Instructional Technology & the Technology Enhancement Centers
Office Location: G-601
General Phone: 718-254-8565
General G-600 Lab Hours:
|Monday - Thursday
|10:00am - 6:00pm
|10:00am - 5:00pm
Voorhees V-217 Lab Hours:
|Monday - Thursday
|11:00am - 6:00pm
|11:00am - 5:00pm
Brightspace is coming to City Tech!
The City University of New York (CUNY) is transitioning from our current Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard, to a new, more modern platform, Brightspace. This transition, set to begin in the fall of 2023, is a significant step towards expanding online learning and delivering engaging learning experiences using state-of-the-art teaching and learning technology.
After careful consideration, Brightspace emerged as the LMS that best met CUNY's needs. The goal of this transition is to provide a comprehensive LMS that is modern, user-friendly, and capable of supporting growth in online learning. With advanced analytics, Brightspace will contribute to student success and set a foundation for engaging learning experiences that connect and inform.
This website is intended to be a resource for updates, training, course conversion, help documentation, and support and will be updated regularly so please check back often. Additional updates will also be sent from the iTEC.
This is a CUNY university-wide change. There are few campus are currently transitioning to Brightspace to take advantage of the new system's many benefits. We are in the CUNY's 2nd phases and our transition to the new system will be beginning in Spring 2024.
To get ready for the move to the Brightspace environment, faculty are encouraged to do some clean up on their current Blackboard courses. Once cleaned up, it is advised that courses be backed up by exporting the course.
Brightspace from D2L is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that runs blended and fully online courses. It comprises three integrated platforms: learning environment, learning repository, and ePortfolio.
All City Tech courses will be delivered in Brightspace starting in Summer 2024, and Blackboard will be available for two more years after we launch Brightspace. There will be lots of training sessions starting late Fall 2023/early Spring 2024.
Yes. Most of standard course content and tool objects (like pages, files, assignments, discussion forums, quizzes, images, links, etc.) that currently reside in Blackboard will migrate quite easily to Brightspace. There are exceptions, however, involving content created with specialized Blackboard tools, integrations to third-party resources, and certain assessment question types that are specific to Blackboard.
CUNY will migrate the courses for our instructors. If faculty members have other courses that they would like to archive and migrate to BSP themselves, they can follow the instructions. Here is the link on how to archive your Blackboard course and save the file to your computer, thumb drive, or on the cloud.
Yes, CUNY will migrate the last two years of Blackboard courses to Brightspace for all faculty.
Brightspace Practice site
A practice site enables faculty to learn and play in Brightspace with access to all of the available tools and features CUNY has implemented at this stage of the LMS transition. Follow the steps below to create your own practice site.
You have now created a Practice Course for you to practice and learn.
Manage account settings
Change your personal settings
Create a course overview
Navigation and Themes: Create a Custom Navbar
Content: Add a module
Activity Feed Overview
Creating a post in activity feed
Customize Notifications for Activity Feed
Ally for D2L Brightspace
Create an announcement
Delete and restore announcements
Make Regular Announcements
Mobile app (Pulse) overview
Create an assignment
Create an anonymous assignment
Grade submissions in assignments
Itemize assignments using checklists
Associate an Assignment with a Grade Item
Manage your calendar
Set date availability for a calendar event
Create a certificate
Use a checklist for an assignment
Class List Overview
Set Up Class list, Class Progress, and Grades
Use and modify user progress
Overview of competencies
Create a competency
Track competency achievements
Create course content
Create a file & insert stuff
Manage Dates - Offset Dates
Create a discussion forum
Create a discussion topic
Grade a discussion topic
Assess from within a thread
Use Discussions for Journaling
Gradebook set up wizard
Create a category
Grading in Brightspace
Assess, evaluate and provide feedback
Understanding group enrollment options
Defining groups and sections
Create a group
Introduction to HTML editor
Making use of the HTML editor
Import HTML template pages
Edit HTML templates
Import content from another system
All questions or concerns should be forwarded to the iTEC at email@example.com.