D2L has launched its Emerald Release — the newest version of its Brightspace LMS — which provides an intuitive social and mobile-friendly teaching and learning experience for K-12, higher education, and corporate training.
Social features include the Activity Feed, which allows educators to embed social content, including TedEx or YouTube videos and images inline. Faculty and teachers can also upload materials from Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive, and take advantage of smart formatting options to draw attention to important information, send notifications to students and pin posts to keep essential items front and center.
The Emerald Release also features additional socially driven capabilities:
- A Professional Learning offering for K-12 and a Professional Development offering for Higher Education — meaning Brightspace can now be used for professional learning by teachers, instructors and staff in the same social environment as their students.
- Brightspace for Parents allows parents to more fully participate in their child’s learning – with secure way to view an activity feed, assignment insights, communication, and grades on any device. The emerald release better-connects parents to the classroom through a weekly email summary updating them on their child’s key activities, feedback, and grades.
- A new content experience that provides users an intuitive way to create lessons aligned to standards and expectations for K12 and streamlined course creation for bolder, more creative higher education content.
- Advanced analytics tools allow educators access to student data quickly and more efficiently through daily differentials – providing incremental data daily instead of having to download the entire set of data each time. This makes insights readily available to teachers — helping them make more informed decisions that improve learning.
Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform that makes online and blended learning easy, flexible and smart. Brightspace is a quantum leap beyond traditional Learning Management Systems (LMS) – it is easy to drag-and-drop content to create engaging courses, supports all mobile devices, has industry-leading up-time and is accessible for all learners. Plus, Brightspace enables the future of learning with a gaming engine, adaptive learning, video management, intelligent agents, templated interactives for course design, full support for outcomes or competency-based learning, and actionable learning analytics.
D2L’s Brightspace was recently named the #1 LMS in Higher Ed by Ovum Research and #1 in Adaptive Learning by eLearning Magazine. In addition, Aragon Research included D2L in its highly coveted Hot Vendors In Learning list.