Since enhancing its virtual learning services with help from D2L, Fanshawe College has seen a significant boost in student and faculty satisfaction. 94 percent of students and 89 percent of faculty now log into FanshaweOnline daily, and the platform receives high satisfaction scores from both groups, especially for its course content, assignment management and grading capabilities.
For example, Denis Ishchenko, a digital marketing student at Fanshawe College, says: “I can follow my grades, emails, academic materials, calendar reminders, upcoming events and assignments all in the same place and at the same time. I really appreciate the amount of work dedicated to FanshaweOnline and I enjoy using it every single day!”
Jihye Lee, who is studying Internet Applications and Web Development, agrees: “FanshaweOnline is awesome, easy and fast to use. I like the simple and clean design, and it works great on the web as well as mobile.”
Greg Denomme, Learning Systems Services, Educational Technologist, comments: “Brightspace enhances the student learning experience by offering various tools such as content, discussions, submissions, grades, and intelligent agents. It is easy to use, has a responsive design, and keeps students updated with course notifications.”
“Our students are pleased with the improvements we have made with the Brightspace platform, as well as the student-led initiatives that we have launched to help them engage with digital learning,” explains Young. “We’re proud that our work is helping to make learning more accessible to students across Canada and around the world.”
By automating much of the administration associated with marking and administering tests, faculty members can focus more time on developing pedagogy and refining course content.
“Integrating the Brightspace platform with third party solutions has been a real game-changer for our faculty. Through the Akindi system, staff can get their student assessments graded in around 10 minutes, and our virtual proctoring solution can administer thousands of online examinations each term, with almost no manual effort.” Linda Young, Senior Manager of Learning Systems Services, Fanshawe College
Lisa Steele-Summers, Educational Support Technologist, Faculty of Business at Fanshawe College, agrees: “The ability to integrate a number of applications within the D2L platform has allowed for increased ease of use, time efficiency, and better overall experience for the student, instructor, and the administrator.”
Karen Klee, Academic Coordinator & Professor at Fanshawe’s Developmental Services Worker (DSW) program adds; “Brightspace allows each professor an opportunity to create and launch content that looks and feels familiar to students across courses and programs. The ability to link students directly to quizzes, calendars, content and videos makes both face to face and blended learning environments easier to navigate. I especially enjoy the ability to integrate online textbooks from compatible publishers, such as McGraw Hill, with FOL’s grading and content pages… my students absolutely love this seamless approach to textbook use and the ease of access has increased the percentage of students using online resources and improved overall grades in my courses.”
In the years ahead, Fanshawe College plans to evolve its online learning resources even further by making more textbook content available to read online, and creating more spaces for dialog between students, staff and course designers.
“With robust, versatile D2L technology and the support of the D2L team, we are well-equipped to continuously develop our online courses and help more people improve their knowledge and broaden their career prospects through learning,” – Linda Young, Senior Manager of Learning Systems Services, Fanshawe College