Getting Started with Brightspace - Access, Training and Resources

D2L Brightspace is the official learning management system (LMS) at Buffalo State University that allows for dynamic learning to occur in the online environment. The tools provided in Brightspace allow students and faculty to post and share documents and other course content, gain 24/7 access to grades, send messages, post to discussion boards, and conduct synchronous or real-time conversations in a virtual classroom.

As of the J-Term 2023 semester, all courses are in D2L Brightspace. All courses listed in Banner are given a Brightspace course site. Instructors assigned to and students enrolled in these courses are placed on the rosters within Brightspace.

Accessing Brightspace

Faculty and students can access Buffalo State's D2L Brightspace by going to To login, click on Network Login and enter your Buffalo State username and password. 

Brightspace course sites are set up for all classes at Buffalo State, but are not viewable to students by default. Courses are tentatively scheduled to be created in Brightspace approximately two weeks after registration begins. The courses for which you are the instructor of record in Banner will be displayed on your Brightspace homepage. Instructors can make their Brightspace courses active so that they can be accessed by enrolled students.


  • Instructors listed as the instructor of record in Banner have accounts in Brightspace.
  • Student Brightspace accounts are created soon after registering.
  • Staff Brightspace accounts are automatically created.

If you are experiencing log-in issues, please submit a ticket via the IT portal.


Several training opportunities are available to learn more about Brightspace.

Online Synchronous Training

Online synchronous workshops are provided by the SUNY Center for Professional Development. Please visit the SUNY DLE Training website for more information and links to register for training. You can also view recordings of past webinars and training sessions.

Online Asynchronous Training

SUNY DLE Brightspace Fundamentals Asynchronous Modules

Online Asynchronous training modules are available with the Buffalo State Brightspace environment. You can log in to using the Network Login option with your Buffalo State username and password. You will see the SUNY DLE Brightspace Fundamentals Asynchronous Modules listed in the My Courses Widget. Participants who successfully complete all assessments will earn the SUNY DLE Brightspace Fundamentals Certificate.
SUNY Brightspace training

Brightspace YouTube Channel

The Brightspace YouTube Channel has quick videos for instructors and students on many Brightspace features.

Some recommended playlists:

Preparing Course Content

Brightspace has a variety of tools to assist you in building your course content. To learn about these tools, you can take the SUNY DLE Brightspace Fundamentals Asynchronous Modules listed in the My Courses Widget in Brightspace, view Brightspace Knowledge Base Articles or review the Brightspace website.

If you have taught your course in Brightspace, you can copy your course materials from one Brightspace course to another.

Additional Functionality

  • Request a merged roster site - If you find yourself posting the same materials to different course sections of the same course during a semester, you can request that your course sections be combined into a single Brightspace course site.
  • Request a Brightspace Organization - Please fill out this form if you would like to request that an Organization be created in Brightspace.

Brightspace Assistance

For assistance accessing your Brightspace account, please contact the IT Help Desk.

For all other Brightspace questions/inquiries, please contact the SUNY Online Support Services at 1-844-673-6786 or submit a request online with the SUNY Online Support Services

Campus-based questions about Brightspace can be submitted via the IT Portal

Brightspace Champions

The D2L Champions program is about recognizing you as the innovative learning leader that you are! We want to celebrate your achievements, broaden your impact, and empower you to shape the future of learning technology. As a Champion, you can redeem your points for some great rewards!

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