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openEQUELLA

A digital repository providing a single platform to house your teaching and learning, research, media, and library content.

Brightspace User Guide

Table of Contents

Overview

openEQUELLA is an advanced digital repository that can be integrated with the Brightspace learning management system. From within Brightspace, users can access the openEQUELLA repository to search, create and manage content such as images, audio, video, packaged content, web links, text, PDFs and Microsoft Office™ documents. Content can then be incorporated into Brightspace courses. The purpose of this guide is to demonstrate to users how to integrate openEQUELLA resources using Brightspace. Users will learn how to search for, create and manage available resources, and how to add these materials to courses.

For information on configuring openEQUELLA in Brightspace, refer to the openEQUELLA Brightspace Configuration Guide.

Please note that this guide has been developed using openEQUELLA version 6.4 (QA2) and Brightspace version 10.5.3 and as such may differ in appearance to your own installation.

Additional details about using openEQUELLA with an LMS Integration can be found in the Integrated LMS User Guide

Brightspace homepage

Login to Brightspace

  1. Log in to Brightspace to display the Brightspace homepage.

Accessing the openEQUELLA repository

Resources stored in the openEQUELLA repository can be added to any user-editable Brightspace course using the following methods:

Accessing openEQUELLA from the Course Builder

openEQUELLA content can be added to Brightspace courses using the openEQUELLA Course Builder item configured in Brightspace. Using the openEQUELLA Course Builder item opens the openEQUELLA integration screen, allowing the user to select multiple content items within the openEQUELLA repository and add them to multiple course modules within the one selection session.

To open the openEQUELLA integration page from the Brightspace Course Builder

  1. Select a Brightspace course to open the Course page.
  2. Select the Content link. The Brightspace Course Content page displays.
  3. From the Table of Contents, select Course Builder from the Related Tools drop-down. The Course Builder page displays.
  4. Click and drag the openEQUELLA item in the Add Content panel and drop on a course module. The openEQUELLA Integration screen displays.

openEQUELLA content can be added to Brightspace courses using an openEQUELLA Navbar link configured in Brightspace. Using the openEQUELLA Navbar link opens the openEQUELLA integration screen, allowing the user to select multiple content items within the openEQUELLA repository and add them to multiple course modules within the one selection session.

To open the openEQUELLA integration page from a Navbar link

  1. Select a Brightspace course to open the Course page.
  2. Select the openEQUELLA Navbar link (e.g. openEQUELLA Content). The openEQUELLA Integration screen displays.

A single openEQUELLA attachment or resource summary link can be added to a Brightspace course module using an openEQUELLA Quicklink configured in Brightspace. Using the openEQUELLA Quicklink opens the openEQUELLA Select screen which allows the user to select a single resource summary or attachment within the openEQUELLA repository and add it to the course module from which the Quicklink was accessed. It has most of functionality of the full integration screen, including the ability to contribute, but doesn’t display the Brightspace Course modules panel.

To open the openEQUELLA Select screen from a Brightspace Quicklink

  1. Select a Brightspace course to open the Course page.
  2. Select the Content link. The Brightspace Course Content page displays.
  3. From the Add Existing Activities drop-down, select the openEQUELLA Quicklink (e.g. openEQUELLA Content). The openEQUELLA Select screen displays.
  4. Resize the frame to view the full screen by dragging the resize handle.

Accessing openEQUELLA from Insert Stuff

Images, videos, PDFs and other files from openEQUELLA can be embedded into an HTML page using the openEQUELLA Insert Stuff function accessed from Brightspace’s HTML editor. Using the openEQUELLA Insert Stuff option opens the openEQUELLA Single selection integration screen, allowing the user to select a single resource summary or attachment from within the openEQUELLA repository to add to the HTML Editor page. It has the functionality of the full integration screen, but doesn’t display the Brightspace Course modules panel or the Contribute link.

To add openEQUELLA content to the Brightspace HTML editor

(Note: openEQUELLA content can be accessed from any of the Brightspace HTML editors. These HTML editors exist in a number of places in Brightspace, and this guide will refer to just one of those.)

  1. Select a Brightspace course to open the Course page.
  2. Select the Content link.
  3. The Brightspace Course Content page displays.
  4. Select Create a File from the New drop-down in a module. The Create a file in ‘module name’ page displays with the Brightspace HTML Editor.
  5. Select the icon (Insert Stuff) from the HTML editor toolbar. The Insert Stuff page displays.
  6. Select the configured openEQUELLA Insert Stuff item (e.g. openEQUELLA Content). The openEQUELLA Single Selection integration screen displays.

Managing resources in Brightspace

Resources added to Brightspace modules can be managed in the following ways:

From the Actions menu (accessed from down arrow to right of title):

For further information on these options, please refer to the D2L Brightspace documentation.

To view a resource

  1. Select the title link to display the resource selected. Depending on the type of resource (pdf, docx, jpg,etc.), the object will display using a default viewer. openEQUELLA summary pages display using the openEQUELLA Resource summary page.

Push to LMS

openEQUELLA content can be added to Brightspace course modules using the Add to external system function accessed from the Resource summary page Actions menu in native openEQUELLA.