OWL Migration Plan

Western, we're excited to welcome you to OWL Brightspace, your new online learning experience!

All academic courses* will run in OWL Brightspace starting May 1, 2024!
*Excludes Western Continuing Studies

Western's New Learning Management System

Western has been searching for a new learning management system (LMS) to power OWL, Western’s core learning platform. We’re excited to announce that a new learning management system has been selected!

OWL (Online Western Learning) logo and D2L Brightspace logoWestern is partnering with D2L Inc. for the next chapter of the university’s academic journey: OWL, powered by Brightspace!  

The selection of a new LMS represents a significant investment by Western in the future of teaching and learning for over 40,000 students and thousands of instructors and staff.



Introductory Video

Why a new learning management system?

Online Western Learning (OWL) is Western’s online learning management system. Western University is making a significant transition in teaching and learning technology as we implement a new learning management system to replace Sakai, the platform that has powered OWL at Western for over a decade.

Western uses OWL to manage and deliver undergraduate, graduate, and Continuing Studies courses, and Human Resources required training.

A new learning management system supports the strategic goals outlined in Western’s strategic plan, Towards Western at 150, specifically in the areas of: 

  • Strategic Growth
  • Enriching Student Experience
  • Teaching and Learning for the Future

The project team gathered feedback through community surveys in Fall of 2022, which had over 4,500 community responses. Evaluations occurred early in 2023 with community sandbox and demo opportunities to help the project team select the best LMS to meet Western’s needs. The new learning management system will provide the community with: 

  • Better support for mobile 
  • A more modern and intuitive interface 
  • Better integration with other eLearning tools 
  • Increased performance 
  • More reliability for large online assessments 
  • Better tools to support student engagement 
  • Data and learning analytics 

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