Once upon a time…the Tale of how Creative Commons came to be

I am currently taking, and getting close to finishing, the Creative Commons certificate course, and as part of this course have been writing blog posts for my assignments on my own blog site. So, I thought I would share some of these with you so you can also learn a bit about Creative Commons, what it is, what it does, and many other exciting and interesting things!

And, without further ado: Once upon a time…the Tale of how Creative Commons came to be !

Sharing your Screen in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (through D2L)

This tutorial will cover how to share your computer screen within your Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session, and is designed for faculty who have previous experience using D2L, and who have had some experience with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. For further information, please contact desupport@camosun.ca for assistance.


  1. Go to the location in your D2L course site where you have linked to your Blackboard Collaborate Ultra room (for example, in the Content tool), click on your Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session and enter your session.
  2. Open the Collaborate panel (the bottom right icon).

    Open Collaborate panel

  3. Click the Share Content icon.

    Click Share Content

  4. Click Share Application/Screen.

    Click Share Application/Screen

  5. Select which application you wish to share: Your Entire Screen, one Application Window (for example, WORD), or a specific browser Tab. Click Share.

    Select application and click Share

  6. You and the participants will see what you have shared, and what you are doing with it, in the main session window.

    Screen sharing

  7. Use the View Controls to Zoom In, Zoom Out, see the Best Fit, and view the Actual Size.

    View controls

  8. Click Stop Sharing (in the pop-up box which appears when you begin sharing your Application/Screen) OR click the Stop icon (top right of the slide in the main window) to stop sharing your Application/Screen.

    Stop sharing

Things to Remember

You can’t save an Application/Screen sharing session. The only way to “save” the sharing session is to record the entire Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session, and then edit the recording later.

This content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.Icons by the Noun Project.


This Month in D2L Brightspace Continuous Upgrades: Letter Grades in the Assignments Tool

Yes, by the end of November, look for the option to assign letter grades to student submissions in the Assignments tool.

When creating your Assignment dropbox, you will be able to select a Grade Scheme for that assignment, just like you do when creating a Grade Item. You will then be able to select the letter grade through a Select box in the Submissions area.

Here’s a quick glance at what that will look like in the submissions area, with the letter grade drop-down menu:

Letter Grade drop-down menu

(image from https://community.brightspace.com/s/article/Brightspace-Platform-November-2019-20-19-11-Release-Notes-472497846)

We will post more about this function when it becomes live at the end of November!