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/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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John Bayerl | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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There are many avenues for support with Brightspace. D2L manages a great community website that customers can collaborate in. Our institution has our own dedicated Technical Account Manager who is always available if we ever have questions or needs. The site itself runs really well, and luckily there's not a large need for us, institutionally, to contact support from D2L directly very regularly. Even if we did need to contact support, the service is always excellent.
Steven Mitchell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
Randi Tucker Barr, MBA, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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This rating was given to the support team at the college for providing training and immediate response to questions related to Desire2Learn. This high caliber support is provided to both faculty and students. Also available are training videos and e-mail reminders when there are updates within the integrated learning platform.
Score 6 out of 10
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Desire2Learn is a sales organization, not a support organization. We are self-hosted, but they still need to remote into our systems to perform certain upgrades and other support roles. They perform upgrades on their schedule (little flexibility) and we have experienced upgrades that their technical staff did not execute correctly. When we have problems and open a ticket, D2L is slow to come up with fixes or workarounds. It is a running joke within our internal technical team--we do not like opening support tickets with D2L because often we end up being told, at the end of the process, that the issue is a "known bug" and will be "fixed in the next release." Sigh.