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D2L launches newest Brightspace Insights


Educators can access a variety of data to help predict at-risk learners and help them in real-time

brightspace-d2lD2L (formerly “Desire2Learn”) recently unveiled the newest version of its Brightspace Insights analytics suite. With this release, D2L can now aggregate and capture streamed student data from across the entire learning ecosystem (including learning apps, content publishers, online tools, and different learning management systems) and empower instructors to act on one complete view of the student at the moment of learning.

With Brightspace Insights, instructors can now see where learners are succeeding or struggling and intervene in real-time to improve outcomes and degree attainment rates.

The new Brightspace Insights track, measure, and monitor student progress and aim to help improve engagement at every step. With the transmission of IMS Caliper learning events from tools like the Kaltura Video Platform, Microsoft Office Mix and Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook Creator into Brightspace, faculty and teachers now see a richer view of learning activities across all tools.

Next page: How the new Brightspace Insights uses data to help educators act in real time

The new Brightspace Insights pull the data into high-performance reports, comprehensive data visualizations, and predictive analytics to provide instructors with visibility into student issues at just the right time. Instructors can act immediately as real-time analytics are embedded into instructors’ workflows to make information timely, in-context, and actionable.

“Harnessing big data intelligently has transformed other industries, but in education, it hasn’t been used in real-time to help learners when they need it most,” said John Baker, President and CEO, D2L. “With today’s release, we’ve made it easier for instructors to predict and forecast learners at risk, to help them while they’re learning, not just by flagging issues at the end of a term. D2L’s new Brightspace Insights provides instructors with higher quality insights that will help raise completion rates, lead to improved outcomes, and encourage stronger engagement.”

“This release is a great advancement for all Brightspace users. With the previous version of our analytics product, instructors received information on learner success even before they took their first test. But it was only using data based on Brightspace tools. With the new Brightspace Insights, we can now deliver that same insight, but based on the entire ecosystem of learning tools,” said Nick Oddson, Senior Vice President, Product Development at D2L. “We now offer learning insights at the speed of data.”

The Brightspace Data Platform is the basis of Brightspace Insights and is a new big data platform designed to be near real-time, using cloud scale technologies. Built to enable instructors to see a 360-degree view of the student by aggregating the explosion of data from the entire ecosystem of learning tools, it’s designed to be an open platform, supporting a new set of APIs and common standards, including IMS Caliper and ODBC.

The Brightspace Data Platform and the new Brightspace Insights are built on the Brightspace security model, which meets or exceeds D2L customers’ security and privacy requirements.

More details about Brightspace Insights will be unveiled at Fusion 2015, the Brightspace Global Conference, on June 23rd in Orlando, Fla.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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