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De Montfort University Selected D2L Brightspace as its Learning Innovation Platform

LearningZone, built on D2L Brightspace, can provide students with access to learning materials, course information, grades and feedback

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D2L, a global learning technology company transforming the way the world learns, announces De Montfort University (DMU)  selected D2L Brightspace as its virtual learning environment (VLE) to help deliver personalised, online and blended learning. This can support DMU’s strategic transition to a new course structure of block teaching. 

DMU, as a thriving university, serves the diverse needs of its 26,000 students in the United Kingdom (UK) and abroad. Lifelong learning is a core tenet of DMU’s Empowering University strategy, as is delivering flexible, personalised and engaging online learning experiences. The University was looking to build a sense of community among learners and academics, and found the functionality of Brightspace could help offer an enhanced user experience.  

“The VLE is core to how the University operates and is central to its future success,” said Alasdair Blair, Associate PVC Academic at DMU. “We sought a VLE to be part of a broader and deeper transformation supporting short taster courses, lifelong learning and social dialogue as well as to deliver the best student experience and address challenges around assessment, skills and data flow.”  

DMU sought a modern VLE that could help support innovative pedagogic practice, assessment and skills development, as well as providing staff with dynamic data analytics. The chosen VLE would also need to support DMU in its commitment to accessible content and communication. 

The extensive procurement process involved a large cohort of staff and students, defining needs and then judging those needs against the specifications and demonstrations of a range of market leading VLEs. DMU assessed solutions on performance (speed of access, ease of use, meeting user requirements), interoperability (existing systems integration), technical support and account management, and the VLE’s ability to act as a means of innovation. 

“We need to offer a learning experience that has a strong competitive positioning in the marketplace, as reflected in Education 2030 – our move to a new course structure of ‘block’ teaching that will frame the University’s future offer over the next decade,” adds Carmen Miles, Head of Digital Education at DMU. “We needed a VLE that would support this strategic ambition and deliver the flexibility required to deliver on our commitments. We have a golden opportunity to shape our educational future and Brightspace will be integral to this success.”  

D2L Brightspace can support flexible and personalised learning delivery. It can work across multiple device types, including mobile, and can offers features to help encourage social interaction and engagement. These capabilities, together with clear navigation, user-friendly course design and a commitment to accessibility, interoperability and innovation, make this an ideal learning innovation platform for DMU.   

“Higher Education is a key focus for us, and we understand the challenges that faculty and learners can encounter in adopting education technology,” said Stewart Watts, SVP, EMEA & APAPC Sales at D2L. “Brightspace is designed to help support diverse learning approaches, including short courses, lifelong learning, and blended learning, all backed by valuable data analytics. We’re proud to play a role in DMU’s broader transformation and excited to see the long-term impact of this implementation.” 

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Originally founded as the Leicester School of Art in 1870, the university has been transformed under the leadership of its Vice-Chancellor Professor Katie Normington through its Empowering University Strategy, which is committed to responding to local, national and global needs to upskill its students to the challenges of the twenty-first century.  

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