Updating to Daylight on May 22

Desire2Learn has a visual new look and feel called the Daylight Experience. This new interface was built with a responsive design—it adapts to different screen sizes and looks great on laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

The core functionality will not be changing, but you will notice visual improvements:

  • Simplified navigation design that is responsive for smaller devices
  • Wider page layout for your content so that it’s the focal point of the page
  • New fonts, icons, colors, and simpler formatting of widgets provide a consistent experience
  • Responsive homepage layout that works best with two columns
  • New widget for Pinned Courses to make it easier to organize and focus on your current courses

Demos will happen near the end of Spring 2018 so instructors can see Daylight and have an opportunity to ask questions before May 22. Dates for these demos, as well as additional information related to Daylight, will be added to this site.

As part of this change, we will also begin referring to D2L as D2L Brightspace to align with the re-branding that occurred in 2014, when D2L re-branded its learning environment as Brightspace.

Daylight Overview

Below are some screenshots showing the new Daylight interface.

My Home


A. Pinning Courses: Ability to organize courses by “pinning” current, past, or future courses for easy access.

B. Inactive Courses: Inactive courses are clearly identified for instructors.

C. Course Selector: New course selection icon, shown expanded below

My Home with Course Selector Expanded


Course Homepage


A. Home Button: New home button that will return you to the My Home.

B. Course Homepage Link: The course title is the link to course home page.

C. Course Navbar: Course navbar includes menus that are organized by function

D. Course Banner Image: The thumbnail from the D2L My Home page for the course will become the course banner.

E. Online Education Support Information: By default this widget will be on all course homepages to help faculty and students know how to contact support.

These Are Screenshots from a Mobile Device

My Home


A. Menu: Navigation menu

Course Homepage


Course Homepage with Menu Expanded