Course Administration

Course Administration lists all of Brightspace’s site management and learning tools.

By default, the tool view is arranged by Categories: Site Setup, Site Resources, Learner Management, Assessment, and Communication. These can also can be arranged by Name using the toggle at the top of the page.

How to find Course Administration

Course Admin can be found under Course Tools in the Navbar. It is the first item on the list.

View of Course Admin link under Course Tools on navbar
Course Admin is located at the top of the Course Tools menu.

Course Admin does exist as its own link and can be added directly to a Navbar.

Tools in Course Administration

Course Administration lists all of Brightspace’s internal tools. While many tools do have other avenues of access throughout a typical course site, this space may be useful as a hub to quickly navigate to different site elements. Some tools, namely those related to instruction and maintenance, can only be found here.

Below is a list of the different tools and resources, sorted by the default Categories.

To learn more about tools or features, please email

Site Setup

View of Site Setup section of Course Administration
Links in Site Setup.

Availability Date Defaults - Allows instructors to change how activities are displayed and function for students before and after their availability dates. Presently, only Discussions availability options can be edited in this manner.

Course Offering Information - Allows instructors to set the course title, as well as activate the course. See more information at

Homepages - Different preset homepage configurations. Instructors can choose an option depending on which style they would prefer. The choices are described in detail here:

Navigation & Themes - Instructors can create custom themes to apply to their courses that change some of Brightspaces colours and imagery to make their course feel like their own.

Site Resources

Calendar - Instructors can view their course calendar and edit events as well as creating new ones.

Content - Content is the main area for course learning materials. Learn more about building your Content area here:

Course Builder - In Course Builder, instructors can create their entire course structure while populating it with Course materials. It is best paired with to place documents in the course, and then insert them into the content through the Course Builder.

Frequently Asked Questions - Instructors can create FAQ items to be viewed by students.

Glossary - Instructors can create glossary items to be viewed by students.

Import / Export / Copy Components - Instructors are able to easily move course materials from one site to another. Learn more at: .

Links - Instructors can create links to common sites to be used by students.

Manage Dates - Edit, offset, and set dates for content items and assessments.

Manage Files - Manage files is an instructor-facing repository for all content items in the course. Files, images, and more that are inserted into course Content or assessments are automatically added to Manage Files. The repository can be used to organize and store files away from student view. See more at .

Learner Management

Attendance - Create attendance registers to track attendance for various activities such as mandatory discussions, and more.

Class Progress - The instructor-facing class progress allows them to hone in on the activities of students across the entire course. Student-facing class progress shows them a summary of their own activities. See more at: .

Classlist - Oversee participants in the course. Add, remove, and message participants across the class. Classlist is only instructor-facing, cannot be accessed by students. Learn more here: .

Groups - Create groups of students to assign to various assignments, discussions, and more. Learn more at: .

Sections - Sections are automatically created and filled based on course registration. To add a user to a section, see: .


Assignments - Create assessments for students to take in Brightspace. Learn more at .

Awards - Gamify and reward good work ethic using badges and certificates. See more at: .

Checklists - Create supervisory checklists that encourage students to follow a list of tasks. Learn more at .

Competencies - Create competencies and learning objectives within your course. Thresholds of achievement can be set for each objective on things like Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, etc. For example, a grade of 80% or higher on a specific quiz means you have achieved this outcome/competency. A particular course can only use either the Competencies or Learning Outcomes tool, once one is activated the other becomes inaccessible. The current utility of this tool appears to be low, if you want to explore the use for your specific course please reach out to us at

Grades - View and record grades which can then be imported at the end of the term. Go to for more information.

Learning Outcomes - Create learning outcomes for your course and link them to certain Content, Quizzes, or Assignments. Once a link to a learning outcome is made a Mastery view in Grades becomes available. The current functionality of this tool appears to be low and doesn’t mean much more beyond just representing clicks on materials in the course site. If you want to discuss the utility of this tool, please reach out to us at

Quick Eval - View new submissions across assessments and grade them in one convenient place. See more at: .

Quizzes - Create quizzes for students to take in Brightspace. Learn more at .

Rubrics - Create Brightspace rubrics that can be attached to assessments so students know expectations and what to work towards. See more at: .

Self Assessments - Create assessments that aren’t graded nor recorded/saved. They are purely for student practice.

Surveys - Create surveys for students to provide feedback on any topic. Learn more at .


Announcements - Create announcements to be sent out to the entire class. Learn more here: .

Chat - Chat is a bare-bones communication tool. Messages can be sent back and forth between users, but they are deleted the second the user exits the chat. At this time, it is not recommended that chat be used widely.

Discussions - Create and hold class discussions where students can create threads and reply to their peers. Discussions can also be assessed. Learn more at .

Intelligent Agents - Intelligent agents can be used to automatically oversee a course. When certain conditions are met, students can be emailed automatically or notified in other manners. Learn more at .


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