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How to Navigate the System: An Overview


After completing this how-to you will have knowledge needed to navigate from the main landing page to your course materials.  For other guides on system navigation, visit the System Navigation topic page.


Main Landing Page

  • The top level page that everyone within Brightspace can access, is termed the "main landing page". The main landing page is the initial page that will load every time after logging into the Brightspace site.Minibar: my home, select a course, message alerts, subscription alerts, update alerts, personal menu, and tools. Org Navbar: calendar, ePortfolio, my media, and quick eval. Org Homepage widgets: my courses, Office 365, announcements, brightspace tip, faculty guides home, brightspace monthly release notes, and back to top
  • In what is called the "main homepage," use the My Courses widget to select a course tile to navigate to the course's landing page.Sample Course 1; pinned; Ended December 26, 2023 at 4:59 AM

Course Landing Page

  • After selecting a course from the main landing page, the "course landing page" will load. The course landing page provides quick and convenient access to various features through what are called the "course homepage" and "course navbar."Minibar: my home, course title and home, select a course, message alerts, subscription alerts, update alerts, personal menu, and tools. Course Navbar: course menu, activities, communication, progress, and tools. Course Homepage widgets: announcements, faculty tools, course dates and faculty biography, course café forum, tools for success, personal tasks, and back to top
  • Within the course homepage, the Announcements widget allows you to post announcements to your students.Announcement: Welcome, Your Name. Welcome to Sample Course! This course will be challenging, but if you stay motivated and unafraid to reach out to me or your fellow students, you will reach the end 🥳. This is an example of an announcement the faculty could post that would be visible when landing on the course homepage
  • Within the course navbar, the Course Menu link provides quick access to the tool where course topics, instructions, resources and more are located.Course_Navbar_with_Minibar_Course_Menu__All.png
  • From any page within Brightspace, select the IWU logo to return to the main landing page.Minibar: My Home
  • From any page within a course, you can select the course name that is linked to the course landing page.Minibar: Sample Course
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