The City University of New York (CUNY) is transitioning from our current Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard, to a new, more modern platform, Brightspace. This transition, set to begin in the fall of 2023, is a significant step towards expanding online learning and delivering engaging learning experiences using state-of-the-art teaching and learning technology.

After careful consideration, Brightspace emerged as the LMS that best met CUNY’s needs. The goal of this transition is to provide a comprehensive LMS that is modern, user-friendly, and capable of supporting growth in online learning. With advanced analytics, Brightspace will contribute to student success and set a foundation for engaging learning experiences that connect and inform.

The Roadmap Ahead – The When

The transition to Brightspace in CUNY will be a phased process, spanning over two years. Four groups of campuses will transition over sequential semesters: fall 2023, spring 2024, fall 2024, and spring 2025. During this period, faculty will have access to their courses in both Blackboard and Brightspace, ensuring a smooth transition.

Hostos is in the fall 2023 group. During that time, the CUNY LMS admin will migrate courses in preparation to use Brightspace. You will not be required to use D2L Brightspace in fall 2023 – you will teach using Blackboard. However, during this time and in the spring of 2024, you will be provided with training opportunities (TBD) on how to use D2L Brightspace. Hostos is scheduled to start using D2L Brightspace in the summer of 2024.

The Brightside of Brightspace – The Why

Brightspace brings with it a host of benefits. Its user-friendly and intuitive design makes it easier for both faculty and students to navigate. The platform’s advanced analytics can provide valuable insights into student performance, contributing to their success. Furthermore, Brightspace supports a variety of teaching and learning modalities, making it a versatile tool for course delivery. Importantly, Brightspace also facilitates Regular and Substantive Interaction (RSI) between instructors and students, a key requirement for online education ensuring consistent engagement, and fostering a more dynamic and effective learning environment.

Preparing for the Journey – The How

A combination of D2L, CUNY Online, and campus trainers will provide training and resources to use Brightspace effectively for teaching and learning. These resources will be available to all faculty, regardless of their transition group. Similarly, resources will be provided to students to ensure they can effectively use Brightspace for learning.

Take Action

Visit CUNY’s Brightspace Transition Page. Navigate to CUNY’s Brightspace Transition website to stay updated on the latest transition timelines, resources, and support options.


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