Australian university implements the Brightspace platform to take advantage of big data’s possibilities
D2L (Desire2Learn) the learning technology company that created Brightspace, the world’s first truly integrated learning platform (ILP), today announced that Victoria University (VU) has gone live with the platform to support its 40,000 students.
VU is one of only a few Australian universities to offer both vocational training (TAFE) and higher education, with direct pathways between the two. It has campuses in Melbourne’s west and the CBD, as well as a campus in Sydney and several offshore partner sites in Asia.
In late 2011, the university put out a tender for a replacement of its antiquated learning management system, which could no longer serve the organisation’s evolving needs.
According to Dr. Lisa Germany, Associate Director of Blended Learning at VU, the old system was limited in the learning opportunities it afforded students and teaching staff.
“With a user-friendly interface, comprehensive course design capabilities, extensive reporting, assessment and collaboration options, the Brightspace platform was the right fit and closely aligned with our strategic development goals,” Dr. Germany said.
“We wanted to revitalise our e-learning environment so it could support our Blended Learning Strategy, and we felt D2L would allow us to do this with its modern, inviting and fully-featured platform, “ continued Germany. “A big component of our Blended Learning Strategy is to be able to support our students effectively and the learning analytics within D2L was a big draw card,” she said. “We are entering the era of big data and if you don’t have a system that offers opportunities to drill down and learn about your students, then you’re doing them a disservice.”
A reliable robust architecture is often a key factor in managing online learning environments. It helps to preserve data integrity and allows the system to be available for students and staff anytime and anywhere.
VU is now well-positioned to create a more pervasive and personalised learning experience for students by leveraging the wide range of Brightspace solutions, like D2L ePortfolio, content repository, analytics and mobile applications—all of which integrate with the learning platform at the core.
“The ePortfolio mobile app will help our students capture evidence of their learning, as many of them spend quite a lot of time out in the workplace as part of their studies,” Germany said. “Students will be able to showcase achievements and milestones related to their work experience from their mobile D2L ePortfolio app.”
Peter Kokkinos, Asia Pacific Sales Director at D2L, said an ILP is vital for universities experiencing major changes as a result of the Federal Government’s planned deregulation of the higher education sector.
“Having 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. “This plays a pivotal role in increasing student retention and completion rates to ensure continual funding.