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Brightspace: Demo Courses

Introduction:

As you consider learning online at Michigan Virtual, we would like you to get a preview of what our courses will look like. Each online course is a little different; but course demonstrations offer a glimpse of what Brightspace, our learning management system, looks like and how it functions.

Please note that you must first obtain the website address, username and password from a Michigan Virtual sales representative before these steps can be completed.

Details:

  1. Once you have logged in, locate the appropriate course by either:
    1. tapping the course tile in the My Courses area, or
    2. select a course from the course picker (waffle icon), or
    3. scroll to the bottom of the page and tap “View All Courses” to manually type and search for a course.
      The Brightspace landing page is shown for a demo account. Arrows point to the waffle icon, the Anthropology tile in My Courses and to the View All Courses link as described above.
  2. Next, take note of the navigation as this will help guide you through the course.
    • The minibar will show the course picker (waffle icon), subscription alerts (chat icon), update alerts (bell) and the demo account profile.
    • The navbar will contain quick access to course Lessons, Discussions, Grades and Resources.
    • The Course Quick Access will provide important links for the user to refer to for additional information.
    • View widgets, Announcements and Teacher Feed as they will provide important information for students once they’ve accessed their course.
      The course landing page is shown. Call out boxes are used to show the minibar and navbars. Arrows point to the Announcements and course Quick Access menu.

Minibar

  1. Start by tapping the Select a Course (waffle) icon. This shortcut will allow students to quickly access other enrolled courses. In the demo environment, this allows users to view a variety of course demos.
  2. Then tap the Subscription Alerts (chat boxes) icon to view notifications for items a student subscribed to.
  3. Next, select the Update Alerts (bell) icon to view important messages.
  4. Finally, tap the Michigan Virtual logo at any time to return to the landing page with the list of available courses or tap the linked course name to return to the course details homepage.
  1. First, tap the Lessons tab at the top of the page. The Lessons page in Brightspace acts as a table of contents which allows you to navigate course components (lessons, units, folders, and materials). Each expandable tile contains additional course components that students can quickly access by tapping the title.
    Note: Lessons in demo courses are limited to the first unit and exclude any tests or quizzes.
  2. Next, select the Discussions tab. The Discussions tool is a collaboration area to post, read and reply to threads on different topics, share thoughts about course materials and ask questions, share files, or work with peers on assignments and/or homework.
    Note: Demo threads are view only.
  3. Then tap the Grades tab to view how student grades will be displayed. Students will be able to view individual grades as well as the formula used to evaluate them. Depending on how grades are setup, they may be able to view feedback from their instructor and/or overall class performance statistics.
  4. Finally, tap Resources to display a list of links that pertain to this course. Students will be able to view materials to help them in the course.

Course Quick Access

  1. Students will select the Start Here tile to locate the course welcome letter from their instructor as well as pacing guides, orientation information and discussion board introductions.
    Note: This action will take the student to the Lessons page described above.
  2. Next, the Syllabus link would normally display the full course outline and description in a new window, however this will not work in the demo environment.
  3. Students can select Grades from this menu to view their overall score and graded items within the course.
    Note: This action will take the student to the Grades page described above.
  4. Getting Help is used to provide the appropriate methods to obtaining support with this course which is not available in demo courses.
  5. Finally, tap the Policy option to view Michigan Virtual policies and guidelines.

Announcements & Teacher Feed

The Announcements collapsible widget appears just below the course banner and will display important, blog style messages from the course instructor.

Teacher Feed is also a collapsible widget that will be displayed below Announcements and will be used to engage in student conversations and to push assignments.

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.