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How do I change my account settings?

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In Account Settings you can customize many of Brightspace’s display options. These settings are personal and do not influence the appearance of your course for students.

  1. General account settings like the font size, language, time zone and settings of other applications can be altered in the Account Settings tab.
  2. The Discussions tab allows you to alter the display and response settings for the discussion forums.

Account Settings

  1. Click on your name or initials/profile picture in the minibar.
  2. Select Account Settings to open the tab Account Settings.
  3. Font sizes in Brightspace can be altered below Font Settings. However, the font size in images, documents and objects remains unchanged.
  4. Some Brightspace functionalities automatically mark the text you scroll past as 'read'. Go to Reading Content and click Do not automatically mark items as read as the page scrolls to prevent this. 
  5. Below Video Settings you can allow help programs to see and play videos (optimize video presentation). This is meant for people with a disability.

In Brightspace it is not possible to use a display for dyslexics. If you do want to have this option, you can add an extension in Chrome. You can turn this extension on/off when visiting any website. 

  • Below Locale & Language you can change the clock display, first day of the week, and date, number and percentage displays. Please note that some courses will copy your preferences.
  1. The time zone can be changed beneath Time Zone.
  2. Beneath Signing in you can hide your online status for others by checking Always Appear Offline. Should your online status be available for others, check the Appear Online box.
  3. Below Application Settings you can see which apps have access to your Brightspace account, like the Pulse app. You can also revoke access by clicking Revoke Access.
  4. Click Save and Close at the bottom of the page in order to save your changes and to return to the page you were before adjusting your account settings.


  1. Navigate to the Discussion tab to alter discussion settings.
  2. With Personal Settings you can adjust personal settings concerning the discussions:
    • Display Settings determine whether you always want an overview of discussion fora and topics on the left side of the screen when you click a topic or thread (Always show the Discussion List Pane) and whether you want deleted posts to be displayed when you search discussion topics (Display deleted posts).
    • Below Reply Settings, choose whether you want to include the post you are replying to in your answer (Include original post in reply).
    • For Subscription Settings, choose whether you want to automatically follow the thread you create (When creating a new thread, subscribe to the thread by default).
  3. The dropdown menu beneath Org Unit Settings gives you the option to allow participants of a discussion to rate each other’s posts.  Ratings can be visualized by means of stars, up vote/down vote or up vote only.
  4. Availability Condition Defaults allows you to determine what people automatically see before a discussion post is posted or after the end date of a post is expired.
  5. Click Save and Close at the bottom of the page in order to save your changes and to return to the page you were before adjusting your account settings.

Please note: More options will be available beneath the discussion tab when navigating from a course to Account Settings, than when you navigate from your personal homepage. If you navigate from your personal homepage you will only see your Personal Settings. If you come frome a course you can also change the Org Unit Settings (Rating settings).  The rating settings only apply for the discussions in the course concerned. You can also use Discussions to change the discussion settings.

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