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National Park College Chooses Brightspace

Press Release

Easy, Flexible and Smart Wins the Day

National Park College, the fourth largest community college in Arkansas, has selected D2L’s Brightspace after an extensive search for a new learning management system (LMS) to serve its population of approximately 3400 credit students annually.

Brightspace was selected for several reasons:

  • Ease of Use: When faculty and students tested Brightspace, they found it easier to use, cleaner and more intuitive than other systems.
  • Features: Brightspace offers more features than the competitors without the need to add features at an additional price.
  • Importing Data: Brightspace allows the college to do a clean import of courses with little data cleanup.

“Initially, we didn’t want to make a change but the longer we used Brightspace the more we liked it,” said Dr. Donna Kay, Director of Instructional Learning and Development. “We want to provide the best possible learning experience for our students, so ease of use, flexibility and the powerful suite of tools that Brightspace makes available for our learners is absolutely key. They won us over, completely.”

Over the next year, National Park College will train faculty on the new system. Faculty will use the time to fully immerse themselves in the student experience — which is a novel approach to implementing a new LMS devised by college leadership.
More information about National Park College can be found here.



National Park College was established in 1973 and is located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The College enrolls over 7,500 credit and non-credit students per year. NPC is a comprehensive two-year institution offering associate degrees and certificates as well as continuing education, community services and workforce training.



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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