D2L with their solution Brightspace has been chosen as the new supplier for UCD's virtual learning environment.
We have now launched phase II of the project, the scope of which is to smoothly transition to the new learning environment. Phase II kicked off with two events - a Brightspace Demo for all faculty and staff and an EdTECx talk on Bournemouth University's experience using Brightspace. An Oversight Group has been established and is preparing the ground for the transition. Please see details in the Governance section below. Further information on timelines and early adopter programmes will be posted here.
Professor Jason Last
Here's what D2L says about Brightspace:
Brightspace is Easy
The user experience makes it easy for instructors to design courses, create content, and grade assignments. That gives you more time to focus on what really matters: teaching and learning.
Brightspace is Flexible
Instructors can teach the way you want to teach. There’s support for inline collaboration and rich multimedia. And you can even customize content, assessments, or the interface itself.
Brightspace is Smart
Built-in analytics reports help you track and understand performance for departments, courses, or individuals. These can be used to tailor each learner’s experience to fit their needs and goals.
||D2L Contract Signed – January 2018||||Early Adopter modules 2018 - April - September 2018|
||Oversight Group formed – February 2018||
|Early Adopter – test integrations - April 2018|
||Implementation Group formed – February – April 2018||||Early Adopter - build modules April – July 2018|
||Official Launch of Phase II - 20 March 2018||||Early Adopter – train resources supporting EA modules
May – August
||Develop integrations – March – July 2018||||Early Adopter – transition modules - August 2018|
||Early Adopter Module Selection April - May 2018||||Early Adopter – student orientation – September 2018|
|||UCD Customisation & Design of platforms - May - June 2018||||Early Adopter – support and feedback September – October 2018|
|||User Acceptance Testing - April – May 2018||Early Adopter – decomissioning of BB service - September 2018|
|||Production ready environment – July/August 2018||||Cohort 1 - all modules (pending review) in Semester 2 (January) 2018-2019 Academic Year|
|||Cohort 2 - all modules (pending review) in Semester 1 (September) 2019-2020 Academic Year|
My modules are coming up for transition. What happens next?
|Step 1 - staff account is enabled for Brightspace access||Step 6 - staff member receives access to online training|
|||Step 2 - individual/private test module is created for staff member||Step 7 - staff member spends some time working in Brightspace with access to resources and training materials|
|Step 3 - Module is migrated to Brightspace holding area for review||Step 8 - staff member attends training session 2|
|Step 4 - staff member is invited to book face to face training session(s)||Step 9 - staff member is advised of support methods and additional support resources available and any other optional training that could be made available|
|Step 5 - staff member attends training session 1||Step 10 - staff member notified of date module will be visible to
students (i.e. once student enrolments are processed)
1. Why this vendor?
2. What is the timeline for implementation?
3. What sort of training will be available?
4. What does this mean for my existing modules?
5. How will content be migrated?
6. Do I need to do anything?
Over the last 10 months UCD conducted an extensive VLE Review with the objective of choosing the most appropriate platform for our diverse user needs into the future. Strategically, this project falls under UCD Strategic Objective no.2 To Provide an Educational Experience That Defines International Best Practice (UCD Strategy 2015-2020) and it relates to the supporting UCD IT Strategic themes of Enhancing Educational Technology Services and Contributing to the Student Experience (IT Strategy 2020).
Inputs to this process included a Faculty and Staff survey (607 respondents), a Student survey (5,080 respondents) an open digital comment box, a dedicated email address, this microsite, a number of reports from special interest groups, a facilitated workshop with Educational Technologists, User Experience Trials for staff and students and various reports and strategic documents including the Curriculum Review and Enhancement recommendations. The output of this analysis was a Request for Proposal for UCD's Future VLE which was then issued to the existing framework established by HEAnet. The proposal sought detail on five key areas: Pedagogical Features and Functionality, Technical Requirements, Support and Training, User Experience and Cost.
Having selected D2L Brightspace as the recommended future VLE, the decision was ratified by UMT in December 2017 which brings us to the Implementation phase: Phase II - Your Future Is Bright.
The Phase II Project is sponsored by the Registrar and Deputy President, with the Project Oversight Group reporting upwards to UMT Education. The Project Oversight Group is a representative body comprised of key stakeholder staff and students. See membership listed below.
This Group is tasked with overseeing all aspects of Phase II transition to the new environment (including integration of systems, content design, training and support, communications) with particular emphasis on ensuring a smooth and timely transition to the new UCD environment.
Project Oversight Group
5,080 UCD students participated!
Thank you to each of you for taking the time to share your views. This feedback was used to help us choose the virtual learning environment that is best suited to your needs.
Please see some highlights from the Student Survey.
Thanks again from the Future VLE Team