A mindful approach to online learning
In its search for the most powerful, user-friendly learning management system on the market, Te Kura considered solutions from various vendors. Once the Te Kura team saw D2L’s Brightspace platform, they were confident that they had found the right solution.
“If you need a robust, quality learning management system that’s being constantly improved with a mindful approach to development, that’s Brightspace,” says Jen Brookes. “The D2L team really put a lot of effort into the student experience, the teacher experience, the design of the platform, and the fact that all the components are integrated so beautifully.”
Te Kura particularly appreciates the interactive experience that Brightspace offers students and teachers through its video capabilities.
“The video assignments opened up a whole new world for us,” says Jen Brookes. “In many cases, the first time we ever hear a student speak is in a video they upload to Brightspace. By watching that video, we’re able to pick up if there are any speech or language difficulties that we might have missed if we only had their written assignments.”
The school is also taking advantage of Brightspace to streamline administrative tasks—for example, using Quick Eval to reduce the time teachers needs to spend on grading assignments.
“We turned on Quick Eval as soon as we heard that Brightspace was launching it. We just had to have it! The positive feedback from our teaching staff has been incredible. It’s made things so much easier for them.” – Jen Brookes, Learning Systems Lead, Te Kura
She adds: “The D2L team are so fantastic to work with; we’ve been able to collaborate directly with their product managers and designers. It feels a little bit like cheating—we’re going straight to the source to tell them what we need and why we need it, instead of waiting in line or just hoping that someone is listening!”