Brightspace Features

Brightspace

Integrated learning platform (ILP)

4.09/5 (74 reviews)

Brightspace Feature Summary

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

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Brightspace Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Brightspace's features:

John Meir

BrightSpace (D2L) Review

2015-03-03

Pros

The new numbers added to the front of the filename that I can't remove automatically is a real pain.

Cons

I also don't like the additional assessment views that no longer work unless you specifically specify a minimum and maximum score. Attendance is not linked to the Seating Chart, so if I take attendance using chart, I must still put in the attendance in the attendance tool.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Brightspace

Overall this product meets my needs for course management. The company seems fairly receptive to feedback for new feature support.

Source: Software Advice
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Vijay Sonty

Chief Information Officer

2017-07-11

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

Pros

Good features and functionality. Easy to navigate.

Cons

Currently, API calls to production Database is unavailable.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Software Advice
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Anonymous
Test Engineer (Defense & Space company, 10001+ employees)
Verified Reviewer

Review 2016

2016-04-27

With Brightspace, I can personalize the experience for every learner and predicts learner performance so that i can take action in real time to keep them on track.

Pros

- easy to personalize the experience, - take real time action,

Cons

- only great for newer user - pricey

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 6-12 months

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Ray Ambrosi

Used D2L at work for student management, posting assignments, receiving assignments, and grading.

2017-11-03

Allowed me to manage many courses and keep track of student attendance, and when assignments were handed in.

Pros

- could see which students had handed in assignments, - could place deadlines after which the system would not accept submission of assignments, - could monitor attendance - able to email entire class or individual students regarding assignments or attendance

Cons

Old-fashioned interface seems somewhat unresponsive and unintuitive at times.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Nathan Winters

Good experience with D2L as our ILP (LMS)

2015-03-09

Pros

They are adding collaborative tools, video capturing tools, and multimedia interfaces very well.

Cons

We felt like we were almost beta testers when we switched to 10.1, and we reported many bugs.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Brightspace

I think one must take into consideration how complex a learning management system is. It must accommodate student learning and be accessible through the world of changing web browsers, devices, and platforms. An LMS will always be adapting to the world around it and pushing the boundaries of academics.

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Jeff Borden

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

2018-01-05

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

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Lamar Younginer

Verified Reviewer

Great learning system

2016-04-21

What an easy platform to use.

Pros

Ease of use for faculty and students. Third-party platforms work well with the system and good apps available for faculty and students.

Cons

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

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Source: GetApp
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Zach Hartje

Brightspace review

2015-03-09

Pros

I like the integrations with 3rd party applications, relatively easy to use, and the fact that they're receptive to users requests.

Cons

We sometimes have to wait too long on support and usually get a response that a particular issue is a known bug. If they are known bugs, it would be good to be notified opposed to stumbling upon them.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Brightspace

We use this in a higher education setting, so it was important to involve stakeholders from the beginning.

Source: Software Advice
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Paul Kudlyuk

Beautiful tool for an online student

2018-10-01

Pros

Great layout and design. Very easy to navigate and a breeze to learn how to use.

Cons

I have not had any negative interactions using this online student portal. I believe there was only one instance that brightspace was down because of a planned upgrade and they did a good job notifying their users ahead of time.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Rose Jenkins

No more paper!

2015-03-25

Pros

I enjoy being able to post grades and attendance in D2L.

Cons

Students see this as meaning that they cannot access the activity. But what it really means is that there is a period of time for which the assignment will be locked.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Brightspace

Consider how well it integrates with other technology tools that you use - (MyMathLab, Datatel, etc.) Consider how well it performs on different platforms (pc, tablet, smart phone).

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Evaggelia Andreadou

Brightspace: The flexible, cloud based, LMS. Created by D2L, 2014.

2018-09-12

To incorporate portfolio-based activities into the work using the integrated ePortfolio system

Pros

-It places the student at the center of learning. -It provides collaboration and interaction. -It has a variety of tools. -It combines most learning theories. -It can be used by both educators and trainees. -It combines education and learning resources with assessment and analysis features to create an integrated e-learning environment.

Cons

-The cost: It has an annual cost and is tailored to the number of users connected at the same time. -It is not installed locally.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
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Jonnie Miller

Works great unless you are on a phone!

2015-03-26

Pros

The structure of the pages is visually appealing. It is easy to be consistent among your different classes.

Cons

The test will not automatically populate to the gradebook.)

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

6/10

Recommendations to others considering Brightspace

Sit down with someone who uses it daily and ask lots of questions.

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Anonymous
(Sports company, 11-50 employees)

The students love it

2018-08-27

Pros

Navigating around the website was easy and keeping track of assignment was too hard.

Cons

There are little things that are annoying and requires to take that little extra step every time.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Leslie Little

So Many Uses

2017-02-28

I really like the dropbox feature. This allows them to put specific 'assignments' in and it is time stamped and does not crowd my email.

Pros

So many options for different uses.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Higher Education company, 5001-10000 employees)

Good LMS but not all-encompassing

2018-09-26

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

It is great that D2L and Brightspace have an easy-to-use portal that differentiates between student, instructor, and even TAs.

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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Nathan Lentfer

Admin Experience with Brightspace

2015-06-26

Pros

In the most recent version that I had used, Brightspace had taken steps to make some changes on how system settings were handled to update the interface. Previously, the interface of the DOME was one of the most painful parts of the system.

Cons

For instance, workflows between different tools were very different based on the time that the original tool was designed. This led to user frustration and an increase of time training users on the common functions of the LMS.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Brightspace

I have found that any LMS will introduce its own set of problems, and no single LMS will perfectly fit every single use case. Most LMS's will be able to fulfill the same basic sets of tasks: quizzing, assignment submission, and gradebook. I would suggest that you have end users try out multiple LMS products and look at which system fits your existing or ideal workflows best. I would also recommend that you look at the flexibility of an LMS to fit your current academic or corporate ecosystem. This would include the ability of an LMS to integrate third-party software. No LMS can do both everything an LMS should (quizzing, assignments, gradebook, content distribution) and a lot of other things equally well, so you should look at the LTI extensibility as well as how well the LMS company works with other vendors and try to find out its reputation.

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Mavares Peters

Redefining the learning

2018-07-25

Create pleasant spaces for interaction among the participants.

Pros

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Neal Chambliss

Easy to use content and record keeping software for educational institutions.

2018-02-08

Use it for posting assignments, content resources and grades for students in a Mathematics class. Sometimes even use it for grading.

Pros

The everything in one place aspect of it. This means fewer different logins and software platforms to keep up with, which means more focus on things that matter.

Cons

And they do try to make it happen during off-peak hours.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Brandon Verderber

I have used D2L almost daily for years and have never had an issue getting the info I need.

2018-01-17

Pros

It has made submitting and keeping track of my assignments very easy.

Cons

I understand why, but I really wish there was a counter or notification before course removal so I could download any content I wanted.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Paula seawright

D2L Brightspace

2015-03-03

Pros

I'm able to keep track of all my important assignments and information.

Cons

Some teachers aren't using it to the full potential.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Brightspace

Click through all the different links. It does more than you think. Explore.

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R Craig Collins

You aren't suppost to love a classroom Management system, but I do

2015-01-25

Easy to pick up from both the student and administrator/faculty side, Brightspace is also incredibly full featured. I have found the company to be very responsive in implementing suggestions, as well.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Source: Capterra
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Trilla Mays

D2L review

2015-03-03

Pros

It's easy to set up everything you need for a class: Dropbox, discussions, quizzes, grade book, and attendance.

Cons

Sometimes the upgrades take a little getting used to. The changes are usually good.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Brightspace

It is a great to use both for online classes as well as a supplement for on-campus classes.

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Lindsay Gyles

Review of D2L/Brightspace

2015-04-09

Pros

I like how easy it is to import & export content.

Cons

The grade book can be a little awkward to set up to get exactly how I want it. Also would like the ability to easly add bonus questions to tests, to give the student the ability to earn over 100% on a test.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Brightspace

When evaluating software think about usability: Is it well structured and straightforward? Is it easy to learn how to use? Does it crash often, or is there excessive, inconvenient downtime? Does it fulfill all of your needs?

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Tonisha Pinckney

Excellent First Semester Use Experience

2015-06-23

Pros

The amount of time and effort put into making sure the product met the needs of the faculty and unique student body, and training of the first use faculty was quite impressive.

Cons

It is not impossible, but not easy. Also, since it is required that one create a new rubric, it is time consuming.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Brightspace

Make sure you have time to learn the product before it goes live.

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Robin Hainline

D2L Brightspace

2015-03-18

Pros

You can very easily go from entering grades, to creating a new module, to entering attendance; it's very user-friendly.

Cons

I find that it's more comprehensive and just easier on the eyes.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Likelihood to recommend

7/10

Recommendations to others considering Brightspace

I think in order to give an honest recommendation a person would need to have experience with another platform. You don't really know what you don't like, or don't have until you see it somewhere else. On the contrary, you also cannot really evaluate what you like better about a particular platform until you have seen it another way.

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