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Tshwane University of Technology Selects D2L’s Brightspace in a Bid to Become South Africa’s First Truly Digital University

Press Release

LONDON, UK – 6th August 2020D2L, a global learning technology leader, today announced that the South African based Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has selected the Brightspace platform to improve the delivery of blended and fully online learning for more than 64,000 students.

Widely known as a people’s university, TUT was formed in 2004 following the merger of three former Technikons. The merger sought to redress the inequalities of the past by providing access for all communities and an academic home for all academically deserving students. Since then, TUT has grown into the largest residential university in South Africa, with seven faculties offering programmes in science, engineering and technology, business and management, education, humanities and the arts. In 2018, Times Higher Education (THE) ranked the University as one of the top 1,000 universities globally and eighth in South Africa.

Despite previously working with another learning provider for more than 23 years, TUT wanted to improve the quality of learning content delivery and increase its options for blended and fully online learning. This is underpinned by an ambitious strategy that will see the university adopt digital and smart technologies to enhance student-learning experiences, facilitate knowledge creation, increase engagement, and accelerate technology transfer. In the long term, TUT’s objective is to become South Africa’s first truly digitally advanced university.

After a rigorous tender process that started in August 2019, Visions Consulting and D2L were awarded the contract to implement the Brightspace platform as the University’s learning management system. The implementation started in in July 2020 with the aim to complete the process by end December 2020. The system will go live in January 2021. TUT selected D2L for its user-friendly approach, flexibility, and the ability to support different pedagogical models.

“As the leading university of technology on the African continent, our primary objective is to advance social and economic transformation through relevant curricula, dedicated staff and an enabling environment,” said Dr Annette Sadie, Head of Department, Educational Technology Integration, TUT. “High-quality learning experiences built on technology are fundamental to this goal, and after more than 23 years with our previous LMS provider, D2L is quite a breath of fresh air. The innovative, customisable and easy to implement learning models that Brightspace unlock will see us transcend traditional silos, expedite our digital transformation and achieve our strategic priorities”

“We are delighted to partner with TUT to enhance the learning experience for its students, increase engagement and support its broader digital transformation goals,” said Israel Rosales, Regional Manager at D2L. “D2L has a committed, knowledgeable team that is rapidly increasing reach across the African market, and we truly understand the nuanced challenges that institutions in the region are facing. With Brightspace and the ongoing support that this partnership will provide, we are confident that TUT will be able to increase engagement and reach a larger, more diverse community of learners.”

ABOUT THE TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

From a fresh start in 2004 to the #1 the University of Technology on the African continent in only 16 years – this is the Tshwane University of Technology, popularly known as TUT.

Not only revered as a leader in academia and research, TUT leads the way in making affordable higher education accessible to young people who otherwise never would have been able to realise their academic and career dreams. Being committed to the people of South Africa therefore, we aim to eliminate societal inequalities, poverty and disparities. This people’s university that makes knowledge work, employs almost 5,000 staff members and annually enrols more than 60,000 students in seven faculties.

We now rate among the top ten universities in the country and have carved a niche for ourselves in the national and international higher education arena through our relevant, modern teaching methods derived from innovation and ground-breaking study and research results.

Our geographic footprint covers five of South Africa’s nine provinces – Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal. TUT’s six campuses are located in Tshwane (Pretoria, Soshanguve and Ga-Rankuwa), Mbombela, eMalahleni and Polokwane as well as two service points in Cape Town and Durban.

Prospective students can select from a wide range of diploma and degree options, all registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and accredited by relevant governing and professional bodies.

Moving with the time, TUT’s targeted approach towards aligning with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) guarantees the integration of 21st-century classroom technologies into each curriculum. The next-generation educational technology will zoom in on subject-specific equipment with smart devices increasingly forming part of the new classroom technology.

For more information on TUT, visit www.tut.ac.za

ABOUT BRIGHTSPACE

Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform built by educators, for educators that works on any device. It is a secure, reliable platform that lets you create engaging courses using your technology to fit your needs. With Brightspace, you can easily set up individualised learning paths for your learners, keep them on track with automated nudges, give them personalised feedback and engage them through gamification, social tools, video and other powerful features.

Brightspace is the only learning platform chosen as a partner of the National Federation of the Blind’s Centre of Excellence in Nonvisual Access. Brightspace was named the #1 LMS for associations and #8 overall by prominent industry analyst Craig Weiss and it was also named the Best K-12 Learning Management System and Best Professional Learning Solution for Faculty and Administrative Staff at the SIIA CODiE Awards. To learn more, visit the Corporate page on our website.

ABOUT D2L

D2L believes learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rest. Working closely with organisations globally, D2L has transformed the way millions of people learn online and in the classroom. Learn more about D2L for schools, higher education and businesses at www.D2L.com.

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