What can Avenue to Learn do?

What Can Avenue Do?

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Are you looking for the basics to help you get started with building courses in your Avenue to Learn site?

Knowing where to find the things you need to build your course site:

Navbar: a navigation bar found at the top of the page that contains links to tools or materials that you and your students will use in your course

Course Admin: a navbar link that gives you access to all the tools you need to use to build and maintain your course site

Homepages and Widgets: create a homepage for your course and add widgets that put the information you want your students to see right up front

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Use the Content tool to build the framework for your course site. Set up folders and sub-folders (modules) to organize your learning materials. You can import/export course components from previous versions of a course, drag and drop content from 3rd party tools like Google Docs, create new content with the HTML editor, and create learning activities like assignments, discussions, or quizzes etc.Suggested Learning Paths (how-to information)


Be aware of the various assessment options available to you in your Course site. When planning a course site in Brightspace, it is important to know how to set up assessment for the activities/assignments/discussions/quizzes you have included in your course site.

Engage your learners through communication

If you’re looking for ways to make it easier for faculty to communicate with students, and make sure students are engaged with their peers and instructors, consider these tools/features.


A formal way to make course-wide official announcements (no interactive elements)

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Activity Feed

An informal, interactive, social-media like way to share information in a course (faculty and students can author activity feed posts and write comments on posts)

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A place for students to discuss course materials in an organized way, moderated by an instructor (faculty or student creates a discussion post with instructions, and other students reply). It is possible to assign a grade and a rubric to discussion posts so that students receive credit and feedback for their participation in discussions.

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Add the calendar widget to your course homepage so students can see what’s coming up in the course. The calendar will display anything that you have assigned availability dates to when you added it in content.

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Virtual Classrooms (Not Currently Available; suggested alternatives: Webex, Microsoft Teams)

A space for interactive video discussions with faculty or between students. Can be used to hold virtual office hours with faculty/ instructors.

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Students love the ability to access their Brightspace site on their mobile devices. Help learners succeed by making sure your courses are optimized to perform effectively with the Pulse App.

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Evaluate and Monitor Learner Progress

If you’re looking for an easy way to monitor student activity in your course or looking for ways to make the assessment experience easier for faculty and students, consider these tools/features.

Class Progress

View, compare and track learner performance at a glance.

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Tool Statistics

Dig deep into the statistics of how some of the tools you’re using in your course site are being accessed to get a better picture of how your students are accessing and engaging with various components of your course, ex/ view quiz statistics to understand student performance issues, view content statistics to see how much time users spent viewing content items.

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Tool statistics is a feature that is available inside of most Brightspace tools – to access the statistics of a tool, click “related tools” > “view reports”


Build quizzes from a question library or from scratch. The quiz tool allows for many question types including equations, multiple choice, short answer etc.

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Create or use existing rubrics to evaluate an activity or item based on a predefined set of criteria. Rubrics help ensure that activities and items are evaluated fairly and consistently and deliver effective feedback for students. Using rubrics as part of your course assessment options streamlines the grading workflow for faculty/instructors.

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Rubrics Basics

Rubrics Tool for instructors (video tutorial)


Set up a grading system for your course and connect it to your course assignments, discussions, tests etc. It takes a bit of effort to set up the grade book for your course, but once you’ve done so, the grades tool looks after recording the grades you assign students for any of the associated learning activities in your course site and calculating how they contribute toward the student’s final grade. The grades tool can even record the grades you’ve assigned to students through Rubrics (as long as those rubrics have been set up in the grade book).

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Quick Eval

View all ungraded student submissions in one place. In Quick Eval, you can see a summary of what grading work is waiting for you to complete. You can sort submissions by course, student, assignment etc. so that you can grade student work in whatever way suits you. You can evaluate submissions and publish feedback and grades right from within the quick eval tool so you don’t need to navigate all over the place to get your grading done.

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Annotation tools for assignment grading

Use built-in annotation tools to mark-up assignment submissions and give meaningful feedback using highlighting, freehand drawing, shapes, and associated commenting.

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Personalize Learning

If providing your students with a personalized learning experience is important to you, consider using these tools in your courses.

Awards / Badges (Requires Consultation to Enable, Contact Support for Further Information)

Provide merit-based awards to motivate and engage students as they progress through your course.  Badges can be automatically awarded based on release condition criteria or can be manually awarded.

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Intelligent Agents

Gain insight into student’s involvement in your course so you can automate and personalize how you interact with them. The intelligent agents tool finds an activity that matches predetermined criteria, and then automatically (and proactively) triggers an action – ex/ emailing users that have not accessed your course in a week or have missed an assignment submission due date.

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Release Conditions

Use release conditions to create a custom learning path through the materials in your course. When you attach a release condition to an item, users cannot see that item until they meet the associated condition, ex/ attach a release condition to the second topic in your course’s content area that would hide that topic until users viewed the topic before it

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Special Access

Add special access for learners who require different access to content and/or quizzes in your course, ie/ use special access to allow a student to submit an assignment after the due date, or take more time to complete a quiz

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Use data to improve student success and inform decisions

Data analytics is an exciting area of the Brightspace platform that allows your school to create reports and data visualizations to analyze what people (students and faculty) are doing in Brightspace. Typically, these data-related tools are used by your school’s Brightspace administrators, not by individual faculty and instructors. To learn more about data and your school’s Brightspace site, speak to your school’s Brightspace administrators.

Brightspace Data Sets (Available to Avenue to Learn Administrators Only)

Brightspace Data Sets are intended to be downloaded regularly and loaded into a data warehouse for use with a Business Intelligence tool by joining them together.

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Data Hub (Available to Avenue to Learn Administrators Only)

Combines Brightspace data sets and Advanced Data Sets to provide a fuller picture of all your data from Brightspace. Advanced data sets give a slice of the overall data and a more complete report. Brightspace Data Sets are intended to be downloaded regularly and loaded into a data warehouse for use with a Business Intelligence tool by joining them together.

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Insights Portal (Not Available at this time)

Contains 3 dashboards: adoption, engagement, assessment quality. Each dashboard was built for mid-level to administrative roles who need to have data visualized across courses or across the entire organization.

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Student Success System (S3) (Not Available at this time)

Use this predictive analytics tool to be proactive in identifying and making interventions with students who might be at risk in your course. S3 uses historical data to make weekly predictions about student performance.

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