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Brightspace (D2L) Tutorials

Brightspace D2L is a Learning Management System (LMS) platform that allows students to access their HACC courses online. Each professor’s approach to remotely managing their courses will be different, but they will all be using the same platform and tools. The following is a list of resources to help you navigate your courses on D2L. 

Logging in to MyHACC and Accessing D2L

After registering for a course at HACC, you will automatically be enrolled in that class in D2L. Follow the instructions in the video below to access your courses in D2L through MyHACC.

Finding and Pinning a Course

Once inside D2L, there are a number of ways to find your course. One way to ensure that you’ll have easy access to your current classes is to pin it so that it shows at the top of the page. The following video provides instructions on how to locate and pin your current classes in D2L.

An Overview of Navigating Brightspace

Brightspace D2L has a number of tools that you will use to access course materials, communicate with others, take quizzes, upload assignments, and check your grades. These videos will give you a look at some of the basic functions within D2L. 

Using the Content Tool

The Content tool in D2L is a place where you will access the course materials your instructor has selected for the class. This area will include content such as articles, text, videos, images, PowerPoints, and more. Check out the video below to see how to view the content areas within your D2L course.

Participating with Discussion Boards

In many of your courses, you will be engaging with other students through discussion boards within D2L. Your instructor will usually pose a question, explain a concept, or have you discuss new ideas with the other students in the class. The video below gives an overview of how to use discussion boards to make a post in D2L.

Taking and Reviewing Quizzes

Just like in face-to-face classes, you’ll need to take quizzes in your remote courses to show your understanding of the material you’ve learned. D2L has a quiz tool built right in, so you’ll be able to take the quiz and see your results immediately when you’re finished. Check out this video to see how to access and take quizzes within D2L. 

Submitting Assignments / Dropbox

Most remote courses will require you to submit larger assignments such as essays or projects. This can be done within D2L using the Assignments/Dropbox tool. Watch the video below for instructions on how to use the tool to submit your assignments to your instructor.

Accessing Grades

The grades you earn in your courses are updated regularly and you can access them any time through D2L’s grades tool. Checking your grades often is a great way to monitor your progress in the course, and will help you stay on the right track to successfully passing the class. Oftentimes, your instructor will include comments and feedback for each assignment, which can also be useful in understanding both your strengths and areas of need. 

Monitoring Your Class Progress

It’s important to stay on top of all of your coursework and assignments in a timely fashion. For that reason, D2L has a tool that allows you to monitor your progress through each class you take to help you keep track of everything you’ve completed, due dates, and information on upcoming assignments. Watch the video below to get an overview of the class progress tool in D2L. 

Using Email

At HACC, students can contact their instructors through their HawkMail account and through D2L’s email system. Make sure to check both emails to ensure you are receiving any and all updates about your courses and the college as a whole. Please note:  Do NOT use your personal email address when communicating with your instructor. Please see the HAWKMail FAQs for further information. 

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