The MSU D2L Course Management System was updated to the Daylight version in May 2018, prior to the start of summer semester courses.
The D2L Brightspace Daylight Experience has a new look and feel that adapts responsively to different screen sizes to provide an improved user experience on laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The new interface will have a wider page layout, new fonts, icons, colors, and simpler formatting.
The core functionality remains the same and all courses automatically display the new look now that Daylight is turned on.
Additional features include a new visual tile-based "My Courses" list and collapsible menus as screen size changes. Key differences include the absence of customizable themes and a few key language term changes (listed below).
Key language terms implemented with Daylight (D2L defaults)
• News changed to Announcements
• Dropbox changed to Assignments
• Edit Course changed to Course Admin
• Pager changed to Instant Messages
D2L Daylight Open House events
Instructors who want to learn more about the new interface and receive guidance in optimizing their course design, can attend one of the D2L Daylight Open House events. Several were scheduled throughout spring semester starting at the end of January 2018 and more fall events have been added (below).
Schedule of D2L Daylight Open House events
Stop by any of the D2L Open House events in B342 Wells Hall to work with D2L admins and/or MSU IT Instructional Designers:
Wednesday, Aug 22: 5 - 7 pm
Thursday, Aug 30: 10 am - 12 noon
Friday, Sept 7: 11am - 1 pm
Tuesday, Sept 18: 2 pm - 4 pm
Review your D2L course in Daylight
To explore the new version on your own, log into D2L with your MSU NetID and preview your existing courses. If you are an instructor in the system, you can also create a new course by clicking the Create a Development Course under the My Courses title bar, on the My Home page.
Tip: The MSU Style widget has been applied to the default course homepage, adding a border and Spartan green title bar to all widgets. To apply the MSU Style to an existing course with a custom homepage, go to the more (...) options menu at the bottom of the page and select "Edit this Homepage" (or go to Course Admin > Homepages). Add the MSU Style widget anywhere at the bottom of the page and save.
Take a look at your course from a student view and practice activities by learning how to Impersonate the Demo Student.
Also try viewing your course using a mobile device or tablet to see how your materials look and learn how to navigate the course with the collapsed menus. Students can now do most course functions directly through their smart phone browser apps.
Consider pasting your content in as plain text in the following areas, as these take on the new Daylight fonts:
Announcements, custom widget content, module and activity description areas, discussion posts, and quiz questions. Consider using Verdana 12 in HTML files.
After learning more about the new design, please provide your feedback in the MSU D2L Daylight Survey.
D2L Brightspace tutorial videos in the new Daylight view
Learn more about D2L in the following courses:
Students - Getting Started with D2L (a free course with a certificate of completion after meeting the minimum criteria)
Instructor - D2L Self-directed Training (a resource site that is updated montly with how-to videos and other help documentation)
Go to the D2L Training tab on the D2L Help site for information on how to self-register into these open-entry sites.