By using D2L’s Brightspace platform, WBS is able to continue delivering the outstanding education that it has been giving its students.
‘So many companies in D2L’s field approach schools with their offering saying “this is how you use the product” even if it does not fully fit with the way the school works,’ continued Deans. ‘With D2L’s Brightspace, they asked us how we wanted to use the product and then tailored the product to our needs, which instantly showed that it was a highercalibre organisation than many of its competitors. The company understood the flexibility required in education.’
‘Since introducing Brightspace we have seen a huge improvement — and it is genuinely exciting for us as an educational institution. Other tools stop organisations from innovating, but Brightspace actually pushes you to innovate more without tying you down to strict rules and structures. That’s what makes Brightspace so different to every other tool on the market.’
Whilst changing platforms can often cause integration challenges or friction from teachers, the Brightspace rollout at WBS has also been seamless with the teachers actually driving the transition.
‘Brightspace has what no other provider has, and our teachers have gone out of their way to adapt to Brightspace — usually we have to push these things through, but the staff are driving the implementation themselves. The teachers have particularly been enjoying the grading app. They can mark students’ work onscreen with written and verbal feedback via voice recording, and can even see how the students have responded to the feedback, saving them time and enabling them to engage with a generation that often feels more comfortable with technology.’
‘Even parents are using Brightspace with the parent portal, showing how easy and adaptable it is, which is key to our core value of making sure we are fully integrated into our community. It’s that spirit of adventure that you get when you use it, and you get a sense that D2L as a company have a culture that want to support us as a school to innovate, explore and continue doing exciting educational practices — despite it being a big organisation, they treat us like family.’