Brightspace Pricing Plan & Cost Guide

Brightspace

Cloud-based learning management solution

4.19/5 (170 reviews)

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Brightspace Pricing Reviews

Pros

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

Cons

  • I find it difficult to navigate sometimes, as the user interface is confusing.Christine G.Read the full review
  • Only complaint is to incorporate email into the software.Linda I.Read the full review
  • 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.Melanie D.Read the full review
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12 reviewers had the following to say about Brightspace's pricing:

Sherri V.

Flexible enough to meet the needs of all of our courses

Reviewed 2015-07-02
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
I really like being able to use restrictions to force students to do certain things before they are allowed to see other things. I think I will also like their adaptive learning--once they make it a part of their base system rather than an extra charge.

Cons
Improvements come at a cost. I believe that as they make improvements (for example, closed captioning) that they would include them in the price that we are already paying.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Jonathan S.

D2L Brightspace is Awesome!

Reviewed 2015-02-21
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
This product is very user-friendly and very customizable. It's very intuitive to use. It has a great look and feel. They are always asking customers what we need to do our jobs better. Monthly updates come out to fix issues, create new tools, or revamp old tools.

Cons
This product comes with a nice price tag, but you pay for what to get. Most definitely worth the price.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Good, Clean, Easy

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-10-10
Review Source: Capterra

Was able to have classroom resources outside of the classroom.

Pros
I like this product a lot because it is very cut and dry. Even some users that had little to no computer skill were able to successfully use this product. It has a lot of features in its own way.

Cons
Some of the UI looked a bit outdated. Certain features were complicated for students. Can be complicated with pricing

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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James B.

Student Review

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2018-02-07
Review Source: Software Advice

SNHU rolled this out over Christmas break 2017/2018 and provided a 30 min webinar for students. Although the webinar was instructive, the rollout seemed slightly different that the original student instructional. I read older articles and blog posts regarding the RFP that lead to BrightSpace and it didn't sound like the tech dept at SNHU was asking the right questions. I hear time and again how much the staff like it, but have yet to read how students were engaged in the process, which befuddles me.

Pros
Slick student facing design, seems to be many options for instructors to utilize the functions they're familar with, or those they find value for their courses but...

Cons
Too many rabbit holes to go down, too many dead-ends that seem to not have tied ends. Not very intuitive, as a student, too many way to get an end result, resulting in a steeper learning curve and longer timeframe to develop a standard operating procedure. Instructors are asking me to finish previous weeks work, but failing to unlock the content so I can proceed because of their learning curve. Dislike the linked textbook content, and the ability for instructors to force the work, one way.

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Likelihood to recommend: 3/10

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Evaggelia A.

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

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-09-12
Review Source: Software Advice

Possibilities for educators: Communicate with students via email and online conference. Accept online discussions. Manage their grades. Customize the appearance of the course pages. Share the content of the lessons and the multimedia with the students. They can comment. Develop instructions and assignments in foreign languages. Create instructions and assignments using a mathematical note. Through its own builder that provides quizzes, multiplechoice, ruby ​​and even games. 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. Course files are stored on a remote server that manages D2L. -Network delay time is often slow and disturbing.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Yannick W.

A satisfactory LMS with areas for improvement

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-12-03
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
- UI has been modernized and made responsive - useful on a large scale

Cons
- no integration with PeopleSoft - administrative functions are not user-friendly; functions hidden behind too many buttons - lack of up-to-date documentation - very expensive

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Farida P.

This is Brilliant

Used occasionally for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2019-02-13
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
So worth it having this software for a person wants to learn more and desire to study again like me. They have many choices that will suits you,

Cons
Don't have serious least just a little one like must always be updated in new one and must be connected on internet so you need lil cost to expense.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Evaggelia A.

Desire to be at the center of developments

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-07-03
Review Source: Software Advice

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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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Justin H.

D2L Brightspace

Used occasionally for free trial
Reviewed 2020-02-20
Review Source: Software Advice

Overall Brightspace is a great tool with much promise. My biggest takeaway here is that context matters - smaller schools likely would not be a great fit - cost is relatively steep, and complexity seems to be a significant factor on the back-end. That said, i'm cautiously optimistic that this LMS could continue to grow and outpace competitors based on the interface and design i'm seeing currently.

Pros
Brightspace has a really lovely minimalist interface, allowing faculty and students to focus on what's most important. Compared to other LMS's i've used over the years, Brightspace has made serious progress in providing meaningful visualizations and analytics on student progress and forward-thinking features. The system looks and feels like a modern LMS, clearly standing out from some of the big traditional companies which can't seem to move forward from their early-2000s design. Mobile experience is great as well.

Cons
One of my biggest complaints is that i cannot directly mark up my students papers as i can in other LMS's - this feature is one of the key components in my own move to paperless grading, so it was very frustrating. Although i'm not directly an admin, I do get the sense that D2L operates much more around a 'suite' of resources that seems a bit more complicated to manage than other LMS's i'm familiar with.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Jack T.

Brightspace needs to do a better job with the grade feature

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-03-28
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
This software provides the bare minimum of what would be required from the software. It allows teachers to post assignments adequately (no better than any other system I have seen in class).

Cons
The system is not intuitive and takes a while to locate various functions. The grading component is awful on the student end. Overall grades cannot be seen by the student. Should a student wish to know his or her overall grade they must manually calculate it. This on its own is still a problem since Brightspace doesn't even show the point value of each grade, just the percentage. This program is only useful for students to know their grades a small period of time before they would be handed back in class.

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Likelihood to recommend: 2/10

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Jeremy W.

Brightspace: a powerful, but not the most intuitive LMS

Reviewed 2015-07-02
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
Brightspace puts a lot of options at the user's disposal. It is a powerful, robust LMS that can be customized to fit a wide variety of preferences. As an admin and as an instructor, I really appreciated that the system did not lock me in to one way of doing things. I also really like how much, especially in recent years, the Brightspace development team seeks for input from its users (and provides great forums for sharing ideas for improvements).

Cons
Currently, Brightspace does not have a very robust way of setting up communications throughout the course. They use a feature called "intelligent agents" for sending notices to students when they meet certain criteria (for example, sending a particular note to a student when he is inactive in the course or performs particularly well on an assessment). This feature, however, lacks a good deal of "intelligence" and is pretty restricted in what it can do. I also feel that much of Brightspace is not particularly intuitive or streamlined. I'd like to see them improve on ease of use (without sacrificing power). A good example of this is the quiz feature where finding the exact page you need to get to in order to edit questions and grade values is a bit like a scavenger hunt.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Michael A.

High Functionality, Low Intuitiveness

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-07-28
Review Source: Capterra

As one of many different Learning Management Systems on the market, Brightspace foots the bill as a solid platform that is student- and instructor-friendly. The layout is self-explanatory, and the default settings are appealing to many users. The ability to customize course elements, while being able to make use of embedded tools, such as calendars and rubric designers, makes this learning environment a safe bet for prospective clients. As an instructor, I do find some processes to be a bit convoluted and unintuitive. For instance, assigning grade values and having these numbers populate in the grade book can be cumbersome. In addition, grading and publishing grades can be tricky if the correct options are unselected. Overall, Brightspace presents an aesthetically appealing and functional product that has its own quirks, while boasting a host of benefits.

Pros
Numerous design and layout options Embedded templates for rubrics and assignments

Cons
Some functionality is not intuitive in nature

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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