March 04, 2016 09:00 ET

Fast Company Ranks D2L #6 on the Most Innovative Companies of 2016 List in the Data Science Category, Amongst Google, IBM, Spotify, Costco, and Blue Cross Blue Shield

D2L's Ability to Provide Powerful Analytics to Improve Learning Outcomes is Globally Recognized

WATERLOO, ON--(Marketwired - March 04, 2016) - Today, D2L, a global edtech leader and the creator of Brightspace, announces it has been ranked #6 on Fast Company's list of The Most Innovative Companies of 2016 in the Data Science category, amongst Google, IBM, Spotify, Costco, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

"We're excited to be a part of this esteemed group of innovators," said John Baker, CEO of D2L. "D2L and our thousands of users have shown that data science has the power to modernize education just as it has the consumer and business world."

Fast Company reports, "Brightspace can run a student's transcript against millions of others and, using a predictive algorithm, determine what grade that student is likely to receive in any given class… A new analytics suite uses data from a variety of sources across the learning ecosystem, as opposed to just Brightspace data, and the company recently rolled out a gaming tool that lets teachers create games to use in their courses."

To celebrate data science and its essential role in education, D2L will be holding a webinar on March 28th, 2016 at 12pm EST titled: BIG DATA? BIG DEAL. WHY UNIVERSITIES NEED TO DO MORE WITH PREDICTIVE ANALYTICSIndustry experts Gates Bryant from Tyton Partners, Dr. Tristan Denley from the Tennessee Board of Regents and John Baker, CEO of D2L will discuss how predictive analytics can improve overall success for students, instructors, advisors and institutions and could change the game in Higher Education. For more details please visit:

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D2L is the software leader that makes the learning experience better. The company's cloud-based platform -- Brightspace -- is not a common one-size-fits-all learning management system (LMS). It's easier to use, more flexible, and smart. With Brightspace, you can personalize the experience for every learner to deliver real results. The company is a world leader in learning analytics: its platform predicts learner performance so that you can take action in real-time to keep them on track. Brightspace is used by learners in higher education, K-12, and the enterprise sector, including the Fortune 1000. D2L has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore.

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