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Personalized Learning for Every Student

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Learning is not one-size-fits-all. Many different challenges come into play and affect the ways in which students can consume information. The Brightspace platform is built to help accommodate all student needs in ways that help them learn best.

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Differentiated instruction and individualized support

In Brightspace, teachers can provide special access for students who require accommodations, like additional time on quizzes or modified due dates. Conditional release of materials supports scaffolding and differentiation so students can comfortably move at their own pace. The built-in Virtual Classroom tool can be used for real-time office hours or to provide extra support to students.

Alternative metrics of success

Offering alternative metrics allows us to rethink how we assess students’ comprehension and retention of information. Traditionally, assessments have been score-based tests or assignment submissions, but a bit of creativity can help us unlock ways to support student progress. The Brightspace platform supports the competency-based learning model, which allows for different ways of defining student success. The Mastery View of the Gradebook allows educators to monitor student progress against learning outcomes instead of numeric values.

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Non-readers and language support

For non-readers and early childhood learners, Brightspace offers age-appropriate icons and “Funster mode,” where little ones can capture their experiences in Portfolio. A seamless, high-quality text-to-speech integration is also available.

For English language learners (ELL) with various language needs, Brightspace auto-generates closed-captions for videos in different languages for free. Various language translations of the platform are available with the purchase of language packs, and content translation can be provided through our partners. You will also find many opportunities to incorporate audio and video instead of (or in addition to) text, including announcements, discussion boards, and assignment instructions and submissions.

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An accessible digital classroom

Accessibility and universal design for learning are front and center at D2L. We offer value to educators in three areas: Technology, Content and Pedagogy. We believe that these are central to online teaching and learning. Here is how Brightspace helps you make your courses more accessible for students with disabilities in each of these areas:

  • Our standards-compliant technology platform and tools allow teachers and students using assistive technologies to easily create and access learning content and activities.
  • Built-in accessibility checking tools and accessible course creation templates assist with making content usable by students with disabilities.
  • Numerous UDL features in Brightspace allow differentiation in instruction, assessment, and engagement, and enable teachers to align their pedagogy with the principles of universal design for learning.

Our product development process integrates global accessibility standards such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA and requirements under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. We post reports of our accessibility conformance publicly. Our commitment to education accessibility aligns with our mission to transform the way the world learns, and we make all efforts to reach every learner.

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