar) consists of a single row of menu choices. For example, choose Content to open a course's Table of Contents view. Additionally, navigation in Brightspace is responsive to screen size. Full-sized monitors will display the entire menu. Brightspace will collapse part of the full list under the More menu on the right side of the window when opened in smaller displays. Smartphones and very small tablets will convert the layout to a flyout menu from the left side.

Daylight menu showing all major options except those collapsed into the More dropdown menu. Course Admins is shown here in the More menu.

Course Admin

Course Admin is the central source to access all tools and features in one place. Many of the tools are also available in the NavBar, but there are a few others that are not. The number 1 reason to visit Course Admin is Managed Files, which is the structure of folders and files that make up the course. Please note the highlighted items too. They are not available from the NavBar, but you may find them interesting and useful.

Managed Files, Competencies, Groups, Awards, Intellegent Agents are highlighted.

Brightspace Updates

D2L is constantly improving Brightspace to better meet the needs of students and improve the usability for staff. As of May 2018, D2L released the Daylight project for a visual overhaul of D2L’s Brightspace product suite. This update was designed to be mobile-friendly and fully accessible as well. By the end of 2021, D2L had deployed a variety of updated "Experiences" that refreshed how Brightspace users engage with Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, and Rubrics for a consistent experience.  You can always check the What's New page here in the Knowledge Books for the latest information.


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