And the award for best LMS ever goes to Brightspace!
May 12, 2021

And the award for best LMS ever goes to Brightspace!

Traci Rushing | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Brightspace

Brightspace is currently being used as the LMS system for our campus. This is how we facilitate our online courses and also house various materials for our in-class sections. All in-class courses must complete their syllabi through Concourses integrated into Brightspace, use Brightspace email to communicate with the instructor, and also keep a gradebook in Brightspace. We have also used Brightspace to keep information for faculty and employee training materials.
  • The layout is amazing! Students who have used other LMS's have often commented on the ease of navigability Brightspace offers.
  • The annotation features for course assignments are easy to follow.
  • The layout of the homepage is very user-friendly and places focus on course announcements.
  • Brightspace email is also a bonus feature!
  • I wish there was a way that we could block students from their courses and provide notification as to why they have been locked out of their accounts.
  • I wish there was a way to change the order of pinned course in the my courses widget.
  • The instant messenger features in Brightspace are not really that great. I wish there was a way to link it to your phone or that it would provide a different alert. It currently works pretty similar to email.
  • The announcements widget.
  • Brightspace email.
  • Integration capabilities with 3rd party softwares such as Evaluation Kit, Concourse Syllabus Management, Teaching tools (Cengage, Pearson, etc.), and Respondus.
  • The fact that they are constantly finding ways to improve their software!
  • Since moving to Brightspace we have seen an increase in students returning to take our online courses.
  • We have a higher satisfaction rate among our faculty members where LMS is concerned.
Brightspace is by far the most user-friendly LMS I have ever used. Faculty with a lower technical skill set have an easier time navigating Brightspace features. Teaching wise, I have also found Brightspace to be easier for students to navigate than its competitors. I adjunct for another institution using Blackboard and always have students that struggle with the features and navigation of Blackboard even after hosting a zoom session to go over layout. This is rarely ever an issue for my students at my full-time institution using Brightspace.

Do you think Brightspace delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Brightspace's feature set?

Yes

Did Brightspace live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Brightspace go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy Brightspace again?

Yes

Zoom, Harmonize, Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365), Blackboard Collaborate
Brightspace offers, by far, the best customer support! I am always able to connect with chat support instantly to solve any issues. Our account managers check in monthly to make sure there are no issues on our end and Brightspace host frequent trainings for both faculty and administrators. Brightspace also host excellent professional development trainings with tips for facilitating online courses.

Their platform is also very easy to use.

Brightspace Feature Ratings

Course authoring
10
Player/Portal
10
Learning content
10
Mobile friendly
10
Progress tracking & certifications
10
Assignments
10
Learning administration
10
Learning reporting & analytics
10
Social learning
10