Use Pulse

Brightspace Pulse is a mobile app for students that can help you stay connected and on track with your Brightspace courses. It gives you one easy view of course calendars, readings, assignments, evaluations, grades, activity feed, and news. The app will help you to make better decisions about how to handle your workload, when to submit assignments, and when to prepare for tests. Real-time alerts will let you know when classes are canceled, rooms are moved, or new grades are available. The schedule view and weekly visualization enable you to quickly at a glance view what is due today, this week, and upcoming across all your courses.

Note: Pulse App now only supported on Android 6 / iOS13 and above

Signing into D2L Pulse

  1. Tap on “Pick Your School.” Search for and choose “LSCS.”
    Indicates Pick Your School button Identifies LSCS in school list.
  2. Sign in using your Lone Star College username and password. 

Interface Overview  

  1. Shows the interface.The Shows Calendar icon Calendar tab (located at the bottom of the screen) includes Week and Schedule sub-tabs (located at the top of the screen) to toggle between the views:
    • In Week view, the activity list only shows activities for the selected day, and the graph displays the week's activities at a glance.
    • Schedule displays a list of all activities for the duration of your courses, and the graph does not display.
  2. In Week view, the graph indicates which days are the busiest.
    • Navigate weeks by swiping left/right. As you navigate, the activity list updates.
    • Tapping a day updates the activity list.
  3. The activity summary displays the active date.
  4. The activity list displays the following activities: To-dos, Readings, Assignments, or Evaluations.
    • Navigate activities by swiping up or down.
    • Swiping left/right moves to the next/previous week. As you navigate, the graph updates.
    • Tapping an activity displays detailed information and actions you can perform.
    • Tapping a Shows Inactive indicator checkmark icon marks the activity as complete
      (Shows Completed activity indicator).
  5. Fill in any gaps in your schedule by tapping the Shows Add activity icon Add activity icon.
  6. Tap the Shows Filter icon Course filter icon to edit course names or filter by Courses and Activities.
  7. View course content updates from D2L Learning Environment by tapping the Shows Notifications icon Notifications icon.
  8. Tap the Shows Settings icon Settings icon to log out, provide feedback, or view the version number. On Android, the Settings icon is three lines.Shows the Android Settings icon.

  9. Now you can see your Course List and the Table of Contents by clicking Shows Contents icon Course List icon.
    Shows Table of Contents.

  10. Switch from the Content tab to the Grades tab to view the grades in a course.

    Identifies Grades tab and Indicates a grade percentage score

Activity categories in D2L Pulse

D2L Pulse displays the following activity categories, which are mapped from the D2L Learning Environment: 

Pulse Activity Icons


Assignment folder, Discussion topic, Checklist, Survey

EvaluationQuiz, Grade item
ReadingContent topic
To Do

None. A To Do activity is personal data created in Pulse by the student.

Viewing and editing activities

From the activity list, tapping an activity displays more details.

Activity details in D2L Pulse

  1. Activity Title and Course.

NOTE: You can easily distinguish between personal activities you created in D2L Pulse and activities created by your instructors in D2L Learning Environment.
A personal activity is identified by a Personal label:
Shows example of a Personal Label

  1. Activity details:
    • Due date.
    • Time.
    • Grade worth. (This value is initially empty and must be set by the student.)
    • Activity notes. (For example, special instructions for an assignment.)

  2. Tap Open in Safari (iOS) or Open in Browser (Android) to open the activity in D2L Learning Environment (for example, an exam in the Quizzes tool).

    IMPORTANT: It is recommended that you take tests and make submissions using a computer.

  3. Tap Edit to edit the activity details.

NOTE: When editing an activity created in D2L Learning Environment, the Title and Grade worth fields are the only editable fields.

Calendar Views - Schedule & Week

  • In the Week view, you see a graph of the activities you have due during a given week.
  • Slide the graph left or right to see different weeks.
  • If you tap on a certain date, you will see exactly what is due on that date.

    Shows Calendar Week view

    Identifies a day and its assignment.
  1. To see your assignments in a list view, tap the icon at the top of the courses screen that says Schedule.
    Identifies the Schedule icon.
  2. Mark an activity as done by tapping the checkmark next to the title of the assignment.
    Indicates the checkmark icon.
  3. Choose the courses from which you would like to see information.
    1. Tap the Shows Filter icon Course filter icon.
    2. Remove the checkmark from classes you do not want to see.
      Shows the course list.

Notification Views - Updates and Subscriptions

Tap on the  Shows Notifications icon Notifications icon. 

  • Tap on Updates to view a grade or list of new items in a course.
    1. Tap on the assignment.
      Indentifies NotificationsIdentifies Updates
    2. Then swipe left to display the grade.
      Shows the graded item and the grade.
  • Tap on Subscriptions
  1. Subscribed topics are listed. Those that have updates will have a number showing how many updates are available in each topic.Shows topics and updates.
  2. For discussions you have subscribed to you can read all the posts in the thread. At the bottom of the screen, you will find a field where you can reply to the thread.

    IMPORTANT: It is recommended that you take tests, post or submit graded activities using a computer.


  • Brightspace Pulse sends notifications when users are @mentioned.

Log out of D2L Pulse

  1. Tap the Settings icon: Shows Settings icon for IOS (iOS)  Shows Settings icon for Android (Android)
  2. Tap Sign Out.

Troubleshooting Pulse

  • When I launch Pulse, I see this error message: "This request's 'x_target' value does not match the allowed values for this application."
    • Within Pulse, click on the upper-left corner -> [Settings] -> [Sign Out of All Accounts].
    • On the purple screen, click [Get Started].
    • In the "Who provides your learning?" search field, type LSCS. Click on the first result.
    • On the LSC-Online login page, use the [Alternate Login] link.
      Please do NOT use [Secure sign-in].
    • You should be logged into Pulse now.

  • I cannot find my organization or school when I search.
    • If Lone Star College does not display in the list when you search, you can add it manually using its URL ( This field is available when there are zero search results or if you choose to disable your mobile device's geolocation service.
  • I cannot connect Brightspace Pulse to my school or organization.
    • If you cannot connect to your school or organization, the problem could be:
      • Your access to the internet is off. Contact your phone/tablet service provider.
      • You entered your ID or password incorrectly. Try again.
  • I cannot see the courses that I am enrolled in.
    • Check the course start date. Courses that are not open will not show in Pulse.
  • I don't see any updates on the Updates tab or I cannot access my course documents, announcements, grades, etc.
    • When you initially log in to Brightspace Pulse, no course content updates appear until new updates come from Brightspace Learning Environment; however, introductory updates appear. The Brightspace Pulse app provides you with updates when announcements are created in your courses and when you receive new grades from your instructors.
  • Percentage values don't appear for any of my activities.
    • While Brightspace Pulse can retrieve data from your courses in Brightspace Learning Environment, it cannot determine percentage values for individual activities. Percentage values must be manually added by learners in Brightspace Pulse.
  • I don't see updated course content on the Updates tab.
    • Course content updates only appear in the Updates tab if the instructor checks the "Notify students that the content has changed" option for the updated content in Brightspace Learning Environment.
      • Contact your instructor for more information.