Brightspace Core | School LMS | D2L Europe
IE Not suppported

Sorry, but Internet Explorer is no longer supported.

For the best experience, it's important to use a modern browser.

To view the website, please download another browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Brightspace Core

Brightspace Core is a virtual learning environment (VLE) that combines the powerful tools, services, and support you need to deliver a best-in-class teaching and learning experience for teachers and students alike. From one convenient, user-focused learning management system, teachers can create engaging, intuitive and unique learning resources for their students.

Images of Brightspace Core features for Schools on multiple devices

Reach everyone with a mobile-first VLE for Schools

Daily tasks are made easier for students of all ages, teachers, parents, and administrators. Brightspace’s VLE adapts to different screen sizes and works smoothly on any device thanks to a responsive design. The app also supports common workflows and off-line access, so learners can access it on the go.

  • Young learners can explore the learning management system freely and independently with icon-based navigation.
  • Mobile-friendly interface works on any device: laptop, tablet, or even hand-me-down smartphone.
  • Award-winning accessibility features help teachers create more accessible course content.
Screenshot of content and standards mapping feature in Brightspace

Create content quickly and easily

With Brightspace, it is easy for teachers to use intuitive course-building tools to create lessons aligned with standards. Empower your teachers to cover what they have to in the way they want to.

  • Teachers can create lessons aligned with standards using materials from publishers, open educational resources (OER), or existing content stored on online storage services like Google Drive™ or Microsoft Office 365.
  • Suggested pacing shows how materials fall into the class calendar, and drag-and-drop functionality makes it easy for teachers to add, change, and arrange content for on-the-fly adjustments.
  • Teachers can map content to standards in just a few clicks, and helpful visualisations let teachers know whether they’re covering the right material for standardised tests.
Screenshot of the social-like news feed for course homepages

Keep students engaged with a social hub for course homepages

Teachers can quickly and easily communicate with students within the system by using the social activity feed on the course homepage. With just a few clicks, teachers can share what’s new and see what needs their attention.

  • Teachers can post reminders, upcoming assignments, new content, or messages to kick off class discussions.
  • It’s easy to share content with the class due to an integration with Google Drive and the ability to post media from the YouTube™ video community or other favourite sites.
  • Students can engage with the teacher and each other by commenting on posts.
Screenshots of the portfolio app for students

Motivate students to showcase learning experiences

Students of all ages can share their progress, reflections, and learning experiences with the Portfolio app.

  • This simple, fun app for tablets guides students through the process of signing in, capturing learning experiences, and posting them for the teacher to see.
  • Students can upload pictures and audio reflections to Brightspace right from the app to demonstrate evidence of learning.
  • Teachers can easily review, approve, and provide feedback on portfolio items and share them with parents in one click.
Screenshots of the parent dashboard

Provide a window into the classroom for parents

Parents can better support their children with a dashboard designed to help them stay engaged by providing a snapshot view into how their children are doing.

  • Aggregated view of overdue and upcoming assignments help parents support their children in staying on track.
  • Prominent notifications show parents when there are potential concerns about missed due dates.
  • It’s easy for parents to keep tabs on what’s going on in school by looking at posts from the activity feed.
Screenshot of some of the built-in analytics features for teachers

Keep students on track with built-in analytics for teachers

Brightspace provides easy-to-read data dashboards, perfect for allowing teachers to track student progress throughout the school year.

  • Teachers get a high-level view of how students are progressing and have the ability to drill down into individual performance metrics in the Class Progress tool.
  • It’s easy to connect with your school’s student information system and other systems using application programming interface (API)-based application data that allows bidirectional integration of student data.
Screenshots of Quick Eval

Save time for teachers with tools they love

Here at D2L Europe, we build tools that save teachers time, allowing them to focus on giving feedback and improving student outcomes.

  • Automatically release enrichment or remediation content based on student achievement.
  • Quickly find and prioritise assessments to make providing feedback faster using Quick Eval.
  • Provide meaningful feedback using tools such as annotations and rubrics.

Partner for learning innovation and success

From day one, we’re ready to work together to help you make the most of your investment in Brightspace.

  • A personalised implementation and training experience focuses on what you need and eliminates what you don’t, optimising time and resources.
  • Brightspace Community is an interactive space for all users to explore and find answers to questions, share ideas and experiences, connect with peers and D2L experts, and more.
  • The Approved Support Contact (ASC) portal makes it quick and easy for your VLE admins to connect with Brightspace support and leverage resources and tools to keep things running smoothly.

Brightspace Core detailed features

  • Learning Environment
    An innovative, cloud-based online learning platform for creating, hosting, and editing online learning resources. It contains a flexible suite of tools for creating custom content as well as adding content from other tools.
  • Learning Repository
    An online library for storing, managing, and sharing your learning resources. Connects seamlessly with the Brightspace Learning Environment.
  • Activity Feed
    From one central spot on a course homepage, course facilitators and employees can communicate easily about upcoming assignments, new content, or discussions, knowing that their content will be seen by everyone.
  • New Content Experience
    An intuitive way to create content aligned to outcomes in a course. It includes a variety of ways to add content, including an HTML editor, linking to Google Drive, OneDrive™, web links, videos, external learning activities, and more.
  • Portfolio
    Students can document and share their learning journey with the Portfolio tool. The mobile app (included) allows students of all ages to capture their own pedagogical documentation and share with educators, who can evaluate and then share with parents using Brightspace for Parents. Students & educators can then manage and organise the Portfolio in the school’s Brightspace account, demonstrating growth over time against learning outcomes.
  • Mobile Apps
    Our mobile apps are optimised to make it super easy to complete the tasks that people want to tackle quickly while on the go—all with offline access and notifications to stay on track.
  • Virtual Classrooms
    A seamless way to connect face to face over video with multiple parties for instruction, assessment, and feedback. Schedule live discussions, office hours, video-based training, and more.
  • Video Assignments
    Structured video workflows allow for repeated skill practice and knowledge application within a real-world context. By using a variety of feedback tools, learners get personalised, pointed feedback from evaluators and peers.
  • Basic Support
    Quickly connects VLE Administrators to the resources and support they need to get the most out of Brightspace—24x7x365.
  • Parent Experience
    Parents and guardians can see their child’s classroom activity feed, shared Portfolio items, upcoming work—assignments, quizzes, discussions and content, recent grades, and course grades.
  • LDAP Authentication
    The LDAP/AD integration allows users to log in to the Learning Environment using credentials found in the school’s Active Directory server.
  • Closed Captions for Video Note
    Video note allows users to record short videos and add them anywhere the HTML editor is available. To help ensure all users can learn without barriers, closed captions are automatically created.
  • Single Sign-On
    To access a Brightspace platform-based application without having to log in, that is, without having to enter username and password credentials each time, single sign-on is available.
  • Standard SIS Integration
    The Standard SIS Integration allows your Student (or Human Resources) Information System (SIS or HRIS) to push data to Brightspace through standard CSV, OneRoster CSV/REST protocol, Ellucian ILP, or APIs.
  • Course Conversion
    Import course content from supported virtual learning environments (VLEs) and content providers into Brightspace.
  • APIs
    Developers can use APIs to access and integrate the functionality of Brightspace with other applications and to create new applications.
  • Automation Tools
    Automate a number of daily tasks with course batch and course conversion tools.
  • Disaster Recovery
    Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform, innovatively architected to support an active/active deployment model across AWS availability zones, offering you maximum reliability, availability, security, and peace of mind.
  • Customer Access
    Advocacy beyond support—regular communication and best practices to drive adoption.
  • Data Hub
    The Data Hub tool allows administrators to access predefined collections of data (data sets) from the Brightspace platform.
  • Quick Eval
    Pulls together submissions from a variety of courses and tools to create a single list of the work to be completed. Easily prioritise by sorting and filtering.
  • Discover
    Learners can drive their own learning by searching for, finding, and self-enrolling in courses that help them achieve their learning goals.
  • Learning Paths
    Deliver guided learning with Brightspace by using Learning Paths to group multiple courses into a logical, easy-to-follow path.
  • Brightspace Community
    The Brightspace Community is a great place to interact with other Brightspace users online and get the latest information on Brightspace.

Discover the Brightspace Core Add-on Packages

Performance Plus screenshot on Tablet

Robust Analytics with Performance Plus

Create knowledge, take action, and improve student outcomes with advanced analytics. Boost student performance with adaptive learning and predictive analytics.

Learn more about Performance Plus

Engagement Plus screenshot on Tablet

Spark Inspiration with Engagement Plus

Take online courses to the next level by showcasing course offerings and giving instructors the tools to create fully searchable video-based course content, lecture recordings, and multimedia presentations.

Learn more about Engagement Plus

Want to learn more about Brightspace Core?

Use the form below to drop us an email and we'll contact you as soon as we can.

Please complete this required field.
Phone number must be a valid number.
Thank you for submitting this form.

You can unsubscribe at any time. Personal information may be collected, used and disclosed in accordance with our privacy policy. Please note that if you do not provide express consent, we may, in limited circumstances, continue to provide communications to you under implied consent provisions of applicable anti-spam legislation.


Let's talk now

Chat with us right now and schedule a demo.

Chat now

Moose mascot dressed up to help you schedule a demo

Fueling up:

Upskilling to grow careers

Name: Zaria
Age: 27

Policy prescriptions: Invest in a Learning-Integrated Life; Transform the learning of today with new partnerships; Accelerate the shift to skills-based learning and hiring

Zaria has five years of work experience and is ready to change jobs and enter a field that has high growth potential in her region. The national government has been investing in collecting better skills-based labour market information for years and has developed a public platform to offer individuals specialized tools to assess their skills against current market needs, and to locate employers that are currently hiring.

On the employer side, the human resources team is closely examining a recent internal skills audit done at their organization and determines that the organization needs additional digital marketing specialists. They initiate a search for individuals with the skills they will soon need and spot a strong candidate in Zaria who requires only light training on regulatory issues regarding the sale of electric vehicles, along with some formal skills development courses on social media marketing strategy. After a successful interview, Zaria is offered the job.

Upon joining, Zaria will receive an educational benefits stipend from the company, and access to a company-provided platform of curated programs for skills building from approved providers. Upon completion of a set of courses, Zaria will receive a credential from a company approved program verifying her technical knowledge and marking the end of her probationary period at the company. To ensure she continues to build her skills, she will move into a formal mentor program with one of her colleagues to receive continual peer-to-peer feedback on her demonstration of skills and knowledge. information

This affordable and accessible learning through employer-funded training has enabled Zaria to begin working while also upskilling to ensure her long-term success in the company and growing industry. The employer is investing in its employees, and company leaders are thinking further into the future about the skills the company needs, and the types of job candidates who will succeed. This match, based on skills potential, was made possible because of government investment in high-quality labour market information and a national platform that matches job candidates with career opportunities based on the candidates’ skills and the identified skill needs of a given job.

Taking the road less travelled:

A networked postsecondary education

Name: Sam
Age: 18

Policy prescriptions: Transform the learning of today with new partnerships

Sam is a prospective postsecondary student who has always been interested in pursuing a global and interdisciplinary education. Sam’s siblings have all instilled in her the importance of studying abroad, having spoken fondly of their academic exchange semesters, field research trips, and intensive language immersion programs. She is inspired, but unsure whether this pathway will be available if she chooses not to complete a four-year degree at one institution.

Sam is interested in understanding how emerging technologies can be used to modernize and improve government services—an area in need of talent not only in her home country of Canada but also abroad. She could take on a general political science, public administration, engineering, or computer science degree at the university close to her home, but none of those degrees feels like the right fit to build the skills she needs to pursue this career interest.

While researching options, Sam learns of a new degree completion pathway that allows students to take courses from a network of universities, colleges, and polytechnic institutions throughout Canada and stack them for skills-based  credentials that are recognized by major Canadian employers. A set of four of these credentials grants an individual a degree-equivalent endorsed by each institution. Sam identifies the skills and knowledge she wants to work towards and charts out four credential pathways:

  1. Service delivery design
  2. Change management
  3. Applications of emerging technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence)
  4. Machinery of government

With this customized learning pathway, Sam has full flexibility to decide how she wants to structure her courses, the institutions within the network she will study at, and the format and model of courses she prefers—whether live in-class instruction or online courses.

Cost flexibility is built in as well—students pay a standard fee based on the number of competencies they intend to learn rather than the normal standard of ‘credit hours’. The province in which Sam lives has endorsed this networked model of  postsecondary education and adjusted its financial assistance program to better support students. Grants and other non-repayable assistance take into consideration the number of courses the student is taking across all institutions when assessing financial need. Previously, Sam would have been required to be a full-time student at every institution to receive support.

Sam also has the option of starting with foundational courses or applying for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) information so her existing knowledge and skills can be tested and she can move on to more advanced topics.

Sam completes her first three credentials in three years and uses her certifications to apply for a one-year work-integrated learning experience with the federal government in Germany where she can learn first-hand about the applications of artificial intelligence in government. When she returns home, she applies for PLAR to certify her learning on the machinery of government and is granted a degree acknowledging her four-part customized education.

The collaboration between universities, polytechnics, and colleges to create a networked approach to degree completion, and its endorsement by the provincial government, allowed Sam to graduate as an alumnus of multiple postsecondary education institutions. Her exposure to different thought spaces and networks was highly valuable for ensuring she was engaged throughout her education and set up for post-graduation success. In the rapidly evolving field she has chosen, she understands how important it is to continuously upskill, and is prepared to return to formal education for more stackable credentials as she continues throughout her career.

Route guidance:

Personalized professional development

Name: ZheYuan
Age: 33

Policy prescriptions: Prepare teachers for their own lifelong learning journeys; Accelerate the shift to skills-based learning and hiring

ZheYuan is about to join Marama’s school as a new secondary school teacher. He completed his professional teacher education a decade ago, and teaching looks a bit different today than it did when he was studying. With the incorporation of learning technologies in the classroom, and expectations of teachers delivering competency-based education information, he needs personalized professional development to feel comfortable and supported in this new opportunity.

The school district has been on its own learning journey since shifting to a competency-based education model, and has had some growing pains. Over time, the district has come to recognize that success depends on school administrators working closely with teachers to co-create systems of instruction, and pathways to professional development. The district has its own online learning management system (LMS) for teacher professional development, with a catalogue of content covering a range of subjects including:

  • Strategies for student-centred instruction
  • Design thinking—how to prototype and iterate on solutions to test new approaches
  • Online content—using learning management systems to advance competency-based education
  • Data analysis—interpreting student progress

ZheYuan is excited that he can take on professional learning to suit his needs on his own schedule. He recalls an earlier time when he had to spend nine hours a month in-person taking the same professional development courses as his peers who were teaching very different subjects and had varied skill levels and pedagogical needs than him, which was less than effective.

ZheYuan can also take advantage of his teacher community in the LMS, connecting both in asynchronous chats and in live discussions with other teachers and experts from across his region to ask questions and share his experiences. He sees some upcoming dialogues hosted by his school district to share learnings and signs up for those sessions, knowing he will get a valuable peer perspective from other teachers. ZheYuan is thankful that his school leaders recognize and value professional learning and provide the supports and the time needed for improvement.

D2L Whitepaper Contributors

Lead Authors:
Malika Asthana, Manager, Strategy and Public Affairs
Joe Pickerill, Senior Director, Strategy and Public Affairs, International

Jeremy Auger, Chief Strategy Officer
Mark Schneiderman, Senior Director, Future of Teaching and Learning
Brendan Desetti, Senior Director, Strategy and Public Affairs, United States
Mike Semansky, Senior Director, Strategy and Public Affairs, Canada
Nia Brown, Senior Manager, Strategy and Public Affairs

In the driver’s seat:

Owning the personalized learning journey

Name: Marama
Age: 14

Policy prescriptions: Prepare teachers for their own lifelong learning journeys; Accelerate the shift to skills-based learning and hiring

Marama is enrolled in a school with a competency-based education model information. Students are responsible for owning the personalization of their learning pathways, making choices alongside their teachers in how and when they learn.iii Teachers play a central role in guiding and validating all learning, regardless of where it takes place—offering formative assessments to evaluate a student’s mastery of skills and knowledge. Teachers use data from these assessments, gathered through an online learning management system (LMS), to differentiate instruction and provide targeted supports so that all students progress toward graduation. As a student diagnosed with a learning disability, Marama is supported in her education by this personalized learning pathway.

All students complete an assessment in ninth grade to identify their natural strengths as a learner. Their teachers use the results as inputs to design tailormade educational pathways with learning materials and activities that suit the individual students’ learning needs. In Marama’s case, this includes:

  1. Supplementing lecture-based teaching with structured but independent reading
  2. Shadowing professionals who work on the concepts she is learning about
  3. Taking the stories and lessons she’s learned and sharing it back with classmates by designing a creative and interactive presentation

Over the course of the school year, Marama spends a third of her time in live lectures (sometimes online) with her teacher alongside other classmates—but the rest of her time is spent learning in the ways that suit her best. She can log into her online LMS from her mobile device to access her school resources and complete on her own schedule before the assigned deadline. When Marama finds a concept that interests her, she can ask her teachers and counsellor for support in finding a working professional to speak to, or work alongside for a couple weeks, from the network her school has curated over time. And when she has learned something, she is encouraged to reinforce her learning by applying her skills and developing content to share back with her classmates.

Marama’s personalized learning journey empowers her to own her education by learning in ways that are effective for her, with the support that allows her to be successful. Her teachers have high-quality data about student strengths and performance they can share with her parents to show them how she is mastering specific skills, and where she may need extra support. Her school experience empowers her to embrace her subject interests very early on, and she advances to deeper topics quickly as she submits evidence of learning that demonstrates her proficiency. She graduates having cultivated a mindset for self-directed learning early in her education.