Roane State Community College


Using Brightspace/Momentum for Dispersing Course Content

At RSCC, there are different ways you can move your course to a 100%, online-presence quickly and easily. Take a look below at the different ways and decide which way fits you, and your class, the best. To disperse course content “without” meeting virtually, please use Momentum. For how-to videos on using Momentum, please view CTAT’s training videos on this page.

Activity Feed

Ever wish you could send a text message to your students? Activity Feed provides instructors with an easy way to share class reminders, files, and links to existing activities all in a way that mimics features from social media platforms.  What makes this tool so powerful is that unlike News and Announcements, which is one-way communication, Activity Feed allows for two way communication. Instructors have the ability to turn on/off commenting for any posting. For example, if you post a link to a news article relevant to your course, you can turn on commenting and allow your students to discuss the article directly from the Activity Feed Widget. If you would like to know more about  Activity Feed, please watch our most recent Professional Development and refer to the Activity Feed Playlist.

Chat Feature in Brightspace by D2L

Do you need to hold office hours, advise, tutor, or meet with students? If you or your students are in an area with low bandwidth (slow internet) and you cannot use web-conferencing software you can use the “Chat Feature” in D2L. For directions on how to use Brightspace Chat please view these directions.

Intelligent Agents

Intelligent Agents is an automated email notification feature that can assist instructors, administrators, when defined activity occurs in a course or when there is a lack of login or course entry. For directions on how to set up Intelligent Agents in your course, please view this video.

Phone Calls

Would you like to use Phone Calls for communication but you are worried about giving out your personal phone number? Check with your provider to see what the code is for restricting your phone number from being seen but most services you just dial *67 before dialing the individuals number and your phone number will be hidden from the individual you are calling.


Do you need to leave a quick video with information or directions for your students? Look for Video Note within these tools in D2L – News and Announcements, Discussions, Assignments, Quizzes, Content using the HTML editor. D2L has increased the time limit so it will be a great way to provide your students with some Mini-Lectures. For directions on how to use Video Note please visit the CTAT website for our how to video (you can also download a printable how-to from TBR

For suggestions on how to best facilitate an asynchronous class, we have included a list of Best Practices provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Quick Tips

Do you have a specific need in Brightspace/Momentum that you want to address quickly? The videos below help you quickly and easily perform various functions in your Brightspace/Momentum class. For a more in-depth training in Brightspace/Momentum, continue to the D2L Daylight Interface Training Videos below, or contact the CTAT office to schedule a consultation/training time.


Test & Quiz Set Up

Course Set-Up

Using Discussions

Momentum/Brightspace by D2L Daylight  Interface Training Videos

Momentum/Brightspace by D2L has a new interface. The functionality that faculty and students are used to seeing and using is the same but somethings look a little different. The training videos below will go over the new look and feel of the interface and help to ensure you know how to navigate Brightspace by D2L. If you have any questions about the new Daylight interface feel free to email CTAT.

Brightspace Video Course Navigation for Instructors Part 1

Part 1

Trouble logging in?

Faculty Resources

TurnItIn for Faculty

Roane State faculty can use OriginalityCheck by TurnItIn to check for plagiarism. This tool can also be used by RSCC students so they can learn to paraphrase and/or quote their sources correctly.

TurnItIn syncs with the Dropbox in D2L, checks students’ assignments then gives a report to see if content has been copied from somewhere else. The report shows how much of the paper has been plagiarized and also allows for mark-up to be added by the instructor for feedback. To set up TurnItIn in your course use the quick guide provided below or visitTurnItIn’s user-guides(opens in new window).

Assignment Grader

Brightspace by D2L is an excellent tool for instructors. This document has been developed to introduce you to the Assignment Grader app.

This app will allow you use your iPad to grade items that have been submitted to your Desire2Learn dropbox. For step by step instructions, click D2L Assignment Grader App: Faculty Support Guide.