Another area in which Brightspace is helping Advance HE further CPD is by engaging those that are new to teaching, particularly in the STEM subjects. Previously, Advance HE had face-to-face seminars where they would engage with student teachers, however travel costs for delegates as well as specific days for seminars meant that many academics would not be able to attend. Being able to deliver content with greater flexibility, Brightspace can personalise learning journeys, therefore enabling Advance HE to give each individual the tailored experience they need to succeed in their own career. This not only means that costs for student teachers are greatly reduced, but that they can reach, interact, and learn from a wide community beyond a one-day seminar, but on a daily basis through an online environment.
“With the new-to-teaching programme, the pedagogy and literature is focused on the STEM subjects for a six week period, and those within the discipline can talk to each other online and engage with other students outside the UK higher education sector. Brightspace is giving early career academics a community within their discipline, which is amazing.”
Having an innovative virtual learning platform that includes real-time learning analytics means that Advance HE has valuable and actionable data,
helping the organisation identify academics that have the highest – and lowest – engagement levels. As a result, Advance HE can agilely adapt their courses and deliver the material teaching staff need to acquire the necessary skills to develop in their role and improve student outcomes.
“So much of what encompasses higher education is now taking place online,” continued Bradley. “The great thing is that Brightspace is enabling Advance HE to offer blended learning – combining online with more traditional classroom methods – which supports the idea of continuous professional development. The platform is helping our colleagues experiment with resources and their own learning and development before they go on to teach their students with new methods and techniques – which is truly invaluable.”