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Score 8.8 out of 100
15 Ratings
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Score 6.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Brightspace ranks higher in 1 feature set: Learning Management

Learning Management

9.4

Brightspace

94%
8.1

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

81%
Brightspace ranks higher in 10/11 features

Course authoring

9.5
95%
9 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Course catalog or library

10.0
100%
6 Ratings
6.7
67%
2 Ratings

Player/Portal

9.8
98%
7 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Learning content

9.5
95%
9 Ratings
8.3
83%
2 Ratings

Mobile friendly

9.8
98%
8 Ratings
5.0
50%
1 Rating

Progress tracking & certifications

9.4
94%
9 Ratings
7.9
79%
2 Ratings

Assignments

9.8
98%
9 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Compliance management

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Learning administration

9.8
98%
8 Ratings
8.3
83%
2 Ratings

Learning reporting & analytics

9.8
98%
9 Ratings
8.9
89%
2 Ratings

Social learning

8.4
84%
9 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • Brightspace is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.2

Brightspace

92%
44 Ratings
8.9

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

89%
4 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

Brightspace

90%
25 Ratings

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

6.4

Brightspace

64%
11 Ratings

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

9.0

Brightspace

90%
2 Ratings

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

Brightspace

90%
4 Ratings

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

Brightspace

100%
11 Ratings
8.9

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

89%
4 Ratings

Online Training

4.0

Brightspace

40%
2 Ratings

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

1.6

Brightspace

16%
6 Ratings

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.0

Brightspace

90%
1 Rating

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

D2L

If you're an educational institution (K-12, Higher Ed, etc.), this is an amazing tool, and it will provide you all the functionality to support anything you may want and need it to do. If you are looking at Brightspace as a tool for corporate training, I'm not sure exactly how good or bad it will be for you. My guess would be that it likely depends on your organization's size. Along that line, what I can speak to is how we use it for our customized training and in-house professional development/training, and it works fantastically for that. While we primarily use it for normal higher ed coursework, we regularly do training and professional development for all of our employees and I manage those along with our HR department. Because we use it for many other things as well, all of our employees are familiar with the product, which makes our trainings go that much smoother and makes my job that much easier.
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PowerSchool Group LLC

In the classroom it is very well suited. For classroom teachers, and for school systems in general. It is appropriate in this capacity because it creates a streamlined sense of communication for all stakeholders: teachers, parents, students, and administration. It makes parent meetings very easy, it makes interventions for students easy, and it helps administration keep tabs on overall progress
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Pros

D2L

  • Allowing users to embed content links from YouTube or Google Drive enables learners to experience a richer lesson.
  • Providing a powerful editor that allows developers to also include content from Adobe Stock as well as textbook publishers and cloud storage companies gives more power and creative ability to instructors.
  • Providing scaling for mobile and traditional computer systems ensures students will not have issues on the go.
  • The customization of home pages and groups enable courses to be used for small training sessions with breakout groups, large courses with separate sections, and even just more engaging courses that present themed icons and logos.
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PowerSchool Group LLC

  • Hand in/Hand Out Assignments
  • Standards Based Assessments
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Cons

D2L

  • One can feel a bit rushed on the Brightspace platform during the log-out period. Security requirements may require this, but it makes end-users more conscious about getting through content than taking notes.
  • From my experience, there is not a direct connection between the platform and Outlook.
  • Some content on the platform can feel redundant.
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PowerSchool Group LLC

  • The user interface is a little blocky and not entirely user-friendly.
  • It does take more training than we'd like with new staff.
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Pricing Details

Brightspace

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Brightspace editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Must contact vendor for pricing information. 30-day free trial is available.

    PowerSchool Unified Classroom

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    PowerSchool Unified Classroom editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      D2L

      I would never give any system a perfect score. In the technology environment today we need to be constantly looking at ways to improve the user experience and LMS companies like Desire2Learn need to know that we have options today with other systems and they need to stay current with features and listen to their customers.
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      PowerSchool Group LLC

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      D2L

      Overall, the learning environment works as expected. However, there are plenty of bugs. For example, for a few versions, trying to print out a PDF from the Content screen in several browsers would produce a blank page. We inform D2L support about these issues, most of which are known issues. However, they are very slow to respond. D2L seems to spend more time selling than actually coding and testing their product. Most of the issues are not major -- however, there have been a few that are unbelievable. In fact, this past week we had a sudden issue where the "Submit" button in quizzes would not appear if users had a certain browser/operating system combination. This is a major problem, if students cannot submit their exams! D2L is slow to respond to these kinds of situations, which do occur more often than I would like.
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      PowerSchool Group LLC

      No answers on this topic

      Reliability and Availability

      D2L

      Both students and instructor enjoy the 24-hoiur access. After, all isn't that the point of online learning. As an instructor located in an Eastern time zone state it is great to connect with students located in a Pacific time zone state. I have gotten comments about the early hours I am in the course room grading assignments . . . 4:00 a.m. PST; 7:00 a.m. EST So, it's sleep time for my students and "first cup of coffee" time for me.
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      PowerSchool Group LLC

      No answers on this topic

      Performance

      D2L

      Easy to navigate; little to no delay from one section of the course room to another; actually fun to use after overcoming the learning curve.
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      PowerSchool Group LLC

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      D2L

      I have had excellent support from Desire2Learn. Any ticket that I submit is acknowledged immediately and the correction is usually almost as quick. We use this for thousands of classes and it is pretty well liked by both faculty and students. We have been using it for almost 4 years now and most of our instructors have become pretty proficient with it.
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      PowerSchool Group LLC

      They are very responsive to the issues that we have and follow through with their assistance. Having a live assist that is available when our teachers need it is essential too. They also seem to listen to suggestions on making improvements and have been transparent with us when renovations are done.
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      In-Person Training

      D2L

      Did not participate in the in-person training due to distance; training was completed online
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      PowerSchool Group LLC

      No answers on this topic

      Online Training

      D2L

      The training provided online did not, necessarily, fit the version of the system that I was using. Screens were somewhat different and not all options were readily available. This could have been due to customization on the part of my institution however, I rather believe it was due to version changes and training materials not yet being updated.
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      PowerSchool Group LLC

      No answers on this topic

      Implementation Rating

      D2L

      The D2L implementation team listened to our concerns and built a system based upon our needs. We wanted to keep them after the initial implementation.
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      PowerSchool Group LLC

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      D2L

      I have used Blackboard Learn 8 and 9. I am currently learning about Canvas. Blackboard is overall much clunkier and lacks the intuitive feel in some parts of D2L. Its grade book is much harder to control and manipulate than D2L's. Its navigation menu can be more radically modified from the default than D2L's, but this doesn't seem that useful to me. Discussions in Blackboard can be more easily reorganized than in D2L, but no grading of discussions is possible. Blackboard Assignments is a good innovation which allows markup directly in the students' submissions, but it displays student work in a confusing manner that doesn't allow for any customization, and its markup options need further tweaking. Furthermore, no rubrics can be used in Blackboard in any way to grade any kind of work (that I am aware of). Overall, I would choose D2L over Blackboard.
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      PowerSchool Group LLC

      I have used markbook and gradebook. Each system had good features that were slightly different but the fact that this one is web based and accessible makes it the best of the 3 I have used. The learning curve to using the program is similar to the other 2 and overall has allowed me to save time reporting to students and parents.
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      Scalability

      D2L

      During my first semester working with Desire2Learn the integrated learning management system was more down than up. This meant reconfiguring assignment due dates, frustration for both the instructor, students, and help desk staff. After an upgrade, Desire2Learn has been reliable.
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      PowerSchool Group LLC

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      D2L

      • I cannot speak to whether this system is less expensive than the more fully featured Blackboard, but employees are far less efficient, frustrated, and require frequent calls to the help center to set up fairly simple course templates.
      • I have been asked to consider teaching courses which will be completely online at my current institution. I have done such online courses several times at other universities, but I have decided Desire2Learn is too frustrating and cumbersome to do so. I am now exploring using Google Drive to teach a course online. Otherwise, I will not teach online until required or I find an alternate system.
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      PowerSchool Group LLC

      • Positive impact- i don't know how much it costs but every teacher spends probably 1-4 hours on powerschool every week but it streamlines communication
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