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Allegany College Switches to D2L

Press Release

Analytics, Advanced Reporting and Commitment to Partnership All Favor Brightspace

Allegany College—a high quality community college with its main campus set in the mountains of Maryland’s Allegany County and a branch location in Pennsylvania’s Bedford County—has announced that it has chosen to switch to Brightspace as its learning platform to better deliver courses for its more than 3000 credit and 7000 continuing education and workforce development students.

“We are incredibly pleased to announce that Brightspace has emerged the clear winner of our competitive process to select a learning platform,” said Pam Deering, Director of eLearning and Ed Tech Services. “One of the differentiators was D2L’s ability to understand what educators and learners need, and their approach in involving their clients and listening—really listening—and then using that input to make teaching and learning better.”

The college struck a task force to conduct an extensive competitive review of the learning platforms available to them. The college’s primary concerns were that the platform needed to be flexible enough to meet existing and future needs, that it would allow faculty to maximize the use of the platform across the institution, that it would make it easier for faculty to do all the tasks they need to do, all while making a difference for students.

“Specifically, the ability to drill down and take action on data, elements like ePortfolio and the mobile and responsive design were all great features that impressed our reviewers,” said Pam. “But the turning point was when we wanted to see more about the analytics—and the D2L team immediately got us a webinar. That customer care made us realize we weren’t just buying a product, we were entering into a partnership.”

Allegany will be using the Brightspace Core with Premium Plus—with Insights, Leap and Student Success System and the Strategic CBE elements.

“Any time we add a top-tier college like Allegany to the D2L family, it’s a cause for celebration,” said Nick Oddson, Chief Technology Officer, D2L. “We’re looking forward to learning from them and working with them as we help even more students succeed and find opportunity, together as partners in education.”



Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform that makes online and blended learning easy, flexible and smart. Brightspace is a quantum leap beyond traditional Learning Management Systems (LMS) – it is easy to drag-and-drop content to create engaging courses, supports all mobile devices, has industry-leading up-time and is accessible 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 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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