Brightspace Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Brightspace

Cloud-based learning management solution

4.2/5 (151 reviews)

Brightspace overview

What is Brightspace?

Brightspace is a cloud-based learning management solution that enables K-12 schools, universities, businesses, and government organizations to communicate or engage with students and employees via virtual classrooms, personalized training, video assessments, and more. Professionals can utilize the platform to store created content in a centralized library and reuse resources as per individual requirements.

Brightspace helps businesses interact with multiple stakeholders through a virtual classroom, record videos for future reference and schedule live discussions, training sessions or other important events. Managers can provide staff members with badges & certificates after training completion, improving employee engagement with the brand. Teachers can create lessons with various educational resources and and customize the interface using drag-and-drop functionality. Plus, parents can utilize the dashboard to view upcoming assignments or events and receive automated notifications about course updates.

Brightspace allows educators to monitor students' performance and provide feedback accordingly. It comes with an application programming interface (API), which lets businesses integrate the solution with several third-party student information systems (SIS). Users can enhance the quality of virtual meetings with whiteboards and slide sharing capabilities.
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Pricing

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China, Germany, Brazil

Supported languages

English, Portuguese, Spanish
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Brightspace reviews

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Mavares Peters

Redefining the learning

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-07-25
Review Source: Capterra

Create pleasant spaces for interaction among the participants.

Pros
Technological advances in modern platforms seek, in one way or another, to redefine the concept of human learning. That is why platforms like Brightspace seek not only to manage all the most important aspects of educational management, ranging from the earliest ages to the most advanced students of high school, changing with them and adapting to their cognitive and emotional needs, accompanying them, but without imposing rhythms. And this is possible because Brightspace seeks to personalize learning, focusing them, in a very short time, effectively and in a very simple way. The versatility of the platform makes it absolutely compatible with the wide range of smart devices. The process of teaching is not limited to the simple act of speaking or explaining in the classroom, this process must be thought, planned, developed, executed and, more importantly, evaluated. Brightspace all those tasks, using their useful tools. As a direct consequence, we can observe a significant improvement in classroom work, which will be noticed, due to the amount of activities that users will begin to share, which will involve parents and tutors, who will be able to manage feedback processes in real time. with personal messages.

Cons
Platforms such as Brightspace must have control or ability to configure pop-up windows, as well as other tools that must adapt to the changing requirements of users. The platform must be more managed so that it can reach more places and be more recommended.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Anonymous

Brightspace is a bright choice

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-08-27
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, Brightspace is great and functional. I love it compared to all the other platforms that I am engaged with. I find this to be very easy and organic feeling, but I do run into minor issues here and there. I was obligated to use this software from my institution that I work at, but if given the choice, I'd select this product. I also have worked with many blog-based websites and this feels more similar to the tools in building a Wordpress or on Blogger. If you are familiar with platforms like that, this should feel very native.

Pros
I've used a lot of similar products for educational reasons like Sakai, Blackboard, WebCT, Canvas and so on and one of the pros for me that Brightspace offers is that it's very clean looking compared to some of the above. I personally find it very organic and easy to use, but I've also been using similar programs since college. Still, I feel like the tutorials on Brightspacde and the layout of it is very clean and well organized that even someone very new to this software could work with it. Some of the things I really love is the ability to customize my individual courses with colors, banners and so on, and embedding videos and images is much easier --especially when creating several courses and linking a pre-made quiz or re-uploading a video. I concurrently used this alongside Sakai since I teach at two different colleges and another feature that I'm very pleased with is the ease of connecting TurnItIn

Cons
There's very few items I dislike, and they may just reflect me and my colleagues. Some of the cons are as follows: I have a lot of issues with the grade book that comes with this software. This seems to be an issue I share with my colleagues as well. Some of the grade book issues range from students not being able to view grades, even after I make them visible to them and the site showing a percentage or point instead of a letter grade, even when I click the option for that. I've also had issues with making internal links to site material. For me, I'll be able to view my links, but my students are often unable to. For instance, you can create announcements that are sent out to your collaborators and in that you can put links or embedd videos and images. When I put hyperlinks to external resources, it'll work fine --same with embedding videos. However, when I link an internal link to something like course material or a lesson, it'll give my students an error, yet the student can still log into the assignment or module by going through the tabs on our course's Brightspace. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It's not a make or break aspect either. For the most part, much of this software works great.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Cody Stensby

Great Learning

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-10-02
Review Source: Capterra

Overall the software was great to work with and easy to use.

Pros
I loved how the dashboard showed me the classes I was taking in an easy display.

Cons
I wish there was more information when I first logged in about who my professor was.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Regina Henares

Nice interface but not intuitive or easy to use

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-10-13
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, my experience with Brightspace is negative. It looks deceivingly simple to use because of their modern look and Bright color scheme that is often associated with newer websites with easy functionality, but menus are often hard to find and it is difficult to do basic tasks like scoring quizzes.

Pros
I like the ability for there to be an online classroom and I like that it records the lectures. I like how the online classroom allows for screensharing and chatting also. I also like the look of the software; it doesn't look dated.

Cons
At this point, I have used several types of software like Brightspace as I have been in higher education for almost 7 years now as an undergraduate student and now, a graduate student. I think out of all those other software that I have used, Brightspace is the least intuitive to navigate. On the outset, I think the website looks clean and modern and it feels like a website that would be easy to navigate. But when you actually do start navigating the website, you find out how hard it is to find simple commands. For example, to simply program and then score a quiz online is much harder than it needs to be. Menus for basic things like how to see the students' grades were hard to find and I had to ultimately turn to google to figure out how to grade the quiz. I am new to this software, so maybe it just takes some getting used to, but so far, as a new user, I am finding that Brightspace is not intuitive or easy to navigate.

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Likelihood to recommend: 2/10

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Khristina Brimah

Brightspace

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-08-12
Review Source: Capterra

My overall experience with Brightspace has been successful. It is easy to navigate and saves time.

Pros
I have been using Brightspace during my online class. I love that I have all of the links that I need in one central location.

Cons
The only thing that I didn't like were the shut down for updates, however, the notice of the shut down was always posted in advance.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Brightspace pricing

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Brightspace features

API
Activity Dashboard
Third Party Integration

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Self Service Portal (344 other apps)

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Additional information for Brightspace

Key features of Brightspace

  • Adaptive learning paths
  • D2L Analytics Essentials
  • D2L Assignment Grader for on-the-go grading
  • D2L Binder Shop for digitial content exploration & download
  • D2L Binder for content connection, organization & discovery
  • D2L Campus Life for campus connection
  • D2L Capture for rich media recording & broadcasting
  • D2L Degree Compass for success prediction
  • D2L Learning Repository to share & manage content
  • D2L Open Courses for MOOC creation
  • Data visualizations
  • Email, instant messaging & mobile notifications
  • Insights to measure, evaluate & guide progress
  • Instructional Design Wizard
  • MOOC (massive online open course) creation & delivery
  • Mobile Web support across multiple platforms
  • Support for LTI third-party integrations
  • User-centric design
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