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The University of Huddersfield Selects D2L’s Brightspace to Improve Student Engagement

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D2L, a global learning technology leader, has announced that the University of Huddersfield, a gold-rated University by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and the winner of the first Global Teaching Excellence Award, has chosen its Brightspace learning experience platform to deliver a more engaging, personalised online learning experience for its students.

Renowned for its high standard of teaching and learning, the University of Huddersfield decided to upgrade its learning environment and roll out a small-scale implementation of a new learning experience platform in four courses across four schools in the university, with plans for full implementation by April 2018. Following a rigorous tendering process involving a number of other vendors, the University of Huddersfield selected D2L’s Brightspace. The platform was chosen for its ease of use, functionality, modern mobile design, open integration and analytics capabilities.

“With technology already heavily embedded into the teaching culture at the university, we were fully aware of the impact the right tools can have on the learning experience,” said Andrew Raistrick, business analyst and project manager at the University of Huddersfield. “Our tendering process involved over 2,000 criteria and the usability test had four separate sections: student usability, basic staff testing, advanced staff to push the boundaries of the product, and admin staff testing. After this long process, Brightspace came out on top.”

Brightspace is mobile responsive, offers real-time analytics, a personalised learning experience and complete accessibility, all within one flexible VLE. The dynamic and mobile Daylight interface enables instructors to design courses easily, create content and grade assignments on their phone or tablet. Brightspace’s built-in analytics enables the University of Huddersfield to monitor courses and individuals, helping tailor each learner’s experience.

“The University of Huddersfield is committed to providing its students with the best teaching experience, and its teachers with the best tools to deliver their modules. Similarly, D2L is committed to giving its customers the best and most innovative approach to technology and learning,” said Elliot Gowans, VP EMEA, D2L. “Huddersfield has an award-winning reputation for its quality of teaching, and we are looking forward to helping it further develop and enhance its online credentials.”

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The University of Huddersfield, founded in 1992, is a growing centre of research and excellence and has always pushed the boundaries of knowledge. They have proudly been recognised as a gold-rated university by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), and has also won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the university’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (Higher Education Academy, 2017).

Their academic staff are continually rated as providing high-quality teaching in an exciting and stimulating environment. In fact, Huddersfield is first in England for professionally qualified teaching staff (HEFCE Dec 2016). The University of Huddersfield became the Times Higher Education University of the Year in November 2013. Judges highlighted the University’s outstanding record for student satisfaction, and employability with the university placed in the top ten in the country in both categories. Staff and students were asked why they thought the University of Huddersfield won the University of the Year award. Here’s what they said.



Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform that makes online and blended learning easy, flexible, and smart. Brightspace is not like a traditional Learning Management System (LMS) – it is easy to drag-and-drop content to create engaging courses, better uptime, supports all mobile devices, and is accessible for all learners. Plus, Brightspace enables the future of learning with a gaming engine, adaptive learning, video management, intelligent agents, course interactives, full support for outcomes or competency-based learning, and world-leading 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.



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