Share Brightspace course components

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Instructors can share Brightspace course components with colleagues in several ways. Sharing components or entire courses supports collaboration and reduces workload. Always ensure that copyright permissions are understood by all parties before sharing intellectual property.

What can't be shared

As general rules, you cannot share the following with anyone who is not the official instructor of record in the course. There are exceptions to these rules (e.g., teaching assistants, grade appeals), so contact TLT ( if you have specific questions.

  • FERPA-protected student data. This includes the class list (i.e., who is enrolled in the course), any individuated feedback, formative or summative, and other individuated measures of engagement or performance (e.g., attendance).
  • Student intellectual property. This includes copies of papers and online discussion posts of which students are the exclusive owners and copyright holders.

What can be shared

You can share the following with colleagues who are not the official instructors of record in the course.

  • Structural components. This includes course appearance elements (e.g., custom homepages, widgets) that do not include copyright-protected assets (e.g., images) that only you have permission to use, your table of contents (i.e., modules and submodules), the grouping structure you created with the Groups tool, competencies and learning objectives you created with the Competencies tool, any release conditions you set on content and activities, and the structure of your grade book (e.g., categories, items, settings, formulae) that you created with the Grades tool. Note that any due, start, or end dates assigned to course components will be shared and may need to be adjusted by the recipient.
  • Your intellectual property. This includes elements of your syllabus, course communication (e.g., announcements), and content and activities (e.g., quizzes, assignments, surveys, rubrics, checklists, discussion topics) that are your exclusive property.
  • Open educational resources. This includes third-party content and activities copied into your course designated by the owner as shareable without permission (e.g., using a Creative Commons license). Links to third-party content that exists legally elsewhere and that you did not copy can be shared freely. This includes resources (e.g., YouTube videos) embedded into a file you created using the Brightspace HTML Editor.

Sharing methods

There are three ways that you can share Brightspace course components with your colleagues:

  1. Create an export package as a .zip file and share that file with your colleague.
  2. Create a sandbox course, copy your course components into that sandbox, and add your colleague to the sandbox as an instructor.
  3. Create a learning object repository (LOR), add course components to that LOR, and add your colleague as a trusted member of the LOR.

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