Brightspace Software


 

Brightspace from D2L is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that helps K 12 institutes, higher educations and corporate organizations run both blended and fully online courses. Brightspace comprises of three integrated platforms - learning environment, learning repository and ePortfolio.

The Learning Environment from Brightspace allows teachers and instructors to design interactive training courses and evaluate assignments. The solution offers a multimedia environment that allows content creators to use images, videos, audio files and other digital content in their courses. Its analytics tool facilitates performance tracking.

Brightspace Learning Repository allows academic institutes and organizations to create, organize and find learning resources in a centralized content database. Users can search content using keywords, ratings, comments or any other business-defined search criteria. The Brightspace ePortfolio is a common platform where learners can share their experience with peers and mentors.

Every D2L solution comes with 24/7 customer support via phone and email. Additionally, users can also join Brightspace community or watch video tutorials to learn more about the product.

 

Brightspace - Game-Based Learning
 
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    Game-Based Learning
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    Brightspace Learning Environment
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    Brightspace Community
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    Brightspace Insights
  • Brightspace - Brightspace Pulse
    Brightspace Pulse
  • Brightspace - Brightspace Course Catalog
    Brightspace Course Catalog
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

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Vijay from Saint Leo University
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Chief Information Officer

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If I were in the market for a new LMS I would consider Moodle hands down.

Pros

Good features and functionality. Easy to navigate. Not all products are bundled together in the base learning platform.

Cons

Reporting and integration needs improvement. Implementation takes longer that other LMS. Annual licensing fees are very high. Many changes to Customer assigned resources. Currently, API calls to production Database is unavailable.

 
 

Mary from PSU Research Professors
Specialty: Education

October 2015

October 2015

Innovation comes to the LMS

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Likes Best

Takes the LMS to the next level with ease of use, focus on the learner and on learning analytics.

Likes Least

Not always stable, sometimes the learning curve can be challenging for new users.

Recommendations

Look for feature set, analytics and data reporting and ease of use.

 
 

Sherri from Bob Jones University
Specialty: Education

July 2015

July 2015

Flexible enough to meet the needs of all of our courses

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I really like being able to use restrictions to force students to do certain things before they are allowed to see other things. I think I will also like their adaptive learning--once they make it a part of their base system rather than an extra charge.

Likes Least

Improvements come at a cost. I believe that as they make improvements (for example, closed captioning) that they would include them in the price that we are already paying.

Recommendations

Be aware of the updates that are coming. It is nice that they come in small chunks, but that makes it quite difficult to get the information to all of the users. When an update happens they all of a sudden have to use a different procedure to do something. When instructions have been added to all of your courses, minor changes become a major issue.

 
 

Jeremy from Bob Jones University
Specialty: Education

July 2015

July 2015

Brightspace: a powerful, but not the most intuitive LMS

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Brightspace puts a lot of options at the user's disposal. It is a powerful, robust LMS that can be customized to fit a wide variety of preferences. As an admin and as an instructor, I really appreciated that the system did not lock me in to one way of doing things.

I also really like how much, especially in recent years, the Brightspace development team seeks for input from its users (and provides great forums for sharing ideas for improvements).

Likes Least

Currently, Brightspace does not have a very robust way of setting up communications throughout the course. They use a feature called "intelligent agents" for sending notices to students when they meet certain criteria (for example, sending a particular note to a student when he is inactive in the course or performs particularly well on an assessment). This feature, however, lacks a good deal of "intelligence" and is pretty restricted in what it can do.

I also feel that much of Brightspace is not particularly intuitive or streamlined. I'd like to see them improve on ease of use (without sacrificing power). A good example of this is the quiz feature where finding the exact page you need to get to in order to edit questions and grade values is a bit like a scavenger hunt.

Recommendations

Let your faculty and admins try out a number of different LMS's. Each LMS will have strengths and weaknesses and the question is which best fits the culture of your institution. In the world of LMS's, one size definitely does not fit all.

 
 

Maria from Southwest Minnesota State University
Specialty: Education

June 2015

June 2015

Brightspace by D2L is simple and customizable

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The support team is very fast in replying to any issues that may arise. Additionally they provide many webinars and conferences that help the users to create a network and exchange knowledge.

Likes Least

The not so intuitive construction of the LMS. Some navigation buttons can be confusing. One of the drawbacks is that it doesn't keep preferences like restrictions as default and you have to push lots of buttons or tick many boxes for each course.

Recommendations

Compare the product with other LMS and try it first as a student and as a faculty.

 
 

Nathan from University of Northwestern-St. Paul
Specialty: Education

June 2015

June 2015

Admin Experience with Brightspace

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As an administrator at my previous employer, I appreciated the flexibility to change pretty much anything that I wanted in the system. The ability to change what things were called in the system were very nice. In the most recent version that I had used, Brightspace had taken steps to make some changes on how system settings were handled to update the interface. Previously, the interface of the DOME was one of the most painful parts of the system.

I also appreciated the service desk that Brightspace has built up over the last three years. When I began using Brightspace, items could get lost very easily with the technical teams, but after some difficult issues, Brightspace has turned around a great deal, and updates to tickets were timely and applicable for a while before I stopped using it.

Likes Least

I found that there were little things that Brightspace did not do well. For instance, workflows between different tools were very different based on the time that the original tool was designed. This led to user frustration and an increase of time training users on the common functions of the LMS. I also found that Brightspace tended to minimize small updates or fixes in order to focus on major updates. While major updates are important to survive in the field, sometimes known bugs would remain for years without a fix.

Recommendations

I have found that any LMS will introduce its own set of problems, and no single LMS will perfectly fit every single use case. Most LMS's will be able to fulfill the same basic sets of tasks: quizzing, assignment submission, and gradebook. I would suggest that you have end users try out multiple LMS products and look at which system fits your existing or ideal workflows best.

I would also recommend that you look at the flexibility of an LMS to fit your current academic or corporate ecosystem. This would include the ability of an LMS to integrate third-party software. No LMS can do both everything an LMS should (quizzing, assignments, gradebook, content distribution) and a lot of other things equally well, so you should look at the LTI extensibility as well as how well the LMS company works with other vendors and try to find out its reputation.

 
 

Richard from Des Moines University
Specialty: Education

June 2015

June 2015

A professor's experience with Brightspace (D2L) LMS one year in!

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To be fair to D2L, the LMS has a nice look and feel about it (especially in the student facing view). Hence, students seem reasonably happy with D2L most times. They also seem to be able to navigate around the various tabs with some ease. Students DO have issues with the e-Portfolio feature which is far from intuitive and simply doesn't work at times.

Likes Least

From the course creation standpoint, the software is very unintuitive and inconsistent. It appears that this LMS was created by a team of software engineers that did not commit to a consistent architecture. Hence, methods to accomplish certain tasks vary by where you may be in the LMS. This makes it very challenging and time consuming to use.

The discussion forum functionality is very dysfunctional and quite restricting. Many students have commented on how archaic this feature is and I agree with them.

The help function is virtually useless. One flounders until an answer is "discovered" or one gives up.

Finally, the number of clicks to accomplish the simplest of tasks is mind numbering.

Recommendations

I would not consider this product under any circumstances. There are simply too many better alternatives available to consider D2L.

 
 

Tonisha from Newbury College-Brookline
Specialty: Education

June 2015

June 2015

Excellent First Semester Use Experience

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It is very easy to set up and maintain a course. I really like that there are multiple means to complete tasks (i.e. upload course content, grade assignments/quizzes, contact students, change course structure). To add, the availability of supports and video is phenomenal. I was part of the Brightspace implementation team for our campus. The amount of time and effort put into making sure the product met the needs of the faculty and unique student body, and training of the first use faculty was quite impressive. It is also helpful to have easy access to student progress and monitor learning out comes.

Likes Least

It is a bit difficult setting up the gradebook. It is not impossible, but not easy. Also, since it is required that one create a new rubric, it is time consuming. It would be much easier if one could upload a rubric from another LMS (as is done with quiz content).

Recommendations

Make sure you have time to learn the product before it goes live.

 
 

Debra from MN State University Moorhead
Specialty: Education

April 2015

April 2015

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Well organized, easy to use, flexible, appropriate learning environment for my work.

Likes Least

Some aspects are not intuitive and are cumbersome. Some changes made don't make sense and are not helpful.

Recommendations

Try it for a variety of courses. Get help setting up your course. Look at all aspects. Get feedback from students.

 
 

Lindsay from Midlands Technical College
Specialty: Education

April 2015

April 2015

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I like how easy it is to organize content. I like the updated look of Brightspace vs D2L. I like how easy it is to import & export content. I liked that everything was in one place for the students when I taught. Now I use Brightspace for an orientation to the simulation center. It is a great resource for faculty and students alike to be able to review material.

Likes Least

The grade book can be a little awkward to set up to get exactly how I want it. Also would like the ability to easly add bonus questions to tests, to give the student the ability to earn over 100% on a test.

Recommendations

When evaluating software think about usability: Is it well structured and straightforward? Is it easy to learn how to use? Does it crash often, or is there excessive, inconvenient downtime? Does it fulfill all of your needs?

 
 

Lance from HGTC
Specialty: Education

March 2015

March 2015

I have used the product to teach online

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Likes Best

Ease of use for faculty. Good training helped me understand the product much better.

Likes Least

It almost seems like there are too many options or tools.

Recommendations

Familiarize yourself with the product. Learn as much as you can about the various tools the software has to offer.

 
 

Shickre from Midlands Technical College
Specialty: Education

March 2015

March 2015

I use D2L as my primary LMS for my courses both online and on campus.

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Format, structure, and ease of use in navigating the site. I like how it is easy to drag and drop files, and if a mistake is made, to erase the file. I also like the Dropbox feature and how students receive a confirmation they have successfully uploaded a file. Though other faculty may have not liked the change, I very much like how you can move through student discussion posts to read their responses. The menu on the side allowing us to click on posts and to see which ones we haven't read yet is a big help. (Please do not change the discussion board.)

Likes Least

I do not really like the email client. I find it tough to easily search through email, though it is a minor complaint. I have most of my email forwarded to Outlook and use its search feature when needed.

Recommendations

Compare site organization and drag and drop features of D2L with your current LMS. I think the ease of use here will leave you wanting to switch from other products (especially Blackboard). Also use of Dropbox for loading student files is very easy.

 
 

Jonnie from Florence-Darlington Technical Colelge
Specialty: Education

March 2015

March 2015

Works great unless you are on a phone!

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Likes Best

The structure of the pages is visually appealing. It is easy to be consistent among your different classes.

Likes Least

It is difficult to do some tasks that should be easy. (Example: When you forget to associate a test with a gradebook item, you have to come back and do that. The test will not automatically populate to the gradebook.)

The mobile app is not good.

Recommendations

Sit down with someone who uses it daily and ask lots of questions.

 
 

Rose from Midlands Technical College
Specialty: Education

March 2015

March 2015

No more paper!

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Likes Best

I like that I've been able to do away with collecting paper in most of my courses. I am also able to easily arrange course materials for my students to access. Depending on your course, the original setup can be intense, but it is very easy to copy the course over for a new semester of a different section.

I enjoy being able to post grades and attendance in D2L.

I love that I can grade a quiz by question. Sometimes, I need to only look at one question.

Likes Least

There can be some misleading language such as "locked" on the calendar list next to a discussion assignment. Students see this as meaning that they cannot access the activity. But what it really means is that there is a period of time for which the assignment will be locked. It doesn't necessarily mean that the assignment can't be accessed at that time. I get lots of questions about this.

I still find the grade calculating tool is not as robust as I need it to be.

Recommendations

Consider how well it integrates with other technology tools that you use - (MyMathLab, Datatel, etc.)
Consider how well it performs on different platforms (pc, tablet, smart phone).

 
 

Candace from Midlands Technical College
Specialty: Education

March 2015

March 2015

Versatility of Brightspace

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Likes Best

Brightspace allows me to manage my classroom, department and adjunct faculty. It acts as a single repository for information that is vital to effective communication. Faculty and students alike can get what they need to be successful. Tech support is wonderful.

Likes Least

Downloaded material gets renamed with a number making it difficult to know who the assignments belong to.

Recommendations

The more you use it the more valuable it becomes. You are able to be creative and provide many learning opportunities for your students and faculty.

 
 

Devorah from Trident Technical College
Specialty: Education

March 2015

March 2015

Brightspace has its lights on!

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Likes Best

It has an intriguing layout - easy to find information. The action banner is alive and draws you in, rather than being stagnant and flat.

Likes Least

I'm hard pressed to find something I don't like - its all there. It's done in an intuitive way.

Recommendations

Tour the entire site - discover the many features that's there to offer.

 
 

Lahcen from Brunel
Specialty: Engineering

March 2015

March 2015

the use of different method to learn.

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Likes Best

I like the online learning possibilities and face to face courses.

Likes Least

The search function is difficult to use, especially when searching for specific training.

Recommendations

First, try all features of the software to be able to give a full judgment.

 
 

Julie from Midlands Technical College
Specialty: Education

March 2015

March 2015

D2L Brightspace

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Likes Best

Some features are accessible and useful for working with students.

Likes Least

Some recent updates have made grading slower and more cumbersome, specifically the inability to move in dropbox from one student to the next without constant clicking and saving. We used to be able to grade a student, click "next" and it would save automatically.
Also, downloading an entire section of students that are only sortable by some id number makes it very hard for me to go through quickly and grade them. I never use the dropbox/download upload all feature, so this is annoying.

Recommendations

I have no recommendations at this time. The product is used in educational endeavors here.

 
 

Laurie from Health Science department at Midlands Technical College
Specialty: Education

March 2015

March 2015

All my classes are conducted through this platform.

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Likes Best

I like the ease of use for instructors and for students. It eliminates paper shuffling back and forth. Students/instructors can see grades at any time, including current average. It makes my job so much easier.

Likes Least

Mass editing of all tools is not always available to me. There are really only minor adjustments that could be made. In the earlier version, I could examine the class as a whole to see if particular items had been viewed/accomplished. Now I have to do this on an individual basis and this proves to be time-consuming.

Recommendations

It's a great learning platform. It's easy to set up classes and easy for students to use. It makes my job so much easier.

 
 

Geralyne from Midlands Technical College
Specialty: Education

March 2015

March 2015

Good first LMS experience

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I like the ability to post supplemental instruction material for the students.

Likes Least

There's conflicting information regarding mail quota on the Home page vs individual course pages.

Recommendations

Make sure that you have the opportunity to review it as faculty and as a student as well, if used in education.

 
 
 
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Neal from Kennesaw State University
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

August 2017

August 2017

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It is easy to use, and students are pleased with it.

Pros

I like that platform in that it has so much available from one login. Grading, student contact, administering assessments, and pretty much everything that one might possibly need all in one spot.

Cons

Because of the amount of things it does, at times switching from one thing to another can be a bit clunky. That is merely a minor inconvenience, however.

Source: Capterra
 

Leslie from ETSU
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

February 2017

February 2017

So Many Uses

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I use D2L daily not not use it in the typical fashion of teacher-learner. I use it as a place to store data (Physician lectures, journal reading links, PowerPoint's, etc.) for resident physicians. This is a great way to get info out and I can track each resident to see how they are progressing. I can send emails and messages individually or as groups. I can see login attempts, pages they have been to and how much time was spent. I really like the dropbox feature. This allows them to put specific 'assignments' in and it is time stamped and does not crowd my email. I can easily see the information they upload and I can leave comments. I highly recommendD2L. There is so much to offer!

Pros

So many options for different uses.

Source: Capterra
 

Donna from Southwestern College (IDEAL-NM Brightspace)

December 2016

December 2016

Good Platform but not very Robust

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I have used many online course delivery systems over the years. This platform is the least intuitive I have ever used.

Cons

Not very flexible, nor intuitive

Source: Capterra
 

Margaret from HACC
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

November 2016

November 2016

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Previously I have used Blackboard, Moodle, Desire2Learn, and Brightspace, and find Brightspace serves my needs.

Pros

The Brightspace has excellent resources for learning to navigate the system. The tutorials are very useful.

Cons

It has many updates throughout the year.

Advice to Others

My advice is to take advantage of the webinars offered by Brightspace to stay abreast of upcoming changes.

Source: Capterra
 


April 2016

April 2016

Review 2016

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With Brightspace, I can personalize the experience for every learner and predicts learner performance so that i can take action in real time to keep them on track.

Pros

- easy to use.
- easy to personalize the experience,
- take real time action,


Cons

- only great for newer user
- pricey

Source: GetApp
 

Jeremy from Bob Jones University
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

April 2016

April 2016

A powerful LMS, but not always intuitive

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We use Brightspace to create and deliver our undergraduate and graduate level online courses. Overall, we've been pleased with the platform. As an admin and an instructor, I appreciate how flexible Brightspace is. I am able to customize my courses however I want to.

Brightspace is also good at seeking out user feedback to improve their product.

Pros

The LMS is very robust and flexible. It is also reliable.

Cons

The interface is often not intuitive. Often multiple clicks are needed to find an important setting in an assessment.

The communications piece ("intelligent agents") which allows the faculty to send automated emails when a student meets certain criteria (for example, sending a note to the student if they haven't logged into the course in 5 days) is quite limited and lacking in "intelligence."

Source: GetApp
 

Lamar from Florence-Darlington Technical College
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

April 2016

April 2016

Great learning system

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What an easy platform to use. I have used 4 different ILP's over the years and I have to say this one has to be the best and easiest to use. Brightspace was very helpful when we had to convert from our old system to theirs. Out entire campus uses the product and we have been very please with the product.

Pros

Ease of use for faculty and students. Third-party platforms work well with the system and good apps available for faculty and students. Customer/Technical support is second to none. Every time I call I get a great technician on the phone who quickly addresses my needs.

Cons

Other than the system being a little pricey I really do not have anything negative to say. Overall good system.

Source: GetApp
 

R Craig from Temple College

January 2015

January 2015

You aren't suppost to love a classroom Management system, but I do

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I have dealt with many different classroom management/learning management systems... but far and a way Brightspace, by D2L (formerly Desire2Learn) is my favorite. Easy to pick up from both the student and administrator/faculty side, Brightspace is also incredibly full featured. I have found the company to be very responsive in implementing suggestions, as well.
Brightspace hit a bit of a rough patch with release 10, but 10.3 is very stable and robust.
For a bit, some of the training videos were an addition fee, but now they are available free on YouTube.

Source: Capterra
 

Lee from Arapahoe Community College

January 2015

January 2015

Brightspace Video

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The video is innovative using voice and animation in a creative way. It is easy to understand and clearly shows how Brightspace serves as a superior platform. The product seems to fully support The Universal Design for Learning theory. Brightspace seems to be reaching all students by putting them at the center of the learning experience. I love the animations in the video. It has elements of gamification and holds the attention of anyone looking at it.

Super work!

Source: Capterra