Combine your existing knowledge of virtual learning tools with powerful new workflows to build an engaging digital classroom.
In a previous blog post, we explored some of the benefits for K-12 educators as you transition your teaching from face-to-face instruction to the Brightspace platform. Now, let’s look at a few of the benefits of transitioning your instructional practices from other learning technologies.
If you’ve been teaching with technology in any way, especially over the past year, you’ve probably already gained some amazing transferable skills that you can apply to any virtual learning tool you use. For example, by taking familiar concepts and applying them to new workflows, it’s typically easier to get comfortable using a new learning management system (LMS) like the Brightspace platform.
Some key components of any LMS include the ability to post and organize content, create assignments, and grade student work. You’ve likely performed many or all these key activities in the past, and they’re easy for you to do in the Brightspace platform simply by transferring your existing knowledge.
Posting and Organizing Content
The structure of the Brightspace platform allows you to easily organize your virtual classrooms.
Whether you’re creating new content or transferring existing content, we’ve put specific requirements in place to help you make sure that everything is well organized and explained. When you get started, you must create a unit module before you can add a particular piece of content to your course. This results in all course content having a logical spot, so nothing is accidentally floating all by itself!
As you build new content, you can take comfort in knowing that it’s hidden from learners by default, so you don’t have to worry that your students may see a unit before it’s completed. If you have existing content, you can add it from a variety of places, such as Google Drive, TM Online Storage, or Microsoft OneDrive. We know that online content exists in many forms and we want you to be able to use it all without having to re-create anything.
Creating assignments in the Brightspace platform is a consistent experience, and everything you need is on one page.
You can even add a link to assignment instructions anywhere you may have created them. You can also quickly record video and audio instructions to make assignments more engaging for students and provide more detailed explanations than traditional text.
No matter what assignment tools you’ve used before, the Brightspace platform will help you seamlessly design a variety of assessments that will better support student learning and help you save time in your day.
The Brightspace platform provides you with clear views of any marking that you need to complete throughout your day.
At any time, you can easily access assignments right from the Gradebook. Within the Grades tool, you’ll see a bird’s-eye view of student names, categories, previously graded work, and exemptions. A notification in the form of an orange dot appears over the submission, and you can grade the assessment right from there.
You can also click through your rubrics, make annotations, and use built-in communication tools to add written, audio, or even video feedback. You can then save your feedback as a draft and publish it later all at once. The Brightspace platform even allows you to see when a student has read feedback so you can verify that the commentary you provide is supporting student progress.
The Quick Eval tool is another great way to get a glimpse of marking due across all assessments and keeping track of submissions as they trickle in. This all-in-one view is incredibly helpful when you have multiple different assignments to mark at the same time.
In summary, you can create all your favorite distance learning activities in the Brightspace platform, and you already have the skills to do it! We hope that these tips and tricks will help you feel comfortable with your everyday workflow as you create unique online learning experiences that increase student engagement.
In our next post, we’ll explore some of the specific Brightspace tools available for K-8 educators to enhance their virtual classrooms.
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