Greater online access to college resources has also enabled Temple College to address Texas’s 60×30 initiative. The college can now help students cut down on travel time and costs by studying online, and can offer more flexible learning options—such as shorter, accelerated courses over an eight-week format. The greater variety of course selection allows students to tailor their learning experience to their individual situations, providing a boost to completion rates and student engagement.
Furthermore, the college is using the platform to give students more confidence in their own abilities with self-assessment tests and online tutoring services— helping new students gauge their own readiness for online learning, and giving them insight into how to study effectively in an online environment.
The teachers at Temple College have witnessed the impact of D2L’s solutions on student engagement at first hand, and are quick to praise the new ways of engaging with students that Brightspace provides.
Prudence York-Hammons, Ph.D. at the Mathematics Faculty of Temple College says: “There are many things I appreciate about D2L’s Brightspace for use with my classes. I really like the ability to allow students to introduce themselves to the class using the Discussion forums. I can split a course into sections so that students in one class only discuss topics with the other students in the same section, and we can continue those discussions throughout the semester.”
Tracey Cooper, Executive Director of Dell Martin Nursing Education Center at Temple College adds: “Brightspace enables better communication between faculty and students. We have begun to use it to store information that students may need to access off-campus, so they can log in from home and access important documents. We also have told students that our communication with them will be entirely through email on D2L’s Brightspace platform, which ensures that it is secure.”