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Brightspace

Cloud-based learning management solution

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Brightspace Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Brightspace product 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.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

Chat
Email/Help Desk
24/7 (Live rep)
FAQs/Forum
Knowledge Base

Training options

In Person
Documentation
Live Online
Webinars
Videos

Brightspace pricing information

Value for money

3.8

/5

169

Price starts from

No info

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

Value for money contenders

Brightspace features

Functionality

4.1

/5

169
Total Features50 7 categories

Most valued features by users

Reporting/Analytics
Activity Dashboard
API
Third Party Integrations
Assessment Management
Parent Portal
Course Tracking
Progress Reports

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Functionality
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Functionality
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#4

Brightspace users reviews

Overall rating

4.2

/5

169

Positive reviews

85%

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Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7.78/10
Rating distribution

5

4

3

2

1

79

65

16

5

4

Pros
I liked how good the UX was, I loved the ease of marking exams and writing reviews to students.

SD

Sarah D.

Faculty and students alike can get what they need to be successful. Tech support is wonderful.

CD

Candace D.

This software help me to back on studying and they has good time management that fit on my availability.

EE

Enrico E.

Cons
I find it difficult to navigate sometimes, as the user interface is confusing.

Christine G.

Only complaint is to incorporate email into the software.

LI

Linda I.

This made it difficult to switch back and forth while taking a quiz. Also sometimes there is a delay in updating when a task has been completed so I had to refresh the page a few times.

MD

Melanie D.

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Overall Rating

Review

Reviewed 5 months ago

Transcript

Yash C.: Hi, my name is Yash. I'm a student and I give Brightspace a rating of four out of five. For...

CS

Cody S.

Manager

Retail, 1-10 employees

Review source

Overall Rating

Great Learning

Reviewed 6 months ago

Transcript

Cody: Hi, I'm Cody and I'm a student and I give Brightspace a four out of five. If you want to see more...

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Redefining the learning

Reviewed 3 years ago

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,...

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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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Aesthetically Pleasing and Easy to Use

Reviewed 4 months ago

We have been able to boost productivity consistency, and quality using Brightspace. It is easier to build out courses and map them in a simple hierarchy. Course templating allows us to ensure consistency when building copies of courses or new versions. Brightspace has also allowed us to automate a number of functions we would normally need to perform in terms of student management, which has freed up personnel for other tasks but also removed human error from the equation.

Pros

Brightspace is very intuitive; users can jump into the LMS and figure out what they need to do with little to no instructions. I like the power it gives admins to build in automation and customize how students work through the course. This is done via intelligent agents and release conditions. Brightspace just looks great. Is the most aesthetically pleasing LMS on the market as far as I have seen.

Cons

The platform seems more geared toward traditional schooling systems rather than asynchronous models at times. For example, there is no easy way for students to add their own due dates to assessments; they can only be added for the entire course, which does not work when students are all pacing differently. Brightspace for Parents is also not as strong as I would have expected. There seems to be limited features and out parents are just not really interested in using it.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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A Powerful, Though Complicated, Online Teaching Platform

Reviewed a month ago

Brightspace has a wealth of features I’ve found helpful when using it in my Pre-K through 5th grade classrooms, but I can’t help but feel that this is more focused for older students. The interface can be overwhelming for young students, and creating and accessing tools such as quizzes and assignments can have a steep learning curve. When compared to Google Classroom, Brightspace has more capabilities, but can take more effort to set up and use properly. In elementary schools, I don’t know if Brightspace outweighed Classroom, but I can see middle and high schools getting much more out of it!

Pros

Brightspace has tons of features and capabilities that teachers and students can use in learning! Through assignments with release conditions, video and audio recording for instructions and responses, homepage customization, and much more. There are few things that you are limited to with Brightspace.

Cons

Though there are many features in Brightspace, they can often be tedious and complicated to create and use. For example, creating tests/quizzes in brightspace is a very important tool for teachers to give formative assessments. The creation tool works, but takes many more steps and work when compared to other quiz creation tools, such as Google Forms. This applies to almost all features on Brightspace. When using this with younger students - Pre-K through 5th grade - that can take a toll on time and learning.

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Suitable but not great

Reviewed 8 months ago

Brightspace allows completion of basic tasks for learner management and grade dissemination. However, it is frustrating to use and has more case-by-case / glitching problems that other learning management softwares I have used. It allows me to get the job done, and I suppose I will get used to it eventually, but it is certainly not ideal.

Pros

Brightspace makes it easy to contact students in a class. I like the 'classlist' feature that lists all the students in a class and their university-related contact email. This simplifies either bulk-emailing students (as an instructor) and finding students to study with (as a student). It is also a secure site to centrally access all the information necessary for all my courses.

Cons

Brightspace provides multiple places to find the same things. This is confusing, especially when some assignments are loaded in a given course module but not in the 'Assignments' tab, or vice versa. There are multiple levels of redundancy that are not kept consistent throughout the interface, so it is often confusing to locate materials. Brightspace is also slow to load. Often, when moving between...

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Top Tier LMS

Reviewed 2 months ago
Pros

It’s extremely customizable, but no matter how each course might be built, there is a feeling of familiarity. I love the assessments, open ended plugins to embed for my faculty, user support, and the student experience. I really love the course builder. It’s an easy to use yet extremely effective tool.

Cons

I would say the fact that it is so customizable and open ended at first is daunting to faculty. However with proper training and support, my faculty have really excelled with the LMS.

Brightspace FAQs and common questions

Brightspace has the following pricing plans:
Free Trial: Available


Brightspace has the following typical customers:
Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business


Brightspace supports the following languages:
Portuguese, Spanish, English


Brightspace supports the following devices:
Android, iPhone, iPad


Yes, Brightspace has an API available for use.


Brightspace integrates with the following applications:
Google Workspace, Microsoft 365


Brightspace offers the following support options:
Chat, Email/Help Desk, 24/7 (Live rep), FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base

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