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Brightspace for Higher Education

Brightspace is the learning platform built for people who care deeply about helping all learners reach their potential.

1. Reliable technology

Do you want a secure, reliable learning experience that works consistently on any mobile device? You’ve come to the right place.

Reduce complexity (and stress levels)

Start of the semester? No stress. End-of-term exams? No sweat. Brightspace provides you and your learners with the ultimate in learning flexibility coupled with industry-leading security and superior uptime.

Offer anywhere, anytime learning—on any device

Meet the needs of today’s on-the-go learner. Brightspace is designed for the mobile world—and the platform can be accessed from any mobile device for a true anywhere, anytime, any device learning experience. Our beautiful apps and responsive design are inspired by thousands of design sessions conducted with learners and instructors.

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Realise awesome uptime

Give your academic staff and learners a rock-solid and reliable learning platform. Brightspace delivers better than 99.9% uptime and our architecture is the best in the industry for disaster recovery. Even our monthly updates and enhancements are delivered without downtime.

So, when updates do happen, they are completely predictable and totally within your control. You decide when to turn them on.

Easily integrate into your IT ecosystem

Blend the Brightspace VLE into your unique IT ecosystem and create the ideal digital confederation of tools, content, and applications. Unlike other “walled garden” VLE platforms, Brightspace is open and includes source code libraries and standards-based integrations. This open approach means you maintain easy access to your data through APIs, can download critical datasets, and can incorporate timely insights into your day-to-day workflows.

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Rely on world-class security

With an impressive track record of security leadership, D2L is the only leading higher ed learning platform that is ISO27001- and ISO27018-certified. We’re also a proud member of the Cloud Security Alliance.

2. Put learners first

You’re driven to help your learners succeed. So are we.

Personalise learning

Ensure all learners reach their full potential with personalised learning from Brightspace.

Allow learners to learn on their terms, proceed through content at their own pace, and access learning from any device.

Easily deliver personalised feedback to keep learners motivated, on track, and engaged.

Guide a learner’s mastery of subject matter and core competencies.

Encourage collaboration and community by making it easy for learners to connect, participate in forums and discussions, and view each other’s profiles.

Use portfolios to reflect on learning, showcase growth, and celebrate achievements.

Identify and track high-risk learners and let Brightspace proactively alert you when to step in and offer help.

Provide next-generation accessibility

Brightspace is built using the most current accessibility standards, and is inspired by D2L’s culture of inclusion and the belief that disabilities should never pose an obstacle to learning.

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Fully compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA standards and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, 1973.

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Our accessibility strategy is informed by our Brightspace Community’s Accessibility Interest Group.

D2L is a long-standing member of the National Federation of the Blind’s Strategic Nonvisual Access Partnership (SNAP) program (now the Centre of Excellence in Nonvisual Access (CENA)).

D2L is a participant in the Competencies Development and Review Committee of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals as well as the W3C Silver Community Group formulating a new version of Accessibility Guidelines, and a member of the Ontario government’s Post-secondary Education Accessibility Standards Development Committee.

Motivate learners to achieve.

Keep your learners on track, engaged, and stress-free.

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Send positive reinforcement and helpful, friendly messages to keep learners motivated and moving forward.

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Allow learners to see their progress and access their grades whenever they choose via classroom dashboards.

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Provide timely and personalised in-the-moment feedback to encourage engagement and retention.

Give your modern learners a modern learning platform

Connect and motivate modern learners to succeed with an engaging and social learning experience.

Create engagement with video, game-based learning, virtual or augmented reality, and adaptive competency-based learning.

Reward progress and accomplishments with gamification, awards, and badges.

Allow learners to virtually collaborate and interact with their instructors and peers through discussion forums.

3. Enhance teaching success

Built by educators for educators, Brightspace will make you more productive and save you time while improving your students learning experiences.

Focus on what’s important:
teaching and supporting your learners

Brightspace makes it easy for instructors to complete common tasks such as:

Giving feedback on assignments.
Automatically releasing new content or courses.
Creating and using rubrics.
Posting announcements and assignments in an activity feed.
Dragging content directly into a course.
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Select a platform that will grow with you

Just getting started with Brightspace? No worries. Feel free to explore the platform at your own pace, and get started with simple features such as drag-and-drop content and a quiz builder.

And if you are a power user, we’re ready to support you as well. Brightspace’s advanced features include fast rollover to the new semester with auto-adjust for dates, personalisation of feedback with automated messages, and quick setup of group activities and virtual assistants.

Offer learners efficient, timely, and meaningful grading and feedback

Quickly assess your learners’ work and provide feedback across all courses from Brightspace’s centralised assessment hub.

Provide in-line annotations on documents and grade assignments offline with the grader app.

Access rubrics on your mobile phone to assess learners in the field.

Provide in-the-moment personalised feedback via audio and video.

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Keep learners informed and engaged

Give your learners the information they need to succeed and one place to receive updates with Brightspace’s dynamic activity feed. Easily post announcements, links to content, and assignments on a single page without having to juggle multiple tools.

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Continue to use your favorite classroom tools

Continue to use the familiar tools you and your learners love. Build and incorporate content from Google Docs™, YouTube™ videos and weblinks—and then drop it right into your course.

4. Improve learning outcomes

Inspire your learners and motivate them to take ownership of their education.

Keep your learners on track.

Quickly see early indicators of learner engagement, easily spot those needing help, and intervene early.

Access meaningful classroom insights to spot at-risk learners and to monitor student progression toward learning outcomes.

Check what learners already know (or don’t know) so you can deliver the right content and questions at the right time.

Automate reminders to provide a helpful nudge or inspire learners to reach their full potential.

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Personalise your feedback

Send personalised feedback to learners using automated, scheduled messaging based on specific criteria, for instance, submission of an assignment or passing a quiz.

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Create engaging content, fast

Quickly create engaging course content incorporating video, virtual classrooms, game-based learning, awards, and badging.

Not quite sure where to start? D2L’s Learning & Creative Services team can help. They’ll work with you to review and enhance your existing course modules, apply best practices, and help you build custom homepages and engaging HTML templates.

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Showcase your learners’ learning

Boost learner confidence and engagement and give learners an easy way to demonstrate their learning and showcase accomplishments to academic staff, peers, and employers by using portfolios.

5. Partner with a learning expert

Engage with D2L’s experts in education and pedagogy. We’re committed to supporting you in ways you might not expect from a technology provider. And we’ve been doing it for 20 years.

Let us help you connect the dots

Optimise your use of Brightspace and achieve your learning and business goals with the help of our Advisory Consultants, Learning & Creative Services Consultants, Instructional Designers, Technical Account Managers, and Data Gurus.

Begin with a success plan unique to you

Realise your institution’s goals, broaden user adoption, and improve learner engagement and goals. We’ll develop a success plan aligned to your institution’s unique goals and geared to helping you address your strategic and tactical needs.

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Work with a customer-driven company.

Engage with a company that puts its customers first. Our customers are at the center of our design and development process and the most important members of our development team. Brightspace is built with customer feedback and continually enhanced with thousands of design sessions with learners and faculty representing hundreds of educational institutions.

Monthly product updates incorporate ideas directly from our customers.

Customer input and feedback are incorporated at every step of the Brightspace product development process from early ideation to early access.

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Ready to reimagine learning?

More than just a VLE, Brightspace Core combines the tools and support you need to offer a great teaching and learning experience for students and academic staff.

Get started on Brightspace Core