Scouts Canada is very excited to have partnered with D2L (Desire2Learn) to implement a new Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS). This personalized, mobile-friendly and intuitive platform for online learning will enhance Scouts Canada’s training of volunteers and staff, tracking competencies as they’re acquired through the Scouter Development Model.
Pilot Testing: We have completed pilot testing with a group of Scouts Canada volunteers. We have gathered feedback to improve the learner experience.
Finalize Integrations: MyScouts and Respect in Sport will be integrated. Ensuring all training can be accessed and tracked properly is a critical component to finalize before launching the platform. We will make sure everything works before we launch the platform, even if it results in a delay.
Launch: The new David Huestis Learning Centre target launch date is September 30, 2019.
We are aiming to launch the new platform early in the new Scouting Year. However, the launch is dependent upon our confidence that our volunteers will have a fantastic learning experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why has Scouts Canada invested in a new platform?
A. Enabling our volunteers and staff to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to be successful is critical to accomplishing our mission. Given that eLearning is one of the primary tools used for Volunteer Development, Scouts Canada has invested in a Learning Management System capable of meeting the current and long-term needs of our volunteers.
Q. When will the new Learning Centre be ready?
A. The new David Huestis Learning Centre target launch date is September 30, 2019.
Q. How does the new platform differ from the current one?
A. The new platform will offer a personalized learning experience based on specific Scouting roles: i.e. Section Scouter, Group Committee member, Group Commissioner, etc. Learners will be automatically enrolled in the training relevant to their roles.
The new platform will be mobile friendly, compatible with both smartphones and tablets.
Finally, the new learning management system will help Scouts Canada to offer training to volunteers whose needs were not previously accommodated; the platform is built to be fully accessible for individuals who use screen-reader software and other assisted technologies. We will be working through the learning content to expand accessibility as we do updates.
Q. What can we expect from the new platform?
A. Our immediate priority for the new Learning Management System is replacing the old platform with all of our current training and individual eLearning milestones. It is too early to say what will come next with this project, but the new platform allows for many possibilities.
Q. How will the platform be accessed? Will there be a whole new site, or will users be directed through MyScouts as before?
A. The new platform will be accessed the same way as eLearning is now: directly through your MyScouts profile.
Q. How much will the training cost? What about Respect in Sport?
A. Training will continue to be free of cost for Scouts Canada volunteers, with the exception of Respect in Sport (as it is now). For more details on the cost of Respect in Sport, click here.
Q. How will the Scouter Development Model fit into the new David Huestis Learning Centre?
A. Section Scouters will have the opportunity to complete a self-assessment for each competency statement; they will select their current Learning Stage based on past experience.
A learner will be awarded a digital badge for each Learning Stage of Wood Badge I for The Canadian Path as it is completed.
You can review the Scouter Development Model here.
Download the Scouter Development Map here.
Q. How will this affect Group Commissioners?
A. Group Commissioners will have the ability to see the learning progress of the Scouters in their Groups. This will allow Group Commissioners to effectively support Scouters as they learn and work through Scouts Canada’s required training. Instructions on how Group Commissioners can see the learning progress of their Scouters will be available on the Online Support Centre. Live online training webinars will also be offered, and recordings of these webinars will be made available. For further support, Group Commissioners should contact their Relationship Managers.
Q. Has any learning content changed?
A. None of the learning content has changed, nor has the duration of the training. However, users may notice some changes to the format of content in some sessions. For example, some content has been broken down into subtopics to more clearly show progression within the platform.
Q. Will parents (non-Scouters) have access to the new David Huestis Learning Centre?
A. No. Only registered Scouts Canada volunteers and Scouts Canada employees will have access to the new David Huestis Learning Centre. Adult helpers required to complete “Safe Scouting for Parents” will have access to the course from within their MyScouts profile (note that this training may also be required of adults who are not parents). Further instructions will be developed and available on the Online Support Centre.
Q. When is the current platform shutting off?
A. The current learning platform is currently scheduled to be shut off the week of September 30, 2019. We encourage Scouters to continue (or begin) their online training on the current learning platform, as all completed sessions will be recognized in the new learning platform once it is launched. Learning in progress cannot be brought over to the new platform—only completed sessions and milestones will be saved and transferred.
Q. Will my training be brought over?
A. eLearning milestones, which are saved in MyScouts under the training tab, will be saved and brought over to the new platform. Completed individual sessions will also be transferred to the new platform; these sessions will be backed up so that any problems transferring milestones from the old platform to the new one can be addressed (this is not an issue we expect to have). If a learner has started but not completed a session, the progress of this session will not be saved.
Q. What additional support is coming?
A. How-To guides will be available to help users navigate the new platform. These will be in the form of step-by-step instructions with screen captures. Video demonstrations of specific actions within the platform will also be created and posted to Scouts Canada’s YouTube channel.