What is Brightspace?
Blackboard and Brightspace are both “Learning Management Systems” (LMS). They are tools for teaching courses online, or augmenting face-to-face instruction. In 2019, the University of Maine System started a competitive bidding process for a new LMS. After receiving and vetting a number of bids from LMS companies, and soliciting extensive feedback from the campus community, D2L’s Brightspace LMS was selected.
When will Brightspace replace Blackboard?
Fall 2020 will be the first semester all courses run on Brightspace. Blackboard will not be available at that point, but a full backup will be done of all courses and organizations before that time. To stay informed on the latest developments, join the USM Brightspace email list.