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The transition from Blackboard Learn to the D2L Brightspace Learning Management system is now in full swing, and instructors are encouraged to attend workshops and other training events to become familiar with the new system.

Brightspace will be the only learning management system in use on the West Lafayette and Fort Wayne campuses starting in fall 2020. Purdue Northwest will fully implement Brightspace by fall 2021.

For 2020 summer courses on the West Lafayette campus, Brightspace will be the default system – but instructors can request to use Blackboard Learn if they prefer. More information about how to opt out will be available soon.

To help prepare for the transition, workshops and other training opportunities have been created to help faculty move content and set up their courses well in advance of the start of classes to avoid expected delays.

To learn more about getting started with Brightspace, visit and click on the appropriate campus.

To learn more about training opportunities on campus, click the links below:

Purdue Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching is hosting a series of workshops to help instructors get started with Brightspace including: 

  • Feb. 19: Getting Started with D2L Brightspace, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in IdeaSpace Helmke Library (LB) 137.
  • Feb. 20: Creating and Grading Assignments in D2L Brightspace, 9 to 10:15 a.m., in IdeaSpace LB 137.
  • Feb. 26: Course Migration from BB to D2L Brightspace, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., in IdeaSpace LB 137.
  • Feb. 27: Getting Started with D2L Brightspace, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in IdeaSpace LB 137.

To learn more and to register, visit the center’s schedule of events.

Purdue Northwest

Purdue Northwest hosts Brightspace open labs weekly for instructors, with drop-in times from 8 to 4 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday in the Gyte Building, Room 143, on the Hammond campus. Open labs for the Westville campus are held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the Library Student Faculty (LSF) Building, Room 235.

Open labs are designed to help faculty explore Brightspace with a specialist available to provide assistance and answer questions, but each week will also feature a focused training on a specific topic from noon to 1 p.m.

To learn more, see the Purdue Northwest training schedule.

West Lafayette

Brightspace open labs:

Personalized attention and a chance to ask questions and receive feedback are available during the weekly Brightspace Open Labs, held noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in Beering Hall, Room B286. Open labs are designed to be drop-in events, but registration is available.

Request a custom workshop

Purdue educational technologists are available to host custom Brightspace workshops for campus units. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure that schedules can be coordinated. To request a workshop, send an email to

Upcoming workshops:

Additional workshops scheduled for March and April can be found by clicking here.

Spend Spring Break with Brightspace

On campus during Spring Break? Use that time to get ahead with Brightspace by attending open labs and workshops designed to help instructors build and navigate their courses. Events are: 


Have questions about the Brightspace implementation plan? Contact implementation team members at: 

Writer: Dave Stephens, technology writer, Information Technology at Purdue, 765-496-7998,

Last updated: February 10, 2020