As one of the first institutions to harness the power of online learning, CCNB is always looking for new ways to empower instructors to deliver impactful lessons and help a wider variety of students enhance their learning. They need education technology such as a learning management system (LMS) to reach students who might not be able to attend a physical classroom or who might live 4-time zones away.
René-Jean Aubé, Technical Analyst at CCNB, explains: “We have been providing online learning for external students for many years, and we wanted to help our instructors and students harness the same tools in the classroom too. As well as increasing the adoption of our digital learning solutions, we also aimed to diversify the education we offer. For example, we wanted to build courses for students with different ability levels, deliver those courses flexibly to fit the mobility of students’ and instructors’ lifestyles, and facilitate collaboration with partner institutions across New Brunswick.”
Digital technology was a key ingredient in CCNB’s plan to evolve its online learning offerings. They want to empower instructors to become not only proficient in using education technology, but also innovators when it comes to developing new ways to teach both online and in the classroom.
To address accessibility issues, CCNB is reviewing the integration of Brightspace with ReadSpeaker, a text-to-speech solution that can help people who are visually impaired or have low literacy levels, dyslexia or other issues that make it difficult to engage with text. Aubé explains, “diversity is vital to our mission, Brightspace allows us to open up our courses and help people who have traditionally been left behind by educational institutions.”