Teaching with D2L Brightspace

Browse the Teaching with D2L Brightspace topics to gain skills and knowledge for effective and efficient course design.

D2L Brightspace, is the official learning management system at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

You can use your courses to:

  • email your classlist,
  • keep track of grades,
  • publish due dates,
  • organize your course materials, and more!

Log in with your StarID credentials to find your course(s):

Log in to D2L Brightspace


Learn how to access your courses and complete key course administration tasks.

Course Access. All your courses are automatically added to your D2L Brightspace account.

Course Admin. Learn how to complete administration tasks, such as copy materials, merge/group courses, add a Teacher's Assistant, and more:

Course Access, Deletion, and Updates


This 12 minute playlist of captioned videos will help you get started with D2L Brightspace.

Getting Started Playlist

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This 15 minute playlist of captioned videos will help you with Instructor Essentials recommended by the campus Technology Roundtable [PDF, 98.8 KB].

Instructor Essentials Playlist

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Post an Up-to-date Syllabus. Upload or update a syllabus file in Content [video, 2:12 minutes]

Use the Calendar. Add course due dates:

Use the Gradebook. Create/enter grades with this quick and simple Grades set-up [video, 3:45 minutes].


This 10 minute playlist will help you create a variety of assessments in your course.

Create Assessments Playlist

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This 20 minute playlist of captioned videos will help you get the most out of grades.

Get the Most out of Grades Playlist

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This 28 minute playlist of captioned videos will help you create an effective and efficient course design.

Teaching from Content Playlist

The playlist includes:

Introduction and Organization. Start building your course:

Content, Activities, and Assessments. Add content:

Welcoming Students to Learning. Welcome and engage students:

Learn even more about Designing Your Course, MavLEARN teaching strategies, and Technology Tools available to you.