How to navigate in Brightspace: Brightspace WUR homepage
This article explains the features of the Brightspace WUR homepage environment of Wageningen University & Research.
To access your Brightspace course environment you can do so in two ways:
Brightspace WUR homepage
The WUR homepage shows 5 widgets which are described below:
1. Green navigation bar
The green navigation bar shows always on top and gives you direct access to the following:
2. My courses
The My Courses widget shows manually pinned courses followed by current enrollments, then future enrollments (if they are available or visible to the user) for a total of 12 enrollments. Note that more than 12 courses might appear if they are all manually pinned.
Pinned course tiles display notifications for unevaluated assignment submissions and quizzes, and unread discussion posts.
To enter a course page click on the tile.
The tabs in the My courses widget on the Brightspace WUR homepage will vary from student to student depending on their enrollments.
- Tab All - is the landing tab of the page, and will show thumbnails of pinned and recently visited course homepages (max 20 thumbnails)
- Tab Pinned - appears as soon as you pin one course
- Tab [academic year] - this tab will show courses of the academic year
- Other tabs - these will appear depending on your enrollments
- Arrow - will appear if more than 7 tabs are available
On the Brightspace WUR homepage you can see in the My Courses widget a picture and name of a course that you recently searched for or pinned. These are called thumbnails, and provide an easy overview, identification of and access to your courses (the thumbnail is clickable).
The thumbnail of a course will show the following information:
- The course image (banner)
- The course name
- The course code
- icons of: Assignment submissions, Quiz submissions, Discussion posts
- Pin icon (if course was pinned)
3. Search in course guides
This widget allows you and also the students to search within the repository of Course Guides, a library for storing, managing, and sharing of course guides of the academic year. Learn how to search for a Course guide.
If you want to learn more about the learning repository follow this link: How to add a Course guide to the LOR.
Announcements on the WUR Brightspace homepage show general WUR announcements about the Brightspace environment. For instance, if maintenance is taking place.
For more on Announcements: How to create an Announcement
The Calendar widget consists of a mini-calendar and a list of upcoming events. The Calendar on the Brightspace WUR homepage displays all events created by the Wageningen University & Research for the applicable month. Clicking on a day in the widget's mini-Calendar filters the event list to only display events for that day. Clicking on an event in the widget takes you to the event in the Calendar tool.
The Calendar on the Brightspace WUR homepage will show all upcoming events, from all courses you are enrolled in.
If you want to see the calendar entries for only your course, go to the Brightspace Course homepage of your course.
You now know how to navigate the Brightspace WUR homepage!
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