After an in-depth consultation and procurement process, Brock University announced on Wednesday, April 6 that its next Learning Management System (LMS) will be D2L’s Brightspace.
The modern, cloud-based Brightspace is well-suited to serve the needs of the University’s instructors and students. With a simple user interface, support for online marking and feedback, a mobile app and continuous updates, the LMS from Kitchener-based D2L offered significant upgrades from Brock’s outgoing system.
With the agreement now fully in place, Brock will use a phased-in approach to bring the Brightspace LMS online, with the aim of having it operational across all courses by January 2023.
In the coming weeks, Brock instructors and staff will have opportunities to explore the platform and interested instructors are being asked to volunteer to participate in an Early Adopters program to help shape Brock’s Brightspace experience. Instructors teaching in the 2022 Spring/Summer Term and interested in taking part are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
By the 2022 Fall Term, all instructors will have the opportunity to choose the Brightspace LMS or continue to use the existing LMS before the full implementation in the 2023 Winter Term.
In October 2021, Brock Senate endorsed a plan for the University to acquire a new LMS. That launched a multi-stage RFP process that culminated in full-day vendor presentations, ultimately leading to Brightspace being selected as the top-ranked proponent.
In the coming weeks, more information, as well as testing and training opportunities, will be made available.
Further details can be found on CPI’s LMS web page.