To bring together its data-driven student services, Oral Roberts University relies on D2L’s Brightspace learning management system.
“We are a pioneer of polysynchronous learning: the integration of face-to-face education with both synchronous and asynchronous online teaching,” say Michael Mathews. “Brightspace plays an integral role in our ability to offer digital courses and learning materials seamlessly, which is vital for our online students. We see Brightspace as a world-leading LMS and our students and faculty alike have embraced the platform.”
Oral Roberts University uses its LMS to enable many of its digital services. For example, the organization is using the D2L solution to automatically capture students’ FitBit data at the end of each semester, allowing students to see the credits they’ve earned based on their physical activity.
“Our vision of learning is to help students become whole-person leaders, which means training the mind, spirit and body,” explains Michael Mathews. “Research over the course of 50 years has demonstrated that students who walk 10,000 to 12,000 steps per day score two GPA points higher than those who are less active—so exercise is a key component of our curriculum. To receive credits for exercise, our students walk 10,000 steps and measure their heart rate three times per day using FitBit.”
In the past, students would send their FitBit data to a faculty member at the end of the semester, who would then enter that data into the LMS and student information system. To cut out this manual work, Oral Roberts University created a direct integration between FitBit’s online portal and Brightspace.
“Our integration between the SIS and our LMS means students can receive their grades faster. Crucially, we save faculty about 900 hours of manual labor per semester by taking the digital data directly from the Fitbit service; and another 400 hours by integrating the grades in D2L and the SIS system.” – Michael Mathews, VP of Innovation and Technology, Oral Roberts University