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  • Waterloo, ON

Ottawa’s Algonquin College Switches to Brightspace

Press Release

D2L singled out for its commitment to personalized learning and student success

After a year-long search that extensively involved students, faculty and staff, Ottawa’s Algonquin College has chosen D2L’s Brightspace as its new Learning Management System to serve the needs of its more than 23,000 full-time and part-time students, and 5,000 faculty members.

The selection of Brightspace provides a digital learning environment that aligns with Algonquin College’s strategic goals of being a leader in personalized learning, promoting innovative and quality learning experiences for its students, and in enhancing its global impact and community social responsibility. It was D2L’s commitment to the establishment of a partnership with the college, combined with its vast experience collaborating with post-secondary institutions in Ontario, that made it the best choice for the College.

At an event held at Algonquin College on the afternoon of March 6th, College President and CEO, Cheryl Jensen, said: “We started this quest just over a year ago, when you made it clear you need an effective, intuitive and reliable LMS–one in which you could have confidence.” Claude Brulé, Senior Vice President, Academic, echoed President Jensen’s remarks and said that Brightspace would give Algonquin “the opportunity to reimagine our use of the College’s most critical system in partnership with a vendor that shares our commitment to personalized learning and student success.”


  • Algonquin College’s main campus is in Ottawa, and it has regional campuses located in Perth and Pembroke
  • Algonquin College has over 30,000 online course enrolments yearly through its Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL)
  • Algonquin’s vision is “to be a global leader in personalized, digitally connected, experiential learning”

Over the next several months as the college works towards implementation, Algonquin and D2L will be focused on keeping users informed, providing the tools and training users need to be successful, and ensuring a seamless launch of Brightspace in the fall.



D2L’s Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform that makes learning easy, flexible and smart. Brightspace is not like a traditional Learning Management System (LMS)–it is easy to create engaging courses and content, integrate video, personalize learning, capture and share expertise across the organization and supports all mobile devices. Plus, Brightspace enables the future of learning with adaptive learning, intelligent agents, course interactives, full support for competency-based learning, and world-leading learning analytics. Our clients report improved productivity, performance growth, lower turnover of employees, greater engagement, and ultimately better business outcomes.



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



The mission of Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology is to transform hopes and dreams into lifelong success. Algonquin College, an Ontario public-sector community college, does this by offering hands-on, digitally connected, experiential learning in more than 185 programs. Based in the Ottawa Valley, Algonquin College is the largest polytechnic institute in Eastern Ontario.


Algonquin Press Contact

Ruth Dunley
Manager, Communications
613-727-4723 ext. 6452
[email protected]

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