Brightspace

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About Brightspace

D2L, the leading learning experience platform for companies and education, we help organizations around the world create experience-rich learning programs and drive business outcomes through learning. D2L has been delivering high-quality learning programs to colleges & universities for over 20 years, so we know what works. We bring our rich background in education to help companies close skills gaps, develop leaders, and get the best performance from their employees.

With D2L's learning platform, business leaders can align learning programs to their organization's goals. We enhance business outcomes By transforming how workers learn with digital tools such as social, mobile, and video content, D2L helps customers improve performance and deliver real business outcomes.

A One-stop-shop for Content Creation
Most organizations leverage content from internal and external sources. With D2L, you get one platform to develop and curate job-specific content from any source. We take video to the next level. Video isn't just for delivering off-the-shelf content. With D2L, you can leverage video for developing subject matter experts, role-playing, evaluating skills, delivering personalized feedback, and more. Your learning program goes from detached to highly interactive.

Customer-centric Innovation
Our product roadmap is driven in partnership with our customers, not engineering. We work closely with our customers to understand their challenges and deliver product enhancements that solve them.

Commitment to Accessibility
We care about ensuring all workers have access to learning and we rigorously test the usability of our products. You can leverage technology to deliver an engaging learning experience to every employee, everywhere they are.


Key benefits of Brightspace

Access: Learn at an individual pace, anytime – and on any device

Personalization: Engage learners with timely, personalized feedback that supports skills development

Flexibility: Train the way you want (with the tools you love) on a flexible platform you can make your own

Efficiency: Automate administrative tasks and help free up time to personalize the employee or members’ learning experience

Transformation: Easily transform the in-person training into a high-quality online experience

Centralize: Support credit, non-credit and professional development goals on a single platform

Partnership: Thrive in a community that grows with you to support the future of learning

Experience: Reach your organizational goals faster with a partner that brings more than 20 years of learning expertise


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Michael
Michael
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

High Functionality, Low Intuitiveness

Reviewed on 2019/07/28

As one of many different Learning Management Systems on the market, Brightspace foots the bill as a...

As one of many different Learning Management Systems on the market, Brightspace foots the bill as a solid platform that is student- and instructor-friendly. The layout is self-explanatory, and the default settings are appealing to many users. The ability to customize course elements, while being able to make use of embedded tools, such as calendars and rubric designers, makes this learning environment a safe bet for prospective clients.

As an instructor, I do find some processes to be a bit convoluted and unintuitive. For instance, assigning grade values and having these numbers populate in the grade book can be cumbersome. In addition, grading and publishing grades can be tricky if the correct options are unselected.

Overall, Brightspace presents an aesthetically appealing and functional product that has its own quirks, while boasting a host of benefits.

Pros

Numerous design and layout options
Embedded templates for rubrics and assignments

Cons

Some functionality is not intuitive in nature

Ben
Ben
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Great for Online Learning

Reviewed on 2018/11/20

As a student my expirience with Brightspace has been nothing but positive.

As a student my expirience with Brightspace has been nothing but positive.

Pros

As a college student, I have used D2L for 3 years. I have taken a handful of all online classes whose only presence was via Brightspace. Brightspace has created a really nice online environment for classes, you can host all your content there, provide quizzes/tests within Brightspace. Theres even a discussion board for talking with other class members or the instructor. I like being able to work at my own pace, which is what an online class provides, and Brightspace provides all the features to host a well developed online class.

Cons

Auto-saving responses on tests doesn't work always. This is a relatively new feature though so, I'm sure it will get fixed soon.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 1,001–5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Poor excuse for a modern LMS

Reviewed on 2018/11/08

No benefits realized.
Purely a frustrating experience having to use this LMS to manage my...

No benefits realized.
Purely a frustrating experience having to use this LMS to manage my post-secondary classes.

Pros

Nothing at all.
The LMS has a LONG list of features but nearly all of them are poorly designed and frustrating to use.
I have moved back to old solutions that I used before I was given this piece of software.
Clearly no teachers with any experience were consulted in the design of this.
There was a huge opportunity for D2L when they moved from their old solution to a new Cloud based one. They missed the opportunity

Cons

The interface was not intuitive. There were very few clear best practices in the interface. The way that you complete tasks changes depending on which part of the interface you are using.
Non-technical users will become quickly frustrated with the number of steps required to complete even the most basic of tasks.
The interface feels like it was built by different groups of developers and designers who didn't communicate with each other. Every developer had their own idea about how to accomplish a task.
Many default options are counter to what an actual teacher would need in their day-to-day tasks.
Nothing in the interface saves you work.
Every task prolongs how long it takes me to do something.
After months of trying to use this tool I have given up and am now searching for alternative tools that make my life easier not harder.

Response from D2L

We're sorry to hear you're having problems with Brightspace and want to help. Please feel free to reach out to me directly so we can discuss the challenges you're having and get you some help.

Ray
Ray
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Brightspace - excellent upgrade from D2L

Reviewed on 2020/10/30

Very convenient platform for distance education especially useful in the midst of the COVID...

Very convenient platform for distance education especially useful in the midst of the COVID pandemic, particularly ease of including images and video in course materials. Allowed us to manage course materials, provide timely quizzes, and manage student grades.

Pros

Has addressed many prior user problems experienced with D2L
Well-ordered, clean user interface
Easy to design different courses, quizzes, and tests with minimal investment of time.
Excellent grading features that calculate percentages easily.
Can easily switch from teacher view to student view to check the layout and identify problems before finalizing content.

Cons

Some of the menus are not intuitive. ie) I had trouble figuring out how to include deadline dates for assignments after which the software would no longer accept submissions.
UI interface is too spread out- it doesn't make efficient use of space on small screen tablets.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 5,001–10,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Good LMS but not all-encompassing

Reviewed on 2018/09/26

Brightspace by D2L was useful for implementing a live course's online material, but the program...

Brightspace by D2L was useful for implementing a live course's online material, but the program lacks important components that are necessary for online courses.

Pros

This Learning Management System is GOOD but not the best. It is great that D2L and Brightspace have an easy-to-use portal that differentiates between student, instructor, and even TAs. However, the options that come with competitors like CANVAS are far superior...

Cons

CANVAS, a competing LMS, provides more external resource use, such as Virtual Office Hours during Conferences, and even grouping students into smaller groups to use MS Office through Collaborations. Brightspace is user friendly for students but more difficult to manage for administrators/teachers.

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Brightspace FAQs

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Brightspace offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$0.01
  • Free Trial: Available

Contact Brightspace directly for pricing details.

Brightspace has the following typical customers:

501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

Brightspace supports the following languages:

English, Portuguese, Spanish

Brightspace supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Brightspace integrates with the following applications:

Google Workspace, Microsoft 365

Brightspace offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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