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Learning Management System Transition: Blackboard to BrightSpace

What is the transition?

The City University of New York (CUNY) is transitioning from our current Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard, to D2L Brightspace. Beginning in the Fall of 2023, CUNY Office of Academic Affairs (CUNY OAA), CUNY Computing and Information Services (CUNY CIS), and staff across CUNY campuses will launch a multi-phase process to transition to the new platform and introduce it to the community university-wide. 

What is Brightspace?

Desire to Learn (D2L) Brightspace is a comprehensive learning management system (LMS) that is modern and easy to use for faculty, staff, and students. D2L is the company and Brightspace is the product. Brightspace will be replacing our current LMS Blackboard.

It offers capabilities to support teaching and learning across different modalities, supports growth in online learning, provides advanced analytics that contribute to student success, and lays a foundation for engaging learning experiences that facilitate Regular and Substantive Interaction (RSI) in online course.


  • Summer 2024 – all courses will be taught in Blackboard
  • Fall 2024 – all courses will be taught in Blackboard; begin transition to Brightspace
  • Spring 2025 – All courses will be taught in BrightSpace
  • Blackboard no longer available Dec. 2025 

What is available now?

  • Courses that have already been migrated to Brightspace include: Fall 2023, Summer, 2023, Spring 2023, Winter 2023, and Fall 2022. (Courses from Spring 2024 will migrated this summer and will be available to be rolled over to work on for Spring 2025 courses).