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Brightspace Review: "Desiring to Learn"
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Updated February 06, 2015

Brightspace Review: "Desiring to Learn"

Score 8 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with Desire2Learn

Desire2Learn provides a common platform for students to communicate with each other across multiple countries, timezones and campuses. It's multi-lingual and timezone support allowed online and onsite courses to be scheduled. The system was primarily used to store content that could be viewed or downloaded to portable devices which made it easier for students to stay connected to learning materials.
  • Easily organize and structure course content with objectives to make student learning progress accessible
  • Multilingual support to help international students navigate the system
  • Easily manage students by setting up intakes and bulk enrolling into courses
  • Great course planning tool that easily organized courses by visually mapping our programs
  • The system was not always stable and available to students, this was largely due to country firewalls that prevented speed and accessibility
  • Language packs were useful, but came at a high price and needed to be continually updated locally
  • Student records and data had to be exported and analyzed outside of the system
  • Easier management of students with bulk enrollment and course metrics that measured learner progress
  • Easier organization of courses and learning content that could be organized based on learning objectives
  • System could handle embedding and adding multi-media resources for instruction integration by enriching content
Blackboard is a very solid and user friendly software, but Desire2Learn is a cleaner interface that could quickly be customized for our needs. It's learning curve was also easier making system management easier to train employees with handling course administrative tasks. Moodle is a more flexible system because of it's open source interface, but going that route would require more technical expertise to operate and manage the system. Desire2Learn provided the best of both worlds and were we able to successfully implement and use its core features.
Can the system support multiple languages? We will have international students that travel across three continents, can the system support an organization structure such as this?

The system does handle students moving from Asia to Europe, but timezones have to be manually set in order for schedules to appear at the appropriate time. Language preferences would also need to be manually set.

Using Desire2Learn

Other than the user access issues, the system is very solid and stable. Speed and accessibility were our largest hurdle, but most of that was because of hosting and location. There were plenty of manuals and system materials available online, but we were left to our own most of the time.