Access for Every Student
Several years ago, Wodonga made the decision to use D2L’s Brightspace platform as a central learning management system—a hub for all the institution’s course content, assignments and assessment, that would be accessible for students on any device.
“The support that D2L provides has been outstanding from the beginning,” says Steven Fouracre. “We’ve recently extended our contract with D2L because their support and their platform are just so fundamental to what we do here.”
Adopting the Brightspace platform has enabled the College to become a leader in the region in terms of educational technology.
Steven Fouracre comments: “When we show other schools how our kids learn and how they engage with content, they ask, ‘Does every kid have access to this?’ And we say, ‘Yes they do. And they get this in all their learning areas.’ It’s really powerful.”
The use of technology extends across all aspects of the learning experience—not just traditional classroom-based academic subjects. Wodonga sees physical education (PE) as an important component of students’ all-round development, and the school is using the Brightspace platform’s video capabilities to transform the way teachers and students interact.
“In the past, the iPads were almost irrelevant in our PE classes,” says Steven Fouracre. “Now we’re watching kids filming certain aspects of their skill development, uploading the videos into Brightspace, and reviewing and getting feedback from their teachers. It’s a really meaningful process that helps them improve their technique and build physical confidence.”
From a teacher’s perspective, the Brightspace platform encourages a more collaborative approach, where teachers can work together on preparing content for their classes. This reduces the burden on each teacher and gives them more time to focus on the individual needs of their students. Outside of school hours, parents play an important role in education too.
“A real advantage that Brightspace gives us is the interactivity between the students and the parents. Parents can see what their kids are learning and get much more involved in the process, which helps to reinforce what we do in the classroom.” – Steven Fouracre, Assistant Principal, Wodonga Middle Years College.