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Student D2L Brightspace Tutorials

Thank you for visiting Instructional Design and Web Technologies website for the Shippensburg D2L Brightspace Instance. D2L Brightspace is the University's learning management system that provides your classes with an online environment. Click on the links below to access guides that will explain how to use D2L Brightspace.  Select one of the menus to access its resources.

If you have any questions or issues accessing any of these resources, please contact the Student Helpdesk at 717-477-HELP (x4357) or email

Student Orientation for D2L Brightspace.

Use the following links to view guides on using D2L Brightspace.

  • D2L Brightspace Platform Requirements
    • This article will provide information on current browser, tablet, and mobile support for D2L Brightspace.
  • D2L Brightspace Orientation
    • This article will will show you how to log into the Shippensburg D2L Brightspace Platform, update your profile picture and information, and access your courses.

Personalizing your D2L Brightspace includes three main areas: Your Profile, Notifications, and Account settings. Your Profile contains information about yourself and allows you to share a picture that will be visible in the classlist area of each course you're enrolled in. Notifications allows you to setup alerts for course activities. Account settings provides you with options to customize how Brightspace is formatted for your view.


Navigating the Course Home Page and Content

The Course Home Page is the first page you see when accessing your course.  Here you'll find announcements, events, and content updates for your course.  You'll utilize the course navigate bar or "Nav bar" to access various other tools and areas of each course.  The most important area you'll access is the Content Area which is access by clicking "Content"  The Content Area is where you'll go to view the course materials and access most other tools such as the assignment folders, discussions, and quizzes.


D2L Brightspace Tools

The Shippensburg D2L Brightspace platform provides you with a digital environment which acts as a digital classroom for some and a digital extension to your face-to-face classroom for others. You can use the tools within the platform to submit your work, participation in online discussions with your classmates, check your grades and more. The following guides will show you how to use the Email, Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, Groups, and Grades tools in the Brightspace learning environment.