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Folio is Georgia Southern University’s branded version of the D2L Brightspace learning management system.  It allows faculty to share resources with, collect assignments from, provide feedback to, and update grades for students in courses across modalities. It also allows faculty to administer fully online courses.

The CTE offers regular face-to-face training on Folio features, but for immediate assistance, access the CTE Guide for Teaching Online or schedule a one-on-one consultation with an Instructional Designer.

CTE Folio Template

Folio Logo

The Folio Template provides a structural foundation for online course consisting of editable web-based pages as well as a set of course tools, like discussion forums and assignment dropboxes. Advantage to using the template include:

  • Flexible design and structure
  • Addresses many of the Quality Matters Rubric standards
  • Compliant with federal web accessibility guidelines
  • Based on research and best practice recommendations
  • Georgia Southern University branding
  • Easy to edit and adapt to your teaching style

Download the Template

  1. Click the button to download the template
  2. A file .zip will download to your computer – typically to the Downloads folder. 
    • Do not unzip this file. You will upload and install the .zip file in your course.
  3. Open Folio.
  4. Go to the course to which you would like to install the template. The course should not have any content or files.
  5. Select Edit Course from the menu.
  6. Select Import / Export / Copy Components.
  7. Under What would you like to do? Select Import Components.
  8. Choose Upload and select the .zip file you downloaded to your computer. Or drag and drop the .zip file on top of the Upload window.
  9. Select Import All Components. The process may take a minute or two.
  10. Once the process is complete, select View Content.

Additional Template Resources

Online instruction is typically organized by “learning modules” – individual units of learning that begin with a set of learning objectives and end with assessments to determine how well students meet the objectives. Below you will find guidance on how to begin to build a learning module for an online course.

Select a link for guidance and instructions.

Instruction Through Content

In an asynchronous online classroom, content becomes the first voice of the instructor since it “speaks” for instructors in their absence. Instruction within a learning module typically consists of materials (assigned readings, electronic documents, multimedia presentations) and activities (assigned tasks, discussions, assignments, quizzes). Activities may be graded or ungraded.

Instruction Through Feedback

After students complete and submit evidence of engaging learning materials, online instructors engage students through guidance and feedback to encourage and elicit performance. Feedback may be automated using Folio grading rubrics and standardized quiz question feedback, but personalized responses through email, discussion, and other communication tools helps students feel the instructor is aware of their presence and personal learning paths.

While use of the CTE’s online template is not required, web pages (HTML files) are the most practical and efficient file format to deliver content (text, images, multimedia, and web links) to online students – which is not to say you cannot use other document types (Word, PowerPoint, PDF) for your instruction as well. However, if you can use Microsoft Word, you already have the means to understand how to use Folio’s web page editor.

With Template: Complete Steps 1 through 13 to practice using the Folio Template and the most common Folio tools and features used to create online learning modules.

Without Template: Complete Steps 4 through 13 to practice using the most common Folio tools and features used to create online learning modules.

Install the template into an empty Folio course shell or request a Folio sandbox to design your learning modules. You may selectively copy content from your Folio sandbox to your Folio course when it is ready.

Your sandbox should not have any content. If it does, please delete all modules, content, and tools. If you need assistance, contact the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Each module page is populated with five Web pages — each with a specific purpose. The Introduction Page is probably the most important page in a learning module as it is typically used to explain how the instructional activities for the module are organized and scheduled.

Download Tutorials

Review how modules are managed and rename Module 1 to describe the instructional topic you will cover.

Support instruction with any additional files (Word, PowerPoint, PDF) you wish to add to the module. Desire2Learn refers to content as “topics”.

Edit gradebook settings before creating assessments. You can change your settings later if you change your mind.

Download Tutorials:

Watch Video: Understanding Grades

Create a quiz and link it to the gradebook.

Folio rubrics are quite powerful and make the grading process much more efficient. Create an analytic rubric for a discussion activity or an assignment activity.

Download Tutorial: Create an Analytic Rubric

Create a discussion assignment. Add a grading rubric (if desired) and link to the gradebook.

Create a Dropbox assignment. Add a grading rubric (if desired) and link to the gradebook.

Help students navigate Folio with content links to quizzes, discussions, assignment dropboxes, and other tools assigned during your module.

Create a News Item describing what will happen during the learning module.

Create a Calendar Event based on a planned schedule of activities in the module.

Access CTE Resources for Teaching Online

Access step-by-step tutorials on Folio tools, integrations, and pedagogy through our CTE Guide for Teaching Online Folio course. Topics include installing the Folio Foundations Online Course Template; using Folio tools such as gradebook, quizzes, online discussions, and dropboxes for assignment submissions; and meeting federal guidelines for Web accessibility.

All Georgia Southern faculty are pre-enrolled in CTE Guide for Teaching Online, but sometimes a name or two eludes us. If you are not able to use the link or find the course in your Folio menu, please contact the CTE at

Folio Request Forms are managed by Learning Technology Support but are listed below for your convenience. If you have questions, please contact the Service Desk at (912) 478-2287 or create a MyHelp Ticket.

Cross-Listing Request Form
Combine two or more sections into one Folio course. Content in cross-listed, sections including student work and grades, will be deleted and cannot be restored. Request cross-listing as early in the semester as possible. Cross-listing for each semester begins six weeks prior to the start of the semester, and no cross-listing will be completed after the second week of classes.
Submit Request
Blank Folio Course Development Shell Request Form
Please use MyTechHelp to submit a ticket and request a blank course development shell.
Submit a Ticket
Folio Student Enrollment Request Form
Enrollment is managed automatically by Banner, but if you need to override the system, make your request here.
Submit a Ticket
Folio / Publisher Integration Deployment Request Form
Integrate publishers’ content into your Folio course. Please request after courses have been cross-listed.
Submit Request
Folio / Product Integration Request Form
Submit a proposal to add a third-party product to the list of products that can be integrated into Folio.
Submit Request

Last updated: 4/14/2021