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Brightspace review by Hannah A.
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"Not as great as competitors. Wish we had not transitioned into this product"

What do you like best?

It is great to have all of the features housed in one platform. I really appreciate being able to see if the students have accessed the materials and how many times.

What do you dislike?

Grading is incredibly difficult. You have to go through so much in order to get to a students' work, and click through to the next one. Engrade was a much easier platform to grade papers and written assignments on.I also find the user experience quite challenging and not intuitive. There are a lot of "rabbit trails" one must go down in order to get to the place that they want to get to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

See my former comments but I really believe that the user interface is way too complicated and takes too long to get to a specific element on the site. it is trying to cover too much. As a side note, some of my students have mentioned that it is a frustrating color scheme! They too prefer working with blackboard over brightspace.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One stop shop for grading, collecting class data, viewing student experience and activity and engagement. Benefits seeing the correlation between grading and if students have accessed the information on bright space

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Brightspace review by AJ C.
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"The best of the available options"

What do you like best?

As an instructor or administrator, the drag and drop features are extremely helpful. It makes designing a course much simpler than before. In addition to increased usability, the over all design of the user interface for all levels of user (admin, instructor, student) are almost unparalleled. Before Brightspace, instructional designers had to pay attention to coding and HTML5 to make the content available across all platforms, but with Brightspace, they've done all the work for you. Whether you or a student are on mobile, tablet, or desktop, the content is presented exactly how it was intended.

What do you dislike?

Much like Adobe products, D2L has several iterations of their LMS. With Brightspace, while making it easier to do some things, they've kept the old methods to do the same thing. This has resulted in several redundancies that can be confusing for less experienced users. For designers and trainers, it makes it challenging to teach new users the right strategy and creates inconsistencies.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Brightspace is not perfect, so there should be no preconceived notions that it is going to fix poor design skills, poor understanding androgogy or pedagogy, or poor leadership. However, Brightspace has the most well equipped toolbox with a very high level of support to create the right digital environment for nearly anyone's needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using it for our students and teachers! We put our content online to increase student engagement and hopefully increase enrollment as students don’t have to come to campus. It’s more convenient and we can allow students to do more than we can in the classroom.

What Learning Management System (LMS) solution do you use?

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Brightspace review by Jonathan S.
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"D2L Brightspace"

What do you like best?

The D2L Brightspace Learning Environment is up to date and fresh looking. They implement new updates every month. It uses Responsive Design to allow users the same experience when moving from Desktop/Laptop to Tablets to Cell Phones. The system is extremely easy to use and navigate. Great community of users to work with. Great/fast help desk response time. Unbeatable Up time.

What do you dislike?

A lot of the tools in the system have the same features, but you access them from different dropdowns or pages. The system would be much better if all features were accessed the same way.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Brightspace is easy to configure and their help desk and community of learners can help you do just about anything you want to do with the system.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating fun and interactive courses for students. Informing students of the progress in the course.

Brightspace review by Lynda M.
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"Great Features for Interaction, but...."

What do you like best?

I like the aspects that are geared to allow for interaction in feedback, announcements, etc. For example, being able to leave a video or audio comment, insert links, pictures and more. I truly believe this helps engage the students and allows for a broad variety of input that are absent in other platforms.

What do you dislike?

In a word; grading. I have worked on 3 other LMS platforms, and have since 2005. Two of the others are lower budget systems. This platform is by far the most time consuming on which to grade. I am not a technology expert but it seems the things that take most time are avoidable, such as having to open a separate window for each individual student for each assignment. On the previous platform for our school there was a page on which the numerical score and detailed feedback could be entered for the entire class all on the same page. Because I work on a spreadsheet to track work reviewed as I log on each day, this made it easy to copy and paste my feedback into the course all at once in an efficient manner.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Carefully review the pros and cons. Honestly I do believe it is better for the students which is of concern to most Universities. However, be aware of the additional time commitment for professors.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The biggest area would be student engagement. As mentioned above in the comments about what I like, this is what I believe to be truly the most advantageous aspect of Brightspace.

Brightspace review by Devin H.
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"D2L Review"

What do you like best?

It is a catch-all system, allowing instructors both to assign and grade work and to place lectures and other course material onto an integrated platform. Once you have learned whatever the current iteration of D2L actually is, you're set to go - your focus is on course materials, not learning how to use the LMS that should be facilitating your learning. On the student side, the system is extremely user-friendly; D2L for students is entirely what they make of it.

What do you dislike?

Renovations with D2L cause people to have to relearn their learning management software, which is time that could be better spent actually learning course materials. D2L doesn't change its interface often, but when it does, it's usually a major revamp that requires a lot of retraining or relearning. Additionally, the system isn't entirely user-friendly on the instructor's side, which means that a lot of potential out of the system in its current iteration is often not realized in practice.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be prepared to relearn this system if you intend on using it for an extended period of time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

D2L provides a solution to an important education problem: how do you combine course materials, assignment submission, and grading into one platform? That solution is well-integrated. Even as significant training in how to use the LMS may be required, nonetheless D2L meets the needs of both teachers and students, to the benefit of the learning process as a whole.

Brightspace review by Sherri T.
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"D2L keeps my students on their toes!"

What do you like best?

I've used Blackboard, Moodle, and D2L, but I much prefer D2L. It's easier to use, and it looks cleaner. I really like being able to customize the looks of my classes so that it's easier for me to tell them apart in case I click into the wrong one. (It happens.) I have very few problems with D2L, but if I ever have a question, my university has a whole team that's dedicated to helping faculty with our D2L sites. I feel supported both by D2L and my university. In fact, my university has even offered extensive D2L training as part of an online teaching training program. 6) It would be great if students could download assignment deadline to their iCalendars.

What do you dislike?

I have a few items for my wish list: 1) I would love to have a D2L smartphone app. If there is one, it doesn't come up in my search. It would be even better if it were part of my university's app. 2) I wish that I could set up my "News" announcements so that students would get automatic emails every time I post an update or reminder. I know that they can subscribe, but try getting them to do that! As it is now, I send an email out to my class. Then, I copy and paste the content of the email into a "News" announcement so that it sticks to the homepage of my class. That's double the effort. 3) I loathe accepting late work from my students, but I've been urged to do so. Thus, I have dropboxes set up for the paper assignments, and I have late dropboxes set up for the same assignments as well. I wish I could have both dropboxes linked to the same grade column in the "Grades" area of my D2L site. 4) I wish I could merge files in the "Manage Files" area. Also, I wish I could see what the files are without downloading them. For example, I've uploaded a few creative commons images that have nonsensical file names. Yes, I should've just named them properly before I uploaded them, but it would still be nice to be able to see what items are before I download or delate them. 5) I wish I could create a test bank of questions and that my students could take a quiz that draws randomly from this pool, not just in terms of the order of the questions or the order of the multiple choice answers, but also in terms of the questions themselves. For example, I'd like to create a test bank of 50 questions, and I would my students to take a quiz that would feed them 10 of these questions randomly. I would like the questions to be presented to them in a random order, and I would like the multiple choice answers to be presented to them in random orders as well. In other words, I would like each student's quiz to be unique so that they can't share their answers so easily with each other. Part of the benefit of D2L is that it helps minimize and catch breaches of academic integrity.

Recommendations to others considering the product

D2L is only slightly more challenging to use than Facebook and YouTube. It's pretty intuitive, and it's very customizable. Take the time to play around with it. There are so many ways to use this tool to organize course content, make content attractive, and streamline assignments to minimize the impact grading has on our own time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I don't solve "business problems" with D2L Brightspace. I'm an adjunct instructor at a private university. I didn't teach in the days before learning management systems, but I can't imagine teaching without them. Some of the things I love about D2L is having my students submit their papers by a specific deadline. They can't try to tell me that they submitted their paper if it's not in the dropbox. They can't say that they met the deadline if the dropbox is closed either. I also love the interface with Turnitin. What a fantastic tool! Overall, I'm a big fan of D2L. P.S. I didn't realize that D2L was D2L Brightspace. I don't see the "Brightspace" part of the brand when I log in from a computer, but I see that part of the brand when I log in via my smartphone.

Brightspace review by Liz C.
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"Brightspace is the best (well, of the not so great)."

What do you like best?

Brightspace is fairly intuitive for students, instructors, and admins. Lots of help buttons for when you need it.

What do you dislike?

There are at least three different ways to do everything. Which sounds like a plus, at first, however, when helping faculty it's very easy to confuse someone.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Brightspace can be kind of wonky. It uses like it was designed by computer scientists, not instructors. They are definitely on the right track, and while they continuously seek outside feedback and suggestions, sometimes it can be hard to tell if they are actually implemented or just ignored. Also, the help and support features offered by Brightspace are not great, but those offered by various institutions are fantastic. They have a large client base, so you can always find others to help.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Working for a university, we absolutely have to have an LMS, and this is by far, the best of all our options and of the ones we have used in the past. Not perfect, but gets the job done.

Brightspace review by Ho'omana Nathan H.
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"Brightspace has come a long way and has a lot of great features"

What do you like best?

I love Brightspace's interface with Turnitin, especially since I teach academic writing which is an area where it's particularly hard for students to learn to write in their own words. This makes Turnitin a great tool that's easy for them to access. I also love the huge amount of control I can have over the organization, open/close dates, and other factors.

What do you dislike?

Although Brightspace has really improved a lot, it's still a little unwieldy, especially if it's your first time setting it up. Luckily, my university offers outstanding online and in-person instruction for instructors who want to use all of Brightspace's potential, but there's really very little out there from the platform itself (like there is for Blackboard and other LMS solutions).

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is an excellent LMS that's increasingly user-friendly and allows for enormous control and customization on the part of instructors.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this LMS for teaching an all-online Academic English class for international graduate students. The organization and online capabilities have really helped me facilitate this online class where I don't have as many opportunities to interact with students face-to-face.

Brightspace review by Brian T.
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"Full featured LMS with good usability"

What do you like best?

Many available features. Works well for my fully online courses and as support for in-person classes. Good automation of many tasks (like reminder emails). Integrates with my online homework solution (from Sapling Learning) and other external features.

What do you dislike?

Some interface quirks require getting used to. Actions are sometimes "hidden" in a small arrow icon. Once I learned the general layout it has been fairly easy to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Most users will need some training to learn the features, but after getting up to speed should be useable by most.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main solution/benefit is a central, easy to navigate space to provide content for students and keep track of progress and grades. Students generally find it easy to use.

Brightspace review by User in Higher Education
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"Full Featured but Very Limiting"

What do you like best?

D2L Brightspace is now responsive so that it looks much better on Desktop, Mobile, and Tablet. For the most part the modules (Content, News, Quizzes) make sense to the end users of the training. Discussion Forum and Topic features are robust.

What do you dislike?

If you don't do things the D2L Brightspace way, it can be a real pain. That is, if you don't use the tools the way the developers expect them to be used, you usually end up having a problem with the training modules. It's difficult to have robust critique of peer work in Discussions, and good grading tools, and good file collection in Dropbox without the end users having to visit all three modules and figure out how they work together. That is, unless you're just dealing with text or Word files, the features are limiting. Rubrics are a pain to implements because of competency features. You can't have a mixed holistic and analytic rubric. Getting your content back out of rubrics or quizzes modules can be a fight. Sometimes you're just better off posting PDFs of that type of content rather than trying to decode what the developer expected you to do while using the product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows students to learn.

Brightspace review by Dani S.
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"Simply the best nowadays upcoming LMS"

What do you like best?

As simple as Facebook to use If you are a student. As easy to administrate as a Wordpress site.

What do you dislike?

Some customization options are not smooth but I'm sure they will get better soon. Nowadays, it's complicated to deploy a multi-site environment without a little coding help. D2L knows these issues and they're working hard to solve it asap.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You will find really easy to adapt BS to your needs and your users will rapidly join in. It has several integrations with external tools already running and setting up a new one is not a pain. With a very powerful documented API and working services, anything can be plugged in. Vendors are serious about the SLA's and uptime.

The flavour of the system is completely 2017-ish, far away from the java-application-like feeling of the usual LMSs. Being the new guy in town is not a deal for D2L, it performs very well. It also has a pack of apps for students and teachers that makes 100% possible not to touch a desktop computer to manage or consume the system.

As a custom approach, I would say that If Blackboard is a Mercedes and Moodle is a Chevrolet, D2L would be a Tesla.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

D2L Brightspace is an affordable, fast, cloud and simple LMS perfect for little educational needs, but escalates very quickly for huge scenarios. As a consultant, Brightspace would be the first choice for most of our clients, no matter if they're looking for their first LMS or they want to move from their current one. It haves a conversion tool that can turn Moodle, Blackboard and others' courses into D2L format with a few clicks!

Brightspace review by Administrator in E-Learning
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"D2L Brightspace"

What do you like best?

The best part about the D2L Brightspace LMS platform is that the company is always adding innovative new tools. The product has come a long way since I first started using it over ten years ago.

What do you dislike?

There needs to be more security features within the quizzing area. Currently the "best option" to provide a more secure testing environment is to purchase a 3rd party addon piece of software called "Respondus Lockdown Browser". The Lockdown Browser, in my opinion and experience, is an overly priced and bug ridden headache that causes problems for not only students but faculty and tech support.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try using the software and you will find its generally much better than the other LMS platforms. You can also customize it as much or as little as you like and overall the most users find it very intuitive and easy to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This questions doest really pertain to my field of experience using Brightspace (Higher Education).

Brightspace review by User in Higher Education
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"Review of Brightspace"

What do you like best?

It has a phenomenal online format when going through iPhone.

It has a clean and simple look to it, but still allows for personalization with photos.

It is user friendly and you receive announcements like any other social media notification.

Check boxes to see what is complete and not complete/reviewed.

What do you dislike?

It can be slow and show up odd depending on what browser you use to open bright space. It can also be a bit irritating that downloading something does not "check the box," but that you still have to click on the link to have it complete.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it some time. Once you figure out the techniques, it is quite a helpful tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business problems solved include ability to communicate between multiple constituents on the same platform and with speed. Benefits are ability to create and submit assignments.

Brightspace review by Halle F.
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"Bright space easy to follow and interactive "

What do you like best?

I like best that it is extremely easy to use and easy to learn.

What do you dislike?

I don't like how sometimes it does break down quickly and requires maintenance.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For educational purposes, I definitely recommend other Universities to use Brightspace as it is really easy to lear, easy to understand, and easy to communicate through. I find it extremely easy to receive grades and other feedback through bright space and highly recommend it to other Universities.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My entire university uses bright space and it is helping maintain consistency and is great for learning.

Brightspace review by Administrator
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"D2L's Review "

What do you like best?

D2L's Brightspace is a very user-friendly, and interactive Learning Management Platform. I enjoy the built in HTML Editor, as well as the built in content templates. Additionally, you are able to create rubrics to easily evaluate activities based on a predefined set of criteria.

What do you dislike?

The customer service is not ideal. If you require support with an issue, they make you sign a "ticket" and THEY will rate your priority from high to low on how important they make this it is. Often takes weeks for them to fix issues. Furthermore, you cannot put accents on people's names when adding them to the LMS - which is not great when you work in a bilingual association and several of your student's have accents in their names!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

it is a way better host-site for our content then the previous company we used. I've received good feedback, however there are still many glitches that need to be solved behind the scenes.

Brightspace review by Angela K.
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"D2L - Brightspace LMS "

What do you like best?

When we started using Brightspace, it was still called D2L. I liked the simplicity of the name; however, this is not a simplistic product. I worked on both the admin and the user side; however, I will discuss only the teacher/student user side on this review. When logging into the system, there are several options for the landing. Our district chose to have a district landing page. The widgets were easy to navigate if set up correctly. When moving into a course, the user would land on the homepage of the course where another set of widgets were available. This providing an area for students to gain important information and navigate to additional links. I also liked the drag and drop feature to add content. This made content curation easy.

What do you dislike?

The biggest challenge for this product is the navigation for the user experience. Students and teachers would have to click multiple times to access content. In addition, the process for organizing and presenting content was sometimes difficult if you didn't know what level you were on when modules, sub-modules, and even additional sub-modules were created.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Providing an LMS for integrated teaching and learning for a K-12 school district.

Brightspace review by Sara A.
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"Brightspace for Online Teaching"

What do you like best?

Brightspace is an attractive interface with intuitive features that are easy to use. Brightspace also allows organizations to integrate the use of other educational learning management systems (i.e. MindEdge) for a more complete online learning experience.

What do you dislike?

Some of the grading processes require the user to open multiple tabs or to toggle between different screens just to grade one assignment type.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Brightspace. It seems to be the newer, more up-and-coming LMS for educational institutions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Brightspace offers the flexibility and convenience of online education.

Brightspace review by Susan K.
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"Brightspace for teachers"

What do you like best?

The part I like best about Brightspace is the Gradebook, you can easily set up assignments that will auto-grade and post grades directly into each student's gradebook.

What do you dislike?

The only part I don't like is that some of the formatting is rather fixed in nature and I would prefer more modifcation options.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business problems include teaching online students without meeting face to face in classes. The benefits have been improved class organization, accurate grading, and good communication with students.

Brightspace review by User
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"Love it"

What do you like best?

I love all of the features that are available on BrightSpace. My school switched from another LMS about a year ago, and I like BS much more.

What do you dislike?

I cannot think of anything that I do not like about BS as a program. However, I think that the way that particular schools set up their LMS could improve. The school I attend and the school I work at have it set up different, and the school I work at is not utilizing some of the features I use as a student.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

BrightSpace gives students many more options than our old LMS.

Brightspace review by Amanda C.
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"D2L Brightspace is the forum for students who take virtual classes/classes with an online component"

What do you like best?

It's fairly simple and self explanatory when seen as a student. You can see your classes that you are in and once in your class you can see your discussion boards, quizzes, grades, etc. whatever the professor has open for you to see.

What do you dislike?

When viewed as a professor or when creating quizzes, it can be a little cumbersome, a lot of little nit-picking ways that you have to do things.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Play with it, see all of the tools it makes available to you and utilize them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's great for online classes, online class management. It gives you the opportunity to use all of the tools that make up an entirely virtual class. It's also great to supplement a regular classroom experience, for example, if you'd like your students to do a test or quiz at home, you can sent one up.

Brightspace review by Francis A.
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"I have a mixed experience with D2L. It's sometimes easy to navigate and other times frustrating. "

What do you like best?

Navigation in D2L is mostly easy and that is what I like about it. My institution's D2L is setup so you can easily see all "my courses" once you go past the single sign-on page. You're able to see notifications, important dates including events scheduled in a calendar, which makes it easier to see a lot of things just at a glance. And once you're in a specific course, you can navigate and access checklists, grade-book, quizzes, class-lists, course content and so forth within few minutes. All these make it easier to use D2L and I like it.

What do you dislike?

I dislike a couple of things about using D2L;

Firstly, grading quizzes using rubric never worked for me until very recently. Even though it now possible to grade using rubrics, there are still technical difficulties. For instance, grading from either "Spreadsheet" or "Standard" Views do not seem to be the same. Regardless, of the "view", when you grade with rubrics, you still have to manually input the grades into the spaces provided for grades (in other words grades do not get imported from the rubrics) and that is frustrating and time wasting.

Moreover, it is very difficult to find all the discussion posts (threads and replies) of a particular student without having to go into the "Edit Course" and following other procedures.

Finally, when importing for instance a test-bank into D2L, some characters tend to be configured differently, like a simple multiplication signs, arrows and so forth. I hope these issues can be addressed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It saves time to give quizzes and auto grade them, allow effective communications such as instructor-learner as well as learner-learner interactions etc using an online learning management system that replicates face-to-face classes....without having to spend too much money and I believe that is why D2L comes in. And to some extent, D2L has been helpful in those categories.

Brightspace review by Chris C.
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"D2L is a little unwieldy. "

What do you like best?

The system provides an online space in which I can post scores, allowing students to track their own project.

What do you dislike?

The interface seems a little counterintuitive and it feels like there is a huge learning investment required in the application. I suppose this may be for the purpose of higher customization, but I don't see how this may be the case as my actual attempts at setting up the shell to reflect my actual class structure has been fraught with dead ends. I really don't have the time or the energy to devote to discovering the finer points of D2L and have developed a strong preference for Blackboard

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would probably consider using Blackboard over D2L Brightspace, unless they can implement a system that is a little more user friendly or, in the least, offers more grading options.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am an educator. The benefit here is that students can see their assignment grades.

Brightspace review by Michelle D. M.
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"D2L Platform for online teaching"

What do you like best?

Easy to set up template; tabs for most used topics;News for announcements at homepage;ability to "ping" a student who is online for a quick chat. Great way to have grades and feedback readily available for students in FERPA compliant venue. Dropbox works great.

What do you dislike?

Not easy to update dates for cloned classes (quarter after quarter). Should be more streamlined imo.

Fill in the blank quizzes are a real pain to grade! There should be a fuzzy algorithm to allow more accurate assessment by computer. Case sensitive isn't enough. The answer re-bar, rebar, and rebar. should all be the same. I can't type every permutation and students are put off when they are graded "incorrect" for an answer. Even if I override the grade, it still shows as a red X incorrect.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This version is much better than when I started with it in 2012.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I teach community college. We use D2L for all our online classes, and we have the option to use D2L "shells" for face to face classes for data and information management. This platform is FERPA compliant, allows students to turn in homework with a "date stamp" in a secure environment accessible from anywhere, and allows grading and feedback to be attached and accessed by each student in a secure fashion. Less confusion about

Brightspace review by User in Internet
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"Way better than WebCT, but still not as advanced as it should be"

What do you like best?

I have used D2L for my online courses for years. Prior to that, my online learning was on WebCT, which was horrid. As far as an online learning space goes, D2L does the job. These are my favorite D2L features:

+ Dropbox receipts. You always know if the Dropbox accepted your submission or not, because you get a receipt/notification in your D2L.

+ Email forwarding. All of the emails and notifications I get through D2L are forwarded to my Gmail account, so I have an easy way to monitor what's going on in my course. You can't respond to these emails or messages from Gmail, though.

+ Discussion space has improved a lot over the years. The discussion space seems to be getting better and better, and it's definitely better than most other online learning spaces. It still needs to improve in letting users mass select discussion posts, edit previous posts, and organize discussion posts.

What do you dislike?

- Difficult to use on a mobile device. D2L is really behind when it comes to optimizing their site for mobile. The mobile-friendly site is useless and I always immediately just go to the full desktop version and zoom/scroll my way around. The Brightspace app is also not useful to students.

- D2L mail pretty much is the worst. D2L mail is really hard to use on desktop and nearly impossible to use on mobile. You can forward your emails but you cannot respond without going into the D2L website.

- Discussions need more improvement. It takes me almost an hour every week just to sort through all the discussion posts and do my required responses. Not because they take so long to read, but because "clearing" all of the discussions takes so much time and effort for the user. It takes multiple clicks over and over again to clear all of the discussion post notifications from my profile. You also can't go back and edit any of your discussion posts, so good luck if you make a spelling error or forget the attachment.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're currently using a program like WebCT, definitely switch. It's way better for students. Still not a great product, in my opinion, but way better than many other options that are out there.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use D2L for my master's classes. The benefit is that I get to take online classes from a public university. I have also used D2L from a student-admin role when I taught Psychology 101 as a professor's assistant.

Brightspace review by User in Higher Education
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"Former system admin, using it for thesis"

What do you like best?

The interface is highly intuitive.

D2L is highly customizable.

Instructors can produce courses with little training.

There are very well produced instructional videos.

Only one version is live at any time, therefore there is uniformity.

What do you dislike?

I don't really have any dislikes of D2L.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get in touch with their sales team or sign up for their demo. It's a very easy to use LMS compared to a lot of the rest on the market.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am currently using it for producing my Ed.M thesis, but I have used it as an LMS in a nursing school. Students and faculty found it easy to use.

Brightspace review by Tatiana d.
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"I have taken many online classes through D2L"

What do you like best?

I like that information for the entire class is set out clearly and very accessible. Assignments are easy to find, quizzes are graded immediately, and the dropbox is a very useful component.

What do you dislike?

I do not care for the email system. It does not retain the list of addresses and is not intuitive. I also wish that previous classes could still be accessed for information that was used and maybe relevant to use again, for example an online class for Photoshop that had links.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was in the graphic design program, being a self-taught freelance artist, and wanted to initially further my skill sets. I then hired on at PCC and utilized learning as much as I could while at work. Online classes were the only classes I could take.

Brightspace review by Malcolm E.
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"Great LMS that keeps making advances"

What do you like best?

The mobile app. New Brightspace is fully responsive and easier to use on mobile than ever

What do you dislike?

Entering grades can be difficult at times. Setting up integrations can be harder than expected.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use brightspace for course management. We are using the integrated tools to great capacity, adapting teaching methods to new learning modes and keeping students engaged with their learning

Brightspace review by Administrator
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"A strong LMS that makes it easy for the user harder for the IT dept"

What do you like best?

I love that Brightspace has a lot to offer. The ease of view for the student and using it on a non-administrative side allow for a smooth experience. You can easily integrate other products like you SIS, textbooks, or use their analytics to help provide a better experience for students and classes.

What do you dislike?

The gradebook feature needs additional help as does their solution for scalability. We had many waves of implementation and the company did not realize the massive amount of work required to transition our material from blackboard to brightspace. We had to re-work every single class and manually preserve gradebooks. (Over 300 classes, 500, 000 users)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ensure you have a long time to implement depending on your size.

Test many packages of courses.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The best part are the analytics and the power it hold.

Brightspace review by Milissa C.
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"D2L Dazzle!"

What do you like best?

The short interactive tutorial available to faculty and students.

What do you dislike?

The way the rubrics are now in the dicussion boards. I like that they are in there, but it seems big and cluncky.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There tools can be used for so much more if you just think outside of the box.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to share the links to the tutorials with my faculty members so they can learn how to complete a task as well as teaching them how to fish. What I mean is that I keep sending them to Brightspace for the answers they rely on me for, and now they just cut me out of the loop and go directly to Brightspace. This makes everyone more productive and self-sufficient.

Brightspace review by User in Banking
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"Great Resource for Education"

What do you like best?

D2L allows instructors and students a gateway to their class materials. It integrates seamlessly into online content and allows for tracking and updates over the course of different semesters. As an educator it is straightforward and easy to create online tests and quizzes and performs great under the high strain of large class sizes.

What do you dislike?

Some of the functionality can be challenging to read or view on the site, requiring it to be opened in another browser window or downloaded.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't go it alone! On call support is there as this product becomes an industry standard!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Grades are posted and calculated immediately allowing for instant gratification. This is a wonderful product with very few drawbacks considering the wide number of files and functions it displays.

Brightspace review by Joshua S.
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"Great alternative to BlackBoard"

What do you like best?

D2L is like Blackboard used to be - responsive to customers, customization, and user-friendly. It's like Moodle, but turn-key so it works and is rock-solid.

What do you dislike?

I wish it was a bit better at grouping users into cohorts that could be added and removed from courses and eventually deactivated automatically.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosing online courses. It's been great, better than Moodle and just as good but cheaper than BlackBoard. It's easy to use on the student-end and has pretty good tools for the admin to manage courses and students.

Brightspace review by User in Music
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"Very helpful, but could be more user-friendly"

What do you like best?

There isn't another platform that I know of that really competes with how Brightspace is used in universities. They offer most of the tools needed to run a course online, and new tools are always being added. I also love the gradebook feature. It allows me to keep all of my grades organized in one place, let my students see their grades, and it even calculates grade totals for me based on my settings.

What do you dislike?

By nature, the way D2L is set up for my university is not extremely engaging. It looks like a program developed by coders with few graphic designers involved. This causes students to sometimes see it as "boring school" instead of an innovative environment. I have also seen other platforms for business that encourage collaboration more, which I would like to see done in D2L. It is also not very user-friendly for teachers or students. I have had several students be unsure of how to accomplish something in D2L, and there have been several things that I have to do as a teacher that are more complex than they should be. Another thing that could be improved is that Brightspace and D2L could be more clear about what features are available. I am always learning about features that I would have used earlier had I known they existed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are using D2L, dig into Brightspace's resources as well as resources posted by your own workplace or other workplaces about D2L. Each university's version may be slightly different, but sometimes you can understand the process you need to take by looking at another university's tips on D2L usage.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use D2L to give my students information and resources that I can't give them in class. It also helps me because it is connected to Turnitin, so I can have my students papers automatically checked for plagiarism. It is great being able to have students turn papers in on D2L to have a backup copy of all of their major papers in case anything gets lost, stolen, etc. It's also great that students can take quizzes that involve them listening to audio to answer the questions. As a music teacher, this is extremely beneficial.

Brightspace review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"Review of D2L "

What do you like best?

I like the fact that D2L does just about everything I could ask of it. The Intelligent Agents are an incredible time saver and a really nice touch. The calendar works well and the checklists are lifesavers if used properly.

What do you dislike?

I wish that I could better see what the students actually see. Their screen looks different that what I see that they see from the instructor side. Do you see what I mean? HA

I also wish it was a bit more responsive and quicker to flip from page to page.

Can we see both the rubric AND the grading item at the same time instead of having to flip back and forth? If I don't know how to do it, yet it is possible, please enlighten me.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is tedious, however I am not sure if other options are anymore streamlined. They might all be tedious.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We track everything from out management development program through D2L. We hand them surveys to evaluate program effectiveness, Give them a pre and post test to measure learning quantitatively, and give all other coursework via the dropbox. We even have them interacting with their peers via discussions and all of their grades are based on a rubric. Being able to grade items quickly by checking items off of a rubric is very handy.

Brightspace review by Joan Smith Y.
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"In the Middle"

What do you like best?

It is a full learning management system with the usual interaction tools. It has a fairly clean, modern look. It is better than Blackboard.

What do you dislike?

It is not intuitive and buggy. It is much more difficult to learn and teach others to learn than Canvas.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get Canvas

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Delivering online, blended, and hybrid courses.

Brightspace review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Brightspace review"

What do you like best?

The overall layout is easy to navigate through, especially for college students.

What do you dislike?

The inability of correcting a submitted PDF in the "assignments tab" For instance, in order to mark up homework students submit on the assignments tab, the homework file (PDF or word only), must be downloaded, then re-uploaded.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The grading area can be improved so be prepared to spend time getting used to what D2L has to offer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to have students submit work online (saves paper), grade easily, email easily, and overall improved communication with students.

Brightspace review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"Intuitive Learning Management System"

What do you like best?

You can really customize the environment from an administrative standpoint, and from an instructor standpoint. There are so many possibilities and opportunities to facilitate effective teaching and learning.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes there are several ways to do the same task. While this is helpful for a tech-savvy person, it can be confusing for those that are not as familiar with technology.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using the LMS across the entire University and to host our online and self-paced courses. We have been very impressed with overall dependability of the platform and the variety of ways that instructors use it to facilitate teaching and learning.

Brightspace review by Administrator in Education Management
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"Could Be Great, but too many problems"

What do you like best?

It's a very good representative of an education LMS that is designed for Higher Ed. You can use it to evaluate and communicate with students

What do you dislike?

It's a higher education product that desperately wants to be a K-12 product but still can't make good on its promises. The program is too cumbersome for a classroom teacher who does not have extra time to make it work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are a Higher Ed user, then this product is for you. For K-12 clients, make sure you know exactly what you want in an LMS and you have staff that are dedicated to becoming the experts for because you will need it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using it for our K-12 Learning Management System, which is something we didn't have the ability to do before.

Brightspace review by Shawna B.
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"D2L User Experience"

What do you like best?

D2L is easy to use even if the user has very little computer experience. The system is easy to navigate. All courses are clearly posted with easy to find sections for each portion of the class.

What do you dislike?

The e-mail system could be better. I feel like it could be more intuitive with addresses. The shell isn't as easy to update as I would've liked it to be.

Recommendations to others considering the product

D2L is a great teaching companion tool for any course or when used as stand alone software for an online class. I would recommend this to any colleague who wasn't already using this system.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is a great supplemental educational tool for use as stand alone course or to compliment on campus courses. I feel if the course shells were easier to update I might use it for more courses as a supplemental portion instead of homework from textbooks.

Brightspace review by Brett P.
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"D2l"

What do you like best?

All assignments are posted as well as the syllabi for each class

What do you dislike?

Sometimes d2l is shut down for frequent maintenance

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend using this for students to manage their work.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

D2l in this case is used to manage students classwork and I use it as well for my own classes

Brightspace review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"A Comprehensive and Effective LMS"

What do you like best?

D2L makes it possible to mirror a classroom environment virtually. The allowable modifications also permit its use for other areas such as learning communities and training programs. The controls are intuitive and allow for both beginner and advanced users to modify pages and structures.

What do you dislike?

Occasionally, D2L does require some downtime for server updates and on occasion we have had to reach out to the home office for an issue we were unable to resolve. Fixes were always made quickly and impacts minimized.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do inquire as to how this system functions with others, such as an early alert or analytics dashboard.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We realize the need to fully utilize more features of our LMS by using D2L. The opportunities for blended learning that have come out of some of the features are being incorporated across the board at my institution.

Brightspace review by User in Higher Education
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"Great, simple to use"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that this software, Brightspace, is very user friendly. Took me no time at all to figure it out when I started working here!

What do you dislike?

If you sign in from a mobile device, the mobile platform looks different enough, it can throw off a new user until they get used to it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It keeps everything in one spot, and I feel like it helps me stay organized and efficient.

Brightspace review by User in Renewables & Environment
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"10/10 for online learning"

What do you like best?

I like the simplicity of navigating throughout Brightspace. It is a clear and a consistent layout with great functionality.

What do you dislike?

It is much clearer than navigating on other sites. I've taken classes using both Blackboard and Brightspace, and Brightspace is by far superior.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely worth switching over to Brightspace. The layout options alone are worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefits of Brightspace are endless, but my success using it has been the biggest benefit.

Brightspace review by User in Higher Education
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"Easy to use and manage"

What do you like best?

I am not the most technologically savvy person around and D2L is easy for me to navigate and use for my purposes. I know that I do not use it to its full potential, but I am highly satisfied with the aspects of it that I do use.

What do you dislike?

At times the software is clunky and freezes up. I have had complaints from my students that the dropbox or email malfunction on occasion, but we do not use it frequently enough for it to be a major problem.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

D2L makes it easy to communicate with my students when we are away from class. This is the first kind of technology I have adapted in to my classroom and I was surprised at their response in being able to submit homework and have discussions online.

Brightspace review by Nick P.
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"D2L Experience"

What do you like best?

It is a fairly intuitive site, and the layout looks nice

What do you dislike?

The e-mail service should connect directly to PCC's email, otherwise it can be difficult to communicate

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would doulbecheck with your professors on how they use D2L and what they expect of you when using the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am working on a mandatory health class in order to transfer to Portland State University

The dream of the future you see, dissolves, and in time, so does the apprehsnion. The world under sun is no exception, and all you see around you, evolves.

Brightspace review by Amie L.
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"It's fine but not stellar"

What do you like best?

Documents are organized all in one place. There is an ability to organize into folders. It's great that grades are available for tracking progress and double checking teachers records.

What do you dislike?

Navigation can be a little confusing. There is more than one place to go to get to the same page and sometimes I can't remember where I am and have to start over. Also, I wish it would open to my current class instead of me having to navigate to it every time. Class metrics are hard to find.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm a student.

Brightspace review by Administrator
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"User friendly but needs more features"

What do you like best?

Brightspace is a easy to use cms with many built in features such as attendance, grade book, discussions, and drop boxes.

What do you dislike?

It is lacking true integration with our student information system. The built in eportfilio tool is cumbersome at best and difficult for students to utilize. Built in surveying is adequate but it is impossible to extract usable raw data!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows faculty to efficiently share content and collect assignments from students

Brightspace review by Kevin M.
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"D2L Review by a Distance Educator"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to organize lessons into subject area modules, where I can attach lectures, handouts, videos and other media, along with external links to other teaching tools.

What do you dislike?

For students uploading files to dropboxes and discussion forums is not always clear and seems to involve too many steps. A frequent problem occurs when a student attempts to upload a document, but does not click the final button to actually upload it, because it already appears as an attachment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Educating students in distance education classes.

Brightspace review by Sarah I.
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"Online Teaching - D2L"

What do you like best?

D2L is easy to navigate as an instructor and as a student. I like that I can customize the templates and navigation bar. I primarily use D2L in addition to my face to face courses so students have access to grades and feedback.

What do you dislike?

That emails can only be accessed through logging in to the D2L site. It would be nice to have the emails forwarded to my school email.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

D2L works well for the online students and is easy to navigate.

Brightspace review by User in Higher Education
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"The good, the bad, the ugly. "

What do you like best?

Good. It is self-contained and allows for privacy for small groups. This is good. So it is improving with time. This is probably one of the best out there.

What do you dislike?

Bad. It is not easy to use at times, and you have to find an expert to help you.

Ugly. People can't find things. You have to tell them what to click. That is not good because things should just make sense. So some things are not intuitive. Thus, the design is lacking. You have too many menus. There is a menu on the top and menus on the side. Folks get lost.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There is a learning curve.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The security of having a closed system has its benefits.

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"I have been teaching at a University that uses D2L for 6. It is not mandatory to use but I do. "

What do you like best?

I think it is fairly intuitive to use. Easy to navigate and figure out. I like that it send students notification via email or text when grades are posted, news announcement, etc.

What do you dislike?

I wish there was a way to update all the material and set dates in one place. Instead I have to go through each individual channel such as discussions, drop box, quizzes, etc. to set dates etc. for each assignment in that area. I dislike the fact that it does not update with McGraw Hill Connect Learn Smart. It will do it for a period of time and then stop syncing. I dislike the reporting side of D2L but many don't use this function. I use it because I am working on a grant project and it is very difficult if not nearly impossible to extract data that is ours without having to pay D2L and wait on them. I also dislike that it does not seamlessly connect with our university system which is UCONNECT.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It all depends on what you need and want. I would encourage higher education to make it mandatory to use the system. This will help students!!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefits are that students can be updated at all times and know where they stand - if the faculty member uses it.

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