Within the first few weeks, the new assistant professor of an Australian middle years college started to notice the adversity posed by the diverse demographics of students from a vast spectrum of socio-economic backgrounds. The primary challenge for educators was to deliver quality education and equal academic opportunities across the diverse student base. This challenge of imparting quality education across different demographics intrigued John Baker, president and CEO of D2L, during his college years. The question that encouraged Baker to establish D2L was—how can one use technology to transform learning dramatically and create equal academic opportunities?
Soon after its inception in 1999, D2L launched its flagship LMS platform Brightspace LMS, used by schools, higher education, and businesses for online and blended classroom learning. As the president and CEO of D2L, Baker believes, one of the most important things one can do to help each other is ensuring that everyone has access to the best possible learning opportunities. “We’re solving teachers’ biggest challenges by offering all the core functionality they require within one platform: the most engaging learning activities, easy assessment tools, a parent engagement solution, and more,” says Baker. Currently, D2L is working with educators around the globe to help learners at a scale which was hard to imagine in 1999.
Brightspace LMS platform offers personalized learning environments to students. The new type of learning environment encourages continuous engagement through interactive tools, active links, Microsoft Outlook, Dropbox, and YouTube. As a result, students can develop their skills and knowledge to better prepare for life after school. The LMS also gives the academic institutions instructional consistency across campuses, ensuring that the best practices are upheld in every class while retaining the art of teaching.
We’re solving teachers’ biggest challenges by offering all the core functionality they require within one platform: the most engaging learning activities, easy assessment tools, a parent engagement solution, and more
The LMS platform consists of three major components. The first component is Brightspace Core, aimed at K12 education. Brightspace Core combines a learning environment, e-portfolio, learning repository, video recorder, virtual classroom, e-textbook platform called Binder, and mobile apps, all in one cloud-based platform. The second component is Engagement Plus, aimed at the higher education sector, which includes a cloud-based lecture capture system, interactive elements for engaging course design, and a course catalog/registration system. Lastly, the third component is Performance Plus, a personalized and adaptive learning path; it is a bundle of learning analytics to help automate tasks and identify risks, and the adaptive learning engine personalizes the content for each learner. Recently, D2L has launched two new versions to meet the current needs of the education sector. The Emerald Release provides an intuitive social and mobile-friendly teaching and learning experience for users around the world, while the Magenta Release gives students structured and meaningful feedback using an easy-to-understand rubric process—an option to be even more objective with anonymous grading.
D2L’s technology is currently being used by more than 1,100 clients and 15 million learners in higher education, schools, healthcare, government, and the enterprise sector. In 16 years, the D2L team has grown to include over 800 employees around the world and set up offices in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore. Baker wants to credit his team for the enormous success of D2L. “When you see all the stories of how we can impact when we work together, you can understand why this is a mission for us—a way for us to contribute to progress and build a brighter future,” says Baker. In a time when LMS is essential for the evolution of education, Brightspace’s every iteration makes it more ‘human’ while providing resources required in modern education.
D2L’S Chief Strategy Officer Appointed to Canadian Federal Government’s Future Skills Council
This content is copyright protected
However, if you would like to share the information in this article, you may use the link below: