Welcome to Carleton University’s Teaching Assistant (TA) Website

                                                                       Brightspace Update for TAs

Brightspace by D2L will replace cuLearn as Carleton’s Learning Management System (LMS) in May 2021, coinciding with the launch of the summer term.

In preparation for this launch, all Carleton students, staff and instructors now have access to Brightspace. You can log in to the system at brightspace.carleton.ca using your MC1 credentials.

The new system will provide several key advantages, including a faster, more reliable system and 24/7 technical support. Get to know the new interface by checking out the new MediaSpace channel where you’ll find Brightspace tours from instructor and student perspectives. More videos are in production, including a TA tour of Brightspace, and will be available soon.

Access Support

D2L provides on-demand technical support for Brightspace 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. You’ll be able to get answers to your questions anytime via email, chat and phone. Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) has also developed a Brightspace TA Support website, where you can find documentation on how to navigate and use the system.

May 2021 TA Training

If you have any questions about training, please reach out to Sam Shortt, Educational Development Coordinator, TLS.

If you’re wondering how to begin with the new LMS, consider signing up for a TLS Brightspace workshop. Several TA-focused training sessions will run in May, covering the  basics, assignments, quizzes and discussions. Register on Carleton Central

  • Overview of Brightspace
    • May 10 from 2 – 3:30 p.m or
    • May 18 from 10:30 a.m. – 12p.m.
  • Working with Assignments
    • May 11 from 2 – 3:30 p.m or
    • May 20 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Working with Quizzes and Discussions
    • May 13 from 2 – 3:30 p.m or
    • May 21 from 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m.


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TAs are on the front line of teaching, and contribute greatly to undergraduate education at Carleton. This website was specifically created to help support your work as a teaching assistant and keep you informed of the resources, support measures and initiatives to aid in your personal and professional development.


  • TA Support
  • TA Central Hub: Training & Resources  (new Brightspace edition!)
    A Brightspace page just for TAs that offers pre-recorded training videos, resource materials, and a forum for TAs to share resources related to online teaching. NOTE: all TAs that were enrolled in the cuLearn edition of TA Central Hub have been automatically enrolled in the new Brightspace one. If you are not enrolled, please contact Sam Shortt,
  • EDC Website
  • One-on-one consultations

Other Helpful Resources

Online teaching Creating a grading rubric
Help to Keep on Teaching EDC’s Teaching Resources
Carleton’s Academic Integrity Policy Feedback from your course instructor
Teaching with Technology #1 cuLearn support for TAs
Teaching with Technology #2 Top Ten Tips to Keep on Studying

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