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Brightspace is used by learners in higher education, K12, and the enterprise sector, including the Fortune 1000.

Product Details

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.

Contact Details

D2L

https://www.d2l.com

Founded in 1999

Located in Canada

Starting Price

  • Not provided by vendor

Free Trial

Platform

  • Installed - Mac
  • Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Installed - Windows
  • Mobile - iOS Native
  • Mobile - Android Native

Training

  • In Person
  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation

Support

  • 24/7 (Live Rep)
  • Business Hours
  • Online

Brightspace Features

Academic/Education
Asynchronous Learning
Blended Learning
Built-in Course Authoring
Corporate/Business
Gamification
Learner Portal
Mobile Learning
SCORM Compliance
Synchronous Learning
Video Conferencing
eCommerce
eLearning Companies
Admissions Management
Alumni Management
Assessment Management
Curriculum Management
Faculty / Staff Management
Financial Aid Management
Fundraising Management
Housing Management
Scheduling
Student Information / Records
Student Portal
Attendance Tracking
Classroom Management
Communication Management
Curriculum Management
Enrollment Management
Financial Management
Parent Portal
Progress Reports
Skill Testing
Student Information / Records
Academic/Education
Asynchronous Learning
Blended Learning
Built-in Course Authoring
Built-in LMS
Certification Management
Corporate/Business
Learner Portal
Mobile Learning
Simulation
Synchronous Learning
Training Companies
eCommerce

Brightspace Reviews

Showing 5 of 141 reviews
Overall
4.2/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4.2/5
Lilian W.
HR Manager
Staffing and Recruiting, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: GetApp
March 6, 2019

“Robust and diverse LMS for best results ”

OverallI 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.
ProsThis 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.
ConsThis 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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: GetApp
March 6, 2019
Jeffrey W.
Self-Employed
Design, Self-employed
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 28, 2019

“Capable education software for managing classwork and curriculum”

OverallI need to use the software for my all online Masters program at Eastern University and so far I have not experienced any bugs or delays. Seems up for the task!
ProsI enjoy the software in that it is the basis for my online education at Eastern University. I am able to complete my Master's degree without ever setting foot on campus and I can do it all with Brightspace behind the scenes keeping me on track. I am able to see deadlines, post to forums and submit my homework and quizzes among other things. Great software!
ConsThe software just seems to me, to be a little "work-in-progress" to me. I often find little notifications for the professor of a class on the same screen I'm not supposed to see as a student. It's basically just the UI that could be improved upon. Also, perhaps it has this, but I'm unsure... but it could use a text to speech feature for textbook reading. I have not come across that yet.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 28, 2019
Krista R.
Teacher
E-Learning, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 11, 2019

“Brightspace makes online learning easier”

OverallMy experience has been good. I look forward to learning more about the capabilities of this new program. It seems promising!
ProsPerhaps it is because we switched from Merlin's Blackboard Learning platform (which was terrible), but Brightspace has a much cleaner interface. The simplifying of certain aspects is also a plus, not to mention the ease of changing pages as a teacher instead of having to go into the actual coding.
ConsBrightspace is new to me, so I am still sorting out some of the glitches and variations on the Blackboard Learn platform that we used to use.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 11, 2019
Elyzabeth S.
Student
E-Learning, Self-employed
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 23, 2019

“I use Brightspace every single day!”

OverallMy experience with Brightspace has only been within the last two years, but the experience has been a rich and pleasant one. I am a Graduate student who spends hours, and hours, on Brightspace every single day. The organization of the site is exceptional. The navigation is easy for anyone to understand. It's made school all the easier simply because of the ease that comes with the use of Brightspace. It's a great source, and I would recommend it to everyone!
ProsThe simplicity of navigation is amazing. I have to navigate through multiple courses within Brightspace, and it's very well organized and categorized. Which makes school all the easier. There is never any confusion regarding what I am trying to find, and how to find it.
ConsThe only negative thing I can say about Brightspace is the inability to access previous courses and work submitted within the courses. With that being said, I believe that is a school-based setting, and not a fault of Brightspace.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 23, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Higher Education, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
2/5
Ease of Use
1/5
Features
2/5
Value for Money
2/5
Likelihood to Recommend
0/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 8, 2018

“Poor excuse for a modern LMS”

OverallNo benefits realized. Purely a frustrating experience having to use this LMS to manage my post-secondary classes.
ProsNothing 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
ConsThe 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.

Vendor Response

By D2L on November 20, 2018
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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 8, 2018