By enhancing its approach to education with online courses on the Brightspace platform, Academy Canada has been able to improve its service to students, providing more flexible solutions that ultimately help increase access to education.
“One of our key goals is to ensure that everyone who enrolls at Academy Canada completes their course successfully and can go on to have a successful career—and that’s exactly what the Brightspace platform empowers us to achieve,” says Lisa Lovelady.
Academy Canada’s online student enrollments continue to grow, essentially doubling each year. Starting with 40 online students in 2015 we just reached a cumulative total of over 1000 online students in less than 5 years. Our students continue to have more choices in online courses as our course offerings have increased from 32 to almost 200 over the last 5 years. Moreover, student satisfaction is at an all-time high: according to recent surveys, 98% of students would recommend Academy Canada to a friend.
Lisa Lovelady adds: “Other learning institutions have also recognized our success in this space, and we’ve seen an 80 percent increase in diploma-to-degree articulations: transfer agreements that allow our students to transfer credits from our programs to continue their studies in other colleges and academic programs.”
In March 2015, Jeremy Cross passed away—but his name and his achievements at Academy Canada are honored every year at the college’s convocation ceremony.
“The award for our Therapeutic Recreation program at our convocation is named for Jeremy, and the attributes he brought us are the ones that we look for when selecting each year’s winner—so his story is still very much a part of our story,” comments Lisa Lovelady. “When I see students who had faced great challenges when they first joined Academy Canada cross the stage wearing their convocation gown, it’s a hugely rewarding experience.”
Academy Canada has learned so much from Jeremy’s journey, and continues to apply those lessons as it uses the Brightspace platform to design ever-more accessible and engaging courses for students. As Lisa Lovelady concludes: “Working with D2L is making a big difference in our ability to help every student achieve success, year after year.”