User Access: Add users to your D2L shell
There are two categories of users in your Brightspace shells:
- individually-added "members" (like the Instructor, TAs, and others who participate in the course, but are not enrolled)
- users who are added based on their enrollment in a course or program, or another criteria
Find out how to provide your students with access to your course shell, and the various approaches to providing access to the other members of your Brightspace shell.
Add your student sections
You can now use Self Service to add any course sections that are assigned to you, to your Brightspace shell.
Individual students cannot be added manually. Students must be enrolled into a course section through the Registrar's office. All official student access must come through the enrollment system.
Make the course shell "active"
Once the students have been loaded into your course shell, are listed in the "Classlist", and you are ready for the students to see the course shell, you need to make it "active".
Add individuals using "Manage Shell Members"
Individual shell members can be added using a self-service tool called "Manage Shell Members".
This will allow you to add individuals, such as a TA, Course Builder or Auditor, but should not be used to add your enrolled students (with a few exceptions).
What is a demo student?
A demo student is a separate Ryerson account that an instructor can add as a student to their course in order to test/navigate the course from a student’s perspective. The instructor would logout of Ryerson’s systems and login with their demo student account.
Starting with the Winter 2022 term, if you already have a demo student it will automatically be added to any new course shell you request.
Testing your course using the demo student is a great way to make sure tests and assignments have been made available, as well as to see the process students go through when submitting tests and assignments.
Use a demo student to:
- Submit a quiz or assignment.
- View a quiz attempt or a file submitted to an assignment.
- View items with restrictions or release conditions set such as Discussions, Quizzes, or Assignments restricted by date, or released by group.
- View actual scores in Grades.
Note: If you use Google Drive to share resources with your students, you can enable Google Workspace access for your demo student. See the instructions below.
How do I get a demo student?
If you don't already have a demo student account, you can request one by going to Self Service in the my.ryerson.ca portal
- Login to my.ryerson.ca, find the Self Service section, and click on Courses and Organizations.
- Click Request and Manage Course Shell, then "Request your demo student account".
We recommend submitting the request and immediately following the on-screen instructions to activate the account. If you don't have time to complete the activation, please be sure to follow the activation instructions sent to you via email.
Once activated, your demo student account will be added to all Course Shells where you have a role of "Instructor".
- If you don't see the request option listed in Self Service, it means that you already have a demo student account.
- If you already have a demo student account, but do not remember the password, contact email@example.com for assistance.
Once you have a demo student account, as long as you are an active Ryerson user, you will continue to be able to use this account. You do not need to request it again.
Enable Google access for your demo student
If your course makes use of Google Workspace to share resources and facilitate group activities, we recommend enabling Google for your demo student account as well.
- Login to my.ryerson.ca as your demo student.
- Go to the Self Service section of the portal, and click "Personal Account".
- From the "Personal Account" menu, click "Manage My Online Resources".
- Here, you will see a list of resources available for the demo student account. Find "G Suite" in the list and click the button so that it switches "On".
This change may take some time to complete.
Add a demo student to your course shell
Your demo student will automatically be added to any new course shell you request, but you may want to add someone else's demo account to your shell.
This account can be added to any of your Course Shells using the Manage Shell Members tool.
We recommend giving demo students the 'Auditing Participant' role. This will be sufficient for testing content, assessments and grading. If you need to test Discussions or Groups as a student, please contact our support team, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and include a detailed explanation of what you wish to do. Our team can help you find an alternative option.
What is Library e-Reserve?
If you have requested electronic articles for your course, through the Library (e-Reserve), their team will require access to your course in order to help support you and your students.
Add the e-Reserve users to your course shell
When you initially request a Brightspace course shell, you have the opportunity to indicate that the Library e-Reserve team should be added.
If you didn't do this in the request form, you can add Library's user accounts using the Manage Shell Members tool.
- Add the user reserve_01 with a role of 'Course Builder.
- Add the user ds_library with a role of 'Content Viewer'.
1. Private student data
Consider whether this user must have access to private student data (think grades, the list of student names, assessment submissions, or even discussions).
Not everyone is eligible to access private student data. People who are provided this level of access should be affiliated with the course in some official capacity. A user's HR role will determine their eligibility - they must be an Instructor, Staff or Academic Assistant.
These roles should only be given to those who require access to the students and their confidential information.
2. Course content
Consider which functions the user must complete, regarding their access to contents and the creation of assessments.
Should they only be able to view, or also be able to modify various areas of the shell?
Roles marked with an asterisk (*) denote roles that have access to private student data, and therefore are restricted to users who are eligible, based on their role in eHr.