The CUNY Transition teams are busy developing training for the Brightspace platform. There are several pathways to begin learning and exploring the new LMS. The page below will be updated as new opportunities are released.
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Faculty and Staff Training

Office Hours for Faculty and Staff

OFDIT is offering Open Office Hours in morning, afternoon, and early evening sessions for faculty and staff. Drop by office hours as often as you like to get a question answered! Check the updated schedule here: Brightspace Office Hours

Brightspace Essentials

Brightspace Essentials is your first step in mastering the basics. It’s set up as a series of self-paced mini-lessons crafted to equip you with the fundamental skills for using the Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS). The first few lessons will help you:

  • Get familiar with the fundamental navigation and functions of Brightspace
  • Create content modules
  • Learn about the great features in the Brightspace Editor
  • Become familiar with communication tools
  • Manage discussions

These 15-minute lessons are a terrific launching point for your Brightspace explorations.

Spring 2024 Workshops

Live workshops both during day and evening sessions are offered on preparing to teach in Brightspace and working with migrated courses. These sessions provide opportunities to ask questions regarding specific LMS needs. Workshops are delivered in different modules:

  • Getting Started in Brightspace
  • ABCs of Content
  • Engaging Learners
  • Assessing Learning
  • Quizzes
  • Gradebook

The above series of trainings have been recorded and curated into a YouTube playlist. Watch any of the session titles by visiting the Brightspace LMS Transition YouTube Playlist.

Create a Practice Site

Faculty and staff can now access the new LMS at Faculty can create practice sites using a widget found on the dashboard after logging in. There are two limitations: practice sites may not include SPS-specific tools like VoiceThread, Digication, and Panopto, and faculty cannot enroll students despite the default text in the widget. Staff cannot create practice sites, but are welcome to reach out to the SPS Transition Team if they would like to set up practice sites for their unit.

Brightspace Resource Course for Instructors

Faculty at CUNY SPS are enrolled in a Brightspace Resource Course for Instructors. This self-paced training introduces the basics of course building, assignments, and quizzes, as well as resources to get started. Faculty will see the course in the dashboard when logging in at

Brightspace Community Knowledge Base

The Brightspace Community is an extensive resource that SPS Faculty are encouraged to explore. This resource can also be accessed by clicking the “Brightspace Help” in the upper left corner of the top navigation bar in Brightspace.

Student Training

Brightspace Access

Access to Brightspace starts now! Students may log into the new system. Go to: and click on Brightspace. Use CUNY First login credentials.

Brightspace Overview for SPS Students

To help students get started, the SPS transition team created a Brightspace Overview video stepping through the most common learning activities in Brightspace. Watch the video to get familiar with the new look and feel.

Getting Started in Brightspace for SPS Students

SPS returning students have been enrolled into an optional mini-course full of helpful resources for hands-on practice. SPS students can log into Brightspace to find this resource. The whole course from start to finish in less than an hour and is available anytime for reference. We highly encourage students spend some time testing out the space before May 29, the launch of CUNY SPS Brightspace this summer.