How do I make my course visible to students?

Students can access your course when:

  1. The course is active (i.e., when the “Course is active” checkbox is checked under Course Admin > Course Offering Information).
  2. The course is available (i.e., it is AFTER the start date and BEFORE the end date in Course Admin > Course Offering Information).

 The start date is the first day of class by default – but it’s a good idea to open your site a few days in advance if you can! Once your site is active & available, students can access by logging into Brightspace at with their Netlink ID and password. Students will see the course in the “My Courses” Widget on their main page. Or in the course selector (waffle) icon near their name in the top right corner.

There is no end date by default. It’s often good practice to leave the site open for students until it is automatically archived.  If an end date is needed, select one well after the end of term and exams.


Step by Step Instructions

Follow these simple steps to open (or close) your course to students:


  • Go to Course Tools, and then select Course Admin.

Image of Course tools on the nav bar with Course Admin circled

  • In the Course Administration page, choose Course Offering Information. 
  • Scroll down the page until you see a heading that says Active. To make your course active (visible), check the box next to active. 

course is active check box

  • The Start Date and End Date control student access to your site.
    • By default, start date is the first day of term, but you can adjust it as needed.
    • It’s not recommended to choose an end date for the course. Course sites remain in Brightspace for one year after the end of the course. If you want to close your course to students earlier ensure it’s well after the last date you want students to be able to access your activities, exams, feedback or grades. 

  • Remember to Save your changes.   


Common reasons why students can't access a course site

  1. The course is inactive.
  2. The course site start date has not yet arrived.
  3. The course site end date has passed.
  4. They are waitlisted (see how to allow waitlisted students into a course).

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