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Content & Quiz Authoring Tools

Content Authoring Tools

A variety of content authoring tools exist for you to create engaging content, quizzes, and activities to share with your students within the D2L Brightspace learning management system.

New Product to Review

Are you searching for a product that is a whiteboard in the classroom AND an online interactive whiteboard?  ITS Staff Dylan Hummel has this product for you to review and contact him about: Classroom and Online Whiteboard Video Demonstration

Lodestar and Directions

 LodeStar Learning Corporation is a free MNSCU state-wide licensed eLearning authoring tool for D2L Brightspace online courses.


The MnSCU LodeStar license (7.x) can be used by all MN State faculty, both full-time and adjunct. LodeStar can be installed on any MN State computer and on faculty personal computers.

Join the LodeStar community so that they will get direct notices on updates, techniques, and new features.

To acquire a license for yourself or your organization, send an email to The request email must originate from the domain of a MN State college or university and include the name of the person or organization for which it will be used.

We also strongly advise all instructors to follow LodeStar Learning on Facebook. News of updates and other important information gets communicated through Facebook. Be part of the LodeStar Community, follow at:

Respondus Test Generation Software

Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to D2L Brightspace learning system.Bring your exams into Respondus from D2L Brightspace to print or alter, or print a working key.

You are able to install Respondus Test Generation software on your home or office computer. The Teaching with D2L Brightspace "Resources" course inside D2L is where the directions and download packet is located.