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Brightspace and Distance Learning

New day, new tools.

It’s a new day and the new “Classroom-experience” requires us to use online tools and platforms more than ever before.  We can help you with that!  Whether you’re teaching on campus or asynchronously online, taking full advantage of the various tech tools available to you can only strengthen your courses.  They’ll not only expand the scope and depth of teaching and learning, but can provide incredible flexibility to students and instructors alike.  After reviewing the resources below, if you find you need further assistance, please contact us at to open a support ticket.


Presently, our focus for development of Distance Learning (DL) courses is on those that are part of an approved, Distance Learning Program.  Development of such courses receives priority attention, adheres to the OSCQR (Open SUNY Course Quality Review) Standards, and follows the SUNY “Work-made-for hire” guidelines.

For more information, please visit the Online Course Approval page.

Brightspace is an LMS (Learning Management System) that allows users to deliver content and instruction through a private website. Faculty can create individual Brightspace courses for both their on-site classes and for their online courses. Among other things, Brightspace allows faculty to post lectures, videos, assignments, discussion forums, quizzes, and questionnaires.

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We have many resources ready for you!  Just visit the Brightspace Home Site to access a list of great tools.

Instructors should check out the Brightspace Toolbox course to access video tutorials, tools, and links to free web-resources.  You’ll also find guidance on Instructional Design principles that will help you create a “user-friendly” learning environment.  Explore Copyright and Moodle for important information on the use of materials. If you still need help or have a Brightspace issue, please contact the CCI.

Students can access “getting-started” tutorials directly from the Brightspace home site.  Also, you can find online learning information at Online & Hybrid Courses.  If you're having username/password problems, contact

**Support staff are available to respond to requests Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm. Your request will be address by staff as soon as is possible.


What is Instructional Design?

Instructional Design is the systematic development of instruction that most effectively facilitates the transfer of knowledge, skills, and attitude to learners. Instructional Designers carefully consider how students learn and what materials and methods will help them achieve their academic goals. The principles of instructional design address the design, creation, and delivery of educational tools to any learning group. Instructional Design principles enhance learning at every level: a Brightspace course, a campus course, a lecture, or even a single assignment.

Whether you need general support to enhance your Brightspace course or are looking for detailed instructional design support to develop a fully online course, the CCI staff are here to support you. Forward your questions or schedule a one-on-one appointment by emailing