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Faculty Prefer D2L Brightspace

Discover the go-to for educators everywhere. Explore faculty-favorite tools, learn why top institutions like the University of Southern California (USC) and State University of New York (SUNY) trust Brightspace—and get ready to join the faculty fan club.

Hear What Faculty Have to Say

Why does Dr. Juliana Kirschner (USC) love Brightspace? Let her count the ways.

#1 Easiest to Use LMS

Brightspace has clinched the top spot as the most user-friendly Learning Management System according to G2. With its intuitive interface, seamless navigation, and excellent accessibility features, Brightspace is tailored for your ease.

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Verified User in Higher Education

5 stars
Reviewed on January 23, 2023

A Great LMS with many features

D2L has many tools to automate classes so that it requires a lot less work from our faculty and staff.

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Mandi S.

5 stars
Reviewed on August 18, 2022

Continually Impressive

Brightspace has a great UI that makes it easy for both learners and faculty to utilize the system quickly.

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Jennifer R.

5 stars
Reviewed on February 3, 2022

Excellent Customer Service

D2L Brightspace is easy for faculty to learn and use compared to other systems I’ve used.

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Verified User in Higher Education

5 stars
Reviewed on July 13, 2023

Best User Experience

I love that Brightspace is easy to use for faculty and students, but can be customized in so many ways.

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Faculty-Favorite Tools

Equip faculty with the tools they need to be efficient and effective.


Grade and give feedback more efficiently and effectively. Create and edit assignments, view submission details, link to rubrics and competencies, and return graded submissions with feedback.


Easily create or use existing rubrics to streamline grading workflows. Access rubrics on your mobile device to assess students in the field.

Course Builder

Interact with course materials, experiences, and assessments all in one place, so faculty can see and review their entire course at once. Design and set-up courses with drag-and-drop simplicity.

Quick Eval

Easily find and prioritize submissions to give students timely feedback and boost their success. Gather all course submissions into one list so you can sort, filter and quickly prioritize what needs grading first.

Class Progress

Keep students on track by easily viewing and comparing class and individual performance. Quickly access names, emails, and group settings in one directory. Evaluate students’ knowledge and skills as they progress through courses and activities.

USC Selects D2L Brightspace

Step into USC’s Brightspace era, where simplicity meets innovation. Discover why Brightspace was the top pick for faculty, and why it ranked #1 in Communication, Accessibility, Grading, Exams, Course Creation and Customer Support. Find out what sets Brightspace apart—and what’s in store for you.

Learn Why

We Support Every Step of Your Journey

From migration and onboarding to course design and everything in between.

Learning Services

Create fantastic learning experiences with our proven course design and development approach.

Onboarding Services

Get up to speed quickly with our personalised, people-first approach.

Customer Support Services

Keep the momentum going post-launch with customised and flexible support.

Optimization Services

Get the attention and care you need to take your results to the next level.

Build Your Future Here

SUNY’s Bold Move to D2L Brightspace

In 2022, SUNY transformed teaching and learning across its 60+ campuses. Dive into the details of SUNY’s move to Brightspace—including the crucial role faculty played—in this new case study.

Let’s See What We Can Accomplish Together

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