Virtual Campus (Brightspace) for instructors

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What is Virtual Campus (Brightspace)

Brightspace is the Learning Management system that we use at the University of Ottawa to present course material to students, offer assessments, and engage students through activities like discussion forums, etc. Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

As a professor, you automatically have access to Brightspace and a demo space within the platform.

You can log into the Virtual Campus (Brightspace) using your uoAccess credentials (Single Sign On credentials). 


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Steps to get started with Brightspace

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Maestro is the professor portal where you will request the creation of your course in the Virtual Campus (Brightspace). Log in now to Maestro to create your course.


Before creating the course content in Brightspace, make sure to create your syllabus with Simple Syllabus using prepopulated sections and a custom template.

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Once your course and syllabus are created, you are ready to jump into the Virtual Campus (Brightspace) to create your content and activities for your students.

Video - Getting started with Brightspace

Make sure to check out our other Brightspace videos that were created winter and fall of 2021 and get started using Brightspace today!

View the Brightspace video series

Get 24/7 help with Brightspace

Find the help you need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.

You can also consult the documentation on the Brightspace community

Brightspace documentation

Brightspace documentation

Brightspace documentation was created by the Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS). 

See all documentation

Take part in upcoming training activities

We have an ongoing slate of training activities that cover Brightspace, teaching technologies, teaching strategies and more. See below or browse upcoming training events webpage. 

Click on the event title to see the details.

16 April 2024 12:15 pm -12:45 pm
24 April 2024 9:00 am -4:00 pm
24 April 2024 7:00 pm -7:30 pm
26 April 2024 1:00 pm -2:15 pm
30 April 2024 8:30 am -4:00 pm
01 May 2024 1:00 pm -4:00 pm
02 October 2024 11:00 am -11:45 am

Brightspace resources

Please take advantage of our registered webinars and workshops that help you get the most out of Brightspace and other supported teaching technologies (e.g. Wooclap, Yuja, Zoom, Respondus, and Ouriginal). 

Just starting with Brightspace? We highly recommend the following: 

The Brightspace video workshop series - covers how to get started with Brightspace and explains how to access your account, create your course spaces, adjust critical settings and create certain content (e.g. Quizzes and Assignments).

Other recorded webinars - offers in-depth coverage of specific Brightspace and other teaching technologies.

Copyright and Brightspace

Do you want to know more about Copyrights and the Virtual Campus (Brightspace)?
Read this page from the library.

Lab with or without appointment

The Teaching Technologies Lab is staffed with specialists who offer in-person or virtual techno-pedagogical support on all uOttawa teaching and learning technologies (Brightspace, Simple Syllabus, Ouriginal, Wooclap, Respondus and YuJa). 

Drop in during our opening hours or schedule a virtual meeting.


Vanier Hall, Room 1020

Drop-in hours

  • Monday to Friday:  10 a.m. to noon, 1 - 3 p.m. 

Virtual appointment

  • Monday to Friday:  8:45 a.m. to noon, 1 - 5 p.m. 

Would you prefer to schedule a time to meet with a specialist in a virtual appointment? Book your appointment now!


Turnkey Brightspace templates

You will find below templates to help you quickly start designing your course in Virtual Campus (Brightspace). Two types of templates are available depending on the desired course structure. 

  • The first organizes the content by week
  • The second divides it by themes (or modules). 

Follow the instructions in the guide to install the template in your Brightspace course. 

Questions? Don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

Please note that the template files are quite large and will take several minutes to upload in Brightspace.

Files to download

  • Guide (1.23 MB)
    This user guide will help you set up the template you have chosen and explain how to customize it once installed.

  • Template per module (172.50 MB)
    The template per module will allow you to organize your course depending on the subject with the sequence you'll decide.

  • Template per week (165.55 MB)
    This template organizes your course by week. It will be easy for your students where they are in the time continuum of the whole content.

  • CSS files (6.17 KB)
    To simplify the application of the colour choice for the templates, simply download the CSS file and upload it to Brightspace (following the instructions in the user guide).
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Contact information

TLSS Teaching Technologies Lab

Vanier Hall pièce 1001 (one-stop shop)
136, Jean-Jacques Lussier
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 6N5
Phone: 613-562-5300

Lab business hours

Drop-in hours

  • Monday to Friday:  10 a.m. to noon, 1 - 3 p.m. 

Virtual appointment - Book an appointment

  • Monday to Friday:  8:45 a.m. to noon, 1 - 5 p.m.