A Campus-Wide Implementation of Blended Learning: The Nanyang Polytechnic Case Study

Wei Meng Son (1)
Raymond Chew (2)

(1) Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore
(2) BEENET, Singapore

 

Abstract:

Recognising that active learners today want to learn in different ways, institutions need to be prepared to meet the evolving needs of its consumers, i.e. students.  And whether it’s increasing student engagement, improving learning outcomes, increasing access to quality education, or achieving greater efficiency, institutions work with partners to develop solutions and best practices that effectively use technology and data.

In view of the pressing need for a more enterprising and robust learning platform that can support the institution’s long term blended learning strategies and goals, Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) embarked on a campus-wide project to implement Blackboard. In 2010 the School of Chemical and Life Sciences kicked off the project by piloting Blackboard Learn, and in line with the changed management and implementation plan mapped out by the eLearning Task Force, programs from the other Schools systematically came on board in phases. This pilot laid the groundwork for the campus wide implementation that would take place in 2012, as the Task Force gathered feedback from end users and conducted training and adoption drives to ensure a successful migration from its 10-year old platform to Blackboard.

This joint presentation by NYP and its Blackboard partner BEENET aims to share how NYP arrived at its decision to move to Blackboard and to run it on Intel/Redhat, a less common technological platform among the Blackboard community in Singapore. The session will also focus on the Blackboard implementation process from a Task Force and faculty perspective. It discusses the change management challenges in migrating an entire campus onto a new blended learning system, and the benefits of its chosen approach. The audience will also be given insight into the benefits of peer/community sharing and support from industry partners throughout the entire process, from evaluation through to implementation, and their contribution towards a successful project.

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