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University of Victoria Selects Brightspace Education Platform

D2L Chosen to Provide Learning Management by Leading Canadian University

Press Release

Global learning technology leader D2L announced today that the University of Victoria has selected the Brightspace platform as its learning management system.

The University of Victoria was established in 1963 and is based in British Columbia’s capital. It is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities. The university has more than 120 undergraduate and 160 graduate programs and is home to more than 22,000 students.

“Due to health and safety considerations related to COVID-19, we must prepare to offer over 90% of our courses online this fall—something we’ve never had to do before on such a scale,” explains Laurene Sheilds, Executive Director of the Division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation at the University of Victoria. “Online teaching and learning presents new challenges for educators and learners, and we saw this as an opportunity to invest in a more modern, engaging online learning environment. After thoroughly reviewing the options in the marketplace with our Chief Information Officer, we found Brightspace to be the ideal learning management system to meet our needs now and into the future.”

The University of Victoria selected Brightspace based on the following strengths and advantages that the platform offered:

  • Stability: Brightspace’s 99.99% up-time offers much needed predictability for educators and students.
  • Ease of use: Reviewers found Brightspace intuitive and easy to use, yet powerful and capable of meeting complex needs.
  • Accessibility: D2L’s commitment to accessibility and Brightspace’s flexibility in meeting the needs of a diverse group of students, faculty and staff.
  • Online adoption: The capacity to support fully online learning, with a robust toolset within Brightspace and a mobile-first design.
  • Data security & privacy: D2L’s strong commitment to data security and privacy.

“We are thrilled to be working with the University of Victoria to make a smooth and seamless transition to online learning,” says Lee Poteck, Vice President Education at D2L. “They are showing true leadership in how they’re providing students, faculty and staff with the tools they need to adapt to the challenges of these times. We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with them and looking forward to building a long-lasting partnership.”



Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform built by educators, for educators that works on any device. It is a secure, worry-free platform that allows you to create engaging courses using your technology to fit your needs. With Brightspace, you can easily set up individualized learning paths for your students, keep them on track with automated nudges, give them personalized feedback and engage them through gamification, social tools, video and other powerful features.

Brightspace is the only learning platform chosen as a partner of the National Federation of the Blind’s Centre of Excellence in Nonvisual Access. Brightspace was named the #1 LMS for Next-Gen Online Teaching and Learning by Ovum Research, #1 in Adaptive Learning by eLearning Magazine and Aragon Research also included D2L in its Hot Vendors In Learning list. Brightspace was also named the Best K-12 Learning Management System and Best Professional Learning Solution for Faculty and Administrative Staff at the SIIA CODiE Awards. To learn more, visit the Higher Education and K-12 pages on our website.



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


Tory Waldron
Director, PR, D2L Corporation
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