Consistent learning experiences online and inside the classroom
TUT’s previous learning management system (LMS) had been in place for 24 years, supporting a blended approach of in-classroom and online learning, with technology also used extensively in lectures. As a proficient user of learning platform technology, TUT wanted to build on its experience and extend its technology integration to support learning in all its forms, both on and off campus.
“The LMS needs to go to the classroom,” explains Dr Annette Sadie, TUT’s Department Head, Directorate Teaching & Learning with Technology. “We were looking for a platform to achieve the balance of being online, but also facilitating teaching, learning and assessment in the classroom.”
The learning platform would act as a bridge between online learning and face-to-face tuition. In this way, TUT would enable continuous and collaborative personalised learning, with online resources also used in class.
“Our online content already supplemented classroom teaching and learning but you were still either on or off campus,” adds Dr Dhaya Naidoo, Chief Information Officer at TUT. “Our vision was for students to access learning and media, and engage and network, whether they were in or out of the classroom.”
A large proportion of TUT’s students come from rural backgrounds and have limited network access. In fact, over half the student population relies on their mobile phones for online services. Therefore, it was a priority that students should be able to access the chosen learning platform from a range of devices.
Additionally, TUT recognised the opportunity that learning platform data provides for teaching and learning analytics. This would give the University insight into student progress, learning behaviours and students at risk of missing their learning goals.