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Readspeaker for D2L Brightspace

Instantly create an audio version of courses, PDF, ebooks, web research, training materials, assignments, and more.

We have empowered students with text-to-speech accessibility technology for learning. Text to speech can help with understanding. Tools such as text-only mode, page masks, enlarged text, and select text provide support for diverse learning styles.

Readspeaker webReader and docReader enhance:

ReadSpeaker Player/Tool Highlight Sheet (PDF)

Not sure how to access Readspeaker webReader in D2L Brightspace?

Looking for text to speak support with PDF, Microsoft Word or Excel files inside of D2L Brightspace? Learn more about Readspeaker docReader.

2023FA Faculty Semester Guide

Updated: August 16, 2023

Got questions? This page is full of resources to the questions folks are asking most frequently about 2023FA. Don’t forget to check for additional resources at or email for additional assistance.

Things You Need to Know Before the Semester Begins

Setting Up Multi-Factor Authentication

D2L Subscription Training / Brightspace Community

TL Live Training Calendar

Best Practices for Basic D2L Content

Chat with D2L Technical Support

Getting Started with Simulcast/Dual Delivery and/or Lecture Capture

Getting Started with Bongo

Scheduling a Meeting and Launching Bongo

Getting Started with Turnitin

Cross-listed/Dual Delivery Courses in D2L (Hidding Courses)

Using Groups and Restrictions to Assign Quizzes or Other Activities

Getting Started with the Promethean Titanium ActivPanel

Getting Started with the Epson Brightlink Projector

Outcomes Assessment – Rubrics at SSC – General Education and Course Level

Getting Started with Respondus for Online Proctoring

Things You Need to Know About Grading

Entering Attendance Verification in D2L

Entering Active Pursuit and Midterms in D2L

Entering Final Grades in D2L

D2L Course Copy – Copy Previous Course Content to a New Term Course Shell

Great news! You do not need to recreate your course content every semester. It is easy to roll it over from a previous term.

  • In D2L, enter your current course.
  • Go to Course Tools (or More) →Course Admin →Import/Export/Copy Components.
Course Tools Course Admin
  • Choose “Copy Components from another Org Unit” and select “Search for offering”.
Course to Copy
  • Type in your course ID you want to copy “from” (for example: BIO) and Search.
Course Copy Search
  • From the search list choose the course you want to copy “from”, then select “Add Selected”
Copy Selected Course
  • At the bottom of the screen, you have two options: Copy All Components (entire course) or Select Component (perhaps you just want to copy a few quizzes).
Copy all or selected

  • If you choose Select Components, select what you’d like to copy then Continue.
  • Copy Select Components

  • Course content should then copy from a previous course to a new course shell.
  • D2L Course Copy – Share Content with Another Instructor

    There are times when instructors may want to share their course content with another instructor or create a backup of their course for future reference.  This is done by exporting your D2L course as a Brightspace course package (zip).  This package (zip) can then be shared with another instructor to import into their course or saved in a secure location as a course backup.  

    Step 1: Export your course as a Brightspace package

    • In your D2L course, go to the Course Tools > Course Admin.
    Course Tools > Course Admin
    • Select Import/Export/Copy Components.
    Course Admin > Import/Export/Copy Componets
    • Select Export as Brightspace Package > Start.
    Export Bright Space Package > Start
    • Select Components to Export > Continue.
    •	Select Components to Export > Continue
    • Important! – Under Additional Components to Export, select Include course files in the export package > Export.
    Additional Components to Export, select Include course files in the export package > Export.
    • The Export will start.  You’ll be notified on the Updates Alerts icon in D2L when the export is ready to download (orange dot indicates new notification).
    the Updates Alerts icon in D2L when the export is ready to download.
    • Select Export Finished in the Updates Alerts to download the Export Package (zip).
    •	Select Export Finished in the Updates Alerts to download the Export Package
    • Click to download the Export Package (zip).
    download the Export Package
    • Save zip file to a secure location.
    • Send this zip file to the instructor you are sharing your course with.
    • That instructor will now go to Step 2 for directions to import the zip file into their course.

    Step 2: Import the Zip file into a new D2L course

    • In your D2L course, go to the Course Tools > Course Admin.
    Course Tools > Course Admin
    • Select Import/Export/Copy Components.
    Course Admin > Import/Export/Copy Componets
    • Select Import Components from a course package > Start.
    Import Components from a course package > Start.
    • Under Import Course Package, select Upload then browse to the zip file shared with you.
    Upload then browse to the zip file
    • When the file upload is complete, select Import All Components.
    Import All Components
    • Based on the size of the course content being imported, this process may take a few minutes.  When complete, select View Content.
    View Content

    Once the course is imported, there are a few cleanup items you will need to check:

    • Syllabus:  Remove the old course syllabus and upload the new course syllabus.
    • Announcements: delete any old announcements that was in the previous course (Course Tools > Course Admin > Announcements).
    • Modules: Review the content within the weekly modules to determine if content is in the proper order and is visible to students.  Hide or delete any content you do not wish to use.
    • Assignments: Review and edit assignments.  Double check the scores of each assignment to make sure they match with your syllabus.  You can also change due dates individually or bulk edit to change due dates for all assignments.
    Bulk Edit
    Change Assignment Due Dates
    • Discussions and Quizzes:  Just like with assignments, edit dates, scores and review content within the discussion forums and quiz questions.
    • Grades: Select Grades > Manage Grades to determine if the gradebook is set up properly and matches with your new syllabus.
    • Dual Delivery Course?  If teaching a dual delivery course, set up your virtual classroom meeting dates in advance.  Select Virtual Classroom > Plus sign (lower right hand) to repeating virtual meeting dates.
    Virtual Classroom
    Create Virtual Classroom
    Virtual Classroom

    If you have any questions or need further assistance, please feel free to contact the Teaching and Learning Center team by emailing:

    Bongo Virtual Classroom and Video Assignments (webinar recording and resources)

    Virtual Classroom and Video Assignments are two Bongo integrations directly accessed through your D2L course.

    Virtual Classroom is used to schedule meetings with your students, with the option of recording and automatically saving the recording in your D2L course so students can re-watch.  Virtual Classroom has similar features to Zoom, such as sharing screen, polling and breakout rooms.

    Video Assignments provide an additional resource to increase student engagement by allowing students to record class presentations remotely, answer text questions with a timed video answer, and/or answer questions that overlay upon an instructor’s pre-recorded mini-lecture or video. Video Assignments allow for grading with scores passed directly to your D2L gradebook.

    Below is an archived recording of this online webinar from the Teaching and Learning Center:

    Leveraging D2L Course Data (webinar recording and resources)

    Knowing how and when students are interacting with course material can be invaluable and allow instructors the opportunity tweak and adjust their content during the term.

    Below is an archive webinar recording from SSC’s Teaching and Learning Center focusing on various places within D2L instructors can access analytics and statistics about their courses, including looking for trends in late and missing submissions, viewing quiz questions and responses, comparing student learning between topics, confirming students are indeed accessing course material and strategic planning for intervention, if necessary.

    Scheduling a Virtual Classroom Meeting and Launching Bongo

    The directions below demonstrate how to schedule and launch a Virtual Classroom Bongo session for your students in D2L.

    To watch a recorded webinar on using Virtual Classroom, visit this site:

    To attend a live online webinar, visit the Training Calendar above to register for a Virtual Classroom session.

    Setting up a meeting:

    1. Click on Virtual Classroom in the header of your D2L course home screen.

    2. Click on the Plus sign  located in the lower right corner of the screen.

    3. This brings up a new window where you will enter your meeting information.

    4. You can select “Repeat weekly for” in order to create multiple meetings for the semester

    5. Further down in that window you have other options to select such as

    • Publish recorded meeting
      • Makes meeting recordings visible in the Virtual Classroom.
    • Allow external participants
      • Creates a link you can share with those outside the class.
    • Invite entire class
      • Will allow all students to see the meeting in the Virtual Classroom.

    6. Select “SAVE”.  Your scheduled meetings will now appear under “Active Meetings”.

    Starting a Scheduled Meeting

    1. Find the meeting in the “Active Meetings” of the Virtual Classroom.

    2. Click on the three dots under Actions and select “Launch”.

    3. On the next screen select “JOIN”.

    4. Select how you want to join the audio.

    5. Make sure to allow BONGO to use your microphone.

    6. Here is what the active meeting screen will look like.

    Sharing Your Webcam

    1. At the bottom of the active meeting screen, click on  to share webcam.

    2. Allow BONGO to use your camera.

    3. Select the camera and click “Start Sharing”.

    Sharing Your Screen

    1. At the bottom of the active meeting screen, click the small screen icon to share your screen.

    2. Next, choose what you want to share.

    • Entire Screen
      • Your full desktop
    • Window
      • A program such as Word or PowerPoint
    • Web Browser Tab
      • An open browser tab (Chrome in the example below)

    3. To stop sharing click on the screen button.         

    Participant List and Chat Tool

    1. Access the participants by selecting the Participants tab.

    2. Access the chat tool by selecting this tab.

    Adjusting Settings and Ending a Meeting

    1. Click on the three dots located in the top right corner of the meeting screen.

    2. Several options are available as shown below.

    3. Click on “Settings” to adjust items such as….


    4. Click the End Meeting icon to end the class session for everyone.

    Cross-listed Courses in D2L

    Seeing triple or more?  When a course that is cross-listed  in Colleague is batched to D2L at least three shells are created.  One shell for each of the individual courses (ART-130-003 and then ART-E77-703) and one shell with the courses combined (ART-130-003, ART-E77-703).  This process allows instructors increased flexibility.  If you do not plan to post material by section (ART-130-003) and only to use the combined section (ART-130-003, ART-E77-703) you can make the individual course shells inactive which will hide them from the view of both you and your students.  The individual shells themselves can not be deleted without impacting the enrollment of the course.

    While in the course shell you wish to hide follow these steps:   

    1. Wait until the Day Your Course Begins.
    2. Select Course Tools
    3. Select Course Admin
    4. Select Course Offering Information
    5. Uncheck the box that reads “Course is Active”
    Course is Active option in D2L

    So What Does this Mean for Dual Delivery Courses?

    You have two options for managing your D2L class shells for Spring 2022.

    1) Use the individual Parent Shells for each Specific Section (usually 2 per course)

    • This will allow you to post different information (due dates, announcements, assignments, quizzes, etc.) to each section of that one course.
    • For example, you might post instructions for the virtual students (one parent section (PSY-211-002)) that are different than what the in-person students (a second parent section (PSY-211-072)) will do.
    • The downside is you may have common information for both groups and you would have to post this information twice (one in each parent section).
    • With this option you would hide the combined child section (PSY-211-002, PSY-211-072) when it becomes active on the first day of your class.

    2) Use the Combined Child Shell that Includes all Parent Sections for that Course (1 per course)

    • This allows you to post information once and all students in the class will see the same thing, regardless of the child section they are in (i.e. virtual or in-person).
    • Good if each section is taking the same quizzes and doing the same assignments.
    • If desired, students can be sorted by sections. This can be done in D2L under Course Tools > Admin or in the Gradebook.
    • The downside is that if different parent sections have different information (due dates, announcements, etc.) you will have to insure each section knows which information pertains to them.
    • With this option you would hide the individual parent sections (PSY-211-002)(PSY-211-072) when they become active on the first day of your class (see above instructions).
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