Expand to Deliver an Integrated Experience
With approximately 8,000 active users and access to Brightspace offered in conjunction with every course delivered on campus today, Rose State College is easily considered a power user of the Brightspace platform.
The use of Brightspace is varied across the campus. Professors use the platform for a range of classroom activities, such as publishing a course syllabus and calendar or distributing handouts, presentations, links, audio, and video to students online. Students also turn to Brightspace to participate in courses delivered exclusively online, communicate with instructors and fellow students beyond the walls of the classroom, and to submit their assignments electronically. Rose State College has even used the Brightspace platform to conduct Student Senate elections and surveys.
Despite these successes, Chris Meyer—Dean of Rose State College’s Learning Resource Center—understood that there was significantly more value to be explored within Brightspace.
“We have been with D2L for several years. Recently, we carefully made an exhaustive comparison of Brightspace tools with other platforms. We made a very deliberate decision to stay with the Brightspace platform as its functionality best fits our existing and future pedagogical needs,” says Meyer. “However, to date, our use of Brightspace has been limited to a very small set of platform features. By using core features more fully and upgrading to a fully integrated platform experience including Brightspace Insights™, we can grow and evolve our teaching and learning experience.”
Meyer elaborates, “We actually began looking at analytics three years ago and investigated standalone solutions for reporting, thinking that was the way to go. What we found is that not only are these solutions quite pricey, they only provide a database solution for metrics tracking. We would still need to input all the underlying data. It just didn’t make sense to decouple analytics and reporting from the solution driving the day-to-day learning within the classroom.”
The Rose State College team also wanted to move forward quickly and cost-effectively with their plans for a learning platform.
“Our Brightspace implementation had always been self-hosted, supported, and serviced by a local technology services provider. However, to scale up and implement the Brightspace Advanced Analytics solution, as well as a student information system (SIS) integration, we would have had to nearly double our current infrastructure investment, investing in new hardware, bandwidth, file storage, services, and so on. We’d also be just one of a number of clients in our service provider’s project queue, so we were looking at an implementation timeline that would be months, if not years, away.”