Brightspace Tech Tip: Make Quick Recordings with Express Capture

A recent update to our Kaltura Mediaspace – D2L Brightspace integration has given faculty and students to more easily record video and or audio content and add it directly into a D2L Brightspace course. Faculty and students can now open the My Media section under Insert Stuff within the HTML Editor and find an option to quickly record with Express Capture.

You can find full instructions on how to record using Express Capture on our Faculty Resources section of the campus website.

Faculty can use this to be able to make quick recordings when providing feedback to students on Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, etc. right from the feedback box.

Students can also use this to create recordings to put into their Discussions.

Express Capture is a quick and easy way to make video and or audio recordings within your course site within D2L Brightspace.

John Bayerl
D2L Brightspace Administrator
Inver Hills Community College

Faculty Resource Bulletin

The Faculty Resource Bulletin is one of many steps we’re taking to improve communication about local and statewide faculty professional development information and opportunities. Please visit our Faculty Resources sites (see links in the header of this blog) for more information as well as past Bulletins.


Highlights of this week’s Bulletin include:

  • From Your Colleagues: Three Examples for Student Engagement and Retention
  • Community of Practice: Transparent Design in Teaching
  • Academic Technology Innovation Funds Available
  • Events and Development Opportunities
    • On Campus (Workshops and Drop-in Webinars)
    • Other Opportunities (System and State)


From Your Colleagues: Three Examples for Student Engagement and Retention

During an IHCC AD Day session on retention strategies, LeAnne Schmidt, Amanda Barklind, and I showcased the efforts of three faculty: Mary Petrie, Scott Sandok, and Shane Stroup. Mary incorporates principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into the design of her online courses. Scott also does this, and during the session shared other ways he engages students online. Shane live streams his on-campus class sessions so students who need to attend remotely can do so interactively – instead of passively. This practice also allows him to bring other perspectives into his classes.

If you missed this session, or would like more on these three faculty members and others, visit Faculty Success Stories pages on both IHCC and DCTC college websites:




Community of Practice: Transparent Design in Teaching

As part of AD Days at IHCC, Mary-Ann Winkelmes, author of “Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership”, facilitated a workshop on applying transparent design do instructional materials. This workshop featured a panel of faculty from both IHCC and DCTC who participated in a community of practice on this topic all of fall semester. These faculty graciously shared edits they had made to assignments and will use in their courses this semester.

We will be continuing these communities at both colleges this semester. If you are interested in participating, just send an email to or by Friday, January 24. I’ll then send out a scheduling poll to determine three meeting times throughout the semester. You’ll find more information about this community of practice on the Faculty Resources pages of or website:



If you missed Mary-Ann’s workshop, you can watch the recording here:

Slides from this workshop are also available:


Academic Technology Innovation Funds Available

In collaboration with Todd Jagerson and ITS, the Teaching and Technology Committee at IHCC and Faculty Development Committee at DCTC are pleased to announce new funding to support faculty innovation in the use of technology in teaching and learning contexts.

Both committees have set processes for requesting these funds, with a focus on ease of faculty access, accountability for their use (for teaching and learning), and obtaining information required to make purchases.


Please send requests for funding to (IHCC) (DCTC). Requests should include a brief introduction as well as the following:

  1. Basic information about the technology being requested, including manufacturer, cost, and subscription information or quote if applicable.
  2. A connection to at least one learning outcome from your course(s) that will benefit from the technology being requested.
  3. Some information about where you found the technology (through a colleague, at a conference, etc.).

DCTC Only:

  1. Note any matching funds for the request, from a department or program.


Events and Development Opportunities

On Campus

We have a lot planned this semester! We kicked things off with a half-day “Brightspace Refresher Camp” at DCTC. This training covered basic and advance tools, as well as recent updates made to email and other functions. If you couldn’t join us, you can access slides and handouts from the Faculty Resources site: Click on the dropdown menu for “Brightspace Refresher Camp”.

We’re introducing “First Friday Workshops” – workshops offered at a standing, predictable time throughout the academic year. This semester, we will be focusing on student engagement in online courses. Series workshops will address the following topics:

  • Humanizing Your Online Course (Feb 7)
  • Engaging Students with Alternative Forms of Feedback (March 6)
  • Creating Videos and Using Them Effectively (April 3)
  • Online Course Design for Student Engagement (May 1)

See our Events Calendar for times and locations of all First Friday Workshops.

We will also continue to offer “Drop-in Webinars” – opportunities to participate in live webinars with your faculty colleagues and have discussions afterwards. We host most online opportunities/webinars in our space (Fine Arts 270 at IHCC and 2-141C at DCTC). Consider participating with your faculty colleagues and join a discussion afterwards. . See our Events Calendar for a full Drop-in Webinar schedule and watch for announcements of these opportunities in your campus email.


Unable to participate in webinars we host on campus? We’re sad you can’t join us, but you can also RSVP from the Events Calendar and participate on your own. Recordings for most webinars can be accessed from the Minnesota State D2L Support SharePoint site. Use your credentials to login. Contact Martin Springborg if you can’t find a recording you’re looking for.

Other Opportunities

See posts under college categories (above and in right navigation) for information on campus Brightspace and course design sessions. View our Events Calendar to see details on these and other campus professional development opportunities.

Jan. 13th 12:00 – 1:00 pm – What’s New in D2L 20.20.01? | Webinar >>>

Jan. 15th 10:00 – 11:15 am – Accessibility Webinar – “Zoom: Striving for Functional Accessibility” | Webinar >>>

Jan. 16th 3:00 – 4:00 pm – Best of the Minnesota Summit Webinars “Are We Doing Enough to Help Faculty Teach Online?” | Webinar >>>

Jan. 20th – Improving Instructor-to-Student Interaction using D2L Brightspace Tools | 3 Week Short Course >>>

Jan. 22nd 10:00 – 11:00 am – Rubrics to Save Time Evaluating Student Work | Webinar >>>

Jan. 27th – Creating Accessible Documents | 3 Week Short Course >>>

Jan. 27th 2:30 – 4:00 pm – Open Textbook Network Webinar | Webinar >>>

Jan. 29th 3:00 – 4:15 pm – Accessibility Webinar – Making Websites Usable, Not Just Accessible Part 1 | Webinar >>>

Continuous –  Philosophy of Community and Technical College Education | Short Course >>>

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Brightspace Tech Tip: Copy Course Materials Across Institutions

This long awaited, and commonly asked for, feature is finally here for D2L Brightspace! You can now take your entire course site within D2L Brightspace and easily copy it over to another institution without having to download, re-upload, or lose any features within your course site. Now we can directly copy your course materials from Inver to DCTC, over to Metro State, or any other MinnState College or University.


Simply fill out a JIRA ticket and make sure to include the following information:

  • The URL or link to the course site you are copying from (source)
    • To get this, simply login to D2L Brightspace and go to the homepage of the course. Then copy the link from the URL box within your browser.
  • The URL or link you are copying the materials into (destination)

Unlike the regular Import / Export / Copy Components tool within D2L Brightspace, this process is not immediate and must take all the materials in the course site (No Select Components option). This happens from an automated process that happens overnight. Small price to pay to make it easier and better to copy everything!

John Bayerl
D2L Brightspace Administrator
Inver Hills Community College

IHCC Brightspace Trainings – Fall 2019

Are you new to teaching online? Or have you been teaching online and could use a refresher? Please join us for these short, focused training sessions on specific Brightspace tools:

  • October 29 at 3:00: Calendar Tool
  • November 12 at 3:00: Groups

And join us for this slightly longer workshop on December 10 at 2:00:

Course Design: Using Basic Web Coding

2:00-4:00 Tuesday, December 12

In this hands-on session, you will learn course design and HTML basics and apply them to your online courses. After a brief introduction to best practices in online course design, we will demonstrate how to make the most of your course content area and help you create custom homepages. We will also demonstrate how to access and use custom HTML templates within Brightspace to give your courses a unified visual theme. We’ll end the workshop by helping you use basic HTML code to create further visual enhancements. These foundational skills can be used in posting announcements, creating content and web documents, and so much more. Take your course design skills to the next level by using basic web coding!


All training sessions are also viewable in our Events Calendar, and will take place in Fine Arts 270. We hope to see you there!