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Fosway Group Recognises D2L as a Core Challenger in Specialist Learning Systems

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D2L holds strong positon among ‘Specialist’ Learning Systems in the 2020 Fosway 9-Grid™, highlighting the company’s commitment to customer advocacy, continued product innovation and ability to address specific learning challenges

D2L, the global learning technology leader, today announced that its Brightspace platform has once again been singled out as a Core Challenger in the 2020 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems in the EMEA market.

Fosway Group, Europe’s #1 HR industry analyst, previously classified Brightspace as a Next Generation Learning Environment for its learner experience focus and capabilities that sit outside a traditional VLE. Now under the new classification, D2L is placed in the Core Challenger zone as a specialist learning system, reflecting its good track record of customer advocacy and ability to perform in enterprise organisations.

“D2L has retained its position as a Core Challenger, this time as a specialist with a strong trajectory and positive performance and potential,” said Stewart Watts, Vice President, EMEA at D2L. “It has always been our aim at D2L to take a more focused approach, partnering with customers to solve specific learning and business challenges. As such, we are delighted to receive such strong recognition in the specialist category. Our customers take workplace learning seriously. They value employee development as a driver of business success, and we thank them for continually placing trust in us as their learning platform provider.”

D2L continues to build momentum in the enterprise space across EMEA, working with customers to understand and address a diverse set of learning challenges. In 2019 alone, D2L’s Brightspace was selected by such organizations as Gazing Performance Systems, a provider of unique training programmes to enhance performance under pressure, The European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT), a leading medical-scientific association dedicated to the promotion of knowledge associated with bone marrow transplantation and cellular therapy, and the Royal College of Physicians Ireland (RCPI), a postgraduate medical training college that offers programmes, examinations, diplomas and educational courses for doctors.

“Brightspace offers us a straightforward digital solution to better train our members and enable doctors and nurses to learn remotely in a way that fits around their busy schedules,” said Andreu Gusi, Executive Director, EBMT. “Our membership is diverse, ranging from doctors to data managers to nurses and everything in between, so the individualised learning paths and real-time data-analytics, where each user’s progress can be individually tracked and monitored ensure no one gets left behind. We feel that D2L really understands our needs, and offers us a tailored, holistic and complete solution. As an online platform, Brightspace can enable easier access to these course materials for learners. With Brightspace we can better equip our members with all the latest information on the transplantation of hematopoietic stem cells, as well as clinical research, education, standardisation, quality control and accreditation.”

In November, the company also announced that it had seamlessly moved all of its customers to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, to deliver more frequent and automatic enhancements without disruption or downtime, reduced complexity of infrastructure technology, better overall stability and numerous feature improvements to the core platform.

David Wilson, CEO of Fosway said “Following another strong year of consolidating its European market presence, Fosway once again recognises D2L as a Core Challenger on the 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems. An exemplar of a specialist solution, D2L continues to build on its innovative programmatic learning approach and becoming part of an expanding ecosystem of supplier options for European customers.”

“The usability, flexibility and rich feature set of Brightspace makes it the perfect platform for companies looking to introduce a more modern, adaptive and personalised learning experience for their users. In a challenging landscape marked by fundamental shifts in how companies approach learning and development, the fact that we’ve maintained such a strong position on the Fosway 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems is a fantastic endorsement of our team’s efforts to address specific challenges such as blended, adaptive and programmatic learning models head on,” concluded Watts.

The 2020 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems can be downloaded here



Fosway Group is Europe’s #1 HR Industry Analyst. The Fosway 9-Grid™ provides a unique assessment of the principal learning and talent supply options available to organisations in EMEA. Now in its seventh year, the analysis is based on extensive independent research and insights from Fosway’s Corporate Research Network of over 150 customer organisations, including BP, HSBC, PwC, RBS, Sanofi, Shell and Vodafone.

Visit the Fosway website at for more information on Fosway Group’s research and services.



Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform that makes online and blended learning easy, flexible and smart. Brightspace is a quantum leap beyond traditional Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) – it is easy to drag-and-drop content to create engaging courses, supports all mobile devices, has industry-leading up-time, and is built with accessibility in mind 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 VLE 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. To learn more, visit the Corporate page on our website.



D2L believes learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests. Working closely with organisations globally, 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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