D2L with their solution Brightspace has been chosen as the new supplier for UCD's virtual learning environment.
We are now launching phase II of the project, the scope of which is to smoothly transition to the new learning environment. An Oversight Group has been established and is preparing the ground for the transition. Please see details in the Governance section below.
In the meantime I would like to invite you to take the opportunity to learn more about Brightspace by attending either, or both, of the events below:
15th March - EdTECx talks, Realities of Digital Learning - keynote speaker, David Biggins, Bournemouth University on Achieving Student Success using Brightspace. Practice exchange by UCD academics on technology in education and presentations by UCD educational technologists.To book a place please see our event page.
20th March - D2L will host a Brightspace Demo for all Faculty and Staff of UCD. This session will take place at 2pm in the Moore Auditorium in Science East. In order to gauge numbers at this event we would ask you to register your interest in attending by visiting the registration page.
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.
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
|D2L Contract Signed – January 2018||||Pilot programmes 2018|
|Oversight Group formed – February 2018||||Pilot – build modules April – July 2018|
|||Implementation Group formed – February – April 2018||||Pilot – transition modules August 2018|
|||All Staff Communication - March 2018||||Pilot – train resources supporting pilot modules May – August|
|||Official Launch of Phase II - 20 March 2018||||Pilot – student orientation – September 2018|
|||User Acceptance Testing - April – May 2018||||Pilot – support and feedback September – October 2018|
|||Develop integrations – March – August 2018||||Pilot – offboarding BB modules - September 2018|
|||Production ready environment – July/August 2018||||Full Cohort 1 Rollout – January 2019|
|||Full Cohort 2 Rollout – September 2019|
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?
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