Located in a stunning bushland setting in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Silkwood School provides a unique indoor-outdoor learning environment that helps students develop their knowledge, experience and creativity and instils freedom of expression, boldness, and a “can-do” attitude.
Once students reach high school level at Silkwood, they are already prepared for the working world, and the school encourages them to engage with the community and local businesses through internships and traineeships. As a result, many students split their time between classroom learning and workplace training.
Christie Kijurina, high school advisor at Silkwood, explains: “As an advisor, my role’s a little bit different to a normal teacher. I’m supporting students to achieve their dreams by working with mentors and the community, while at the same time ensuring that they don’t get distracted from their studies. Our seniors aren’t at school every day, so we need to find smart ways to keep them engaged.”
Silkwood recognized that a learning management system (LMS) was vital to help students continue learning while they are at home or in the workplace. However, the wrong LMS can be as much of a hindrance as a help.
“Before I became a teacher, I did my degree online,” says Christie Kijurina. “The LMS at my university wasn’t user-friendly and made life quite difficult for us as students. That really showed me that choosing the right LMS is key for any educational institution to succeed in building an engaging learning journey.”
Silkwood also knew that its LMS would have to serve more than just teachers, students and advisors.
“Parent engagement is a huge part of what we do,” says Christie Kijurina. “We need tools to help parents collaborate with us; they need to be able to see the feedback from teachers and work with us to help their children move forward.”