More than 550 students from 36 area high schools gathered at UB's Knox Hall in March 2023 for the 16th Model United Nations. Patrick McDevitt, UB associate professor of history; Fulbright program adviser and academic director of the University Honors College, delivered the keynote address. Photographer: Douglas Levere.

Brightspace Guides for Instructors

This webpage is a hub for helpful instructor guides and training as the transition to Brightspace continues.

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Brightspace Access

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All Fall 2023 courses will be delivered using Brightspace only

For Fall 2023 and onward, all courses will be in Brightspace. For any incomplete courses in Blackboard, content will be accessible until Dec. 1, 2023. 

Available Guides

  • Best Practices for Using UB Learns
    UB Learns powered by Brightspace is a very powerful tool that helps promote student learning and success and helps instructors efficiently manage the administrative aspects of teaching. The following best practices address aspects related to instructor usage of UB Learns and augment course design best practices.
Brightspace Self-Guided Training for Instructors

Get up and running with Brightspace at your own pace with the Brightspace Guided Training for Instructors. This program is recommended for anyone designing, building, teaching, or facilitating courses within the Brightspace platform (and for those who support them).

Fall 2023 Courses and Beyond

Setting Up Fall 2023 Courses in Brightspace

Follow the steps on this page to set up your Fall 2023 courses in Brightspace.

Training Sessions

Current Opportunities

Turnitin Training: Deeper Learning | Sept. 6, 1 p.m.

Turnitin is the new plagiarism detection software in Brightspace. When students have the opportunity to review multiple drafts and receive feedback, their learning and writing can improve. The Similarity Report, “Where to next?” feedback, and rubrics for evaluation can allow students to think critically about the academic writing process.

Past Opportunities

Past Training Recordings

Recordings from past Brightspace training sessions are a great way to learn Brightspace at a time and pace that works best for you.