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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
mycourselink can be accessed through two options:
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:
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:
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.
The layout of a course homepage includes the following additional course tools:
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.