Learning Support for Faculty
Support for all faculty who use the D2L Brightspace Learning Environment to provide web-enhanced, hybrid, or online learning opportunities for faculty. Our goal is to help faculty create meaningful online learning experiences through quality course design and best practices.
Providing Support for All Nashville State Faculty
- Provides assistance to all faculty utilizing technology for learning and supported tools.
- Training and professional development for faculty who are teaching online, hybrid, and web courses or those who need to develop content for web-enhanced.
- Virtual training for faculty who need to manage or teach online courses.
- Support for developing multimedia content and meeting accessibility standards for online learning.
D2L Brightspace Support
If you are an NSCC instructor seeking assistance with navigation or operating your D2L course shell, the Office of Online Learning has provided abundant resources to assist you. Because D2L and its integrations make up a complex system, resources have been delineated into the categories below.
For helpful tutorials please visit the D2L Instructor Resources.
Within D2L, there are four primary tools used to assess and grade student performance. The links below provide resources for how to navigate and operate each one:
- Rubrics: Analytic Rubrics (Video 3:08) & Weighted Rubrics (Video 1:59)
Beyond the four primary tools of assessment and grading, D2L contains a variety of secondary tools that may be useful in running your online course. The links below provide resources for how to navigate and operate each one.
Creating Course Content
When populating a course with content at the beginning of the semester, you may choose to create new, original content, or you may utilize content from a course you taught in a previous semester. Similarly, you may have been provided with course content from a publisher. The links below provide resources for how to accomplish each of these tasks.
Course shells within D2L have a number of integrations that can enhance both the learning experience for students and the teaching experience for instructors.
Various divisions across NSCC utilize publisher integrations. Examples include Pearson’s MyLabs, McGraw-Hill’s Connect, and Cengage. Information about each one can be found in the link below.
- Publisher Integrations
- Redshelf (Summer 2021)
TurnItIn has two integrations within D2L. The Similarity Report can provide information about potential plagiarism within student submissions to the D2L Dropbox, and the Feedback Studio allows instructors to provide detailed, inline, annotated feedback to student submissions to the D2L Dropbox. The links below provide resources for how to navigate and operate each one.
Respondus Lockdown Browser is an internal proctoring tool used to ensure that students are not accessing additional course content (course content, digital textbook, etc.) during assessments. Honorlock is an internal video proctoring tool. Need more information. The link below provides resources for how to navigate and operate this tool.
Kaltura provides the resources to create and share videos and interactive media with students. Using Kaltura is the recommended method for sharing videos with students because of its auto-captioning capabilities. The link below provides resources for how to navigate and operate this tool.
Respondus 4.0 (formerly TestGen)
Respondus 4.0 (previously Respondus TestGen) is a program for creating and managing assessments that can be printed for in-person assessment or published directly to your D2L courses. This program also allows you to more easily manage test banks or packages provided by a publisher.
EvaluationKIT is a tool designed to assist in managing course evaluations online through NS Online. The tool works with the information already stored in NS Online to help choose which courses and students to send the evaluation to. The student responses are kept anonymous and all data is collected for later reporting to department administrators and instructors. The link below provides resources for how to navigate and operate this tool.
As NSCC continues to offer courses in virtual format, Zoom has become an integral part of online instruction. For detailed information on how to navigate and operate zoom, visit the link below.
The Virtual Classroom offers a less robust alternative to Zoom by providing video conferencing access to students. Because of current licensing restrictions, please notify the Office of Online Learning before relying on the Virtual Classroom for all of your video conferencing needs. The link below provides resources for how to navigate and operate the Virtual Classroom.
Providing accessible resources for all is integral to the student experience at NSCC. For information on what “accessibility” means, how to create accessible content, and how to adhere to federally mandated accessibility requirements, visit the link below.
- Accessibility Support
- Ally (Summer 2021)
For information on Course Development, please contact the Office of Online Learning.
Quality Assurance Information (Fall 2021)
Students or faculty seeking technical support should contact the NSCC Help Desk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the NSCC Access Center provides accommodations if you have a documented physical, emotional, or learning condition. For more information, please contact the Access Center.
Office of Online Learning Staff
Office of Online Learning
Weld Building, W-101
Dr. James Edwards
Director of Online Learning
Instructional Design Specialist
Instructional Support Specialist