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Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

Published: April 21, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of coming together as a community of public servants, including to help each other find work alternatives. The Canada School of Public Service is actively moving towards secure, cloud-based systems that will provide improvements in system availability, functionality and usability for all learners.

In partnership with Public Services and Procurement Canada, the School has run an agile, competitive procurement process to replace its current learning management system. The School is pleased to announce the top two vendors of its Next Generation Digital Learning Environment request for proposals: D2L Brightspace and SAP SuccessFactors.

The next phase of the procurement process will engage public servants in virtually testing the platforms of the two shortlisted vendors. As such, we are seeking volunteers to help assess the capabilities and usability of the top two prototypes based on predesigned user scenarios. It could take two to three hours to complete one scenario, which will need to be repeated for each of the two prototypes.

We are also seeking technical specialists to assess the prototypes for compliance with official languages and accessibility (WCAG 2.0) standards. All scores from the user scenarios will be gathered and combined with the financial submissions to determine the highest-scoring vendor. The winning vendor will be awarded the final contract, and implementation of the new platform will begin.

If you would like to have a say in the future of the School’s learning and be among the first to experience the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment, please sign up to register as a tester at: Please note that the registration link will no longer be valid as of Saturday, April 25th 2020.

Leszek Nowosielski
Executive Director, User Experience
Canada School of Public Service / Government of Canada

We want to hear from YOU!

Published: January 23, 2020

Have you visited GCcampus lately? Have you encountered any issues or have had a negative experience? Do you want to help us improve things better?

We want to hear from YOU!

The Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) is the process of procuring a new modern digital learning platform to deliver the Next Generation Learning.  We are using an Agile procurement process in collaboration with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). With this approach, up to the top 3 highest scoring vendors will each deliver a prototype solution for us to evaluate.

We need your help. Your participation will help us procure the best solution possible.

How can we use your help?

200 testers will be given access to the 3 prototypes with pre-scripted scenarios. These scenarios will help assess the prototypes and provide individual scores for each one of the vendors. You would be helping us evaluate the prototypes on:

  1. Capabilities (functions) in different areas based on the scenarios;
  2. Overall usability of the experience and interfaces
  3. Accessibility (WCAG) of the systems; and
  4. The quality of Official Languages of the various prototypes.

As a tester you will be scoring the different prototypes in these dimensions, informing our decision to choose the best system to provide you and the rest of the public service with the best  learning experience possible.

What will the CSPS do with your testing?

The scores you provide will enable us to choose a vendor to provide the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE). Your participation is essential!

When and where will the testing take place?

The prototypes should be ready for testing summer 2020 (dates and details to follow). Your time commitment should be approximately 12 hours over a period of 5 days once we start. Testing will be online, so you can test from wherever you like, as long as you have appropriate online access. Given the sensitive nature of the procurement process, employer authorized spaces should only be used, and we ask that you don’t share your opinions or results of the 3 prototypes until the final contract is in place.

So, are you in?

We invite you to sign up now!

We’re looking forward to your participation!

The Canada School of Public Service