Document access on Brightspace

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    Hello everyone,

    I hope you are adapting well to this new era of remote teaching.

    It is worth noting that depending on your settings on Brightspace, your students may be able to download the documents (PDF, audio, video, etc.) that you submit.

    It is however possible to modify these settings so that your students can only view the course content on Brightspace while blocking the ability to download the content. To do this, you need to redefine their role in the settings as “Read-only access”. This change will then apply to all files you publish on Brightspace.

    We also urge you to add a copyright protection clause in the syllabus.

    Best regards,

    Tom Boogaart
    • Department: History
    • Faculty: Arts

    Natasha is referring to a ‘role’ permission, however, for many professors that would not be an ideal option if you were planning to use Brightspace for anything other than to transmit documents. Reducing students to ‘observers’ would not enable you to use the platform for discussions or submitting work, for example. If you just want to share documents, it would be easier to use a shared folder like one drive. You could link it on Brightspace and then set the folder protections.


    Thanks for the clarification Tom!

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