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Student D2L Resources

Brightspace by D2L is the learning management system used at ACC to offer mainly Online and Hybrid courses. All other courses also have an online component in D2L where you can find course materials such as the syllabus, and handouts and even look up your current grades. We have developed a Student Quick Start Guide that will help you get started in D2L.

Getting Started

Set up your account settings PDF (watch video) and set up your profile PDF (watch video) information to share with others in your class. You can also set up to receive course notifications PDF (watch video) on your cell phone and/or a different email address.

Course Announcements

Course announcements PDF - Learn more about the news tool which is used by your instructor to publish course announcements. You will see this on the homepage of the course (watch video).

Access and View Content

How to access and view content PDF  -The Content section in D2L is where you usually find all the materials for your online course. This may be designed by weeks, modules, or units. View this document to learn where to find the Content section and how to navigate in it (watch video).

Online Discussions

Online discussions PDF - Most of the interaction between classmates and the instructor in an online course takes place through the Discussions section in D2L. This document walks you through the basic steps on how to access, view, and participate in online discussions (watch video).

Submitting Assignments

Submitting an assignment PDF - The Dropbox in D2L is where you can submit your assignments. Your instructor usually sets up a Dropbox folder and provides instructions. View this document to learn how to submit your assignment or paper in Dropbox so that your instructor can receive it online (watch video).

Feedback on Turnitin

View feedback on Turnitin PDF - Some instructors provide detailed feedback using the Grademark tool in Turnitin. Turnitin is a plagiarism detection site that is integrated with D2L. Check with your instructor if they use this feature to provide feedback (watch video).

Taking an Online Quiz

Taking an online quiz PDF - This document explains where to access your quizzes or exams in D2L. It also provides information on how to start your quiz. Also, here are some quick tips in PDF for taking a successful quiz (watch video).

View Your Grades

View your grades PDF - View all your current grades in your online course. This document guides you through the process of accessing the Grades section in D2L to view all your current grades (watch video).


Classlist PDF - The classlist is where you can see a list of everyone enrolled in the course with you. This is the easiest place to send emails in D2L, view user profiles, and send page messages (watch video).

View Your Attendance

View your attendance PDF - Provided your instructor is using the Attendance tool available in D2L, you can keep a track of your attendance online. This is mainly used in traditional courses that have an online D2L component (watch video).

Self Registration

Self-registration PDF - This document explains how to self-register for the D2L self-paced student orientation (watch video).

User Progress

User Progress PDF - Track your course progress in D2L using the view progress tool. This document explains where to find and how to use the tool (watch video).


Calendar PDF - The calendar tool is a very useful tool (watch video).

Viewing Feedback in Assignments

Viewing Feedback in Assignments PDF - You can view feedback left by your instructor for your submitted assignments (watch video).

Viewing Feedback in Quizzes

Viewing Feedback in Quizzes PDF - You can view feedback left by your instructor for your submitted quizzes (watch video).

Faculty Resources

Learn to build and manage your courses / content in D2L.

More resources on D2L can be found on the CCCS help desk site. Use a Course Checklist (PDF) to make sure that your course is ready to go.

Minimum Requirements

We have developed a Faculty Quick Start Guide that will help you set up your D2L shell (course) with the minimum requirements. More details on each requirement are listed below:

  1. Updating Contact Information (PDF) - Learn how to update your contact information in the Welcome widget on the course homepage (watch video).
  2. Adding a Welcome Announcement (PDF) (watch video) - Learn how to create a welcome announcement for students in the News section of the course homepage.
  3. Managing Files (PDF) (watch video) - Learn how to upload the syllabus and schedule files to the manage files area. This is the recommended practice for uploading course files into the shell. Following this step, you can link the files anywhere in the course for students to view. The next two documents explain two different possibilities.
  4. Linking the Syllabus and Schedule in Content (PDF) (watch video) - After uploading the files to the manage files area, learn how to create links to those files in the content area for students to view. 
  5. Creating Syllabus and Schedule Links on the Homepage (PDF) (watch video) - Learn how to create links to the syllabus and the schedule files that were previously uploaded into the manage files area. You can create the links in the Welcome widget on the course homepage.

D2L Gradebook

One of the minimum requirements for your D2L shell is to set up the gradebook and post grades for students to view. Learn everything from setting up your gradebook (points or weighted system) to releasing final grades for students. Below is a list of documents, each accompanied by a video demonstration:

Accessible Templates and Forms

Thanks to the hard work of the Learning Technology team and the online advisory committee, we now have accessible syllabi templates. We also have a 4-page review form that was designed by the online advisory committee and is used to review online courses.