General availability of Brightspace, Brock University’s next LMS, has begun.
On April 6th, 2022 Brock University announced that the next university-wide Learning Management System (LMS) will be D2L’s Brightspace – Brock News Article
On October 27, 2021 Brock University’s Senate endorsed a plan for Brock University to acquire a new LMS.
Through a competitive process, Brock University selected a new cloud-based, LMS, Brightspace.
On June 30, 2023 lms.brocku.ca will no longer point to Sakai. Navigation links across Brock University’s web presence will begin to point to Brightspace. Currently, all active sites in Brightspace will automatically have an entry created in Sakai to help Students and Instructors navigate to their sites across the two platforms.
Brightspace Documentation and Training
Instructors are welcome to sign-up for Brightspace training and workshops offered by CPI.
Students are welcome to sign-up for Brightspace training and workshops offered by Learning Services.
Brightspace Explorer Sites are now available for all faculty and staff. Explorer sites give you an opportunity to get into Brightspace and start exploring available tools and features. These specific sites are not intended for teaching. Access your Brightspace Explorer Site by logging into brightspace.brocku.ca
Instructors have responded to the call for Early Adopter courses in Brightspace. The Early Adopters Program is an opportunity for instructors and students to give formative feedback into how Brightspace is implemented at Brock University.
Availability of Integrated Services
Part of what distinguishes a modern LMS is its role as a hub for other integrated services. The link below provides an update on the status of integrations as they become available in Brightspace.
What about Sakai?
Sakai has served Brock University since 2007 and will continue to operate through Fall/Winter 2022-23.
On June 30, 2023 lms.brocku.ca will no longer point to Sakai. Navigation links across Brock University’s web presence will begin to point to Brightspace.
Instructors that choose to teach with Sakai through the June 30, 2023 date will need to assist students in navigating to Sakai’s final web address.
As of September 2023 Brock University computer accounts will no longer work with Sakai.
Availability of Sakai Content
Sakai content has been automatically converted and imported into Brightspace. Instructors have access to their 2018FW to 2022FW sites. Instructors may choose to import their converted content into Brightspace course offerings.
The Resource Selection Team, created by Senate on March 3, 2021, consulted with the Brock University community and compiled a list of specific priority and feature requirements of a modern LMS that Brock University’s 2021 Sakai-based LMS did not meet:
A modern, straightforward, familiar interface
The most salient theme across all consultations is the need for an intuitive and user friendly LMS. After experiencing a variety of other systems, the Brock faculty, staff, and students reiterated that the most-liked features are ease of use or navigation (specific to creating and building a course), the aesthetics of the system (desirable layout), and intuitiveness.
Ease of content creation
The Brock community desires intuitive and effortless content creation and navigation through prioritizing processes such as: automating tasks, simplicity in completing tasks, and allowing for content and options of their choosing.
Integrated and interactive dashboard
The ability to see a snapshot of each course in one place, identify deadlines and outstanding assessments, and view an integrated calendar and checklist, allows students and instructors to stay organized and focus their attention on top priorities.
Seamless integration of multimedia
Video and audio content are a crucial aspect of online teaching and learning. The ease of upload of multimedia content (audio, videos, images) into the LMS is the most important feature when it comes to site and content creation for faculty, staff, and students. More specific features such as simple submission of video and audio content for assessments, and providing video and audio recorded feedback to students were mentioned as desirable aspects.
Robust grading and feedback tools
The high usage and the importance of these tools supports the notion that a robust grading and feedback feature is foundational to the LMS. This includes annotation, bulk editing, import/export of grades, event log in gradebook, grader notifications and specific file type submissions.
Complementary mobile experience
One of the most significant challenges with Brock University’s current Sakai-based LMS is its lack of a platform-specific mobile app. Members of Brock University community expressed an interest in the integration of LMS-based calendars and notifications with mobile phones.
Ease of content migration
When considering a change in the LMS one of the most important considerations that faculty, staff, and students have noted is the need for an easy import/export of content between sites, other LMSs, and related technologies. The short-term success of a new LMS will be primarily judged by the migration experience.