After searching for the right LMS that could power the school’s new blended learning initiative, Saint Stephen’s landed on the Brightspace platform in 2011. The school hasn’t looked back.
“It’s easy to use,” explains Peter. “It’s got depth and power that’ll keep us going for many years.”
Peter says that Brightspace has so many features, that the school needed to slowly roll out tools over time. For example, the school plans to roll out Brightspace’s mobile app Pulse in 2017.
Peter credits Headmaster Jamie Dorrington with creating the conditions for the blended learning vision to grow. Peter notes that for real organization wide change to occur, leadership, commitment, and support needs to come from the top.
With a blended learning approach, it’s about using the LMS to create an experience for students where they can learn on their own schedule and at a pace that works for them. It’s learning that isn’t restricted to regular school hours.
Armed with the proper learning resources and an LMS that can keep up with the school’s vision, students are responding.
When Peter checked to see students’ usage on Brightspace on a Sunday afternoon, he found that 65% of Year 12 students and half of the rest of the school had logged in that day. That’s learning that otherwise might not have been able to take place.
Peter also found that logins occurred both around the clock, but were also spaced out, suggesting that students used Brightspace when it worked in their schedule.