Who is this service for?

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

About Brightspace

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.

Average rating 4.3/5

Total score
4.3
“Ease of use
4.1
User support
4.3
Features
4.3

Product details

Starting price:

1usd / per month
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Free trial:

Yes, get demo

Desktop & Mobile Platforms:

Mac

Windows

App - Android

App - IOS

Cloud, SaaS, Internet

Training:

Documentation

Online

Support:

Working hours

Online

Software Developer

D2L
https://www.d2l.com
Set up in 1999
Canada

Features

Attendance Tracking
Audio/Video Recording
Breakout Rooms
File Sharing
Gamification
Interactive Learning
Interactive Whiteboard
LMS Integration (LTI)
Polls/Voting
Raise Hand
Real-Time Chat
Reporting/Analytics
SCORM Compliance
Session Recording
Storyboarding

Template Management
Tests/Assessments
Two Way Audio & Video

Alternatives Brightspace


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Esther B.

«Brightspace as Virtual Classroom»

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

I've used Brightspace (D2L) for the past 3 years as part of teaching responsibilities at a University I work for. I find the integration of video and multimedia assignment types and rubrics to be well integrated and relatively user friendly.

Drawbacks:

Integration with external apps such as Bongo can be somewhat disjointed, but this has gotten better in the last year. Transcription of video has also improved.

In sum:

Overall, Brightspace offers a consistent user interface for students learning virtually and for instructors managing classrooms online.

September 30, 2021
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Leslie L.

«So Many Uses»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

So many options for different uses.

In sum:

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!

September 28, 2021
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Ray A.

«Brightspace - excellent upgrade from D2L »

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

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.

Drawbacks:

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.

In sum:

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.

September 24, 2021
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Melissa E.

«Best used for online courses»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

I found this software very easy to use and pretty intuitive. It is fresh looking on the screen and I've not had any issues with the system not working as it should.

Drawbacks:

There are a few extra clicks that have to take place in some parts of the software to get back to where you want to be. That is somewhat annoying, but a minor issue.

In sum:

I have not had any problems using Brightspace or D2L. I think the user interface is easy to learn and it is easy to find where I need to be to make assignments, grade submissions, and more. The system allows you to work as the administrator/faculty/teacher/instructor/ but also allows you to switch to the student view, which enables you to see what your students will see. I like that feature! It is extremely easy to upload files and images and adding hyperlinks is also a breeze, allowing you to choose the new window to open within the course or on a separate page. Even when they update the software, I find it very easy to learn the new applications. I have used a few other systems in the past and I really do like Brightspace and D2L over the others.

September 21, 2021
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J
Jeff B.

«The support has been great. The tool itself is on par with others - not amazing but not bad at all.»

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

Our school needed a lot of flexibility and customization, as well as integration capability. They have a rich API layer that allowed us to create an "uber" system - a next-gen learning system that all appeared to be a single entity even though it was made up of multiple platforms.

Drawbacks:

The costs for flexibility and data are problematic - it's an issue for all LMS companies but it would be great to see more progressive thinking around our school's data.

In sum:

If the organization is centralized, D2L seems to be the best choice for an LMS that I know of (I've been working in this space a long time!).

September 19, 2021
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J
John G.

«Satisfied but disappointed that some advance features cost so much more to impliment.»

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

Flexible and versatile. Provides many basic features that facilitate the learning of students in our K-12 DL school. Students and parents find it easy to use and teachers find it easy to provide quality content in their courses.

Drawbacks:

Difficult to get specific detailed help on specific issues particular to our K-12 organization. Help to implement single sign on and Google integration to our Education Google Apps account seems difficult to get.

September 12, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
Michael A.

«High Functionality, Low Intuitiveness »

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

Numerous design and layout options Embedded templates for rubrics and assignments

Drawbacks:

Some functionality is not intuitive in nature

In sum:

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.

September 1, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
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Tiffany R.

«Best Software for Universities to use! »

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

D2L is the most organized and functional software for universities to use. Students have one place to access all their courses and find all information they need. Using d2L, professors post all the content from their course and organize it however they want. Quizzes, discussions, and assignment drop boxes are found on D2L as well. D2L provides easy online accessibility for both teachers and students, making going to school a much easier task.

Drawbacks:

The due dates for assignments get confusing, not sure if thats a user error via professors, but they always seem to have to email student to say they don't know how to change the due date for certain assignments.

In sum:

Absolutely one of the best softwares for courses on the market. Highly recommend and it is used at the top universities in the country.

August 31, 2021
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Nathan W.

«Good experience with D2L as our ILP (LMS)»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

D2L is doing a great job of integrating modern technologies into their ILP (LMS). They are adding collaborative tools, video capturing tools, and multimedia interfaces very well. I've been an administrator of this LMS for about 3 years now and have been very impressed with the improvements each year.

Drawbacks:

It's hard to say. I guess with any technology, there are periodic problems. We felt like we were almost beta testers when we switched to 10.1, and we reported many bugs. I think also, the help desk folks are nice, but the turn-around time to get tickets resolved can linger onwards of a month or so.

August 25, 2021
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Verified Reviewer

«Brightspace is a bright choice»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

I've used a lot of similar products for educational reasons like Sakai, Blackboard, WebCT, Canvas and so on and one of the pros for me that Brightspace offers is that it's very clean looking compared to some of the above. I personally find it very organic and easy to use, but I've also been using similar programs since college. Still, I feel like the tutorials on Brightspacde and the layout of it is very clean and well organized that even someone very new to this software could work with it. Some of the things I really love is the ability to customize my individual courses with colors, banners and so on, and embedding videos and images is much easier --especially when creating several courses and linking a pre-made quiz or re-uploading a video. I concurrently used this alongside Sakai since I teach at two different colleges and another feature that I'm very pleased with is the ease of connecting TurnItIn

Drawbacks:

There's very few items I dislike, and they may just reflect me and my colleagues. Some of the cons are as follows: I have a lot of issues with the grade book that comes with this software. This seems to be an issue I share with my colleagues as well. Some of the grade book issues range from students not being able to view grades, even after I make them visible to them and the site showing a percentage or point instead of a letter grade, even when I click the option for that. I've also had issues with making internal links to site material. For me, I'll be able to view my links, but my students are often unable to. For instance, you can create announcements that are sent out to your collaborators and in that you can put links or embedd videos and images. When I put hyperlinks to external resources, it'll work fine --same with embedding videos. However, when I link an internal link to something like course material or a lesson, it'll give my students an error, yet the student can still log into the assignment or module by going through the tabs on our course's Brightspace. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It's not a make or break aspect either. For the most part, much of this software works great.

In sum:

Overall, Brightspace is great and functional. I love it compared to all the other platforms that I am engaged with. I find this to be very easy and organic feeling, but I do run into minor issues here and there. I was obligated to use this software from my institution that I work at, but if given the choice, I'd select this product. I also have worked with many blog-based websites and this feels more similar to the tools in building a Wordpress or on Blogger. If you are familiar with platforms like that, this should feel very native.

August 13, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet