Brightspace LMS Review

Brightspace is a learning management system used by the college in all aspects of managing student learning, student achievement, student …

D2L does the job

D2L is being used by the entire state university system. It has been, as I understand it, since 2010. The decision was made by the system …

Love it!

We use Brightspace for all of our classes. All students have access to Brightspace in order to access their classes, and many of the staff …
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Item level copy is a strength

Hi, I'm Jennifer DeMack and I am an adjunct instructor with Front Range Community College. I teach ENG122: Composition II, a guaranteed …

D2L is not all BS

I am the Desire2Learn administrator and an instructional designer for the University of West Georgia. Most of the universities in Georgia, …
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Desire2Learn rating

We use Desire2Learn as our online course platform in the University System of Georgia. I am writing this as an individual, not as a …

Love D2L!

We actually use it at the University of Wisconsin system level so all of the UW System schools utilize this learning management system.

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What is Brightspace?

Brightspace is an academic and corporate learning management platform. It provides core e-learning features, as well as mobile accessibility and granular personalization and analytics insights.

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  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

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What is Moodle?

Moodle is an open source Learning Management System used by educational institutions. The product is administered by the Moodle Project which is led by Moodle HQ in Australia.

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Product Details

What is Brightspace?

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

According to the vendor, key capabilities and benefits include:

Mobile-first design
Brightspace works on any device – whether a laptop or hand-me-down smartphone or tablet.

Personalized learning
Release Conditions and Intelligent Agents in Brightspace offer a high level of granularity and control over individual learning paths.

Partner in innovation
You expect your learning platform to deliver results on learning outcomes and strategic objectives. The vendor also collaborates with you day-to-day to help you plan, measure and achieve those results.

Brightspace Features

Learning Management Features

  • Supported: Course authoring
  • Supported: Course catalog or library
  • Supported: Player/Portal
  • Supported: Learning content
  • Supported: Mobile friendly
  • Supported: Progress tracking & certifications
  • Supported: Assignments
  • Supported: Learning administration
  • Supported: Learning reporting & analytics
  • Supported: eLearning
  • Supported: Assessments
  • Supported: Live online learning
  • Supported: In-person learning
  • Supported: Micro-learning
  • Supported: Video learning
  • Supported: SCORM-compliant
  • Supported: Social learning

Additional Features

  • Supported: Social Assessment

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Brightspace Technical Details

Deployment TypesSaaS
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android, Mobile Web
Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesEnglish, Arabic, Danish, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Chinese


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What is Brightspace?

Brightspace is an academic and corporate learning management platform. It provides core e-learning features, as well as mobile accessibility and granular personalization and analytics insights.

What is Brightspace's best feature?

Reviewers rate Course catalog or library highest, with a score of 9.9.

Who uses Brightspace?

The most common users of Brightspace are from Enterprises and the Higher Education industry.


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Laura Abercrombie | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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For me, someone who is reasonably technologically proficient, it was a bear to learn, but once I did it was relatively intuitive. However, for most of the professors I work with who are not comfortable with technology, I can see how they would be overwhelmed by D2L and then, as a result, just refuse to use it--which is what is happening to a certain degree.
Michelle Fisher | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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This is based on the back-end users perspective (developers, faculty members, designers). The user interface is completely inconsistent from tool to tool. This makes it difficulty for faculty to learn and for the tools to become intuitive.
Randi Tucker Barr, MBA, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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After a short learning curve, the functions in Desire2Learn made sense. Usability is consistent throughout this integrated learning platform. After the first week of class students appear confident with the resources; consistency achieves this goal. For some, who are familiar with the competition, Desire2Learn may be a bit cumbersome; however, a little patience goes a long way when working with instructional design, course delivery, and students.
Score 6 out of 10
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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.