UCO had already adopted Brightspace in 2011 and had over 89% of faculty using the platform during the spring 2015 semester.
It made sense that Brightspace should be used for the delivery, assessment, and tracking of student transformative learning opportunities. As an added bonus of using the Brightspace platform, STLR was integrated with Brightspace ePortfolio
The goal was to develop a process that was easy for the faculty and students to adopt. Using the Rubrics tool, UCO built a competency structure specific to STLR. Now they can associate assignments and co-curricular activities with a specific tenet. Faculty also use the Dropbox tool to access the rubric and competency structure and provide students with STLR-related feedback and grading. Students push STLR-related feedback and artifacts to Brightspace ePortfolio, where they can store, share, and reflect on achievements.
Working with D2L’s Customization team, UCO used the robust Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) and Application Program Interface (API) integrations in Brightspace to create a custom dashboard where students can track their progress against each of the tenets. UCO also used the Brightspace API to integrate the STLR system and the physical campus card used by students to access events. Now, when a student uses their card to swipe into an event tagged to STLR, their participation is recorded in the dashboard and assigned to the appropriate tenet. Students have the ability to push this information to their ePortfolio. “It was a joint effort. Our in-house technology team created the middleware and D2L created the connector,” explains Watkins.