D2L Brightspace: Key Things to Know About Sections


What is the Sections tool? What do Students see in the Classlist in merged/grouped classes?


Sections are automatically created when courses are added or merged/grouped in D2L Brightspace.

Sections provide a way to maintain information privacy as outlined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 

Here are some key things to know about Sections:

  • Teacher's Assistant: When requesting enrollment of Teacher's Assistants (TA) to merged courses, the Instructor of Record must indicate what Section(s) the TA should have access to. Teacher's Assistant roles are restricted by Section, they can only see the Section they are enrolled in.
  • Instructors: may view and filter Sections in the Classlist and use Section to restrict or filter other tools like Discussions and Grades. Instructor roles can see all Sections.

How to View by Sections:

  • Classlist: In the Classlist, Students will only see other Students enrolled in their own Section. Instructors will see all Students in all Sections and have the option of filtering the Classlist by Section.

  • Discussions: When creating or editing a Discussions Forum or Topic, Instructors have the option of restricting Students to only see Student Created Discussion posts from other Students enrolled in their own Section. The default setting is "No restrictions" or "Open topic" which allows all Students to see the Forum or Topic and all posts by all other Students, regardless of Section.

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