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Published in Global Newswire on February 20, 2020

D2L Chosen to Provide Learning Management by Michigan Virtual

Kitchener, Waterloo, Feb. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global learning technology leader D2L announced today that Michigan Virtual has selected D2L’s Brightspace platform as its learning management system.

“We’ve always used a learning management system (LMS), but we wanted to move to an innovative and cloud-hosted platform in order to better serve our students and educators,” said Joseph Freidhoff, vice president of Michigan Virtual. “After extensive testing of multiple platforms, we chose Brightspace because its flexibility supports how we teach our students. We’re excited and eager to give new tools to our instructors and mentors to save them time and more easily communicate, in order to better support all our virtual learners.”

According to Michigan Virtual, Brightspace offered several advantages to meet their needs in better serving students and assisting educators, including:

  • Flexibility: Brightspace serves students across multiple grades and allows them to move through courses at their own pace and schedule. This includes supporting multiple term start-and-end dates, as Michigan allows districts to have different dates.
  • Personalization: The ease of personalization is important to students and instructors managing multiple cohorts of students. This includes providing reports that will allow mentors of both students and instructors to better track and support progress.
  • A True Partnership: Both Michigan Virtual and D2L are committed to continual improvement and ensuring quality results – an alignment that will greatly benefit the students and educators served by this partnership.

Michigan Virtual is a recognized leader and innovator in online learning, so we are especially excited to be partnering with them,” says Lee Poteck, vice president, education at D2L. “It’s a great fit, and both companies are already benefiting from this collaboration.”

As a non-profit and research-based organization, Michigan Virtual works to ensure that courses and educators are focused on providing quality, integrated courses that work together for the overall success of student learning and comprehension. To do so, Michigan Virtual uses a third party (Quality Matters) to evaluate course designs against research-based online course design standards that lead to student success. This partnership with D2L will strengthen Michigan Virtual’s ability to provide quality services and successful results to educators and learners.


Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform that makes online and blended learning easy, flexible and smart. Brightspace is a quantum leap beyond traditional Learning Management System (LMS) – it is easy to drag-and-drop content to create engaging courses, supports all mobile devices, has industry-leading up-time, and is built with accessibility in mind for all learners. Plus, Brightspace enables the future of learning with a gaming engine, adaptive learningvideo management, intelligent agents, templated interactives for course design, full support for outcomes or competency-based learning, and actionable learning analytics. D2L’s Brightspace was recently named the #1 LMS for Next-Gen Online Teaching and Learning by Ovum Research and #1 in Adaptive Learning by eLearning Magazine. In addition, Aragon Research included D2L in its highly coveted Hot Vendors In Learning list. To learn more, visit the Corporate page on our website.


Michigan Virtual™ (formally known as Michigan Virtual University®) provides online courses and support programs for Michigan students, professional development for educators and is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®. Visit us at


D2L believes learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests. Working closely with organizations globally, D2L has transformed the way millions of people learn online and in the classroom. Learn more about D2L for schools, higher education and businesses at

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About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual is a nonprofit educational organization that is leading and collaborating to build learning environments for tomorrow. Driven by student success, we have a strong record of supporting Michigan education that spans more than two decades. While many know us for our research-based, quality online learning options for students and professional development for educators, we also do a great deal of work behind the scenes to conduct original research, test innovations in learning, and provide consulting partnerships to promote effective practices. Education is changing faster than ever. Discover new models and resources to move learning forward at