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D2L and (ISC)2 Win Learning and Development Award at 2022 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards

Partnership wins Bronze in the Best Association Professional Development Program category in the Learning & Development program area

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D2L, a global learning technology company, and its partner, (ISC)², the world’s largest association of certified cybersecurity professionals, earned a 2022 Bronze Brandon Hall Group Human Capital Management Excellence Award. The (ISC)² continuing professional education team worked with D2L to design and launch a scalable training program to support more than 168,000 learners in 175 countries.

“With the rapid pace and evolution of cyber threats, our members – the cybersecurity professionals around the world working hard to keep us safe and secure – are always learning,” says Stacy Mantzaris, vice president of professional development at (ISC)². “That is the driving force behind our expanding portfolio of education courses covering a wide array of security best practices and emerging technologies that was easily accessible to members around the world at any time.”

As a provider of technology-based learning solutions, D2L stepped in with its extensive expertise in enabling organizations to engage learners. Working in collaboration, the (ISC)² and D2L teams expanded the professional education program to:

  • Support high enrolment volumes
  • Provide a wide range of courses
  • Deliver high satisfaction rates
  • Scale as required
  • Provide insights into learner progress
  • Help Engage learners

With D2L Brightspace, (ISC)²’s team was able to accelerate the creation of new courses and content, take a data-driven approach and integrate with other systems to optimize course content and delivery. Since the program’s inception, learners have racked up 270,000 course enrollments, completing over 130,000 courses since launch.

“The partnership has been open and lively, resulting in strong collaboration, and that’s what helped us succeed, winning this award,” said Michael Flewwelling, VP of Customer Success at D2L. “Efficiency and communication have been key. Our partnership is defined by coming together as one team; lining up behind clear objectives and goals, assembling the right tools and workflows within Brightspace, and planning all deliverables, including those around managing change and communications.”

The Human Capital Management Excellence Awards is an annual awards program run by Brandon Hall Group. Now entering its 29th year, it is one of the most prestigious awards programs in the industry. Often called the “Academy Awards” by some Learning, Talent and Business Executives, the program was one of the first of its kind when it debuted in 1994. The awards recognize the best organizations that have successfully developed and deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems, and tools that have achieved measurable results.

“It is a pleasure to see more organizations collaborating across functions and getting more sophisticated and accomplished at delivering measurable benefit through ground-breaking HCM practices,” said Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke, leader of the HCM Excellence Awards program. “For example, it was inspiring to see how diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives are increasingly embedded into people, business strategies, and cultures. We saw more alignment between HCM and business objectives than ever before.”

This is D2L’s sixth Brandon Hall Human Capital Management Excellence Award since 2017. To learn more about the award winners, please visit their site.

About D2L

D2L is transforming the way the world learns—helping learners of all ages achieve more than they dreamed possible. Working closely with clients all over the world, D2L is supporting millions of people learning online and in person. Our growing global workforce is dedicated to making the best learning products to leave the world better than they found it. Learn more about D2L for K-12, higher education and businesses at

About (ISC)2

(ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, (ISC)² offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, pragmatic approach to security. Its membership, more than 168,000 strong, is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. (ISC)²’s vision is supported by its commitment to educate and reach the general public through its charitable foundation – The Center for Cyber Safety and Education™. For more information on (ISC)², visit, follow on Twitter, or connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group operates the largest and longest running awards program in Human Capital Management. As an independent HCM research and analyst firm they conduct studies in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources. These benchmark studies help organizations by providing strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

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