Discover the new Brightspace Essentials Workshop - Winter 2021
This self-paced online workshop is split into parts with a variety of activities for you to complete in each. This first part will cover getting started in Brightspace, including how to access Brightspace, how to access and use your demo space, how to adjust your personal settings and the settings for a course, how to create your official course space, as well as add someone to your course. It will also review the various notifications available within Brightspace.
Please note that to be approved, the LTI extension that you are requesting must comply with the University of Ottawa's rules and policies regarding bilingualism, accessibility, privacy and computer security. If there is a cost associated with the extension, you will require a recurring budget and we will need to request assistance from Procurement for contract negotiation. The process can therefore take several weeks/months. It is important to keep this in mind as the addition of an extension is also typically only done at the beginning of a semester.
Getting started with the Virtual Campus
Video Tutorials on the use of Virtual Campus
Featured Brightspace videos created by D2L
Add a Module in your course
Structure and organize your content by adding modules and sub-modules to your course. This tutorial shows how to add modules and sub-modules to your course.
Create a forum
Use discussion forums and topics to increase communication and collaboration in your course. This tutorial shows how to create a discussion forum.
Use the Grades tool to centralize assessment and evaluation for your course. This tutorial outlines key aspects of creating and using your grade book.
Face-to-face trainingWebinars on the Virtual Campus
The TLSS regularly offers face-to-face workshops on Virtual Campus. These sessions cover different functions of the platform with an emphasis on the pedagogical use of each. Workshops take place in our lab which is located in room 1020 Vanier Hall. This space is also serves as a walk-in lab where you can obtain guidance on the use of a variety of teaching and learning technologies that the University offers.
For immediate assistance with Virtual Campus , please use our 24/7 help line at 1-866-811-3201.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please click on this link. You will automatically be logged in (if you already have an SSO session active on your computer) or you will be redirected to the University of Ottawa Single Sign On page where you can use your uAccess ID to log in. You don’ know you uoAccess credentials? Please refer to this page on the IT website to see how best to proceed : https://it.uottawa.ca/uoaccess.
You need to use your uoAccess credentials to connect to Virtual Campus.
If you forgot you password you can call the University Help desk at 613-562-6555.
Your uoAccess account is used to access many web systems at the University of Ottawa. Setting up your security questions and recovery email facilitates changing and managing the password of your account. As soon as you get your uoAccess account information, set up your security questions, your recovery email address, and then change your password. You can do all this yourself with ease anytime and any place. Visit the following website website to know more.
To change your uoAccess password, use the uoAccess self-serve tool.
Need help? Contact the Service Desk.
2. Scroll down until you see Locale & Language:
3. Click on the arrow of the drop-down menu under Locale & Language:
4. Select your language and save the page:
Your course is probably hidden from students. Please review the following steps and modify the availability settings for your course according to your needs:
- To set course start and end dates, go to Course Admin
- Select Course Offering Information
- The Course is Active checkbox needs to be checked to allow Learners access to
- The Start Date and End Date allows you to control when and for how long Learners can access the course
- Click Save to save your changes
Our archiving policy is as follows:
Courses are removed from the system 24 months following the semester that they were created for. For example, a September 2019 course that ends in December 2019 will be permanently removed from the system on January 1st, 2022.
If you are going to offer a fully online or blended course, the TLSS has created a guide to help you prepare to teach those types of courses. We have also created guides for students and TA’s as well as a General guide that covers all available online resources. Click here to download the guides.
Absolutely! Come visit our walk-in lab that is locates in Vanier Hall room 1020. Here you will be able to meet with Melissa, our Educational Development and Digital Learning Specialist. Please, check the lab's schedule before visiting the lab or call 613-562-5300 to see if Melissa is available to meet with you. There are many workshops offered during the year and therefore at times the lab may be closed and Melissa may be unavailable at the time of your visit. Please note that at this time, only in-person support is offered and it is on a walk-in, first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments cannot be requested.
Turnkey Brightspace templates for your courses
You will find below templates to help you quickly start designing your course in the Virtual Campus. Two types of templates are available depending on the desired course structure. The first one organizes the content by week, while the second one divides it by theme (or module). Please read the guide for more information. Once you have made your choice, follow the instructions in the guide to install the template in your Brightspace course.
If you need assistance, please contact us by sending a message to
Download the guide and templates by clicking on the buttons below.
Please note that the template files are quite large and will take several minutes to upload.
To simplify the application of the colour choice for the templates, simply download the corresponding CSS file and upload it to Brightspace (following the instructions in the user guide).