TU Dublin's new Virtual Learning Environment, Brightspace is here!
Prof Brian Norton, Principal, and Prof Mike Murphy, Director of Academic Affairs, Digital and Learning Transformation formally launched the new Virtual Learning Environment, Brightspace, in a busy City Campus last Wednesday 11th September, as our first-year students became acquainted with the VLE.
Pictured Left to Right - Dolores McManus, Cormac MacMahon, Pauline Rooney, Derek Dodd, Mike Murphy, Maurice Boland, Ross McGuire, Linda Boyd and Frances Boylan
After two years of preparatory work, Brightspace, our new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for TU Dublin city campus is now live and available to staff and students using their staff/student number and TU Dublin password. At the launch, both Professor Norton and Professor Murphy highlighted the significant benefits of Brightspace as a contempory platform, which offers a rich virtual learning environment for our students, helping them to access digtial learning content, create and submit a wide variety of assignment types, collaborate and communicate online with their peers and build their personal ePortfolio.
The Brightspace implementation project was a team effort and would not have been possible without the dedication of the Learning Teaching and Technology Centre, ICT Services, the Students Union, the Project Managemet Office, and the guidance of the Project Board, not to mention all of the academic staff and students who volunteered to pilot Brightspace during Semester 2, 2018/19.
Recognising that Brightspace is a big change for staff and students, a comprehensive training schedule for staff has been put in place. A new online esource, called ‘Bitesized Brightspace’, consisting of a series of short tutorial videos for staff and students, covers the essential steps to getting started. A set of Frequently Asked Questions has been compiled, as well, that answer those initial quick questions that everyone has, and, of course, the D2L End User Support team are on hand too to answer, 24/7, staff queries about any of the tools available in Brightspace. Staff will see the D2L support widget once they log into Brightspace.
The next phase of the Brightspace implementation will focus on integrating our new platform effectively to enhance teaching success, encourage student engagement, personalise the learning experience, and support student retention through the impresive learning analytics packages available.
Students, there are €300 worth of one4all vouchers and Brightsdpace goodies to be won over the month of September 2019. Keep an eye on the Brightspace student log in page for details!