Welcome to the Brightspace (formerly called D2L) Information Page 


Brightspace is a Learning Management System (LMS). Simply put, it allows you to manage online elements of your course. It includes a content viewer, quizzes, submission folder, grades area, discussion boards, and more. Faculty can use Brightspace for completely online courses, hybrid courses, and to supplement their face-to-face courses.

You can access Brightspace by going to https://d2l.ship.edu

Name Change

In June 2014 D2L officially changed their company name to D2L (formerly Desire2Learn).

They also officially changed the name of their Learning Management System to Brightspace (formerly D2L).

Continuous Delivery

In practical terms Continuous Delivery means that D2L updates their products (Brightspace Learning Environment, Pulse app, etc) once a month on the third Friday.

In D2L's words, "Continuous Delivery (CD) is a design practice used in software development to automate and improve the process of software delivery. The Continuous Delivery model will allow D2L to deliver updated technology to clients, enabling rapid, incremental delivery of high quality, valuable new functionality to users. This frictionless model also makes it possible to increase collaboration with clients and to adapt software in line with user feedback and needs, resulting in incremental and easily integrated changes."

Current Continuous Delivery release notes.  You can also view previous and forthcoming release notes on this page.

Here is the current schedule of release dates. Unless otherwise noted the updates occur on the third Friday of the month.

"Daylight Experience"

The Daylight Experience is the new look and feel for Brightspace that adapts responsively to different device sizes. Daylight is clean and easy to use, creating a great first impression with new users. Daylight is currently under development and we are experimenting with it on our test servers. We haven't set a day to switch to the new "Daylight Experience" but it will likely be for the 2018-2019 academic calendar year.

image of daylight on devices

Visit Daylight Central on D2L's website: including more info, updates, FAQ.

Support for Brightspace

In light of ever changing features and settings with Continuous Delivery we have opted to use D2L's support (documentation, videos, community site, etc)

Brightspace Support for Instructors

Brightspace Support Videos

Upcoming and Archived D2L Webinars