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Brightspace: Lessons


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. A count of viewed components will be identified by a check to the right of the component name.


  1. First, tap Lessons from the Navbar.
  2. Next, tap the Getting Started tile to expand the assignments to review and/or complete.
  3. Then select Launch Unit to view the various assignments within.
  4. After you have reviewed the Welcome Letter, continue to the next activity by tapping the Next Activity button (arrow pointing to right) at the top of the page. Or you may use the menu icon (pancake) on the left to expand or collapse the unit navigation. You may use either or both.
    Getting Started unit is shown with an arrow pointing to the expand/collapse menu icon and to the next page icon button.
  5. As a result, this will allow you to view the Course Pacing Guide. Review the appropriate pacing guide for you by tapping the appropriate 10, 12 or 18 week pacing guide link.
  6. Continue to press the Next Activity button until all materials have been completed. To complete, do one of the following as it pertains to the activity.
    • Type your assignment directly in the Text Submission field. When you finish your written response, tap Submit.
    • To browse for the file you want to submit, click Add a File. You can attach files from your local computer or storage device, a personal locker, a group locker, or Brightspace ePortfolio. Enter any comments you want to submit with the file and then tap Submit.
    • You can select Record Audio to add feedback. When you finish a recording, click Add. Enter any comments you want to submit with the file and then tap Submit.
    • Click Mark as Complete to manually mark an assignment as completed.
  7. An End of Unit page will be displayed when all materials have been completed for the lesson you are taking. Simply tap the I’m Done button to return to the Lessons page.
  8. Now, continue to expand the next tiled lesson/unit in top to bottom order. If you would like to understand more about what should be completed each week to stay on track, see the course Pacing Guide in the Student Learning Portal.
Brightspace activity icons are displayed to aid in understanding what type of activity the item is.
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Last updated on October 5, 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.