Third-party application integration in Brightspace

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Third-party application integration in Brightspace allows instructors to add functionality to their Brightspace courses using special connectors to external resources and services. Some publishers, for example, offer integrations with online textbook resources that allow students to sign in and open content and activities without leaving Brightspace and take quizzes that get recorded in the Brightspace grade book.

Simple versus deep integration

Third-party integrations fall into two categories: simple and deep. Simple integration includes single sign-on to the third-party application through Brightspace and links in Brightsapce that take students to external resources and services. Deep integration exposes more of the application's functionality in Brightspace and typically involves sharing data with Brightspace tools (e.g., Grades).

Full list of available integrations

Minnesota State maintains a complete list of all third-party applications approved for activation by system schools. Because different schools use different applications, the decision to activate a specific integration rests with each school. If you are interested in activating an integration on this list that's not already enabled at WSU, contact TLT (

New integrations

If you are interested in integrating a new application into Brightspace that's not on Minnesota State's list, contact TLT ( We work with the system office to review and approve all new third-party integrations. Because some of these integrations involve sharing private student data with other vendors, this review process can take weeks to complete, so plan accordingly.

Third-party integrations currently in Brightspace

CogBooks (CogBooks)

KA #1918

Course Tools (MacMillan Learning)

KA #1636

Films on Demand Remote Plugin (ISF) (Info Base Publishing)

KA #1673 (

Hypothesis enables students to annotate online readings. Digital annotation offers new affordances, enabling students to respond to text using different media and empowering them to collaborate on understanding and developing ideas about their readings.

LinkedIn Learning

KA #2136


KA #1636

MH ALEKS (McGraw Hill)

KA #2113

KA #2232

MH Campus/Connect (Legacy) (McGraw Hill)

KA #1520

MH Connect - Deep Integration (McGraw Hill)

KA #1883

Microsoft Teams Meetings (D2L)

KA #2214

Mindtap (Cengage)

An instructor can create a link to Cengage resources within D2L by creating External Learning Tool links through the Course Builder tool.  A student would then be able to view the Cengage resources without having to log in to Cengage.

Grades can be synced / sent from Cengage to D2L.

My Media (Kaltura MediaSpace)

The Kaltura MediaSpace integration allows for the easy inclusion of videos from MediaSpace in a Brightspace course. This can happen by either posting a link to the video or embedding the video directly into the course content. You need to do nothing to your course to utilize this integration, just insert your media.

There are full instructions for including MediaSpace media at:

MyLab and Mastering (Pearson)

KA #1518

Office 365 (Microsoft)

KA #1685

OneNote (Microsoft)

KA #1755

Opendora (PALS)

KA #1979

Packback Questions (Packback, Inc.)

KA #2225

Pulse (D2L)

Brightspace Pulse is a mobile application that helps your students stay connected to your Brightspace courses with one easy view of course calendars, readings, assignments, evaluations, grades, and announcements. Students use Pulse to quickly check in with all the courses in which they are enrolled from their phone.

There are full instructions for making your course "Pulse friendly" in the following article:

RedShelf (RedShelf)

RedShelf is a supplier of electronic textbooks. With over a million titles, RedShelf offers a wide variety of content and easy integration into Brightspace courses.

Respondus (Respondus)

KA #1701

Respondus LockDown Browser (Respondus)

KA #1780

SoftChalk Cloud (SoftChalk)

KA #1522

Tevera Academic (Tevera)

Tevera is designed to support field work as part of curricular activities. Teachers use Tevera to manage field placements, track hours and progress, deliver documents to the students, automate workflows, and track learning objectives.

TopHat (TopHat)

KA #????

Turnitin (Turnitin)

KA #1668 (

KA #1930

Video Assignment (Bongo)

KA #1758

Virtual Classroom (Bongo)

KA #1758

VoiceThread (VoiceThread)

KA #1810

WebAssign (WebAssign)

KA #1819

Other integrations in test or planned to be added

Elsevier Evolve Link

Elsevier supplies e-textbooks for nursing students. Evolve Link interfaces with the Brightspace grade book.


LinkedIn Learning

Poll Everywhere

Open Learning Initiative

W. W. Norton

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For further information on whom to contact at each of the vendors, refer to [ Brightspace integrations vendor list].