“Using Brightspace has been easy and straightforward so far, especially in terms of accessing videos and other interactive content. Applying more creativity to the course and developing tailored learning paths enhances the experience and makes it easier for students to remember key information.
“What I also find very useful is that everything is available in one virtual space. The platform is easy to navigate. With each test linked to a module, and access to extensive online data around the progress of my students, I can directly see how Brightspace streamlines my work.”
Prof. Dr. Decloedt is also impressed by the number and variety of different functionalities which are offered to lecturers.
“The platform is complex in a way that it gives lecturers lots of opportunities to make studying more interactive, and helps create more appealing learning modules. Although I use Brightspace every day, I know there are functions and solutions that are yet to be explored and applied to daily teaching.”
Brightspace has not only been embraced by the lecturers themselves. As Prof. Dr. Decloedt says, students have also reacted positively to the platform change.
“The adoption process went smoothly. After the first phase of implementation, students quickly grasped how the platform works and how to make the best of it. They really appreciate its transparency and intuitiveness. The overall feedback has been very positive, and I haven’t heard any complaints, which is a good thing.”
With the overall improvement for both lecturers and students so far, Prof. Dr. Decloedt is certain that she will further expand her use of the Brightspace platform in the future. One of the features she would like to focus on and utilise are individual and group voluntary sessions, with an option to sign in for particular timeslots via the platform.
“I want to better manage the time I spend helping students,” she concludes.
Prof. Dr. Decloedt plans to leverage rubrics, which allow a lecturer to establish set criteria for grading assignments, display the number of points students were awarded for each criterion after an assignment, and to provide customised feedback. As all of the courses at UGent will be using the Brightspace platform in the next year, she intends to share her methods and learn more about how other lecturers use it.