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Getting Started With BrightSpace (D2L)

What is Brightspace (D2L)?

Brightspace is the course management software that Itasca Community College and all other schools in the Minnesota State system use. Brightspace allows instructors to create course Web sites to supplement face-to-face courses or to provide instruction for distance learning online courses.

Course Management Tools

Brightspace allows students to access course materials through a standard Web browser. Instructors can set up their Brightspace courses to include a variety of materials including communication tools, course files, evaluation tools and feedback. Some examples:

  • A home page for each course
  • Course calendar (schedule)
  • Quizzes and surveys
  • Chat and discussions
  • News
  • Drop box
  • Grades
  • Pager system to let others in class know you’re online
  • Course file uploads and links by modules or topics.


D2L Help Desk

This is the Minnesota State system-wide D2L Brightspace HelpDesk site. They support all 32 state-supported technical colleges, community colleges, and state universities. Individuals can use the site for self-help by accessing the frequently asked questions (FAQs), live help (chat), and submitting incidents online (Ask a Question).