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The New Content Experience (Lessons)

D2L Brightspace has an alternative Content experience that provides an intuitive way to create lessons. The New Content Experience focuses on clean visual presentation of content for educators and learners with a minimalist design. It is a simplified experience for organizing content and managing the availability of course materials. Units are color coded and easily defined.

Image New Content Experience


Differences between the New Content Experience and the original content experience.

  • The New Content Experience does not yet  offer Visual completion tracking. Students will not see visual tracking (checkmarks) for items visited in the content modules.
  • Table of Contents:  There is no Table of Contents in the New Content Experience.
  • View Reports:  Because there is no Table of Contents, the View Reports option is not available within Content.  (View Reports is still available in the original content experience.) View Reports displays content statistics including the total number of users, the number of users who visited course content, and the average time users spent viewing content. This report provides overall course content statistics for the entire class.  However, instructors using the New Content Experience can still view progress for each student individually using the Class Progress Tool. (Learner Management > Class Progress)
  • Overview:  The New Content Experience does not have an Overview page.  If you have content in the Overview section of the original Content experience that you want displayed in the New Content Experience, you need to move the content to a module before converting to the New Content Experience. 
    (If you have something on the Overview page in the original content experience and you switch to the New Content Experience, the content will not be lost.  It will just not be visible.  If you switch back to the original content experience, you will still see the content on the Overview page.)
  • Kaltura Video Quizzes:  Adding Grade Items to Kaltura video quizzes can only be performed in the original content experience.  To add a Grade Item to a Kaltura video quiz in D2L, the instructor will first need to switch back to the original content experience to add the Grade Item, then, return to the New Content Experience.
  • Bookmarking and Bulk editing are no longer available.

Instructors can now "Opt-In" to the New Content Experience


To Opt-In to the New Content Experience:

  1. When you select "Content" in your course for the first time, you will see the following message:
    opt-in image for the New Content Experience
  2. Select "Turn it on"


To Opt-Out of the New Content Experience:

  1. On the  "Content" page in your course, select the down arrow (pictured below) in the upper right corner.
    down arrow image for the New Content Experience

  2. Select "Turn it off" then select "Done".
    opt-out image for New Content Experience

Linked below are tutorials for the New Content Experience (also called Lessons) from the D2L Brightspace Help site.

Webinar: Refresh your Content in D2L: The New Content Experience
Links to the two-part recording of the webinar and the presentation slides can be found below.  EIU netID and password are required to access the recordings and presentation slides.  

 The written tutorials and video simulations on the D2L Solutions site are brought to you by D2L and the

Faculty Development and Innovation Center

phone 217-581-7051 :: email :: web 

Contact the FDIC for questions about the tutorials, to suggest topics for new tutorials, or to schedule a consultation appointment.  The FDIC staff can recommend integration solutions using D2L and other instructional technologies for your online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses.

For Help with D2L

Call 217-581-HELP (4357), email, or
contact the Instructional Support Specialist (ISS) for your department.

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