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Brightspace: Getting Started


Beginning fall 2020, Michigan Virtual will be transitioning it’s current Learning Management System (LMS) from Blackboard to Brightspace. All courses will still be accessed through the Student Learning Portal (SLP), but the look of the Brightspace courses will be different. Use the information below to learn how to get started within your Brightspace course.


  1. First, follow the SLP: Access My Course process to launch your course.
  2. Next, select Start Here from the right side navigation menu.
    Enlarged image of the Student Orientation to Online Learning Not Completed message. An arrow points to the Start Here button in the Course Quick Access menu.
    • If you have NOT completed the introductory course, you will not be able to start the units within your course. Tap the Get Started or Launch Unit button to begin.
      An image of the activity structure if introductory unit has not been completed. Arrows pointing to the Getting Started and Launch Unit buttons.
    • If you have completed the introductory course, you will be able to begin navigating through each unit of the course. When you return to the course to complete activities you will have multiple options to pick up where you left off. Tap the Continue, Launch Unit or Launch Lesson buttons to proceed with your completing your course activities.
      The Getting Started section is minimized to show completion of the introductory course. Arrows point to the Continue, Launch Unit and Launch Lesson button options.
  3. As you navigate to each activity, a check mark will be placed next to the left menu options to help you identify where you have been.
  4. When you have finished reviewing and completing all activities, return to the course homepage and tap the Click here to Launch the Student End of Course Survey button.
    An enlarged image of the Welcome section of the course homepage is shown with an arrow pointing to the Click here to Launch the Student End of Course Survey button.

Last updated on August 27, 2020

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.