mycourselink (Brightspace by Desire2Learn) is the online learning management system that instructors at Lakehead University use for fully online, blending-learning, and on-campus classes. mycourselink is also extensively used to provide academic support, training initiatives and professional development. Units interested in using mycourselink for administrative and or other non-academic purposes are welcome to contact us.
Access mycourselink using a Lakehead University username and password.
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, Virtual Classroom, Zoom, and Riipen.
Getting Started With mycourselink (Instructors)
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 on the course navigation menu:
- Course Admin - dashboard to edit course properties
- 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
- Important Links - a selection of quick links to University services and supports
- Help - support documentation for mycourselink and other integrated technologies
mycourselink also includes a proprietary internal email system, instant messaging, subscription alerts, and a notifications feature. These are located on the main navigation menu that is part of all course sites.
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.)
Using Course Tools
Instructors teaching online are encouraged to visit the Teaching Remotely section of our site for ideas and resources to help design and teach engaging and effective online courses based on the principles of universal design for learning.
The following is a selection of instructional video playlists for the commonly used course tools. Links to these instructor resources and support documentation for learners are also available under the Help section on the course navigation menu.