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Get started with
Brightspace Emerge
for Higher Education

Brightspace Emerge combines all the tools, services, and support you need to launch your digital transformation, delivering engaging teaching and learning experiences for your faculty and students — all in one convenient package.

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Save time with intuitive, mobile-first design

  • Offer anywhere, anytime learning on any device. Laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone—regardless of the way your students want to learn, our responsive learning platform and top-rated Brightspace Pulse mobile app help provide flexible access to educational content.  
  • Deliver learning with ease. Beautifully designed, Brightspace offers an intuitive interface making it easy to support creating content and engaging students—both in person and online—to help them achieve their full potential.
  • Reach every learner. Our CODiE award-winning accessibility features can make it easy for students to navigate using assistive technologies and help you deliver accommodations to meet the unique needs of your students.

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Motivate learners with personalised learning experiences

  • Reimagine learning experiences at scale. Different course delivery methods or pedagogical approaches, including blended, online, and competency-based education, can be explored to suit your learners’ needs.
  • Help increase student engagement. Make it easy for students to virtually connect, interact, and collaborate with their instructors and peers by leveraging the activity feed and discussion forums.
  • Recognise individual achievement. Help motivate students with awards, badges, and certificates—all easily managed from within Brightspace.
  • Help keep students moving forward. Track progress, engagement, and outcomes across an entire course, or for a specific student, with the Class Progress tool. Use Mastery View to understand student achievement related to course outcomes. Automatically release enrichment or remediation content based on student achievement or provide that extra nudge to keep learners on task and on track.


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Enhance teaching with powerful tools for faculty

  • Create content—or add existing content—quickly and easily. Use intuitive course-building tools and templates to build new courses or seamlessly import content from a variety of external sources.
  • Evaluate faster. Use Quick Eval to sort, filter, and search learner submissions to prioritise evaluation work from a single location. Provide meaningful feedback using tools such as rubrics, annotations, and Video Note.
  • Explore the platform and tools at your own pace. The Brightspace platform is enjoyed equally by novice and power users, and everyone in between. With progressive disclosure, the most common items are displayed first, with drill-down options for more in-depth tasks.


Partner with our experts for the service and support you need

  • Start with your own unique success plan. Collaborate with our consultants to create a tailored implementation plan to help your platform launch be a success. Partner with our customer success team to help improve adoption and retention and maximise the full potential of Brightspace Emerge.
  • Get the support you need, when you need it. Contact our support team at any time of the day through our Approved Support Contact (ASC) portal to tap into Brightspace expertise and help keep your platform in tip-top shape.
  • Interact with peers and subject matter experts. When you introduce Brightspace Emerge, you’ll also be offered exclusive access to the Brightspace Community—your 24x7x365 one-stop shop for self-serve resources and a safe space for all users to share, inspire, and support one another throughout their learning journey.


Learn more about D2L Brightspace Packages

Worry-Free TechnologyEmergeCore
Responsive DesignYesYes
Brightspace Pulse AppYesYes
Standard SIS IntegrationYes

standard CSV or API


standard CSV, API, One Roster, or Ellucian ILP

Open APIsYesYes
Authentication IntegrationYes




Disaster Recoveryn/aYes
Ultra-high Availabilityn/aYes
Non-production environmentn/aYes
Content and InstructionEmergeCore
Learning EnvironmentYesYes
Content ExperienceYesYes
Insert StuffYesYes
Course ConversionYes

Via UI Only


Via Bulk Course Conversion and UI

Accessibility Templates and ToolsYesYes
Learning Repositoryn/aYes
Engagement ​and ​Collaboration​EmergeCore
Video Note with Closed CaptionsYesYes
Activity FeedYesYes
Announcements and NotificationsYesYes
Virtual Classroomn/aYes
Video Assignmentsn/aYes
Assessment, Feedback, and OutcomesEmergeCore
Quick EvalYesYes
Grade Book and Mastery ViewYesYes
Progress DashboardsYesYes
Data Hubn/aYes


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