How do I preview my Brightspace course as a "Learner"?

Every course in Brightspace now has  “Preview Learner” as a student  available to you in the classlist. Instructors now are able to "Impersonate" this “learner” (but not every student in your classlist) to get a real-life student preview of your course. 

While impersonating a “Preview Learner” in your own course you may explore your course from the student’s perspective: take your own quizzes, complete assignments, verify restrictions to your items, or check if your learning materials are displaying the way you designed them. 

How to enable the Preview Learner in Brightspace

Brightspace Essentials (Workshop recording, 18 min, chapterized)

Brightspace Essentials  (Workshop Recording, 18 minutes)

Turn on closded captions! "Brightspace Essentials" is the session for those who are planning to make their first steps in Brightspace. We will cover only the basics to help you get started: how to create a course structure, add files, videos and discussion modules for your learners.


1. UMA Brightspace Support

2. Brightspace Landing Page

3. Customizing your course homepage

4. Adding course materials to a course

5. Add visual appeal to your course

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Compare & Contrast Blackboard and D2L Brightspace (Workshop recording, 30 mins)

Where can I find UMA-specific Brightspace tutorials for Instructors?

You can find Brightspace Tutorials for UMA Instructors in 2 locations:

1. On our Faculty Portal:

2. UMA Faculty Orientation to Brightspace (UMS login required):

Live remote help (on Zoom) is available at the UMA Faculty Development Center, Mo-Fri, 10-4:

Where do I order textbooks for my courses?

To define textbooks for the courses,  please go to, click on UMA Quick Links - eCampus Textbook Requisition

Respondus Lockdown Browser (Instructors and Students)

LockDown Browser® is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system. 
How LockDown Browser Works

  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  • Browser menu and toolbar options are removed, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop
  • Prevents access to other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and remote desktops
  • Printing and screen capture functions are disabled
  • Copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment is prevented
  • Right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts and task switching are disabled
  • An assessment cannot be exited until the student submits it for grading
  • Assessments that are set up for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with other browsers

Learning Zoom (Beginners)

This is ANY TIME Training.  Click here to start the training. 

Course details

Collaborate more seamlessly using Zoom, the popular video conferencing tool. In this course, staff instructor Garrick Chow shows how to schedule, moderate, and participate in Zoom meetings. Garrick begins by showing how to set up your Zoom account and adjust audio and video settings. Next, he walks through joining and participating in meetings scheduled by others. Garrick covers how to use a variety of options during meetings such as adjusting views, muting your microphone, turning your video camera on and off, and sharing your screen. Finally, Garrick demonstrates how to host your own Zoom meetings, from scheduling and adjusting moderator settings to recording meetings. 

Contact if you have any questions after you have begun or completed this training.

Blackboard Grade Center

This is ANY TIME Training.  Click here to start the training.

Blackboard® Grading Center is a grade book module incorporated into Blackboard. It is set up much like Excel® or any other spreadsheet program. Like a regular grade book, the Grading Center allows you to track student progress, provide feedback to students, download grades to your computer, and create reports. This online training series helps you become familiar with Grading Center's flexibility and the many features that will make grading easy for educators.

Contact if you have any questions after you have begun or completed this training.

Blackboard Essential Training for Instructors

ANY TIME Training: Blackboard Essential Training for Instructors Click here to start the training. 

Course details

Get the Blackboard training you need to quickly enroll students and start creating assignments. Patrick Crispen shows instructors how to customize their course sites, manage users, and add and organize course content, including multimedia and online assessments. He also shows how to enter scores, create grading periods, and more in the Grade Center. 

If after experiencing this training you have questions contact


Blackboard to Brightspace

Brightspace Learning Sessions (LIVE)

The UMA Faculty Development Center is excited to announce a series of introductory Brightspace learning sessions beginning next week. The basics to get you up and running!

These sessions will assist you with your transition from Blackboard to Brightspace.

Kaltura Tutorials for Faculty

View the tutorials below to learn the basics of using Kaltura for teaching and learning in your Blackboard class. Click the links for printed step-by-step instructions and view the videos to see...

Kaltura Tutorials for Students

Use these tutorials to help your students learn to use Kaltura to record and submit videos in Blackboard. You can even add them to your Blackboard courses!

Academic Technology Webinar: Recording & Managing Videos with Kaltura (27:31)

In this webinar, you will see a brief introduction to Kaltura and how you can use it to add media, like videos and pictures, in Blackboard, or publish them on the web. There is also a demonstration...

Upload an MP4 Video to Your Class

This tutorial provides step-by-step directions for uploading an mp4 video into your Blackboard course using the Kaltura Media Mashup.

Kaltura Classroom - Video Overview

Currently implemented at UMA during the spring 2018 semester as campus pilot. <a...

Kaltura Mobile

Kaltura Mobile App (iOS and Android) Kaltura Mobile Videos on the go! Did you know that you can watch your Kaltura videos and record them on the go? Kaltura has...

Downloading Your Kaltura Videos

A brief video tutorial and text directions on how to download your videos from Kaltura.

Kaltura Documentation

This collection of downloadable pdf files includes instructions for some common tasks in Kaltura.

Best Practices for Long Recordings

Short Segments and Test the Machine When you just have to record the whole class or a very long presentation, here are a few best practices. Record in 10 minutes or less...

Kaltura Video Tips

Follow these tips from the folks at Kaltura to create high quality instructional videos for your courses.


Videoconferencing classes at UC Centers