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Indiana Wesleyan University Support Knowledge Base

System Navigation: Overview


After completing this how-to article you will have the ability to navigate from the main landing page to your course materials.



The Virtual Assistant tool is located in the bottom right corner of every page in Brightspace. For more information on how to use this tool for accessing help with Brightspace, please refer to the Virtual Assistant article.

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, and my media. Org Homepage widgets: my courses, Office 365, announcements, brightspace tip, student guides home, 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, 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 keep up to date with latest postings from the faculty in the course.Announcement: Congratulations, Your Name! Congratulations on reaching the end of the Sample Course! Your tireless work in the past six weeks has been worth it, as they have led you to this point. Make sure to take a break before you begin your next course 😄🌴. 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.
  • 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