TAFE Queensland uses the Brightspace platform to facilitate collaboration between students and teaching staff anytime and anywhere
D2L (Desire2Learn) the creator of Brightspace, the world’s first truly integrated learning platform (ILP), today announced it has been chosen by TAFE Queensland to help drive the organisation’s ability to provide students with digital capabilities across disparate campuses.
In July last year the Queensland Government passed legislation to make TAFE Queensland a statutory authority, uniting 12 institutes under one brand from July 2014. This was part of the Government’s commitment to clearly define the role, purpose and strategic direction of TAFE Queensland.
The TAFE Queensland Act 2013 allows for the future creation of seven additional TAFE campuses and the formation of a commercially-focused board, which includes the appointment of a chief executive officer (CEO).
Jodi Schmidt, CEO, TAFE Queensland, said part of the reform was a review of its delivery of online education.
Schmidt said that after going to tender for a new Learning Management System (LMS) in May 2013, the Brightspace platform was chosen in September that year as it aligned with TAFE’s goal to provide on-demand and digital capabilities to its students.
“It was the right time to reassess the LMS needs of TAFE Queensland in terms of student requirements and teacher usability,” she said. “Our goal was to reset expectations about what TAFE can offer and raise awareness of the value of vocationally-oriented qualifications.”
The Brightspace platform is currently being implemented throughout the campuses and will go live in September 2014.
Schmidt said Brightspace has the capacity to bring together TAFE’s six regions through an intuitive interface which will enhance its ability to monitor student engagement and focus teaching resources on those students who require additional support.
“Feedback among instructors, learners and their peers is promoted through the vast array of communications tools, including group collaboration boards, video messaging, online discussions, instant messaging, integrated social media profiles and customised notifications,” she said. “This sparks inspiration well beyond the classroom.”
Schmidt added that in choosing Brightspace, the TAFE wanted students to have complete digital mobility for every aspect of their life and the ability to instantly access learning activities anytime, anywhere and on their own devices.
Peter Kokkinos, Asia Pacific Sales Director at D2L, said a platform like Brightspace was vital for TAFE, which is also experiencing major changes as a result of deregulation and encroaching competition from private VET providers.
“Real-time analytics offers actionable insights on student progress and engagement levels, enabling teaching staff to determine strategies to further personalise the support for a student’s journey,” he said. “Having the ability to monitor struggling students will help TAFEs increase student retention and ensure continual government funding.”