Brightspace Pulse is a mobile app for students that can help you stay connected
and on track with your Brightspace courses. It gives you one easy view of course
calendars, readings, assignments, evaluations, grades, and news. The app will
help you to make better decisions about how to ha...
Good but needs work
This is a great app and it has a lot of features like the checklist on the calendar. I believe to get the best rating, notifications of when things are due should be sent straight to your phone. The main thing is you should be able to check your grades. I can easily go to the link on my phone and I don’t want the app to just guide me there. When I found out there was an app I put all my peers on it and I was kinda disappointed because they didn’t have these things. But I believe this can be fixed and it will be a phenomenal app.
Terrible iPad viewing
I think the iPhone version of this app is great, but the point of the app is to access classes and assignments on a mobile device, however the best device I have found to go paperless, use my ebooks, access class information is the iPad. With the amazing updates to the the iPad and the duel screen functionality, the only aspect of my class that has not coughs up to this tech is the pulse app. There is no iPad version . This is how I will be accessing classes and this view is bad to say the least. Screen is not screen sized and buttons and font are extremely large and pixilated, and the keyboard functionality doesn’t work in the assignments/ discussions. The phone app works great but need iPad version to reasonable take class and use split screen mode to see txt book and class work or class and take notes. The whole reason I got iPad to use for college. This app is not suited to use on iPad and we can not use phones in class!
Good in theory...
It would be good if it worked. I got it to work once or twice and it was great. However, in total, I haven’t just used it once or twice; I’ve used it many more times and I’ve consistently had the “A Little Hiccup... The Internet is being fussy right now. Let’s try again?” error message pop up and despite refreshing and reconnecting to my network (even going to cellular data instead of Wi-Fi) I keep getting that message. Maybe it’s just my school’s security or something... but then this app should verify be able to bypass that security via a sign-in or other means. In conclusion, if the app worked, it would be great since I wouldn’t have to go to my school’s website page every time and sign in. But it doesn’t work. Don’t get me wrong I was hoping it would work—work like everyone else’s reviews, it seems—but alas. No such luck. My experience: 1/5. Because that’s about how many times it seems to work.
App badly needs modernized
This application is extremely bare-boned and not user friendly. I cannot fathom how universities so focused on Technology degrees, such as SNHU, even consider this platform a viable option for conducting class work. A prime example of this, is that you cannot use the Pulse Brightspace app in landscape mode when on iPad. This should have been implemented for such a widely used student hardware component. Not to mention the poor load times for certain resources. The only good thing about this app is that I can see my classwork and schedule in a consolidated location- I can do that online too (and without craning my neck sideways to see everything). Think I’ll just use a web shortcut until this app is brought “up to snuff”.
This is great to use on my iPhone. In the Notification area courses are color coded, icons are clearly defined, lead-in marker to access further information about particular notifications had never had any issues. The Course listings are easy to navigate...provided the educators plug everything in correctly. I’m really hoping there’s an iPad version available or coming soon. It would be nice to pull up the app and have it work to it’s full potential instead of a minimized screen and appearing somewhat pixelated when enlarged (still doesn’t access the full screen). This is the only reason I didn’t award 5 stars.
Portland Community College Here
I am very happy to have found a phone app that I can access Portland Community College D2L( Bright Space). I tried to access my college online courses on D2L app but couldn’t. No idea how it worked here but I am glad that I can access my online classes on Pulse. My time on public transit is utilized efficiently and it counts towards my studying time. I am on top of my assignments because just like any app, it sends me notifications. I wish if the tabs are to access grades and assignments in a way other than the notifications tab. Very helpful app though, and a life changer.
Convienent and quick
I really like this app. I really think it depends on the professor who is utilizing it to make it worth using... because I’ve had classes where I’ve had barely anything on there and classes were everything was on there. It seem to run great I wish all teachers would use this. I love being able to quickly check to see if someone replied to a post or question that I had and to be able to get my grades through here at a quick- glance without having to get on my computer.
Decent but missing essential things...
It’s good for viewing any Content posted by the professor but not much else. No way to print or download files. No way to view grades, class list, or anything else. BUT the app seems to be very stable, just limited in capability. The notifications are borderline useless. Just generic messages that are essentially just a glorified app notification badge (# of new things to view). Things that NEED to be added are better notification (which are essentially useless at the moment) and the ability to download files to my phone/other apps/cloud, not just an offline cache. This app has limited functionality but does what it does pretty well.
Missing Access to Features
The app works smoothly, but it is a “bare bones” app. Many features are simply links to the content on their website. It is not a true mobile version where students can work on assignments through their tablets or phones (a supposed advantage in using D2L). Additionally, there are features and content areas missing from the app that I can only access through a roundabout way once the app directs me to the website. These features include access to the Announcements (which seems like a significant oversight) and any discussions forums that are not incorporated into learning modules. I must access the website to see the content within these areas.
Good Tool but...
Pulse is great for moderating discussions, but when it comes to reading students’ papers, it’s difficult at best. The functionality for reviewing papers is really lacking. When you try to scroll through the paper, the entire screen scrolls. Then, when you try to scroll back, you end up scrolling the paper all the way back to the beginning. Additionally, you can only see the whole paper in landscape mode. It’s not convenient. If this app had a little better functionality, I’d give it 5 Stars.
This is for learning management NOT an environment
Several reviews have criticized this app as bare boned. Your rating it based on something is is not, would you rate a pen based on the graphite quality of a pencil? This is a virtual learning management (VLM] system and not a virtual learning environment (VLE)! This is my fifth year and second school system using D2L/bright space, each year they make incredible leaps in their VLE and pop out these VLM to support that environment. Assignment grader has made it easy for me to grade from anywhere on my iPad. Keep up the good work!
Keeps me on track AMAZING
As a third trimester pregnant woman I occasionally have mommy brain and I will forget things from time to time. I take 5 classes at Broward College and this app has really helped me to stay on track and always alerts me whenever there is changes to the schedule and the best part is that I get alerts whenever my grades are put. This app is amazing and I’d be really amazed if there was anything they could do to make it better because it’s already the best.
Great app IF you don’t need accurate info or timely notifications!
Handy app BUT, each update makes it less reliable in providing notifications. Now, there’s a red dot for the notification but the actual content isn’t updated - it has to be refreshed manually. Also, the date format for discussion posts shows only the date of the original post but not the date for any replies to it. Come on guys! Put yourselves in the shoes of the people using the app - the students! Either go back to four versions ago, the app was much better then, or, get it right now considering the above comments before launching the next version.
Great! But still needs a lot of critical work
I just discovered the pulse app halfway through the fall 2019 term. It solves some of the major annoyances I’ve had with using D2L for school, namely having to log in frequently and ending up with multiple browser tabs of D2L from previous sessions. I definitely recommend the app! But! it desperately needs split screen functionality so I can have my good notes app on one half of the screen with Pulse on the other. I am using the iPad version obviously. It also seems to have a glitch when I am taking quizzes and if I switch out of the app too many times the keyboard stops appearing when I tap on an answer input field. Even quickly restarting the app doesn’t seem to fix this. The pulse app is great blessing to me and a well done effort by the Brightspace Team and I excitedly look forward as it gets even better!
Making school a bit easier for me
This app is great for easy accessibility and to keep me updated with class announcements and grade postings. Before using this, I would have to log into my student account just to check a grade. Now, it’s so easy for me to simply click the app and get all the information I need without the extra steps. Also, the notifications are so fast, it’s almost like receiving grades and announcements in real time.
No. Brightspace Pulse does not seem very safe to us. This is based on our NLP (Natural language processing) analysis of over 102,280 User Reviews sourced from the Appstore and the appstore cumulative rating of 4.8/5 . Justuseapp Safety Score for Brightspace Pulse Is 18.7/100.
No. Brightspace Pulse does not seem legit based on our analysis. This conclusion was arrived at by running over 102,280 Brightspace Pulse User Reviews through our NLP machine learning process to determine if users believe the app is legitimate or not. Based on this, Justuseapp Legitimacy Score for Brightspace Pulse Is 18.7/100.
Brightspace Pulse works most of the time. If it is not working for you, we recommend you excersise some patience and retry later or Contact Support.
By Michelle Hayden
Feb 03 2021
I have a Samsung Note 20 Ultra and cannot get past the log in page. I put my user name and password and tap go and absolutely nothing happens. I have restarted my phone, uninstalled and reinstalled the app to no avail. I am able to find my college and put my credentials in and that is it nothing else happens.
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