Through the rich functionality of the Brightspace platform, FAESA has gained better organization of its teaching materials with a single system, the possibility of more practical online assessments, agile communication about events and activities, as well as better attendance and fewer students failing its in-person classes.
“As a student, I really feel the benefits of the LMS,” says Bruna Castelan, a student of psychology at FAESA. “It’s a platform that brings convenience to students. At the beginning of each semester, the teachers and coordinators share with the students the timetables, class projects and content that will be used throughout the course. When there’s a change or some other important news, the teachers and coordinators immediately post it on the LMS, and the students can also receive notifications on their smartphones. The system provides students with a very agile way of communicating. It’s a tool that is available 24 hours a day, and we use it all the time.”
By creating standard templates in the LMS, FAESA successfully integrated Brightspace into its distance and campus-based courses, improving the results of thousands of students and the adoption of the tool by faculties.
Juliana Santos comments: “Students need to log into the platform to understand their learning journey by watching the video that sets out the goals they need to achieve during the course. That gives them a path to follow with the materials they need to read, the quizzes they need to take and the work they need to submit. They also receive a timetable of their activities for the entire semester. The look-and-feel of the platform is the same for all the courses, it’s only the content that changes with each teacher—so the students always have a sense of the right path to take.”
With the new platform in place, FAESA’s administrators are using Intelligent Agents in the LMS, which automate the execution of scheduled actions.
For example, Intelligent Agents can send messages automatically based on detecting and analyzing how often students log into the platform, monitoring forum activity, and using schedules to remind teachers about posting course materials and grades at the right time, which makes it easier for students to understand their progress.
Students who don’t log into their online course for seven days, for example, receive a motivational warning about their absence. Meanwhile, course coordinators receive a report about students’ online attendance, and can send the data to the teacher responsible for the course, who can then raise the issue with the student either online or in person.
Data proves that the LMS at FAESA is a success. The economics faculty, for example, saw a reduction in the failure rate from 57 percent to just 27 percent after introducing monitoring capabilities for its teachers.
In addition to patterning and facilitating content curation, the Brightspace learning management system has helped FAESA increase faculty adoption of the platform and provide productivity tools that teachers and coordinators can use both online and in the classroom.
According to Professor Vitor Nunes Rosa, the D2L platform provides an expanded classroom in the full sense of the word—facilitating interactions between teachers and students, and among the students themselves, and optimizing the teaching and learning process. “The LMS tools make it possible for teachers to act as mediators, guiding the learning process according to the pillars of FAESA Classroom. It enables the necessary articulation between personalization, experimentation and technology. By providing the right tools for study and research, we empower students to play the leading role in their own education.”
With the success of this project, FAESA is continuing its journey on the path to excellence in academic knowledge. “Now, our main focus is the methodology for hybrid education,” concludes Juliana Santos. “By 2022, we want all the faculties of the institution to use the same model, the same template, and have their own page in the FAESA LMS.” D2L’s Brightspace platform is ready to help with this challenge.