Brightspace for Faculty & Staff

From Blackboard to D2L's Brightspace

Jamestown Community College has been selected to participate in the first cohort of SUNY colleges to migrate our learning management system from Blackboard to Desire2Learn’s (D2L) Brightspace. An LMS transition committee has been established, with Crystal Rose-Williams, Kyle Brown, and Cori Dungan helping to develop the project.

The goal of this SUNY initiative is to have a shared learning management system for all SUNY campuses. Students, faculty, and staff will benefit from a single online learning platform, consistent templates, better training opportunities and support, and a common set of online tools for all SUNY institutions.

JCC will pilot courses in Brightspace in summer 2022 and fully migrate all courses and organizations by the beginning of the fall 2022 semester. For now, Blackboard remains the official JCC learning management system. Faculty should continue to use Blackboard, as that will make for a smoother migration experience when Blackboard content moves to Brightspace.

Summer courses in Brightspace

Brightspace timeline

May 2022: Faculty will gain access to fall course shells. Students will gain access to Brightspace.

Summer 2022: Starting in Summer I, faculty will have the option to use Brightspace for instruction. Most external tools that currently exist in Blackboard will be available in Brightspace.

Fall 2022: Brightspace will be the learning management system for instruction.

Brightspace coaches

Contact a Brightspace coach with any questions you have.

Learn more about Brightspace

SUNY DLE Project Site: JCC will undergo a three-phase process expected to take between 11-13 months.

JCC recommends SUNY training through SUNY’s Center for Professional Development. SUNY login is required.

There are a number of live options, but they fill up quickly. All live sessions are recorded and available in the JCC Brightspace environment.

  • Spark Training: I use Blackboard to supplement my face-to-face courses (and I have taught Remote courses). I am apprehensive to try new technology.
  • Ignite Training: I use Blackboard to supplement my face-to-face courses (and I have taught Remote courses). I am comfortable trying new technology.
  • Blaze Training: I use Blackboard to teach online or hybrid courses. I am apprehensive to try new technology.
  • Bonfire Training: I use Blackboard to teach online or hybrid courses. I am comfortable trying new technology.

Brightspace YouTube videos:

Can I copy an existing course into Brightspace?

You will be able to copy an existing course into Brightspace. You will still have some cleanup, but our future training opportunities will help you with that process. You may also use this opportunity to build and reuse pieces of your original courses, such as tests.

How can I access the sandbox account to test the features of Brightspace?

Go to SUNY Play Brightspace. You will have access to two courses: one shell is a course with student data and another is an empty shell.

You can practice exporting your course from Blackboard and importing into Brightspace. You will not be able to test third-party integrations. If you have questions, you can use the Help tab in Brightspace to contact D2L for support.

Will external tools work in Brightspace, such as college-licensed products like Zoom?

SUNY is currently exploring hundreds of different tools that are integrated within LMS products across the SUNY system. Before any tool is integrated into Brightspace, it will be evaluated from a SUNY security perspective.