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Leiden University is preparing for Brightspace: a new Learning Management System

12 April 2018

Leiden University is preparing to switch from Blackboard to Brightspace, the Learning Management System (LMS) that formally won the European tender this month. At the moment, the switch is still provisional; the contract will be signed at the end of the month.

Brightspace in 2020-2021

The aim is to have completely made the switch to Brightspace at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. In the meantime, an Implementation project team is working on a new plan for all the activities and a smooth transition to this new Learning Management System. Brightspace was developed by the Canadian company Desire2Learn.

By using Brightspace, the university will soon have a modern learning environment that meets all the users’ needs and wishes, both now and in the future.


During the implementation period, support for teachers, students and administrators in the transition to Brightspace will be given full attention . A special team will be designed in order to supervise lecturers. This team will also be responsible for the transfer of documents from Blackboard to Brightspace. Furthermore, pilots will be developed in which Brightspace can be tested prior to the actual implementation. Training sessions will also be organised to prepare all future users for the transition to the new Learning Management System.


Naturally, the implementation process involves various target and user groups from the university, both in the project team composition and in the sounding board and steering groups. Every now and then, the progress of the project will be made known through the university’s regular communication channels.

If you have any questions, please contact the LMS Implementation project team: lmsproject@bb.leidenuniv.nl

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