By Dian Schaffhauser
Education technology company Desire2Learn has introduced a new all-encompassing version of its flagship offering, Learning Suite, incorporating all of its latest acquisitions and partnerships. At the same time, the company has also launched a service for delivering massive open online courses that integrates with the learning platform. The University System of Georgia is among the institutions that have tested the the MOOC platform, Open Courses.
The newest edition of Learning Suite puts the student and faculty member at the control center of an extensive collection of tools and programs and deemphasizes the traditional focus of course management systems as being an application solely controlled and delivered by the faculty member or institution. The latest release includes course management components, as well as mobile tools, predictive analytics, adaptive learning, social sharing and collaboration services, the capabilities of delivering or participating in MOOCs, and an ecosystem of third-party Desire2Learn partners, including IBM. These elements are all available from one place; data is shared and used across the platform.
“If you’re a student today, you have to log into four or five — maybe as many as 20 — different systems. What we’re trying to do is pull that all together into what we call an integrated learning platform,” explained Desire2Learn CEO and President John Baker. “The result should drive better student engagement, better graduation rates, better outcomes.”
[ Full article available at Campus Technology: http://campustechnology.com/articles/2013/10/08/desire2learn-offers-alternative-mooc-platform-integrates-new-tools.aspx ]