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Brightspace by D2L

by Kathy Sundin on July 18, 2014 in BlazeVIEW D2L

Brightspace Logo

At the D2L Fusion conference this week in Nashville, D2L announced a re-branding of their product that emphasizes their new focus and pathway to learning. Brightspace is the new name for D2L’s product which includes all its components, e.g., the learning environment, Insights, Capture, etc. The company name, Desire2Learn, has been shortened to D2L. They are also changing the term Learning Management System (LMS) to Integrated Learning Platform (ILP).

So what does this mean to VSU faculty and students? VSU re-brands our product to BlazeVIEW and GoVIEW, so you will not see major changes and the Brightspace re-branding will be a gradual role out. For now, if a faculty member references Desire2Learn within their course, they should change it to D2L. Also, functionality within the ILP will not change.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact the Center for eLearning at 229-245-6490.

Our own Philip Bishop and Vincent King-Spezzo attended the conference. Vincent presented on Gamification at a well-attended and well-received session. Below are some pictures from the conference.

Philip at Fusion

Philip on the right

Vincent Leaderboard at Fusion 2

Vincent checking the leaderboard during his Gamification presentation

Vincent Leaderboard at Fusion

Vincent handing out badges after his presentation

Coming in August…VSU Online Orientation

by Kathy Sundin on June 2, 2014 in Accessibility, BlazeVIEW D2L, eCore, eMajor, GoVIEW, Online Programs, The Center for eLearning

The Center for eLearning had an exciting week last week. We worked with Fugo Studios out of Atlanta to complete video segments of a new Online Orientation that is set to launch in August, 2014.

The new orientation program will be geared toward new VSU online students and will be integrated into the current VSU Student Portal. The primary goals are to get an online student from admission through enrollment, ensure online students have the information they need to navigate the university system/structure successfully and provide an ongoing reference for students after they initially complete the orientation. Segments of the first phase of this exciting project include:

  • Orientation Video
  • Embedded Quiz Features
  • Registration
  • Advising
  • Learning Management System Intro
  • Financial Aid
  • Paying Tuition and Fees
  • Bookstore
  • Adult and Military Programs
  • IT Helpdesk
  • Student Policy Resources
  • Academic Calendars

Additional key stakeholders in this project are the Orientation Office, Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions, Registrar, Centralized Advising Center, Access Office, Financial Aid, Bursary, Information Technology and Enrollment Management.

Below are some “behind the scenes” photos taken during the video shooting.

Dr.-McKinney-1  Dr.-McKinney-Shoot  Meg 1

Military 1  West-Hall-2  Studying

Family   Ronald  Firehouse

Stay tuned for additional information on this project!