Independent Schools Queensland Elevates Professional Skills Development For Teachers And School Leaders
D2L, the EdTech company that created Brightspace, today announced that Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) is using the Brightspace learning platform to power its new learning management system, Connect&Learn, designed to deliver ongoing professional development for educators state-wide and enable schools to achieve better education outcomes for their students. Connect&Learn was formally launched today at the 2015 ISQ State Forum being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
ISQ represents 193 independent member schools employing more than 8,500 teachers and provides a range of services and resources spanning education and training programs, strategic briefings and discussion forums.
ISQ cited blended learning as the catalyst for its implementation. Faced with the reality of geographically-dispersed member schools, it needed a means of unifying disparate institutions to ensure equal access to learning and collaboration opportunities. By delivering Connect&Learn through Brightspace, more teachers and staff can stay connected with ISQ’s services at any time and regardless of location, particularly benefiting regional institutions which are no longer constrained by distance.
Using the flexible and smart capabilities of Brightspace, ISQ has created an easy-to-use online environment of high-quality, research-based learning content to ensure teachers and school leaders uplift their skills, the key to operational excellence. In particular, the self-paced programs make it easier for teachers to successfully complete the mandatory 30 hours of additional annual training.
Recognizing the importance of peer exchange and collaboration, ISQ has leveraged Brightspace to build communities of practice, enabling staff from member schools to share knowledge, resources and best practices that will deliver value to students and drive institutional success. These knowledge communities provide opportunities for educators to collaborate and build stronger relationships with peers both inside and outside their schools. Courses and communities that have been migrated onto Brightspace include: Teachers as Researchers, Literacy and Numeracy Coaching Academy, Beginning Teachers, Staff Wellbeing, and compliance training, among others.
The infrastructure powered by Brightspace will enable the effective management and integration of resources developed by and with schools while offering improved support to teaching staff and leaders in member schools across the state. Progress and results can also be tracked using the integrated analytics capabilities in the Brightspace platform.
“We developed Connect&Learn to support the school leaders and teachers of our member schools so they can further translate their expertise into excellent education outcomes for students,” David Robertson, Executive Director, ISQ, said. “Our goal is to keep exploring innovative ways to raise the standard of education in Queensland, and as the world continues to digitize, we recognized that an online learning platform would be the key to enabling that.”
Ian Smissen, Senior Consultant, eLearning Strategies Asia Pacific, D2L, said: “Brightspace is key in enabling ISQ to take another significant step in empowering teachers, mentors, and staff with the skills to drive specialized education throughout Queensland.
“ISQ’s investment in continually expanding the professional development of its member schools sets a benchmark for the sector. By building the Connect&Learn system on our platform, ISQ has ensured that teachers continue to refine their skills and expertise so they can give their students the best possible education across all learning streams.”
For more information about the Brightspace platform, visit www.brightspace.com.