Brightspace

Cloud-based learning management solution

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Brightspace Overview

What is Brightspace?

Brightspace is a cloud-based learning management solution that enables K-12 schools, universities, businesses, and government organizations to communicate or engage with students and employees via virtual classrooms, personalized training, video assessments, and more. Professionals can utilize the platform to store created content in a centralized library and reuse resources as per individual requirements.

Brightspace helps businesses interact with multiple stakeholders through a virtual classroom, record videos for future reference and schedule live discussions, training sessions or other important events. Managers can provide staff members with badges & certificates after training completion, improving employee engagement with the brand. Teachers can create lessons with various educational resources and and customize the interface using drag-and-drop functionality. Plus, parents can utilize the dashboard to view upcoming assignments or events and receive automated notifications about course updates.

Brightspace allows educators to monitor students' performance and provide feedback accordingly. It comes with an application programming interface (API), which lets businesses integrate the solution with several third-party student information systems (SIS). Users can enhance the quality of virtual meetings with whiteboards and slide sharing capabilities.

Brightspace Overview

Pricing

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Pricing options

Free Trial
Value for money

Contact Brightspace directly for pricing details.


Brightspace Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China, Germany, Brazil
Supported Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish

Media

Brightspace virtual assignments
Brightspace search courses
Brightspace virtual meetings
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Brightspace Reviews

Brightspace Reviews

Overall rating
4.2
/
5
Excellent
71

Very good
64

Average
14

Poor
2

Terrible
4

Value for Money
3.7
Features
4.1
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
4.1
87% recommended this app
Mavares P.

Redefining the learning

Create pleasant spaces for interaction among the participants.


Verified Reviewer

Brightspace is a bright choice

Overall, Brightspace is great and functional. I love it compared to all the other platforms that I am engaged with. I find this to be very easy and organic feeling, but I do run into minor issues here and there. I was obligated to use this software from my institution that I work at, but if given the choice, I'd select this product. I also have worked with many blog-based websites and this feels more similar to the tools in building a Wordpress or on Blogger. If you are familiar with platforms like that, this should feel very native.


Esther B.

Brightspace as Virtual Classroom

Overall, Brightspace offers a consistent user interface for students learning virtually and for instructors managing classrooms online.


Regina H.

Nice interface but not intuitive or easy to use

Overall, my experience with Brightspace is negative. It looks deceivingly simple to use because of their modern look and Bright color scheme that is often associated with newer websites with easy functionality, but menus are often hard to find and it is difficult to do basic tasks like scoring quizzes.


Ray A.

Brightspace - excellent upgrade from D2L

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.


Mavares P.

Redefining the learning

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 25/07/2018
Review Source: Capterra

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, but without imposing rhythms. And this is possible because Brightspace seeks to personalize learning, focusing them, in a very short time, effectively and in a very simple way. The versatility of the platform makes it absolutely compatible with the wide range of smart devices.
The process of teaching is not limited to the simple act of speaking or explaining in the classroom, this process must be thought, planned, developed, executed and, more importantly, evaluated. Brightspace all those tasks, using their useful tools. 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
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

Brightspace is a bright choice

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 27/08/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, Brightspace is great and functional. I love it compared to all the other platforms that I am engaged with. I find this to be very easy and organic feeling, but I do run into minor issues here and there. I was obligated to use this software from my institution that I work at, but if given the choice, I'd select this product. I also have worked with many blog-based websites and this feels more similar to the tools in building a Wordpress or on Blogger. If you are familiar with platforms like that, this should feel very native.

Pros

I've used a lot of similar products for educational reasons like Sakai, Blackboard, WebCT, Canvas and so on and one of the pros for me that Brightspace offers is that it's very clean looking compared to some of the above. I personally find it very organic and easy to use, but I've also been using similar programs since college. Still, I feel like the tutorials on Brightspacde and the layout of it is very clean and well organized that even someone very new to this software could work with it. Some of the things I really love is the ability to customize my individual courses with colors, banners and so on, and embedding videos and images is much easier --especially when creating several courses and linking a pre-made quiz or re-uploading a video. I concurrently used this alongside Sakai since I teach at two different colleges and another feature that I'm very pleased with is the ease of connecting TurnItIn

Cons

There's very few items I dislike, and they may just reflect me and my colleagues. Some of the cons are as follows: I have a lot of issues with the grade book that comes with this software. This seems to be an issue I share with my colleagues as well. Some of the grade book issues range from students not being able to view grades, even after I make them visible to them and the site showing a percentage or point instead of a letter grade, even when I click the option for that. I've also had issues with making internal links to site material. For me, I'll be able to view my links, but my students are often unable to. For instance, you can create announcements that are sent out to your collaborators and in that you can put links or embedd videos and images. When I put hyperlinks to external resources, it'll work fine --same with embedding videos. However, when I link an internal link to something like course material or a lesson, it'll give my students an error, yet the student can still log into the assignment or module by going through the tabs on our course's Brightspace. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It's not a make or break aspect either. For the most part, much of this software works great.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Esther B.
Industry: Mental Health Care
Company size: Self Employed

Brightspace as Virtual Classroom

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 20/11/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, Brightspace offers a consistent user interface for students learning virtually and for instructors managing classrooms online.

Pros

I've used Brightspace (D2L) for the past 3 years as part of teaching responsibilities at a University I work for. I find the integration of video and multimedia assignment types and rubrics to be well integrated and relatively user friendly.

Cons

Integration with external apps such as Bongo can be somewhat disjointed, but this has gotten better in the last year. Transcription of video has also improved.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Regina H.
Industry: Higher Education
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

Nice interface but not intuitive or easy to use

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 13/10/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, my experience with Brightspace is negative. It looks deceivingly simple to use because of their modern look and Bright color scheme that is often associated with newer websites with easy functionality, but menus are often hard to find and it is difficult to do basic tasks like scoring quizzes.

Pros

I like the ability for there to be an online classroom and I like that it records the lectures. I like how the online classroom allows for screensharing and chatting also. I also like the look of the software; it doesn't look dated.

Cons

At this point, I have used several types of software like Brightspace as I have been in higher education for almost 7 years now as an undergraduate student and now, a graduate student. I think out of all those other software that I have used, Brightspace is the least intuitive to navigate. On the outset, I think the website looks clean and modern and it feels like a website that would be easy to navigate. But when you actually do start navigating the website, you find out how hard it is to find simple commands. For example, to simply program and then score a quiz online is much harder than it needs to be. Menus for basic things like how to see the students' grades were hard to find and I had to ultimately turn to google to figure out how to grade the quiz. I am new to this software, so maybe it just takes some getting used to, but so far, as a new user, I am finding that Brightspace is not intuitive or easy to navigate.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 2.0/10

Ray A.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Brightspace - excellent upgrade from D2L

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 30/10/2020
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

User recommendation
7.9/10
Based on 155 user ratings
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Brightspace Pricing

Brightspace Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
Value for money

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Value for Money
3.7/5
Based on 155 user ratings
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Brightspace Features

Brightspace Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Applicant Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Customisable Branding
Customisable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Employee Database
Employee Management
Employee Onboarding
Employee Portal
Employee Self Service
Performance Management
Real Time Reporting
Recruitment Management
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Self Service Portal
Third Party Integration
Features
4.1/5
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Additional information for Brightspace

Additional information for Brightspace

Key features of Brightspace

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

Brightspace FAQs

Brightspace FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Brightspace.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Brightspace offer?

Brightspace offers the following pricing plans:

Free Trial: Available

Contact Brightspace directly for pricing details.

Q. What are the main features of Brightspace?

Brightspace offers the following features:

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

Q. Who are the typical users of Brightspace?

Brightspace has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Public Administrations, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Brightspace support?

Brightspace supports the following languages:

English, Portuguese, Spanish

Q. Does Brightspace support mobile devices?

Brightspace supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Brightspace integrate with?

Brightspace integrates with the following applications:

Bluepulse, Classter, Destiny One, MAESTRO SIS, MEDIASHAREiQ, Panopto, TurningPoint, Vedamo Virtual Classroom, YuJa, newrow_ smart

Q. What level of support does Brightspace offer?

Brightspace offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials