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

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User reviews

4.2

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91

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17

5

4

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  • Customer support
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would recommend this app

4.3

231

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4

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
94%
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

I love it's customizability, the app exchange, and the Salesforce Community. The app exchange is great for free (or sometimes paid) solutions to add to your Salesforce instance and its capabilities.
It is very user friendly, offers great customization, and is great when it comes to keeping all tasks organized and on track.
The clear sections and adaptability of the platform is really amazing. Its hopeful that its shortcomings will be taken care of in the near-future releases.

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

Just after logging in, the wait time is considerably higher than Classic's and is very annoying to sit around while it loads with the latest update's mascot watching your frustration.
The product is so embedded in all that we do and are and with a lack of comparable products to move to, we feel like we are trapped and forced into paying the new prices every year.
Additional features can be pricey, customer service is terrible, they'll charge you for everything additional.
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Key features

  • Total features50
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Built-in LMS
  • Business Process Automation
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Code Development
  • Code Editing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Compatibility Testing
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customizable Fields
  • Data Modeling
  • Database Support
  • Debugging
  • Deployment Management
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Tracking
  • For Developers
  • Gamification
  • Geolocation
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Integrations Management
  • Interactive Content
  • Iteration Management
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Media Import
  • Mobile Development
  • Mobile Learning
  • No-Code
  • Parent Portal
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Screen Sharing
  • Social Learning
  • Software Development
  • Source Control
  • Storyboarding
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Visual Modeling
  • Web App Development
  • Web/Mobile App Development
  • Whiteboard
  • Workflow Management
  • eLearning Companies
  • Total features37
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Built-in LMS
  • Business Process Automation
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Code Development
  • Code Editing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Compatibility Testing
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customizable Fields
  • Data Modeling
  • Database Support
  • Debugging
  • Deployment Management
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Tracking
  • For Developers
  • Gamification
  • Geolocation
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Integrations Management
  • Interactive Content
  • Iteration Management
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Media Import
  • Mobile Development
  • Mobile Learning
  • No-Code
  • Parent Portal
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Screen Sharing
  • Social Learning
  • Software Development
  • Source Control
  • Storyboarding
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Visual Modeling
  • Web App Development
  • Web/Mobile App Development
  • Whiteboard
  • Workflow Management
  • eLearning Companies

Integrations

  • Total integrations35
  • 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 integrations366
  • 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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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Brightspace

Reviewed 5 months ago

It was a competent platform which allowed me to do the things I need to teach the course. I would have liked a longer transition period to adjust from the previous platform.

Pros

It is a pretty standard educational online platform for E-Learning. Was able to pick up how to use Brightspace in a short learning curve.

Cons

School switched to Brightspace without any real transition from previous platform. This made it a bit difficult for faculty and students to transition to this new platform.

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The worst LMS system.

Reviewed 5 years ago

Do not make a mistake and switching to this platform.

Pros

No pros were added to this review

Cons

Using embedded rubrics is nightmare. No option to add due dates on assignments. Who design this platform should have taken a Blackboard first and try to improve their features not make them worse. Not worth the money and hassle. I miss Blackboard.

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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D2l as a Student

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall I do like the platform because it is user-friendly

Pros

-My school uses a lot of the D2L platform, from learning experience online to binder. -It is really easy to use and very user-friendly. -I love the images that were used in the online classroom platform for D2L -The chat-like function in the classroom is also very useful especially

Cons

-the locker room is a little bit outdated, I think they should add a function where students are able to type document and edit document while in the locker room in the class platform. -In the D2L binder where PDFs document can be stored for studying purposes, I like this function but I wish that it would make studying ease by adding note-taking opportunity.

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  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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University point of view

Reviewed 2 years ago

It is a very complete and complex platform. Some universities with the appropiate IT department could be able to use it but if they have that department they will create their own platform.

Pros

The support, virtual events and advertising.

Cons

The IT support, video tutorials about features teacher or students use everyday. Features other platforms have very easy to implement.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Used this for virual teaching

Reviewed 10 months ago

Made things so much more manageable. Will use it once virtual learning ends, as homework platform.

Pros

Once I got the hang of this, it was an amazing tool for collecting and assessing. Knew instantly which kids hadn't handed things in, or who got things done quickly and well. Allowed for easy feedback.

Cons

Took awhile to get the hang of it. Videos worked well.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Chief Information Officer

Reviewed 5 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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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Brightspace makes online learning easier

Reviewed 3 years ago

My experience has been good. I look forward to learning more about the capabilities of this new program. It seems promising!

Pros

Perhaps it is because we switched from Merlin's Blackboard Learning platform (which was terrible), but Brightspace has a much cleaner interface. The simplifying of certain aspects is also a plus, not to mention the ease of changing pages as a teacher instead of having to go into the actual coding.

Cons

Brightspace is new to me, so I am still sorting out some of the glitches and variations on the Blackboard Learn platform that we used to use.

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Brightspace

Reviewed 2 years ago

So far so good. My 5, 8 and 17 year old are all using it.

Pros

I like how it is designed. We where using google class before and I find bright space a cleaner easier to use platform

Cons

I have used it on laptop and an iPad. It is not as user friendly on the iPad. Would be nice if each platform had seamless transition

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Good Platform but not very Robust

Reviewed 6 years ago

I have used many online course delivery systems over the years. This platform is the least intuitive I have ever used.

Pros

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Cons

Not very flexible, nor intuitive

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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BrightSpace

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

A helpful platform for managing online courses. I especially like the ability for professors to create a checklist for each module.

Cons

Some of the email messaging features are a little clunky.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Brightspace is easy to use!

Reviewed 3 years ago

Used Brightspace software while enrolled in community college. I took online classes and Brightspace is the platform they used. Very user friendly !

Pros

I used Brightspace D2L while taking online college courses. Brightspace is very easy to use. I am older than the normal college student and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to use the software for online classes, but Brightspace is user friendly no matter you age.

Cons

I cannot think of one thing that I like least about Brightspace D2L. My experience has been above and beyond.

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Learning plateform

Reviewed 2 years ago

I have postive experience. However, It would be great if they update all features.

Pros

It was as similar as canvas but some features has more applicable here than the other platform. I used it when I work at UW-Whitewater.

Cons

It's not convenient as canvas is. If they add more features and easy to use for users, it would be great.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Much like Canvas, not as user-intuitive as others

Reviewed 3 years ago

This platform is one of the platforms I use on a regular basis for non face-to-face classes. I have found that training new users is crucial.

Pros

I like that setting up classes, shells, and assignments with this software is extremely easy and that it mimics Canvas to a degree, offering prior knowledge to many when using this platform.

Cons

I haven't found this software as easy for end-users to use as others in learning management. I have had students complain about not being able to find courses, old courses staying within their menus when completed, etc., and just not knowing how to start. With this software, I have had to provide more training to students and teams as where to find materials and how to manage it than with others.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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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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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Mathematics Instructor

Reviewed 5 years ago

It is easy to use, and students are pleased with it.

Pros

I like that platform in that it has so much available from one login. Grading, student contact, administering assessments, and pretty much everything that one might possibly need all in one spot.

Cons

Because of the amount of things it does, at times switching from one thing to another can be a bit clunky. That is merely a minor inconvenience, however.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Redefining the learning

Reviewed 4 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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Brightspace - excellent upgrade from D2L

Reviewed 2 years ago

Very convenient platform for distance education especially useful in the midst of the COVID pandemic, particularly ease of including images and video in course materials. Allowed us to manage course materials, provide timely quizzes, and manage student grades.

Pros

Has addressed many prior user problems experienced with D2L Well-ordered, clean user interface Easy to design different courses, quizzes, and tests with minimal investment of time. Excellent grading features that calculate percentages easily. Can easily switch from teacher view to student view to check the layout and identify problems before finalizing content.

Cons

Some of the menus are not intuitive. ie) I had trouble figuring out how to include deadline dates for assignments after which the software would no longer accept submissions. UI interface is too spread out- it doesn't make efficient use of space on small screen tablets.

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Decent learning platform.

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

I took most of my master's level courses using this platform. After learning to navigate it, I became very familiar with it, and it was a decent platform for the professors to present material on. I liked how it would show notifications for discussion posts (particularly when someone would reply to something you had written). Also, it would alert you when a professor had submitted a grade for an assignment. These are great features that other learning platforms do not have, and I most definitely miss them when using those platforms.

Cons

It was not a very clean way to present material. It was a little cumbersome at times, took a lot of "getting used to," and was missing some features that would have been helpful that I had experienced on other platforms.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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The students love it

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Brightspace is a great way for young people but even older people to use as a platform to learn. Navigating around the website was easy and keeping track of assignment was too hard. This program is flexible and easy to manage.

Cons

The setting up can be tricky and requires some trial and error until we get the right combination. There are little things that are annoying and requires to take that little extra step every time.

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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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A powerful LMS, but not always intuitive

Reviewed 6 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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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Brightspace is a Valuable Tool for Educators

Reviewed 4 years ago

Integrated learning platforms can be hit or miss but Brightspace is a big success for the average user.

Pros

Educational applications come in a variety of shapes and sizes, each promising to be a fully integrated learning platform but a number fall short. Brightspace provides an impressive array of options, each delivering a reliable experience. Brightspace is constantly looking to improve and seems to listen to feedback from users to make a more compete experience.

Cons

While the updates make a better product, they can be jarring at times, especially after one finds a sense of confidence in their normal routines with Brightspace. The interface dashboard can be a bit overwhelming at times, with button placement being oddly set up.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Easy to use and highly customizeable

Reviewed a year ago

Overall my experience has been good. I just recently learned how to design courses for Brightspace. It was easy to pick up, and there was a surprising amount of depth to the system.

Pros

I like how straightforward all of the elements and tools are in Brightspace. When designing courses, everything is where you expect it to be. The way every tool is linked together is done in a way that makes sense. Although the platform is easy and simple to use, you can also get quite in-depth by designing custom elements with html, css, and javascript.

Cons

You are required to set the score for assignments in multiple places. It would be nice if there was a system in place to set them all at once, or to notify what the score should be out of to match the other instances.

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Great learning system

Reviewed 6 years ago

What an easy platform to use. I have used 4 different ILP's over the years and I have to say this one has to be the best and easiest to use. Brightspace was very helpful when we had to convert from our old system to theirs. Out entire campus uses the product and we have been very please with the product.

Pros

Ease of use for faculty and students. Third-party platforms work well with the system and good apps available for faculty and students. Customer/Technical support is second to none. Every time I call I get a great technician on the phone who quickly addresses my needs.

Cons

Other than the system being a little pricey I really do not have anything negative to say. Overall good system.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Aesthetically Pleasing and Easy to Use

Reviewed a year 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.