Enabling self-directed learning
Thanks to D2L’s Brightspace platform, Wageningen University is empowering students to direct their own learning in ways that were never possible before. In fact, students and lecturers are now working together to decide on the structure and content of their online classes.
“Student-level reporting in Brightspace has made a huge impact on the student experience,” comments Sara Panis.
Each time a student completes a required item, such as a reading assignment or an end-of-module quiz, they can check off that task in the Brightspace platform. This gives learners an instant overview of their personal progress through each course, and detailed insights into their grades, making it easier to answer questions such as: “have I covered all the background reading for my upcoming classes?”, “what are my strengths and weaknesses?” and “have I revised enough for my exams?”
“Without a doubt, these capabilities are helping many of our students to take greater control of their studies, which will play an important role in their level of educational attainment,” says Sara Panis.
Based on the positive reception to the Brightspace platform, Wageningen University is already exploring other ways to use the solution to enhance the learning experience—for example, by using the Discussions tool in the Brightspace platform to enable students to ask questions, comment on learning materials and assignments, and collaborate on group projects.
Sara Panis concludes: “We are very pleased with the impact that the Brightspace platform is having on the student experience, and we’re looking to roll out new features more widely. We’re very confident that the solution will help our leaners reach new heights of academic success.”