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D2L Brightspace

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What is D2L Brightspace?

D2L is the software leader that makes the learning experience better. The company's cloud-based platform - Brightspace - is not a common one-size-fits-all learning management system (LMS). It's easier to use, more flexible, and smart. With Brightspace, you can personalize the experience for every learner to deliver real results.

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D2L Brightspace won the following awards in the Education Learning Management category

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D2L Brightspace Ratings

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73 Likeliness to Recommend

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91 Plan to Renew

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72 Satisfaction of Cost Relative to Value

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Emotional Footprint Overview

+77 Net Emotional Footprint

The emotional sentiment held by end users of the software based on their experience with the vendor. Responses are captured on an eight-point scale.

How much do users love D2L Brightspace?

4% Negative
28% Neutral
68% Positive

Pros

  • Respectful
  • Effective Service
  • Fair
  • Trustworthy

Cons

  • Commodity Features

Feature Ratings

Average 78

Online Learning

82

Assessments and Quizzes

81

Learning Management

81

Course Management

79

Gradebook

78

Analytics and Reporting

78

Instructor Led Training

77

Student Collaboration

76

Content Management

75

Classroom Management

75

Content Creation

71

Vendor Capability Ratings

Average 77

Ease of IT Administration

81

Quality of Features

79

Availability and Quality of Training

79

Ease of Data Integration

79

Ease of Implementation

78

Usability and Intuitiveness

77

Ease of Customization

77

Breadth of Features

76

Vendor Support

75

Business Value Created

75

Product Strategy and Rate of Improvement

74

D2L Brightspace Reviews

Kelley G.

  • Role: Information Technology
  • Industry: Other
  • Involvement: End User of Application
Validated Review
Verified Reviewer

Submitted Jan 2023

My Review of D2L Brightspace

Likeliness to Recommend

89

What differentiates D2L Brightspace from other similar products?

What makes D2L Brightspace unique is the fact that it makes larding management easy and also doubles up as an education learning management software.

What is your favorite aspect of this product?

Using D2L Brightspace is easy It makes learning management easy and supports many participants The tool is cost effective

What do you dislike most about this product?

Well, nothing has failed yet for the time I have used D2L Brightspace

What recommendations would you give to someone considering this product?

I recommend D2L Brightspace because it has proved to be the best when it comes to learning management and training. It is cost effective too.

Pros

  • Helps Innovate
  • Continually Improving Product
  • Reliable
  • Enables Productivity

Ryan H.

  • Role: Student or Academic
  • Industry: Education
  • Involvement: End User of Application
Validated Review
Verified Reviewer

Submitted Jun 2022

Very useful but with some significant flaws.

Likeliness to Recommend

56

What differentiates D2L Brightspace from other similar products?

It is more practical for content and classroom management, than, say, Google Classroom. This is primarily because D2L navigates like a traditional website (instead of being a series of cloud products glued together by a dashboard / home page). The app is not so ideal for mobile displays but its integration of assignments with the built-in dropbox folders for students to submit to and the ability for integrations (such as Panopto for video hosting and Turnitin for automatically checking submitted documents for plagiarism) make it a very good product for higher education to manage course content and homework submissions, feedback, & grading.

What is your favorite aspect of this product?

The addition of the Brightspace Pulse mobile app is useful for students. It integrates with D2L allowing students to receive notifications about news, discussions, and upcoming assignments, and check their assignment calendars. Basically the app serves as a very beneficial reminder system for students who would tend to prefer push notifications and the ability to see assignments in one place than SMS or email notifications which are less legible and less viewed by most students.

What do you dislike most about this product?

Their content management is inconvenient for professors. They use flat file storage, which is fine, but they do not preserve file hierarchies when a folder containing many sub-folders and files is uploaded. Rather, if a professor uploads a folder with nested directories, the files get dumped in a flat manner and the professor has to waste time creating "folders" in D2L and moving files. Another problem is that characters like .,'` in a file name allow submission from Windows/Linux but are rejected from Macs. The error message says something like "Oops. File could not be uploaded" instead of simply saying "Try removing special characters".

What recommendations would you give to someone considering this product?

D2L is overall a good product. There may be products with more convenient content management out there, and many professors do not like the rubric feature, but D2L has many good features. Compare it to Blackboard and Canvas and you may find that D2L's pricing just makes more sense.

Pros

  • Helps Innovate
  • Reliable
  • Performance Enhancing
  • Enables Productivity

Cons

  • Slower Product Innovation
  • Commodity Features
  • Leverages Incumbent Status

Matthew A.

  • Role: Student or Academic
  • Industry: Education
  • Involvement: End User of Application
Validated Review
Verified Reviewer

Submitted Feb 2022

Works Well, Comparable to Blackboard

Likeliness to Recommend

89

What differentiates D2L Brightspace from other similar products?

Similar in many ways to Blackboard, with a shinier user experience and impressive customizability

What is your favorite aspect of this product?

Content creation and organization

What do you dislike most about this product?

Needs easier access to video sharing during pandemic

What recommendations would you give to someone considering this product?

Consider cost and need, especially for remote learning

Pros

  • Reliable
  • Performance Enhancing
  • Acts with Integrity
  • Helps Innovate

Cons

  • Commodity Features

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