Instructor FAQs

A few pilot instructors will begin using Brightspace for the Fall 2022 semester.  All other instructors will begin using Brightspace for the Winter 2023 semester.

Two years of Blackboard courses (beginning from Winter 2021) have been migrated from Blackboard to Brightspace for you, so you will be able to use your old course material to create your new courses, if you wish.  Courses older than two years can be migrated for you on request.

Yes, Brightspace can accept downloaded packages from Blackboard. Packages can be exported from Blackboard following these instructions and importing using these instructions.  You will need to have a Brightspace course site in which to import the package.

Workshops and resources are available now to help you learn Brightspace.

GATA specific support and training is also available.

Winter course sites will be available in November 2022. But if you would like to begin earlier, you may use your Sandbox course site and move the learning material into your winter course site when you receive it.  If you did not receive a sandbox course site, please create a support ticket at

University of Windsor’s contract with Blackboard ends on April 28th, 2023, and was not able to be extended.  In consideration of being able to access material for course appeals, late grading, etc., the move to Brightspace needs to be completed before the start of the Winter 2023 semester.  For additional details on the LMS Review process, please refer to

Student FAQ webpage has been created for students, which includes how-to's and videos for learning Brightspace.

In the grade centre, there is an option to bulk download student submissions into a zip file which can be uploaded to your OneDrive. Blackboard's support documentation will walk you through the process. Make sure you do not select "Assignment File Cleanup" as that will delete the submission. This process will only download the original files the student submitted. Downloads of the annotated documents will have to be done individually.

You can download your Grade Centre into an excel spreadsheet by following these instructions. A helpful video is also available as well.

A guide and video are available to assist you to migrating grades from Blackboard to Brightspace. These grades will not be associated with any assignment submissions. Migration assistance sessions will be made available as well.


Course sites in Brightspace are set not visible to students upon creation. The toggle to make your site visible to students is located on the course home page.

course properties widget in Brightspace
The open dates for the semesters is as follows:

Fall September 1
Winter January 1
Summer April 1

The start date of your Brightspace site can be adjusted by navigating to Course Tools-> Course Admin-> Course Offering Information

CTL has prepared the following guide, which outlines the tools that were available in Blackboard and their equivelant in Brightspace.