Brightspace Pulse application

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About this article

This article describes the Pulse application and how teachers can make their Brightspace courses Pulse-friendly to help students stay on top of coursework. It also discusses how Pulse is used by students to organize their workload and stay on top of their courses throughout the semester. It is intended for students and instructors.

Pulse application overview

From Minnesota State D2L Support site:

Brightspace Pulse is a mobile app that can help learners stay connected and on track with their courses in Brightspace Learning Environment. It provides one easy view of course calendars, readings, assignments, evaluations, grades, and announcements. The app can help learners make better decisions about how to handle workload, when to submit assignments, and when to prepare for tests. Real-time alerts can let learners know when classes are canceled, rooms are moved, or new grades are available. The schedule view and weekly visualization enables learners to quickly at a glance view what is due today, this week, and upcoming across all their courses.

Pulse helps students organize upcoming readings, assignments, and tests, check grades, participate in discussion threads, and make better decisions about how to handle their workload.

Pulse features a weekly calendar view highlighting the busiest days

  • Collect dates from all classes in one app
  • Add personal events to the mix
  • Improve productivity and decrease missed deadlines
  • Check grades when they’re ready with swipe-to-reveal gestures
  • Know when course content changes, grades are posted, ...

Students stay connected with their courses anytime they’re on campus, at home, or on the move.


This video is a good overview of Pulse and how it can be used to organize work.

How to use the Pulse application in your course and your program

The activities you can track in Pulse

For Students

You begin by logging in to Pulse. (There is an instruction sheet directly below.) Once you are in Pulse, you will have access to the assignments, quizzes, grades, discussions, and more from all of your classes in one application. Now you can use your phone to do almost any of your work.

  • Check your quiz grade on the bus.
  • Reply to a discussion thread at the laundromat.
  • Read a journal article while you wait for the pizza guy.

You call the shots.


For Instructors

What do you need to do to make your class Pulse friendly? Not a whole lot.

Pulse will pick up any assignment submission folder, content module, content topic, calendar item, checklist item, quiz, or survey with a due date. Also included are discussions forums and topics with end dates, grade items with new grades or scores, and any announcement item that was updated with the "major edit" checkbox. Most of these are probably things you are already doing anyway.

Pulse showing a weekly schedule with Thursday highlighted

A quick overview of how instructors can make their courses Pulse friendly. It is pretty easy.

Instructions and additional information

For Students


For Instructors

More information

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