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Internet2, D2L Expand Partnership

Internet2, an advanced technology community of research and educational organizations, has expanded its partnership with D2L to offer a customized version of D2L's Brightspace LMS (learning management system) to more than 300 Internet2 member institutions as part of Internet2's NET+ portfolio.

The Internet2 NET+ Brightspace LMS bundle includes all of Brightspace's current features, as well as "custom features and services developed specifically for Internet2's member institutions," according to a news release.

Key features of the Internet2 NET+ Brightspace LMS bundle include:

  • Teaching and learning tools with built-in accessibility adherence, measurement and assessment options and standards-based technology;
  • A centralized library for uploading, storing, managing and sharing content and learning resources;
  • An online portfolio tool designed for learning engagement, networking and collaboration;
  • Core and advanced analytics to assist with strategic improvements and decision-making based on data;
  • Near real-time reporting on data across the entire learning ecosystem;
  • Bronze-level customer support, including Monday-to-Friday telephone support and anytime incident submission by email;
  • D2L as primary point of contact and materials to help guide a successful implementation;
  • Integrations with standard student information systems (SIS), human resources information systems (HRIS), single sign-on (SSO) and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) for accessing network services;
  • Live, virtual public administrator and instructor training tools training for the Brightspace LMS Learning Environment;
  • Private training for the Brightspace LMS Learning Repository and ePortfolio;
  • Basic Insights training; and
  • Access to more than 400 video tutorials for all users.

"Through NET+, campuses influence product design, share best practices in deployments and identify success strategies for broad adoption that help institutions improve how they operate and better serve students, faculty and administrators," said Shel Waggener, senior vice president of Internet2, in a prepared statement. "Our partnership with D2L is another prime example of how true collaboration between industry and Internet2 member institutions brings benefits far beyond just financial value to higher education through deep design and technical partnerships."

Further information about the Brightspace LMS can be found on D2L's site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].

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