Evaluation of Learning Management Systems

A Comparative Study Between Blackboard and Brightspace


  • Hanaa A. Yamani
  • Ahmed D. Alharthi
  • Lassaad Kacem Smirani Umm al-Qura University




eLearning, Distance Education, Learning Management Systems, Higher Education


This study examined, by analysis and comparison, two Learning Management Systems (LMS): Blackboard and Brightspace. The field research sample consisted of 513 students at Umm Al-Qura University. The study attempted to answer central questions dealing with the evaluation level of Umm Al-Qura University students for the characteristics of these two LMS. The study concludes that most students agree on the benefits of Blackboard and Brightspace, and according to them, the most common advantages of these LMS are: Help to access shared data and files, record and monitor the learner's performance, help to control and customize the educational process, facilitate the exchange of experiences and scientific concepts with others, the stable interface in controlling and moving among other components, facilitate discussion with the teacher and with students, and interface easy to understand and learn and easy to use. The study revealed that there is a statistically significant difference between the mean scores of students who use the Blackboard system and students who use the Brightspace system in the overall score to evaluate the e-learning system characteristics in favor of students who use the Brightspace system. This means that students who use the Brightspace system are more sensitive to the advantages of an e-learning system compared to students who use the Blackboard system. The findings can be used to assist educators in producing the best process of implementing open and distance learning. The appropriate techniques must be chosen to ensure that no student drops behind and that the teaching and learning process works with sustainability.

Author Biography

Lassaad Kacem Smirani, Umm al-Qura University

LASSAAD K. SMIRANI was born in Tunisia, in 1969. He received the B.S. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from MANAR University in 1992, and M.S. degree in telecommunications from Sup'Com in 1994, and master's degree in networks and PhD in telecommunications and computer sciences from ENIT. In 1994, he joined "Tunisia Telecom" company: the historical telecoms operator in Tunisia. He held several positions of responsibility. In parallel he has held the mission of technology expert at Carthage University, and has taught for 13 years (2000-2013) at computer sciences Department -Faculty of Sciences of Bizerta- and he worked in many other Tunisian University like "ESPRIT". Dr SMIRANI joined UQU University (Deanship of eLearning and Distance Education) in 2013 and he holds the position of Educational Advisor, Trainer and Assistant Professor. He is now head of studies and research Department and he is an eLearning trainer on Leaning Management Systems certified by blackboard. He had many publications in the field of Artificial Intelligence, e-Learning, Digital learning, Distance education, and Networks. His current research interests include the application of Artificial Neural Networks on Adaptive learning, also he actually conducts many field studies to improve educational outcomes. From 2011 until now he is a scientific council member of the Innov'Com scientific research laboratory.




How to Cite

Yamani, H. A., Alharthi, A. D., & Smirani, L. K. (2022). Evaluation of Learning Management Systems: A Comparative Study Between Blackboard and Brightspace. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 17(07), pp. 125–144. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijet.v17i07.28881