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Get started with
Brightspace Emerge
for Schools

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

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Works for everyone, from any device

  • Provide access to learning anytime, anywhere. Brightspace offers a great mobile experience for teachers and students through responsive design which adapts to any screen size—desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone—and the top-rated Brightspace Pulse app.
  • Support students of all ages. Beautiful icon-based navigation and non-reader support allows young minds to visually connect and engage in learning experiences freely and independently. As your learners grow, Brightspace offers more advanced features and functions.
  • Reach every learner. Our CODiE award-winning accessibility features can help deliver accessible course content and accommodations to meet the unique needs of your students.
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Save teachers time with tools they love

  • Deliver learning with ease. Brightspace makes it easy for teachers to automate daily tasks like announcements and reminders, freeing up time to focus on what matters most—helping students achieve their full potential.
  • Create content quickly and easily. Use intuitive course-building tools to help create new lessons or seamlessly add existing content from a variety of sources including publishers, open educational resources, and content stored on other third-party platforms. Map content to educational standards in just a few clicks.
  • Evaluate faster. Quickly sort, filter, and search learner submissions to prioritise evaluation work from a single location using Quick Eval.  Provide meaningful and timely feedback using tools such as rubrics, annotations, and Video Note.
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Help keep students engaged, motivated, and on track

  • Personalise learning experiences at scale. Use Brightspace to try different course delivery methods and pedagogical approaches, including blended, online, and competency-based education to suit your learners’ needs.
  • Foster connection and collaboration. Help encourage students to engage and interact with their teachers and peers by commenting on posts in discussions and activity feed.
  • Track class and student progress. Get a high-level view of how students are progressing and zoom in on student activities with a single click using the Class Progress tool. Automatically release enrichment or remediation content based on student achievement or provide that extra nudge to keep learners on track and on task.

A partner you can trust, every step of the way

  • 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 Technology Emerge Core
Responsive Design Yes Yes
Brightspace Pulse App Yes Yes
Standard SIS Integration Yes

standard CSV or API


standard CSV, API, One Roster, or Ellucian ILP

Open APIs Yes Yes
Authentication Integration Yes




Disaster Recovery n/a Yes
Ultra-high Availability n/a Yes
Non-production environment n/a Yes
Content and Instruction Emerge Core
Learning Environment Yes Yes
Content Experience Yes Yes
Insert Stuff Yes Yes
Course Conversion Yes

Via UI Only


Via Bulk Course Conversion and UI

Accessibility Templates and Tools Yes Yes
Learning Repository n/a Yes

Engagement ​and ​Collaboration​ Emerge Core
Video Note with Closed Captions Yes Yes
Activity Feed Yes Yes
Announcements and Notifications Yes Yes
Discussions Yes Yes
Brightspace Parent & Guardian n/a Yes
Virtual Classroom n/a Yes
Video Assignments n/a Yes
Portfolio n/a Yes
Assessment, Feedback, and Outcomes Emerge Core
Rubrics Yes Yes
Quizzes Yes Yes
Quick Eval Yes Yes
Annotations Yes Yes
Grade Book and Mastery View Yes Yes
Progress Dashboards Yes Yes
Data Hub n/a Yes

Personalisation Emerge Core
Release Conditions Yes Yes
Automated Messages Yes Yes
Accommodations and Special Access Yes Yes
Awards, Badges, and Certificates Yes Yes
Discover n/a Yes
Learning Paths n/a Yes
Expertise and Support Emerge Core
Implementation Yes Yes
Brightspace Community Yes Yes
Basic Support Yes Yes
Adoption and Customer Success Yes Yes

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