D2L Brightspace has been selected as the new digital learning environment (DLE) for all SUNY schools.  

With Brightspace, you’ll be able to add content like before but also gauge student progress and learning with several Brightspace tools.

Brightspace Timeline

Summer 2022

Use Blackboard

Fall 2022

Use Brightspace or Blackboard

  • West Campus & HSC Faculty choose whether to use Brightspace or Blackboard.  The Provost's office sent notification out via email on 7/28/22.
  • All Fall 2022 courses are in both systems. Students will be enrolled in both systems on August 12th.  
  • Statements to include on your syllabus will be sent out after the initial communication from the Provost.

Spring 2023

Classes use Brightspace

  • All West Campus & HSC  courses must be on Brightspace for Spring 2023
  • Blackboard will remain available through December 2023

How do I prepare my course for fall 2022?

There are several steps you can take now to prepare your Blackboard courses for the upcoming migration to Brightspace:

1. Delete any content in your Blackboard course that you do not need to move over.

2. Remove any references to Blackboard in your content.

3. Check all links and fix any that are broken.

4. Delete any unused grade columns.

5. Wikis, Blogs and Journals do not migrate. Please copy any content you may need into a document (Word, Google Docs, etc.) then delete them from Blackboard.

*Content adapted from SUNY Broome.

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Faculty Training Options

There are several ways for you to learn Brightspace, including live hands-on training, demonstrations and recorded training:

  • SUNY Training Provided Training
  • DoIT Provided Training
  • Brightspace Provided Training

Brightspace Community

Join the Brightspace Community* to get help and suggestions from other Brightspace users, and then search topics, suggest ideas, and register for Brightspace-provided guided training.

*The Brightspace Community does not use NetID, so you need to set up your account/password for access

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SUNY Project Site

The key question on everyone’s mind is timing—for training, for planning, for when the transition to SUNY’s new digital learning environment starts on your campus. It is the selection of your campus cohort that drives the timeline for your institution. Each cohort undergoes a three-phase process expected to take between 11-13 months.

Fireside Chat

SUNY offered weekly online Brightspace Fireside chat sessions, an informal opportunity to learn about and discuss the benefits and features of the Brightspace learning environment. Sign into your SUNY account to view the recordings.

Featured Tools


Are you interested in having your student's work checked for plagiarism? Turnitin®  is available in  Brightspace  for instructors who are looking for a solution similar to SafeAssign. 

Class Progress Tool

The Class Progress tool tracks your learners' overall progress as a course and individually.  This tool can be used to:

  • Monitor progress for any or all users in your course
  • Prepare progress reports
  • Track when a user accesses the course and downloads course content
  • And more!

Quick Eval

The Quick Eval tool offers instructors a single location to view all learner submissions that are awaiting evaluation including quizzes, assignments, and discussions.  Instructors can sort, filter, and search submissions to prioritize their evaluation work. 

Intelligent Agents

Intelligent Agents in Brightspace can assist instructors, administrators, and students by providing an automated message when:

  • A defined student activity occurs in a course
  • An activity does not take place in a course
  • A student does or doesn't login to Brightspace
  • A student does or doesn't enter a particular course


 Have a question? Let us know!

Additional Information

Please Contact

Brightspace Support via SUNY Helpdesk

Academic Technology Services