Out with the old, in with the new at Saint Leo University

Out with the old, in with the new at Saint Leo University


Saint Leo University is just North of Tampa,
Florida, for the university campus. But we have centers all over the country.
We also have online students all over the world. So with about 16,000 students, we’ve got
a healthy mix of modality. Our desire at Saint Leo is to really create
immersive, personalized, adaptive learning at scale. Our learning management system was being put to bed—it was going away
Saint Leo wanted to use this moment in time as an opportunity, we were trying to be very,
very opportunistic about creating this learning ecosystem.
And so we did a full-scale search which included piloting a couple of different systems.
We took their technologists, locked them in a room, gave them some sugar and caffeine,
and said, “We want one system, one experience. We want our students to not know they’ve
gone from system X to system Y, and the cornerstone of that learning experience really is Brightspace.
Because our other system was going away, and hadn’t been supported for so long, we were
instantly upgrading from a 2002 Cadillac to a 2016 Lexus.
Brightspace really worked for Saint Leo because of a couple of things. Content management
was one. We’re a school that does really have a lot of accreditation requirements put
on us. Because of how many adjuncts we have, because we have different modalities with
centers and online students, so we need to have a very consistent feel to our courses.
Most of the other systems we looked at prohibited us from being able to lockdown parts of the
course that really have to be there in order for us to stay accredited. In addition, the
API story was extremely important to us. We are building a learning system of five different
platforms. We felt the API would give us a much richer experience for our students. We
think we will be able to create a kind of learning environment that students won’t
get in most other places, and we came to the conclusion that Brightspace, was the
best system for our university and for our students’ needs.

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