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  • London, UK

D2L’s Brightspace Offers Seven New Ways to Organise and Manage Professional Development

Press Release

D2L today announced a Continued Professional Development (CPD) offering for Higher Education. The Brightspace learning platform can provide seven ways to organise and manage professional learning.

As UK tuition fees continue to rise, higher education students increasingly demand an enhanced learning experience and exceptional teaching quality. D2L’s integrated CPD offering will help customers address several industry challenges: new regulations require lecturers and academic staff to continue learning; academics need to acquire new skills to maintain their credentials; there is a shift away from seat-time to competency-based learning; modern learners are demanding access on their smartphones and tablets; and new skills are required to leverage technology to support learning.

“Most teachers are interested in papers, research, and learning about new developments in their own discipline, however professional development cannot stop there – it needs to be a continued, lifelong attitude to learning and improving skills,” said Professor Sally Bradley PhD, Academic Lead in Professional Learning and Development at D2L customer, Advance HE. “Understanding how to address learning assessments and learning engagement, as well as sharing ideas and resources with other educators, is incredibly eye opening – and Brightspace is helping us make this easier. So much of education and teaching is now online. Brightspace is enabling us to offer blended learning – combining online with more traditional classroom methods – which supports lifelong learning. The platform is helping our teachers experiment with resources and their own learning and development before they go on to teach their students with new methods and techniques, which is truly invaluable.”

Brightspace eliminates for a separate LMS for staff and academic development. D2L lets institutions deliver an efficient, integrated approach to continued professional development that delivers better outcomes. Institutions can also deliver CPD course offerings and packages from other vendors within Brightspace.

Seven New Ways to Support a Modern Continued Professional Development Experience:

  1. Organise and Track Academic and Administrative Staff Development: With the new Manager Dashboard, leaders can easily manage the enrollment and completion of professional development courses for academic, research and support staff. Learners and groups can be tagged with flexible attributes such as date hired, department, reporting structure, campus or location. Using those attributes, rules-based assignments can make it easy to automatically assign participants into the right onboarding and ongoing learning.Moreover, managers get to see metrics on course completion.
  2. Use the Tools You Love: Learning resources can be seamlessly added from numerous sources. Microsoft OneDrive®, Google Drive™, YouTube, Vimeo and TED talks can easily be added with a simple click to Content or the Activity Feed.
  3. Go Mobile and Build Content Natively: Use our HTML5 design templates to make all your content mobile friendly, including video. You can easily capture knowledge and share thought leadership sessions, how-to talks, or key CPD events with multimedia video in Engagement Plus. Subject-matter experts and designers can also create, drag-and-drop, import and share resources with built-in authoring tools, or import courses and content from other providers.
  4. New Ways of Supporting Assessment: CPD participants can practise, demonstrate and get feedback on what they’ve learned using video-based recordings (e.g. interview or presentation skills). The system supports making it easy to provide feedback, evaluation rubrics tied to mastery levels, interactive exercises, game-based learning, or traditional assignments and quizzes.
  5. Inspire and Reward: Milestone activities and course completion can easily be recognised and rewarded automatically with badges that show up in a learner’s profile card. Participants can track and share their success with personalised certificates.
  6. Showcase and Share: Participants can discover and learn from their peers by sharing successes and debating new ideas. Participants can connect with course facilitators and each other through online discussions, virtual video-based breakout sessions and activity feeds–a great way to keep employees engaged in the latest developments.
  7. Recognise Informal Learning: Capture and reflect on real-world examples of work. Share and enter dialogue with peers and connect formal learning goals to authentic examples.

Complementing these enhanced capabilities in Brightspace, a new service package focused on delivering customised implementation and consulting services will ensure a robust and successful professional development experience for your academic and support staff.

“We know Brightspace is already being used for professional learning with many D2L clients. After listening to them, we knew we could help find a better way to build a great professional learning experience for leaders,” said John Baker, President and CEO of D2L. “Plus, lecturers and academic staff can use a similar learning experience to develop their professional skills than their learners are using–which saves organisations money, resources, budget and time.”

D2L’s Continued Professional Development offering for Higher Education supports institutions in addressing their professional development needs, helping to reduce staff turnover, increase engagement and improve productivity–all in one platform. For more information please visit



Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform that makes online and blended learning easy, flexible and smart. Brightspace is a quantum leap beyond traditional Learning Management Systems (LMS)–it is easy to drag-and-drop content to create engaging courses, supports all mobile devices, has industry-leading up-time and is accessible for all learners. Plus, Brightspace enables the future of learning with a gaming engine, adaptive learning, video management, intelligent agents, templated interactives for course design, full support for outcomes or competency-based learning, and actionable learning analytics.

D2L’s Brightspace was recently named the #1 LMS in Higher Ed by Ovum Research and #1 in Adaptive Learning by eLearning Magazine. In addition, Aragon Research included D2L in its highly coveted Hot Vendors In Learning list.



D2L believes learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests. Working closely with clients, D2L has transformed the way millions of people learn online and in the classroom. Learn more about D2L for schools, higher education and businesses at

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