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Overview

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Brightspace is a cloud-based learning management solution that enables K-12 schools, universities, businesses, and government...

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Moodle, the customizable open source learning management system used by over 300 million individuals in over 100 languages...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
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  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
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  • Web-based
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  • Android app
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  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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User reviews

4.3

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5

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5

4

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
91%
would recommend this app

4.3

2.8K

5

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  • Value for money
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95%
would recommend this app

Pros

I liked how good the UX was, I loved the ease of marking exams and writing reviews to students.
Faculty and students alike can get what they need to be successful. Tech support is wonderful.
This software help me to back on studying and they has good time management that fit on my availability.

Pros

Moodle is a great way to make learning for students fun and interactive! it is fun, colorful, and very engaging.
They offer incredibly detailed configuration options and the community is full of wonderful active people that are always there to help you if it's needed.
The overall experience using Moodle is good. It great to navigate even if your a first time user and is very effective in online teacher especially during this pandemic.

Cons

I find it difficult to navigate sometimes, as the user interface is confusing.
Only complaint is to incorporate email into the software.
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.

Cons

The overall experience was dull, heavy, and made everyone unhappy and struggling.
It is now a bulky applications with hell lots of features, it will take you around 2-3 months to properly go through every feature, no matter how fast you are.
Moodle can be difficult to find classes you are taking. I have had struggles signing into my class and finding them.
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Key features

  • Total features51
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Alumni Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • Blended Learning
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Built-in LMS
  • Calendar Management
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Scheduling
  • Classroom Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Conferencing
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • File Sharing
  • For Schools
  • Forms Management
  • Gamification
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Independent/Private
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • K-12
  • LMS Integration (LTI)
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Live Chat
  • Media Import
  • Media Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • Online Payments
  • Parent Portal
  • Performance Metrics
  • Presentation Streaming
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Question Library
  • Raise Hand
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Scheduling
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Self-Learning
  • Session Recording
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Storyboarding
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • User Management
  • Video Call Recording
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Whiteboard
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies
  • Total features114
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Alumni Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • Blended Learning
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Built-in LMS
  • Calendar Management
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Scheduling
  • Classroom Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Conferencing
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • File Sharing
  • For Schools
  • Forms Management
  • Gamification
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Independent/Private
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • K-12
  • LMS Integration (LTI)
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Live Chat
  • Media Import
  • Media Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • Online Payments
  • Parent Portal
  • Performance Metrics
  • Presentation Streaming
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Question Library
  • Raise Hand
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Scheduling
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Self-Learning
  • Session Recording
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Storyboarding
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • User Management
  • Video Call Recording
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Whiteboard
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies

Integrations

  • Total integrations37
  • ADP Workforce Now
  • BambooHR
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Workspace
  • Greenhouse
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite
  • Slack
  • Twitter
  • Workday HCM
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • iCIMS Talent Cloud
  • Total integrations143
  • ADP Workforce Now
  • BambooHR
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Workspace
  • Greenhouse
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite
  • Slack
  • Twitter
  • Workday HCM
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • iCIMS Talent Cloud

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Vijay S.

Primary/Secondary Education, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used monthly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Brightspace

Chief Information Officer

Reviewed 6 years ago

If I were in the market for a new LMS I would consider Moodle hands down.

Pros

Good features and functionality. Easy to navigate. Not all products are bundled together in the base learning platform.

Cons

Reporting and integration needs improvement. Implementation takes longer that other LMS. Annual licensing fees are very high. Many changes to Customer assigned resources. Currently, API calls to production Database is unavailable.

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Carolyn S.

E-Learning, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Brightspace

Reviewed 9 months ago

My overall experience with BrightSpace is positive. Learners also find the LMS easy to use and navigate.

Pros

The most impactful features of BrightSpace are discussion opportunities, auto-grading, and navigation.

Cons

The cost of the LMS is the only drawback.

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Marta Y.

Education Management, 51-200 employees

Used other for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Brightspace

Student friendly

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Students love the user interface and module layout

Cons

I found it more challenging to use than Matrix LMS

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Jeremy W.

Higher Education, 1,001-5,000 employees

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Brightspace

A powerful LMS, but not always intuitive

Reviewed 7 years ago

We use Brightspace to create and deliver our undergraduate and graduate level online courses. Overall, we've been pleased with the platform. As an admin and an instructor, I appreciate how flexible Brightspace is. I am able to customize my courses however I want to. Brightspace is also good at seeking out user feedback to improve their product.

Pros

The LMS is very robust and flexible. It is also reliable.

Cons

The interface is often not intuitive. Often multiple clicks are needed to find an important setting in an assessment. The communications piece ("intelligent agents") which allows the faculty to send automated emails when a student meets certain criteria (for example, sending a note to the student if they haven't logged into the course in 5 days) is quite limited and lacking in "intelligence."

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Margaret M.

E-Learning, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Brightspace

Reviewed 6 years ago

Previously I have used Blackboard, Moodle, Desire2Learn, and Brightspace, and find Brightspace serves my needs.

Pros

The Brightspace has excellent resources for learning to navigate the system. The tutorials are very useful.

Cons

It has many updates throughout the year.

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Elena M.

Primary/Secondary Education,

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Brightspace

Brightspace for Online Teaching

Reviewed 8 years ago
Pros

There are lots of good ways to use it. The upgrades seem to be responsive to what users need.

Cons

This is not particularly about Brightspace, but all LMS products seem a little clunky and sometimes not intuitive.

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Gregory D.

Computer Software, 201-500 employees

Used other for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Brightspace

Great Corporate LMS

Reviewed 3 years ago

Train anyone, anywhere, on the same material, with the same material.

Pros

This blended LMS is a great tool for corporate training, comprehension testing, and retention tracking. Put the Kirkpatrick model into full use.

Cons

All LMS software can be wonky at times. Include too many features and it can overload the user experience.

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Nathan W.

Primary/Secondary Education,

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Brightspace

Good experience with D2L as our ILP (LMS)

Reviewed 8 years ago
Pros

D2L is doing a great job of integrating modern technologies into their ILP (LMS). They are adding collaborative tools, video capturing tools, and multimedia interfaces very well. I've been an administrator of this LMS for about 3 years now and have been very impressed with the improvements each year.

Cons

It's hard to say. I guess with any technology, there are periodic problems. We felt like we were almost beta testers when we switched to 10.1, and we reported many bugs. I think also, the help desk folks are nice, but the turn-around time to get tickets resolved can linger onwards of a month or so.

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Mary N.

Primary/Secondary Education,

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Brightspace

Innovation comes to the LMS

Reviewed 7 years ago
Pros

Takes the LMS to the next level with ease of use, focus on the learner and on learning analytics.

Cons

Not always stable, sometimes the learning curve can be challenging for new users.

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Higher Education, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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Brightspace

Poor excuse for a modern LMS

Reviewed 4 years ago

No benefits realized. Purely a frustrating experience having to use this LMS to manage my post-secondary classes.

Pros

Nothing at all. The LMS has a LONG list of features but nearly all of them are poorly designed and frustrating to use. I have moved back to old solutions that I used before I was given this piece of software. Clearly no teachers with any experience were consulted in the design of this. There was a huge opportunity for D2L when they moved from their old solution to a new Cloud based one. They missed the opportunity

Cons

The interface was not intuitive. There were very few clear best practices in the interface. The way that you complete tasks changes depending on which part of the interface you are using. Non-technical users will become quickly frustrated with the number of steps required to complete even the most basic of tasks. The interface feels like it was built by different groups of developers and designers...

Vendor response

We're sorry to hear you're having problems with Brightspace and want to help. Please feel free to reach out to me directly so we can discuss the challenges you're having and get you some help.

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Jeff B.

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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The support has been great. The tool itself is on par with others - not amazing but not bad at all.

Reviewed 5 years ago

If the organization is centralized, D2L seems to be the best choice for an LMS that I know of (I've been working in this space a long time!).

Pros

Our school needed a lot of flexibility and customization, as well as integration capability. They have a rich API layer that allowed us to create an "uber" system - a next-gen learning system that all appeared to be a single entity even though it was made up of multiple platforms.

Cons

The costs for flexibility and data are problematic - it's an issue for all LMS companies but it would be great to see more progressive thinking around our school's data.

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Nathan B.

E-Learning, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Brightspace

Aesthetically Pleasing and Easy to Use

Reviewed 2 years 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.

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Higher Education, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Brightspace

Course Building and Grading with D2L

Reviewed 4 years ago

Overall, D2L Brightspace is relatively easy to use and robust. It's not always intuitive, but that seems to be the case with all LMS I've used.

Pros

I use D2L, Moodle, and Blackboard in my multiple jobs. D2L is the most visually attractive of these, and the "drag and drop" functionality of course building makes things much easier than in Blackboard, for example.

Cons

When grading, I wish the rubrics appeared in the margin of same tab as the assignment, rather than a separate pop-up window, though this is already an improvement from earlier iterations.

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E-Learning, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Brightspace

BrightSpace is amazing!

Reviewed 5 years ago

My students (middle and high school) are able to become proficient in the navigation of the system in just a few days with minimal questions and challenges.

Pros

BrightSpace includes all of the typical features of any LMS. However, D2L has improved the platform over time and has made the system more intuitive and user friendly. I also use CourseDen (the higher ed version of BrightSpace) for my college courses and the features are essentially the same with a few differences. However, the two platforms are enough alike that, once you know one system, learning to use the other one is a cinch. The features allow for very specific customization of assessments, discussions, and other features. I have built my own courses within the LMS, so I am familiar with a majority of the features and capabilities of the LMS.

Cons

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E-Learning, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Brightspace

Top Tier LMS

Reviewed a year 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.

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Jess S.

Primary/Secondary Education, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Brightspace

Love it

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

I love BrightSpace. My old school switched from another LMS that did not have near as many features as BrightSpace. I was happy to learn that my new school also uses BrightSpace.

Cons

I cannot think of any cons about BrightSpace. However, starting a job at another school after using BrightSpace taught me that it is very important that it is set up right. My new school is not using many of the features that my old school uses. I think it is important to make sure that each school sets it up to make sure that students are able to get everything they can from it.

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Robin H.

Medical Practice,

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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D2L Brightspace

Reviewed 8 years ago
Pros

I like that there are different tabs to maneuver throughout a course. You can very easily go from entering grades, to creating a new module, to entering attendance; it's very user-friendly.

Cons

I currently also work with Moodle, from a student perspective, through my own schooling. So in comparing the two platforms, while I like the ease of transitioning from one tab to another in D2L, honestly, I like the layout of Moodle a little better. I find that it's more comprehensive and just easier on the eyes. I like that you can write text and put pictures on the actual module, instead of having to create a document that a student needs to open.

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Ho'omana Nathan H.

Higher Education, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Brightspace

Brightspace works well enough, but doesn't have great documentation

Reviewed 3 years ago

I wish there was a little more documentation available. Brightspace is incredibly powerful, but the most powerful tools are pretty opaque to use and quite a few of them are hidden pretty deep in the settings.

Pros

Brightspace offers a great LMS with lots of options for customization. You can completely run an online or in-person class with ease using Brightspace. Everything from assignments to discussions to grading to groupwork is integrated.

Cons

Brightspace isn't especially user-friendly and there's a pretty steep learning curve. Also, there aren't a lot of good tools for collaborative work, and I typically rely on Google Drive for when I want to have students collaborate.

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Higher Education, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Brightspace

A platform for learning with its own learning curve

Reviewed 4 years ago

Brightspace has allowed our students to access course information online and in hybrid environments. The LMS is powerful and can produce quality courses that are highly customizable and interactive. I have used it for around six months now as an instructor and have noticed that while it is powerful, you might want to trial it out alongside a couple of other competitors to find one that fits you.

Pros

I like the complex features that are offered by this LMS. Course creators can embed external sources, create several nested modules and access plenty of documentation. Users can also access content on nearly all browsers and operating systems.

Cons

There is a steep learning curve, and it can be difficult to even access basic course information as a learner, or to even find out how to create a single module for students as an administrator. The issues related to mobile access, Safari, and flash are still present in this LMS as well. It will be difficult to access certain pages, and some external links do not allow you to access them either.

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Higher Education, 201-500 employees

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Brightspace

The Right LMS for Our Environment

Reviewed 3 years ago

I mostly encounter the platform when working a project seeking to integrate with the product. To this point, I haven't been limited much on what I can do from an ETL or integration perspective.

Pros

Brightspace offers a clean UI and flexibility to meet our LMS needs. Our faculty and student body enjoy using it daily to manage course activities. Our staff like the openness of the platform for implementing new integrations and working with data.

Cons

We've had significant issues with the vendor-provided API in the past. We push grades from Brightspace to our SIS to populate student transcripts. When the API stopped working, it left us in a tight spot. Thankfully, the newer API seems more reliable.

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Higher Education, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Brightspace

Good LMS but not all-encompassing

Reviewed 4 years ago

Brightspace by D2L was useful for implementing a live course's online material, but the program lacks important components that are necessary for online courses.

Pros

This Learning Management System is GOOD but not the best. It is great that D2L and Brightspace have an easy-to-use portal that differentiates between student, instructor, and even TAs. However, the options that come with competitors like CANVAS are far superior...

Cons

CANVAS, a competing LMS, provides more external resource use, such as Virtual Office Hours during Conferences, and even grouping students into smaller groups to use MS Office through Collaborations. Brightspace is user friendly for students but more difficult to manage for administrators/teachers.

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Maria K.

Primary/Secondary Education,

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Brightspace

Brightspace by D2L is simple and customizable

Reviewed 8 years ago
Pros

The support team is very fast in replying to any issues that may arise. Additionally they provide many webinars and conferences that help the users to create a network and exchange knowledge.

Cons

The not so intuitive construction of the LMS. Some navigation buttons can be confusing. One of the drawbacks is that it doesn't keep preferences like restrictions as default and you have to push lots of buttons or tick many boxes for each course.

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Carol H.

E-Learning, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Am I using all of the features?

Reviewed 4 years ago

So far, so good, except the idea of "bumping around in the dark" until you find your way is unnecessary. Webinars are needed!

Pros

This LMS is an upgrade from Sakai. The overall platform is more aesthetically pleasing. Some added features like uploading of video and student-teacher interaction capacity. Grading interface is more professional and user-friendly; before you had to cut and paste, now the rubrics are embedded.

Cons

I've been using it for almost two years and am only now discovering features. The company should provide schools with a new user training webinar or course. I feel that there are so many untapped resources.

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Evaggelia A.

Education Management, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Desire to be at the center of developments

Reviewed 4 years ago

Me and my colleagues used this tool to collaborate and to keep track our students development. No problem apeared and on line suppoert was available any time we need it. The high cost made us stop use this LMS

Pros

Customer support is very qualitative. You can have any of features you need. Interaction and collaboration tools of every kind are available and compatable. Creativity is supported by many tools such quiz , rubric-as , polls builder etc

Cons

It depends totally on the internet connection and this may cause problems of connectivity sometimes. In addition the costs to enrich with additional tools may be very high. It doesn't support many of the speaking languages.

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Richard B.

Primary/Secondary Education,

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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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A professor's experience with Brightspace (D2L) LMS one year in!

Reviewed 8 years ago
Pros

To be fair to D2L, the LMS has a nice look and feel about it (especially in the student facing view). Hence, students seem reasonably happy with D2L most times. They also seem to be able to navigate around the various tabs with some ease. Students DO have issues with the e-Portfolio feature which is far from intuitive and simply doesn't work at times.

Cons

From the course creation standpoint, the software is very unintuitive and inconsistent. It appears that this LMS was created by a team of software engineers that did not commit to a consistent architecture. Hence, methods to accomplish certain tasks vary by where you may be in the LMS. This makes it very challenging and time consuming to use. The discussion forum functionality is very dysfunctional and quite restricting. Many students have commented on how archaic this feature is and I agree with them. The help function is virtually useless. One flounders until an answer is "discovered" or one gives up. Finally, the number of clicks to accomplish the simplest of tasks is mind numbering.

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Theresa J.

E-Learning, 10,001+ employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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Reviewed 4 months ago

I use Moodle if I have to I would prefer not too

Pros

Moodle can be used to teach courses and at the time I was told it was cheaper than the other products.

Cons

With all the technology that is out there Moodle does not compete with Blackboard or Brightspace

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Higher Education, self-employed

Used other for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Moodle LMS

Powerfull MLS system, but complicated to setup

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Liked that this system was open source and free to install. Usually comes with the one-clic install host provider have.

Cons

Very complex to setup and maintain. Look and feels a little outdated. Prefered D2L Brightspace.

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Jessica J.

Higher Education, 501-1,000 employees

Used other for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Cost-effective LMS for strong digital team

Reviewed 4 years ago

Solid LMS option for online learning.

Pros

Online LMS without the hefty price tag. Moderately recognizable name in the academic industry. Good customization options once UI is streamlined for instructors.

Cons

An effective UI requires a very strong digital team for setup and frequent updates/maintenance. Not as turnkey as Blackboard, Brightspace, and other options.

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E-Learning, 201-500 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Moodle - A Powerful and All Around Friendly to Use LMS

Reviewed 5 months ago

The experience form both management of the platform and end user aspect has been very good. The user community is very helpful in providing support and tips for installations, upgrades, and general maintenance. There is a very broad install-base that helps to support the product.

Pros

Most important was the ease of adding individual courses and the content within (exams, assignments, presentations, etc.). User (student) administration is also quite simple as well as grading and grading report functionality.

Cons

The cosmetic/visual aspect of the LMS is not up to par with popular LMS systems such as Canvas or Brightspace. Themes can be applied, but even so - they feel and appear slightly dated compared to that of a modern UI.