LIVE/D2L Resources

Welcome to the resources page for Wilkes LIVE/D2L.

LIVE, or Learning is Virtually Everywhere, is what we call our instance of Desire2Learn's Brightspace Learning Environment. Here you will find information about some of the tools available in LIVE, helpful tips and tricks, and other pertinent info that will help you utilize and navigate the LMS more effectively.

LIVE provides instructors the opportunity to facilitate their classes online, share documents, lectures, and other media with students quickly and easily, administer tests and quizzes, and store and release grades. However, you do not need to teach online to use Wilkes LIVE! Every course, whether it be face-to-face, hybrid, or online-only, automatically generates a Wilkes LIVE area for the instructor to utilize to their personal specifications. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Use LIVE to post your course syllabus.
  • Use it for group work through the Wiigio tool.
  • “Flip your classroom” and provide students with pre-recorded lectures, using valuable in-person class time to work through questions and labs.
  • Use the LIVE dropbox with the Turnitin integration to easily check the originality of student work. 
  • You can even grade your student’s homework submissions from your tablet using the Assignment Grader app (iOS and Android).

Interested in providing your students a 21st century course experience? Make an appointment with an Office of Technology for Teaching and Learning instructional designer, and we can set up the perfect LIVE space for you.

What's New in LIVE 

D2L updates the BrightSpace Learning Environment and other components on a monthly basis, so users no longer have to wait long periods of time for bug fixes or new features. Here we will post the monthly update and link to the release videos.

Click on the tab below to see all of the changes to the system over the summer!


  • Brightspace Daylight Experience: System and custom widgets now display more prominently against homepage backgrounds. The new widget container style appears by default for both system and custom widgets.


  • Control rubric visibility for learners: This is useful for preventing learners from using preview rubrics as answer keys for activities. For example, an instructor can now describe assessment expectations in assignment instructions, hiding the associated preview rubric. Once the assignment is graded, the instructor releases the graded rubric as part of the learner's assessment details. To indicate rubric visibility to instructors, rubrics that are hidden until feedback is published or rubrics that are never visible now display an indicator in the Rubrics section of the associated activity. Visible rubrics do not display an indicator.
  • Improvements to rubric feedback for learners
    • Rubric feedback now has a consistent appearance across tools in Brightspace Learning Environment, including responsive display on desktops and mobile devices. The grading criteria that a learner achieves in an activity is highlighted in the rubric. Also, the Overall Score row is removed and replaced by a Total row for the entire rubric.
    • Rubric feedback for assignments now appears at the top of the Assignment Feedback page.
    • Assignments now include detailed overall feedback, rubric feedback, and score in the Content tool. Previously, assignments only included overall feedback and score in the Content tool and Assignment Feedback page.
    • The Discussions and Content tools now include overall feedback, detailed rubric feedback, and score. Feedback displays to learners as soon as instructors save rubric and overall feedback assessment. Previously, discussions only included score.
    • Feedback for quiz submissions is now viewed by clicking the new View Feedback link under the Feedback column. Previously, quiz submissions included a text bubble icon that linked to quiz feedback.
  • Display graded rubric feedback In Gradebook
    • For a consistent and simplified user experience, learners can now view their graded rubric feedback in Gradebook for discussions, assignments, and quizzes.
    • For instructors, this change impacts how they use rubrics with activities. They can assess discussions, assignments or quizzes from the corresponding tool, and the completed rubric displays in its entirety in Gradebook (if the activity has a linked grade).
  • New interface for previewing rubric definitions
    • This release introduces a new interface for instructors and learners to preview rubric definitions. Rubrics are used to evaluate an activity or item based on a predefined set of criteria. They help ensure that activities and items are evaluated fairly and consistently.
    • Rubric definition previews open in a pop-up window or are embedded in the assessment view (such as an assignment or discussion)
    • Each rubric definition preview accommodates current rubric types (6 levels and 10 criteria)
    • Rubric definition previews maintain a consistent appearance across tools in Brightspace Learning Environment, including responsive display on desktops and mobile devices
    • Overall Score row is removed and replaced by a Total row for the entire rubric
    • Rubric criteria groups display as mini-rubrics
  • With these changes, D2L recommends the following new best practices:
    • If you previously associated a copy of a rubric directly with a grade, and filled out (or copied) your assessment of the rubric in the Grades tool, you should follow this new workflow: rubrics should only be associated with the activity (not the grade) and assessed in the activity (discussion, assignment, quiz). The rubric automatically displays in Gradebook.
    • If you previously did not use rubrics in Discussions due to the inability to display rubric feedback to learners, you can now start using rubrics in Discussions. Learners can now see the completed rubric in Discussions, as well as in the Content tool, where a Discussion is included. If a discussion has an associated grade, learners can view it in Gradebook.
    • You should only associate a rubric with the activity being assessed. With this change, grade items that have rubrics directly associated with them can no longer be linked to activities. However, activities with associated rubrics can be linked to grade items.
    • Grade items that are considered independent and intended to grade offline or observational activities can continue to use rubrics. However, they cannot be associated with activities.


  • When assessing a discussion post in the Assess Post pop-up, an instructor can now see a link to the original discussion post. This allows instructors to see more information about why the user posted that reply, or what other learners replied to their post. Previously, there was no hyperlink, and instructors had to open Discussions and manually find the information.
  • 😊 Emoticons are now available across Brightspace Learning Environment in the HTML Editor. Use them to express feelings or mood in announcements, instructions, discussion posts, and anywhere else the HTML Editor is available. 

Quizzes: Question pools replace random sections. Question pools will improve the process of creating quizzes with randomized questions, and are an effective way of preventing cheating on quizzes. All the functionality random sections provided is now located on a single screen, with a simplified workflow. When creating a question pool, instructors enter a title, the number of questions to select, and the points per question. On the same page, they can browse the Question Library to select the desired questions to add to the pool. Instructors are also able to edit or delete questions in place.

Copy Course Components - Date Offset: When instructors copy the content of one course to another, old course dates are also copied over. This update will enable instructors to offset those old dates to dates relative to the new semester during the last step of the  copy process. When instructors copy course components in bulk, they can enable the offset to occur to the items copied into the course by days or hours. The new Review and Manage Dates button appears at the end of copy course components, course import, and course import advanced.

Improvements to the Manage Dates tool

  • Manage Dates now manages Unlock Dates in the Offset Dates tool.
  • Instructors can edit the start and end dates of events that were manually created and not tied to existing activities or content topics.
  • The course start date and end date appears at the top of the Manage Dates page and acts as a reference.
  • The new Review and Manage Dates button appears at the end of copy course components, course import, and course import advanced.



Resources, Tips and Tricks

Visit the D2L Brightspace Community Website for in-depth user guides, user blogs, videos and a host of other useful resources. Learn about the annual D2L conference and other regional events, webinars and workshops - all designed to help you utilize the system to its fullest capacity. You can sign up to receive event announcements so you are always "in the know" about upcoming opportunities to learn about our LMS.

New to D2L?

You will want to review some of the foundational information about navigation, basic tools and how to get started using it for your courses. We suggest you start here, but also contact us for one-on-one training and to get a full list of features available in our platform.

To get started creating your own online course, follow our step-by-step Course Creation Guide.

Video Tutorials - Visit the BrightSpace YouTube channel for a comprehensive set of video tutorials on BrightSpace.

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