Creating customized solutions to meet schools’ needs
IVS realized that it needed a combination of technology and dedicated effort from its teachers and administrators to deliver the right solution for each school and every student.
To help with the technology side, the organization reached out to its long-term partner, D2L.
“We have a monthly meeting with the D2L team, and they are fantastic,” says Danielle Lewis. “The support they provide is amazing. Every time we need something, they help us come up with a solution.” In particular, IVS was looking for a way to manage the sudden influx of enrollments from its new school partners. Using D2L’s Brightspace platform, the IVS administrators were able to create tailored course content and processes for each group of students.
“From an administrative point of view, Brightspace was outstanding,” comments Danielle Lewis. “It enabled us to set up different sections for different schools. And the flexibility of creating individualized sections of courses based on a master course is excellent.”
The platform’s versatility was especially useful when Illinois issued new guidelines around grading, which aimed to protect all students from educational harm during the closure of the schools. Schools wanted to implement this policy in different ways, and Brightspace made it possible to group students and grade them in line with their school’s interpretation of the guidelines.
On the teaching side, IVS also used the Brightspace platform to create professional development courses to train its 11 new teachers and get them up to speed within weeks.
“The Brightspace Daylight Experience templates are fantastic for professional development,” says Danielle Lewis. “They’re easily editable and they’re interactive, so the learner is always playing an active role. They’re also helping us scale up our professional development: once you’ve created one course, you can use it as a template to build similar courses very quickly.”
She also calls out the Quick Eval feature as an example of how D2L’s platform helps teachers work more productively with large numbers of students:
“Quick Eval provides a nice flow where a teacher can see all the assignments that need to be graded, grade them within the tool, and send the results on to the grade book automatically. It’s a wonderful, seamless way for our teachers to evaluate student work—it saves so much time.”