Similar to your macrolevel organization (course-wide structure) the microlevel organization (the modules and their content and activities) of your course should have a logical, consistent and uncluttered layout. The following guide provides you with the steps to create a module and its content, import or copy materials.
Similar to your macrolevel organization (course-wide structure) the microlevel organization (the modules and their content and activities) of your course should have a logical, consistent and uncluttered layout. Within your course, modules can be organized chronologically (e.g., “Week 1”, “Module 1”), by unit (e.g., “Atomic Mass”) or by theme (e.g., “Sound”). A module must be created before you can begin creating content (“topics”) or adding in Brightspace. Submodules can also be created to further categorize content.
As you begin working with content in Brightspace, keep in mind that these items must comply with accessibility and inclusion requirements. To learn more about how this can be accomplished, please visit the SUNY OSCQR Standards pages Content & Activities and Design & Layout.
Brightspace also utilizes Anthology Ally to review all digital content added to a course and provides a meter gauge as an indicator. As the instructor of a course, you should review these indicators to learn more about whether your content needs to be improved for accessibility concerns.
Please note: the meter indicators are not visible to students, however, students will be able to select a more preferable option for how to access content by selecting the arrow next to the course item in question. Visit Brightspace's guide on improving the accessibility of course content using Anthology Ally.
A well-designed module informs the students of the learning outcomes, breaks the content into manageable chunks, identifies what activities students need to complete and the deadlines by which to finish them. You can apply motivational strategies to your module design and activities that keep students engaged throughout your course. Likewise, instructor presence is an important component of online course design and should be considered during your course development, regardless of whether your class meets in-person or not. Brightspace has automated communication tools you can employ to bring efficiency to your online presence.
When creating content in Brightspace, link topics to the course schedule, by adding the dates and times to the content you build. This step further organizes your course and helps students know when content is or will become available.
To add a sub-module, navigate to a module, click the Add a sub-module field in the content column on the right (you may need to scroll down the page), enter the name of your new sub-module and then press Enter.
When using Upload/Create > Add a File, Brightspace creates a web page and stores it in the Manage Files area of the course.
Due to the way that Brightspace stores web pages in Manage Files, instructors must refrain from using names for web pages. Naming a new web page with an existing name, even in a different module, will overwrite the older version of the web page.
For example, instead of creating a web page in each module called Readings, name them Reading 1, Readings 2, etc.