Each Student Must Feel Important
Dr. Broadbent is one of those teachers you never forget. You can tell she’s passionate about her subject and that inspires you. But there’s more to it—you also feel like she cares.
Her secret? Dr. Broadbent really does care. A large cohort like Health Behaviour only intensifies her need to ensure that no one is left out or left behind. “I want my students to feel a connection,” explains Dr. Broadbent, “and the main challenge in connecting is making them feel like they’re important.”
An Equal Chance to Succeed
Getting to know her students was complicated by their diversity. While most were in their first year, they came from 43 different degree programs, displaying a wide range of academic skills, interests, and pre-existing knowledge.
With so many students starting from different places, Dr. Broadbent was concerned with equalizing education. “Everyone deserves the same chance to succeed,” she says. “That means providing an enriching, stimulating, and personalized learning experience to each student, despite their vast differences.”
Timely Feedback Was Lacking
Providing timely, quality feedback heavily influences student engagement and outcomes, yet the sheer number of students was preventing Dr. Broadbent from reaching them individually when it mattered most.
“In our students’ exit surveys we were consistently getting comments about how frustrated they were with the lack of timely feedback,” she explains. “And I understand that. How do we expect them to make progress when we don’t tell them how they’re doing gradually and meaningfully throughout the subject?”
When Deakin switched to the Brightspace learning platform, Dr. Broadbent saw opportunities for change: “I was so excited about all of the little things I could do and how I might enhance education.”