Expect More: Engagement
The experience of the Introduction to Mathematics team provides a clear example of how Brightspace empowered educators with the freedom to teach the way they want to teach, while maintaining consistency with the curriculum. Before implementing the platform, each instructor would create their own material and teach their courses with different levels of knowledge and varying demands.
With Brightspace, the faculty began to meet with course coordinators and other stakeholders to create a template course using the Course Builder tool. Upon its creation, every faculty member had the permissions to edit the template. Once the template had been approved, the level of permissions was changed to enable instructors to include their own content within the previously defined format. Depending on the settings defined by each user, the content created by an educator would then become readily available to fellow instructors.
In addition to fostering faculty collaboration, this new practice enabled USFQ to maintain a balanced quality level across all Introduction to Mathematics courses, allowing the university to meet the accreditation requirements set by Ecuador’s educational authorities. “The faculty was very enthusiastic, they took the opportunity to build their best experiences into the Master Courses templates,” says Paul Hardt, Director of Online Education at USFQ.