The SUNY Digital Learning Environment (DLE)

The SUNY system-wide adoption of Desire2Learn’s (D2L) Brightspace Learning Management System brings an opportunity for unification of the larger digital learning environment within which all SUNY campuses operate. This unification initiative is known as the Digital Learning Environment (DLE).  

SUNY has been offering demonstrations and a Brightspace sandbox site. Our Instructional Designers are already learning more about the new LMS.  The features of Brightspace are quite similar to Canvas, and faculty can expect the same high-level training and support they are familiar with from our experts. 

SUNY Implementation has begun!

Thirty (30) campuses are already in the planning and implementation process for migration to Brightspace. These first campuses will offer courses on the new DLE in Summer 2022. The SUNY implementation team is preparing training materials, support documentation, and templates for a variety of course delivery modalities.

Geneseo Timeline and Cohort Selection

Our selection of an implementation cohort with SUNY sets the transition timeline to Brightspace. Geneseo requested Cohort 3, which has the following phases:

  • Phase I: Fall 2022
    Planning & CIT Preparation (four months)
  • Phase II: Spring 2023
    Training and Pilot / Early Adopter Faculty
    Faculty early adopters will be invited to transition to Brightspace
  • Phase III: Summer 2023
    “Go Live” – all courses / faculty in Brightspace
    Canvas access terminated July 1, 2023

Each campus will follow a similar training path with instructional support (CIT Instructional Designers) beginning first. Pilot faculty will follow shortly thereafter, and then non-pilot faculty; both will receive training with sufficient time to migrate and prepare their courses in the new platform. Students will then have access to user-friendly resources to help them succeed. All faculty will have the opportunity to earn a SUNY CPD Brightspace LMS Certificate, with an additional option to earn an “Enhanced” certificate after an OSCQR review of their migrated content.

Digital Learning Working Group

Geneseo efforts will be guided by the Digital Learning Working Group, a group of professionals and faculty that have been collaborating for nearly two years on supporting online learning at Geneseo. The membership of the group is expanding to include more faculty and students to ensure broad representation of the needs of our learning community.

For up to date information on Geneseo’s DLE project, please bookmark this wiki page. ( If you have any questions, or would like to participate in local planning and implementation, please contact Laurie Fox.

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