mycourselink (Instructors)

mycourselink (Brightspace by Desire2Learn) is the online learning management system that instructors at Lakehead University use to deliver their fully online, blending-learning, and on-campus classes.  mycourselink is also used to provide academic support, training initiatives and professional development.  Units interested in using mycourselink for administrative or other non-academic purposes are welcome to contact us at mycourselink@lakeheadu.ca.

The Brightspace platform:

  • supports content in multiple formats (e.g., audio, video, text)
  • offers tools to create engaging and interactive learning such as quizzes, discussions, video assignments, virtual classrooms, and digital portfolios
  • provides features that motivate and recognize learners' achievements through online certificates and badges, grade items, and embedded feedback
  • includes built-in analytics allowing instructors to review and monitor individual and class progress, and for learners to track their own progress on course activities
  • meets global accessibility standards across all tools to ensure usability by people with disabilities and interoperability with assistive technologies
  • integrates with other University supported technologies such as PeerScholar, Video Assignments, Zoom, and Riipen.

 Instructors are encouraged to visit the Preparing Your Course for Delivery section of our site for ideas and resources to help them design and teach engaging and effective courses based on the principles of universal design for learning.  

Accessing mycourselink

mycourselink can be accessed through two options:

  • logging into myInfo then selecting the "mycourselink" link under the Search menu (9 square grid) at the top of the screen
  • directly through the mycourselink login page: https://mycourselink.lakeheadu.ca

Both login options require a Lakehead University account username and password.  Please note that every new Lakehead account is set up with a temporary password that must be changed by the user.  Visit the Setting and Resetting Passwords for details.

TIP: To view all courses, click the "View All Courses" link or the "Select a Course" icon (9 squares grid) on the navigation bar to search for a specific course site.  

Getting Started With mycourselink

Instructors can request an online site by clicking on the Request an Online Course Site button located at the top of their class roster in myInfo.  Sites used in a previous term can be restored by selecting this option on the request form.  Instructors will receive an email to their Lakehead University email account confirming the successful set-up of their online course site.

Instructors can provide their graduate and teaching assistants access to their sites through the "add a participant" option on the class roster.  Refer to the mycourselink Common Tasks page for the step-by-step instructions.  The two available roles are:

  • Editing TA - full developing/editing/grading permissions, cannot add participants
  • Non-editing TA - no developing or editing permissions, full grading permissions, cannot add participants

Course sites are "inactive" by default meaning that students are not able to access these sites until they are opened by instructors (see mycourselink Common Tasks).  After a course site is created, enrolments and withdrawals are automatically refreshed each day.  Instructors can view this activity through the class list on the site.

Updates and/or new features and functionalities are applied to the mycourselink environment at the end of each month as part of the Continuous Delivery design model. Highlights that will affect mycourselink are listed on the mycourselink updates page.
Tools Available in mycourselink

Course sites are set up using a standard default template and include the following course tools and links on the course navigation menu:

navigation menu in a course site

  • Course Admin - dashboard to edit course properties (instructor view only)
  • Content - a repository for course materials
  • Assignments - a tool to collect and return marked assignments
  • Quizzes - a tool to evaluate learners through timed or untimed assessments
  • Discussions - an asynchronous communication tool for posting and replying to messages
  • Classlist - list of enrolled students
  • Grades - a tool for managing grade items
  • Library - quick link to Library Research Guides
  • Other Tools - a collection of other course tools and integrated applications
  • Jump To - a selection of quick links to University services and supports
  • Help - support documentation for mycourselink and other integrated technologies

mycourselink also includes an internal email system (separate from Lakehead email), instant messaging, subscription alerts, and a notifications feature.  These options are located on the top-level main navigation menu that appears on all course sites. 

navigation menu

The layout of a course homepage includes the following additional course tools:

  • Announcements - a communication tool to post important news and announcements
  • Updates - a tool that displays information from other tools (e.g., unread submission, ungraded quizzes, etc)
  • Calendar - displays list of upcoming events associated with other course tools (e.g., assignment due dates, quiz periods, etc.)

The following is a selection of instructional "how-to" video playlists for the commonly used course tools.  Please note that references may be made within these resources to tools and plugins that Lakehead does not have or has not enabled at this time. 

Instructor Videos

Additional Resources