D2L with their solution Brightspace has been chosen as the new supplier for UCD's virtual learning environment.
Phase II, the scope of which is to smoothly transition to the new learning environment, is now well underway. Over 3,000 students are using the new live environment and we have received valuable feedback from Early Adopter students, staff and faculty. All modules have now been migrated across for the next Cohort (Cohort 1). Extensive face to face training, which has been designed by UCD specifically for UCD users, is running regularly to facilitate staff in using the new platform and all Cohort 1 students will receive access to Brightspace on the 14th January 2019. For further information on supports and steps involved in the process please read on.
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 - is comprised of all Semester 2 modules with the exception of final year undergraduate modules and year long modules that commenced in September 2018
|||Cohort 2 - all remaining 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)
If you have modules moving to Brightspace in Cohort 1 (click here to see a full list of modules in Cohort 1) it is important to book and attend the training provided, as it will take you through the content transfer process in more detail. Your sandbox module will be used for training.
Please book your training slot as soon as you can. Note it is not necessary to have your content already migrated to book onto training. The training plan focuses on 2 face-face training sessions per faculty/staff member:
1. Getting Started with Brightspace
2. Assessment, Feedback and Grading
“Brightspace Helpdesk” widget on
the landing page
1800 903 294 (free)
Queries can be made via email,
phone, or chat
|Just in time training and support relating to Brightspace features and functionality||"How do I set release conditions?"
“Can you remind me how to do create a quiz?"
“I wonder if it is possible to use html templates for content…“
IT Services Helpdesk
Please include Brightspace in the subject of the email so the call can be routed straight to the ETS team.
|UCD IT Support for troubleshooting queries relating to the use of Brightspace (& Blackboard) in UCD||“Something is not working the way I expected it to.. “
“I cannot access my module…”
“I have a problem with a test and not being able to edit questions"
|Mon - Fri
9.30am - 5.30pm
Future VLE Project Updates & Enquiries
|Updates on the transition project and enquiries that relate to the transition process.||“Is my module due for transition?”
“When can I expect to hear from you?"
“What information is being made available to students?”
|Mon - Fri
9.30am - 5.30pm
Future VLE Training Team
|Enquiries that relate to training for Brightspace||“I want to book on training?"
“What type of content do you cover?”
“I can’t make it to any advertised sessions, what should I do?”
“I am not based in Belfield how can I get trained?”
“I want to suggest training on different topics
|Mon - Fri
9.30am - 5.30pm
See What Others Have Asked
|Platform Queries and Approved Changes||Responses to platform functionality queries received to date, approved change requests and expected deployment timeline, list of known functionality differences between Brightspace and Blackboard||"What are the differences between Blackboard and Brightspace?"||Always|
IT Support Web
|IT Services Brightspace Information Pages||IT Support pages and answers to common queries about Brightspace and the Pulse
|Useful information for instructors||Always|
Brightspace Community Webpages
|Community Pages on the Brightspace Platform||Brightspace Community pages for all Brightspace users globally to avail of articles, updates and discussions relating
to the platform.
|The community is a great place to search for use cases or get some queries answered by other community members.||Always|
Brightspace YouTube Channel
|Brightspace on YouTube||A series of video playlists designed by Brightspace for their users.||A good source of short impactful videos showing some of the features and functionality in use.||Always|
|Module Coordinator||Module Code||Module Name|
|James Sullivan||CHEM10030||Chemistry for Engineers|
|Damian Mooney||CHEN10040||Intro to Eng. Computing|
|Amanda Gibney||CVEN10040||Creativity in Design|
|Simon Kelly||EEEN10010||Electronic & Electrical I|
|Christopher Boyd||MATH10250||Intro Calculus for Engineers|
|Vladimir Lobaskin||PHYC10150||Physics for Engineers|
|David Jennings||UTL40180||Becoming a Better University Teacher|
|Terry Barrett||UTL40200||Designing modules for learning|
|Terry Barrett||UTL40240||Getting Published in Teaching|
|Geraldine O’Neill|Terry Barrett||UTL40140||Assessing for T&L in Higher Ed|
|Michelle O’Connor||RDGY30290||Practice of Radio: Adv Technique|
|Jennifer Grehan||RDGY30300||Clinical Prac Rad 3-1|
|Jennifer Grehan||RDGY30310||Clinical Practice Rad 3-2|
|Edel Thomas||RDGY30590||Computed Tomography|
|Shane Foley||RDGY41220||Cross Sectional Anatomy|
|Claire Cave||ARCH40900||Cultural Heritage Conservation|
|Claire Cave||ARCH40910||World Heritage Convention|
|Claire Cave||ARCH40920||Natural Heritage Conservation|
|Fergal Brophy||IA40360||Creative Thinking (Online)|
|John Byrne||ARCH40980||Marketing and Management|
|Francis Butler||BSEN40410||Food Chain Integrity|
|James Lyng||FDSC40030||Food Process Technology I|
|Frank Monahan||FDSC40060||Fresh & Processed Meat Products|
|Mick O'Sullivan||FDSC40080||Milk and Dairy Products|
|Séamus Fanning||PHPS40610||Food Safety|
|Celine Murrin||PHPS40690||Public Health Nutrition - FS|
|Amalia Scannell||FDSC40630||Food Sector Entrepreneurship|
|Stephen Boyle||BMGT43710||Proj. Mgt. Risk|
|Paul McGrath||BMGT43730||Projects & Organisational Dyna|
|Joe Houghton||BMGT43860||The Project Mgt Lifecycle|
|Bernard Faughey||BMGT43370||Business Strategy|
|James McDermott||MIS41150||Intro to Business Analytics|
|Sean McGarraghy||MIS41160||Optimisation in Business|
|James Sweeney||MIS41130||Statistics & Simulation Methods|
|Miguel Nicolau||MIS41110||Programming for Analytics|
|David Fagan||MIS41060||Data Management|
|Damian Dalton||COMP10130||Computer Science in Practice|
|John Dunnion||COMP10070||Formal Foundations|
|John Dunnion||COMP10280||Programming I (Conv)|
|Sean Paul Teeling||NMHS43370||Prof Cert Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare PT|
|Amber Cushing||IS40800||Intro to Dig Info Mgt|
|Monica Gorman||RDEV40600||Ag Extension & Innovation Online|
|Monica Gorman||RDEV40610||The Reflective Agri Advisor|
|Tomás Russell||RDEV40640||Agricultural Education|
|Robert Sands||ARCH40870||Intro to GIS in Archaeology|
|Arun Kumar||VET40440||Evidence-based approach to SAM|
|Peter Keenan||MIS41040||Bus Intell & Visual Analytics|
|Michelle Downes||PSY10060||Brain and Behaviour|
|Cliódhna O'Connor||PSY10080||Intro to Social Psychology|
|Suzanne Guerin||PSY10130||Key Skills and Concepts in Psy|
|Louise McHugh||PSY10050||Introduction to Psychology|
|Rachael Fionda||LANG40590||The English Language for TESOL|
|Rachael Fionda||LANG40600||The English Teaching Context|
|Rachael Fionda||LANG40610||The TESOL Programme|
|Rachael Fionda||LANG40590||The English Language for TESOL|
|Betting Migge||LING40290||Sociolinguistics for AL|
|Stergiani Kostopoulou||LANG10590||Academic Listening and Speaking I|
|Stergiani Kostopoulou||LANG10600||Academic Reading and Writing 1|
|Katie Wedgeworth||NMHS32700||Cert of CPD Nation FoundEdu Module in Critical Care Nurs PT (OCT)|
|Bairbre Fleming||IDIS00010||First Steps -Intro to HE|
|Bairbre Fleming||IDIS00020||Digital Literacy|
|Bairbre Fleming||IDIS00030||Applied Academic Writing|
|ALC||Global Language Modules|
1. What is a VLE?
2. Which VLE am I using?
3. How do I log in?
4. Is there any training available?
5. What Support is available for students?
1. Why this solution?
2. What is the timeline for implementation?
3. What sort of training will be available?
4. What does this mean for my existing modules on Blackboard and Moodle?
5. How will content be migrated?
6. Do I need to do anything?
7. When will my module(s) be moving to Brightspace?
1. Early Adopters - September 2018
2. Cohort 1 - all Semester 2 modules will transition in time for the January 2019 semester with the following exceptions:
3. Cohort 2 - all Modules in Semester 1 (September) 2019-2020 Academic Year
8. When is Blackboard being switched off?
9. Will Brightspace have a tool to check the originality of student work submitted?
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