Helping learners grow
Using D2L Brightspace, Longwood Gardens provides a range of open online courses that are available to any learner, anywhere in the world. During the global pandemic, the organization extended and adapted its online learning offerings to broaden its appeal.
Sarah Masterton says: “For example, we took our popular floral design course and pivoted to an entirely online delivery model, shipping flowers to people so they could participate from home. The flexibility of D2L Brightspace meant we could roll out these kinds of innovations quickly and easily.”
The result was an influx of new learners, many of whom were completely new to horticulture. “We had one lady who was on furlough from her job in the airline industry,” says Sarah Masterton. “She was inspired to join the course because she had just bought an orchid and was determined to keep it alive!”
Longwood Gardens worked with D2L’s Learning & Creative Services team to formulate a fresh learning strategy and harness the D2L Brightspace platform to put its plans into motion. Specifically, the organization developed a dashboard that displays insights from learners’ evaluations to support ongoing optimization of its course content.
Longwood Gardens is now rolling out flexible learning models, combining in-person and online delivery methods to encourage maximum engagement. The organization is also partnering with local businesses to provide unique learning experiences.
Sarah Masterton says: “Over the next two years, we’ll be focusing on offering all our professional programs asynchronously as well as synchronously, so that a global audience can access them. We’re also launching classes with local partners such as botanical cocktail making, always with a focus on horticultural education.”