SurreyLearn roadmap

SurreyLearn is one of the core platforms supported by the TEL department as a tool that can be used in a wide variety of ways to enhance learning, teaching and assessment. This is supplied by D2L (Desire2Learn) and is also known as “Brightspace”.

We are actively and strategically working with D2L and 3rd party suppliers (for integrations) to ensure that the platform remains fit for purpose, meets the Surrey needs and new developments take into account the feedback from our staff and students.

As such, this post will be the first of a regular series that will highlight upcoming developments and their estimate timelines for deployment. Whilst only a few things are listed below, we’re usually busy with a larger number of things that are in the pipeline. Please get in touch with us ( or the Faculty Digital Learning Coordinators and we will be more than happy to listen to your feedback, discuss needs and help.

Q3 2019

  • “Quick Eval” is a new tool that allows relevant staff (permission-based) to see a list of unevaluated student submissions from all their modules. Submissions from Assignments, Quizzes/Tests, and Discussion Forums are displayed in one location to improve efficiency when locating work that requires evaluation and providing feedback to learners. They can sort, filter, and search submissions to prioritise their evaluation work.
  • Assignment annotations will allow staff to use a built-in annotation toolbar within the assignments tool to provide contextual feedback with highlighting, free hand drawing, shapes, and associated commenting. This will not replace the Turnitin Feedback Studio but rather complement it.
  • “Lessons” (a new way of displaying module content) and “Activity Feed” (a social tool for communication within a module) tools are currently being evaluated. If you’d like to find out more please speak to your Digital Learning Coordinator
  • Improved WCAG 2.1 accessibility compliance
  • A new and improved quiz/test builder experience

Q4 2019

  • An integration between Zoom Virtual Classroom and SurreyLearn that supports the ability to schedule/join/manage meetings within SurreyLearn. Instructors can use this to schedule and start Zoom virtual classes to support distance learning, office hours, study groups record such events. This will also be linked to the module calendar.
  • An integration between Microsoft OneNote for Classroom and SurreyLearn that will allow:
    • Student Notebooks — private notebooks that are shared between each teacher and their individual students. Teachers can access these notebooks at any time, but students cannot see other students’ notebooks.
    • Content Library — a notebook for teachers to share course materials with students. Teachers can add and edit its materials, but for students, the notebook is read-only.
    • Collaboration Space — a notebook for all students and the teacher in the class to share, organize, and collaborate.
  • An integration between MapleTA and SurreyLearn, in particular for STEM subjects in FEPS