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D2L Expands Presence In Dutch Higher Education Market

Utrecht University, Hogeschool Leiden, Hanze and CS Opleidingen are among many institutions turning to D2L for flexible online learning solutions.

Press Release

D2L, a global learning technology company, has announced that Utrecht University, Hogeschool Leiden, Hanze and CS Opleidingen have all selected D2L Brightspace as their new Learning Management System (LMS) to help deliver personalised, online and blended learning. As institutions continue to move away from open source and legacy LMS platforms, D2L has become a market leader in the Netherlands, with its feature-rich platform now used by more higher education students and teachers in the region than any other LMS.  

“We’re proud to help support the advancement of Dutch higher education and to help more institutions meet their educational goals through our LMS technology,” said Rob Telfer, Director of Higher Education EMEA, D2L. “Students and teachers have praised not only the extensive features of Brightspace but also our approach to working with our customers and the level of support we provide. We’re committed to help meeting the demands of modern learners with a solution that looks and feels contemporary. With the growing need for flexible learning, we strive to see that our technology can meet learners wherever they are in their learning journey – helping to provide adaptability, compatibility, data insights and a more positive user experience. We look forward to further growth in the region.” 

Education providers in the Netherlands that have recently selected D2L Brightspace include:   

Utrecht University: In April 2024, Utrecht University, one of the largest public universities in the Netherlands and a prestigious research-focused institution, selected Brightspace to support more than 39,000 students. Brightspace was chosen to replace Blackboard and scored highly with regards to ease of use, support for interactive use of AI and activating learning experiences and compatibility with mobile devices, which were assessed by a diverse group of teachers, students, key users/administrators and a committee of the university’s experts. 

Hogeschool Leiden: In April 2024, Hogeschool Leiden, a university of applied sciences with almost 14,000 FTE learners within the fields of education, health, management and business, science and technology, and social work and applied psychology, selected Brightspace. Brightspace excelled in helping to monitor student progression, gamifying learning, provide quality integrations and facilitate content design and sharing. D2L’s compelling vision and roadmap was another deciding factor in securing this partnership. 

Hanze: In May 2024, Hanze, the largest university of applied sciences in northern Netherlands, selected D2L to help serve 30,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) learners. The university’s degree courses emphasise practice-oriented education and applied research. D2L Brightspace received high marks in several areas, including personalised learning pathways, collaborative functions and communities of practice that facilitate knowledge connection and transfer.  

CS Opleidingen: In April 2024, CS Opleidingen, a professional training provider, selected Brightspace to help support the delivery of vocational training in areas like social security, absenteeism management, reintegration and case management. D2L was selected for its technology, meeting  functional requirements and demonstrating proven success in the Dutch market. Over the next five years, D2L will help support nearly 20,000 individuals as they complete training toward CS Opleidingen’s prestigious qualifications using VeReFi, a learning hub that streamlines and enhances the educational process for professionals. 

Learn more about D2L and why we are ranked by G2 as the #1 Easiest Learning Management System To Use.  


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Finn Partners for D2L
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