With the integration between FGV’s academic systems and the Brightspace LMS completed in 2018, the institution has found a solution for increasing the interactivity of the content used in its MBA, postgraduate and short- and medium-duration distance learning courses. Brightspace’s virtual classrooms provide video- and web-conferencing capabilities that expand the potential for interaction between students and instructors on every course.
The virtual classrooms make it possible to schedule meetings online and have real-time conversations, as well as discussions on specific topics for each course. Video sessions can be automatically recorded and easily uploaded directly into the course repository in Brightspace, together with other additional learning materials.
For the distance learning MBA course, which takes approximately 14 months, FGV students visit the teaching center every two months to take an exam. All the course content is managed and made available within the online learning platform, using a wide range of interactive tools including videos, activities, games, simulations, quizzes and assessments.
“Brightspace’s ability to integrate with other systems and content repositories helped us take a big leap forward in improving the quality of the tools and content we provide for our students,” says João Carlos da Silva Freitas, head of business and IT architecture at FGV.
Recently, the consolidation to a single platform has made it possible for FGV to develop a new type of postgraduate course, in which the instructors’ teaching methodology is almost entirely built around using web-conferences to create dynamic course content for each topic. In this flipped classroom model, the learner first studies the content in their own time, and then participates in a class discussion with their teacher, taking full advantage of the video features that Brightspace provides.
A key part of the strategy is to stimulate personalized interaction, so the instructors take direct responsibility for conducting and guiding each class, acting as dynamic mediators and using the D2L Video Note tool to record feedback, guidance or brief comments. In addition, sharing YouTube videos as an additional resource for discussions and online meetings is a popular tactic that students find useful.