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Brightspace VLE chosen for new online courses by Derby

The University of Derby has chosen D2L's Brightspace for its modern design, and its personalised learning and analytics capabilities

Posted by Charley Rogers | August 06, 2017 | Higher education

D2L, a global learning technology leader, announces that the University of Derby, the number one university for graduate employment in the East Midlands, UK, has selected the Brightspace virtual learning environment (VLE) to deliver a suite of new online professional development courses. 

Renowned for technology and innovation, the University of Derby decided to build on the success of its online degree programmes and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and introduce a number of paid-for short courses for working professionals seeking Continuing Professional Development (CPD), as well as for employers for their staff development. With topics ranging from leadership and finance, to more specialised subjects including Child and Adolescent Mental Health or Diabetes, the university wanted to expand its offerings for the non-traditional student audience and provide a personalised experience that would attract different types of learners and drive new revenue opportunities. 

Following an evaluation process involving three shortlisted companies, the University of Derby selected D2L’s Brightspace VLE.

Our learners are often eager to learn, yet they are time-constrained and on-the-go, which means they require an adaptable, flexible learning platform that they can engage with when and where it suits them.

“When we decided to introduce online professional development courses, we didn’t want just any VLE; we wanted a flexible, intelligent, insightful VLE. D2L’s Brightspace ticked all of our boxes,” said Munib Hadi, Head of Academic Innovation Hub at the University of Derby. “Our learners are often eager to learn, yet they are time-constrained and on-the-go, which means they require an adaptable, flexible learning platform that they can engage with when and where it suits them. Brightspace stood out in this respect. The platform is extremely easy to use and can be tailored to each learner’s lifestyle and skillset - something that is very important for us.

“What I particularly like about Brightspace is that it automates the delivery of our courses, but it still has the human touch. The platform uses intelligence agents to recognise each learner’s progress and communicate with them accordingly. We are able to automatically generate emails and still offer a truly personalised learning experience. Furthermore, the platform’s data analytics capabilities give us invaluable insight into which courses are popular, helping us continually adapt our classes and improve our teaching.”

Brightspace is mobile responsive, offers real-time analytics, a personalised learning experience, and complete accessibility, all within one flexible VLE. The dynamic and mobile Daylight interface enables instructors to design courses easily, create content and grade assignments on their phone or tablet. Brightspace’s built-in analytics enable the University of Derby to monitor courses and individuals, helping them tailor each learner’s experience.

“The University of Derby, like D2L, is committed to taking an innovative approach to technology and learning, which was clear from the outset,” said Elliot Gowans, VP EMEA, D2L. “Derby already has a great reputation for online learning and we are looking forward to helping the university further develop and enhance its online credentials.”

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