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Brightspace is the University's new virtual learning environment developed by Desire 2 Learn (D2L). Brightspace will be introduced to a few select courses in the academic year 17/18 with the full implementation being planned for the academic year 18/19. Awareness sessions, training and support is being provided for all staff.

Brightspace has many features:

  • The ability to easily modify module content with the drag and drop interface.

  • Add multimedia and external links such as Youtube or Vimeo via the Insert Stuff tool.

  • Provide video feedback to students with the Video Note tool.

  • Create quizzes, surveys, discussions, blogs and more to provide a more engaging learning experience.

  • Create widget-based homepages to greet learners and provide easy access to courses.

  • Compare students performance with one another in the module using the Class Progress dashboard.

  • View individual students performance such as viewing their grades, login history, course access, and more, all in one place.

  • A more in-depth analytical reporting system provides advanced statistics for assignments, assessments and more.

  • Attach release conditions to content in order to choose which users get access to the content.

  • Email students through Intelligent Agents to congratulate them on doing well or encourage students to access particular content in order to improve their performance.

Getting Started

Click here to access Brightspace

Here's a link to a lecture capture of the Awareness Session for Brightspace

Link to Brightspace Bytes Training Module

Link to Module Planning Form

Link to Brightspace How-to-Guides

Brightspace Module-Build Workshops and drop-in sessions: dates and booking info

Link to Quick Start Guide

Tips on Building your modules quickly

Creating quizzes in Brightspace

Brightspace - University Strategy / Minimum Requirements

FAQ & Timetable

Additional Information

Below are a number of links that will help you understand Brightspace and provide you with some valuable ways of creating engaging resources.

Contact Details

If you are having any questions regarding Brightspace, please contact your school's LTA or Andy Raistrick (

If you have any feedback, suggestions for improvement or spot any errors on this page, please email further details to:, thank you.