Brightspace

Brightspace

Learning Management System (LMS)

4.2/5 (118 reviews)

Brightspace Overview

From the kindergarten classroom, to college campuses, to global corporations, Brightspace helps create inspired and engaging learning for all. Our powerful and flexible learning management platform helps drive better learning outcomes by offering every learner a highly personalized, digital experience.

Pricing

Starting from
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Pricing options
Free Trial
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, Latin America, United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

English, Portuguese, Spanish

Brightspace Reviews

Overall rating
4.2/5
87% positive reviews
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Excellent
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Very good
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Average
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Nathan L.

Admin Experience with Brightspace

Reviewed on 2015/06/26
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Candace O.

As a student, Brightspace/D2L gave me the opportunity to take classes I couldn't fit in my schedule!

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2018/07/21
Review Source: Capterra

I have gained the ability to take some higher-level courses online which are necessary for college admissions/success, which I could not fit into my senior year schedule due to being a busy student!

Pros

I love that I can take these classes outside of school. I am currently taking four classes on Brightspace (Sociology, Psychology, Spanish III Semesters 1 & 2) because I could not fit them into my schedule for my senior year. In addition, each class comes with a "90 Day Plan" in the course materials, which helps keep me on track; I try to do more per day than what is on the plan, as I'm trying to get most of the workload finished before school starts again.
This brings me to my next point: Working at my own speed! As evidenced by my taking four classes over the summer, I am an advanced student who is serious about her education. Brightspace gives students the flexibility of working at their own speed. Although a "90 Day Plan" is offered as a guideline, there are no daily requirements set by the software itself. As a high schooler, some days I'm just busy, plain and simple. I don't have to worry about fulfilling a daily requirement with Brightspace. Again, the flexibility of completing online courses at my own pace is invaluable to a busy student like myself.

Cons

There's not much to complain about with this software. However, there is one issue I face on the daily with Brightspace. When working on a lesson, every now and again there will be a little box that pops up warning the user that if the session exceeds 30 minutes of inactivity, they will be logged out and will have to log back in again. I understand that it is set to do this for security reasons, but it is incredibly annoying when I'm taking notes on the lesson (which takes a decent amount of time) to have to be wary of the pop up appearing.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Lilian W.

Robust and diverse LMS for best results

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/03/06
Review Source

I think this app is equally useful for both teachers and students. It is perfect for sharing files between users, it can keep people organized, and it also can provide with a high level of communication, as it has features that are not available in other platforms.

Pros

This app has everything students can use to avoid failing deadlines. It helps students to keep all critical data in one place, so it makes them more organized and aware of the education process. In Brightspace you can drag and drop all kind of files, as well as rearrange them, so new content can be easily seen. For teachers, it is also easy to create different types of tests or quizzes without spending much time or many resources. Brightspace is a well-known LMS and is used across our college as the learning management platform. It is used to distribute the different type of information, assignments tests, which makes the education process for both students and teachers more convenient.

Cons

This app lacks an intuitive interface. It is difficult to get used it, and it requires time to understand how to activate one feature or another. You need time to customize your interface; otherwise, it will be cluttered and even more complicated to use. There is an option to create discussions, but it is hard to organize them. It also would be nice to have a video chat option so that some lectures can be given online. Tech support can be improved, as it is not helpful and it usually blames users instead of fixing the problem.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Mavares P.

Redefining the learning

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2018/07/25
Review Source: Capterra

Create pleasant spaces for interaction among the participants.

Pros

Technological advances in modern platforms seek, in one way or another, to redefine the concept of human learning. That is why platforms like Brightspace seek not only to manage all the most important aspects of educational management, ranging from the earliest ages to the most advanced students of high school, changing with them and adapting to their cognitive and emotional needs, accompanying them, but without imposing rhythms. And this is possible because Brightspace seeks to personalize learning, focusing them, in a very short time, effectively and in a very simple way. The versatility of the platform makes it absolutely compatible with the wide range of smart devices.
The process of teaching is not limited to the simple act of speaking or explaining in the classroom, this process must be thought, planned, developed, executed and, more importantly, evaluated. Brightspace all those tasks, using their useful tools. As a direct consequence, we can observe a significant improvement in classroom work, which will be noticed, due to the amount of activities that users will begin to share, which will involve parents and tutors, who will be able to manage feedback processes in real time. with personal messages.

Cons

Platforms such as Brightspace must have control or ability to configure pop-up windows, as well as other tools that must adapt to the changing requirements of users. The platform must be more managed so that it can reach more places and be more recommended.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Jeremy W.

Brightspace: a powerful, but not the most intuitive LMS

Reviewed on 2015/07/02
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Pros

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).

Cons

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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

Brightspace Features

  • API

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Automatic Reminders
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Data Import/Export
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Self Service
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruiting Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Self Service Portal
  • Third Party Integration
  • Time & Attendance Tracking

Additional information for Brightspace

Key features of Brightspace

  • Adaptive learning paths
  • D2L Analytics Essentials
  • D2L Assignment Grader for on-the-go grading
  • D2L Binder Shop for digitial content exploration & download
  • D2L Binder for content connection, organization & discovery
  • D2L Campus Life for campus connection
  • D2L Capture for rich media recording & broadcasting
  • D2L Degree Compass for success prediction
  • D2L Learning Repository to share & manage content
  • D2L Open Courses for MOOC creation
  • Data visualizations
  • Email, instant messaging & mobile notifications
  • Insights to measure, evaluate & guide progress
  • Instructional Design Wizard
  • MOOC (massive online open course) creation & delivery
  • Mobile Web support across multiple platforms
  • Support for LTI third-party integrations
  • User-centric design

Benefits

Mobile-first design
Brightspace works on any device – whether a laptop or hand-me-down smartphone or tablet. No need to worry about whether an app will work on a learner’s device.

Personalized learning
Release Conditions and Intelligent Agents in Brightspace offer a degree of granularity and control over individual learning paths that is unseen in other platforms.

Inclusive by design
Inclusion is a part of our organizational culture. Accessibility is an integral component of our development cycle. Designing with empathy is the hallmark of our user experience teams. By aligning our processes with global accessibility standards, we make our products usable by people with disabilities and interoperable with assistive technologies. D2L is long-standing member of the National Federation of the Blind’s Strategic Nonvisual Access Partnership (SNAP) program.

Brightspace FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Brightspace.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Brightspace offer?

Brightspace offers the following pricing plans:

Free Trial: Available

Q. What are the main features of Brightspace?

Brightspace offers the following features:

  • Adaptive learning paths
  • D2L Analytics Essentials
  • D2L Assignment Grader for on-the-go grading
  • D2L Binder Shop for digitial content exploration & download
  • D2L Binder for content connection, organization & discovery
  • D2L Campus Life for campus connection
  • D2L Capture for rich media recording & broadcasting
  • D2L Degree Compass for success prediction
  • D2L Learning Repository to share & manage content
  • D2L Open Courses for MOOC creation
  • Data visualizations
  • Email, instant messaging & mobile notifications
  • Insights to measure, evaluate & guide progress
  • Instructional Design Wizard
  • MOOC (massive online open course) creation & delivery
  • Mobile Web support across multiple platforms
  • Support for LTI third-party integrations
  • User-centric design

Q. Who are the typical users of Brightspace?

Brightspace has the following typical customers:

Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Brightspace support?

Brightspace supports the following languages:

English, Portuguese, Spanish

Q. What type of pricing plans does Brightspace offer?

We do not have any information about what Brightspace pricing plans

Q. Does Brightspace support mobile devices?

Brightspace supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone

Q. What other apps does Brightspace integrate with?

Brightspace integrates with the following applications:

Bluepulse, Classter, G Suite, Office 365, Panopto, iSpring Learn, newrow_ smart

Q. What level of support does Brightspace offer?

Brightspace offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials