When we founded D2L almost 15 years ago, we embarked on a mission to imagine, develop, and deliver technology that drives innovation in teaching and learning. Our vision took a bold step forward this past year with the introduction of the Integrated Learning Platform (ILP).
I’ve previously spoken about how this approach was designed to address key challenges facing today’s educators—ones related to engagement, retention, and learning outcomes. This was achieved by pioneering a shift in focus from the technical capabilities of a learning solution to identifying how it can benefit the experience for teachers and individual learners.
Ovum, an industry research firm, recently produced a white paper that expands on some of the new ideas shaping this technological leap. I strongly encourage anyone trying to navigate the ever-changing education landscape to use this as a valuable resource for ensuring that the long term investments they make in technology and partnerships will stand the test of time.
The paper highlights key differentiators between how we evaluate the ILP in comparison to a traditional Learning Management System (LMS). Specifically, it emphasizes the flexibility of the ILP as an important factor that will help educators innovate and deliver the best possible experience for every student even as the objectives of online learning continue to evolve.
Taking a more integrated, platform approach to the underlying technology for online learning will deliver a significantly higher return on investment (ROI) through enhanced institutional flexibility and business agility. In response to a rapidly changing industry environment, online learning will become increasingly important, and expectations for service and experience will grow. Many existing LMS implementations will be unable to keep pace. Choosing the right strategy and solution in this environment will require institutions to look beyond discrete LMS applications.
The paper also includes a valuable rubric that makes evaluating different learning solutions clear and simple. You can reference the chart below to compare those technologies and prioritize your own institution’s needs.
Download the OVUM paper — Making the right choice for your institution’s long-term online learning needs: Differentiating through an Integrated Learning Platform (ILP) — to find out more.
I’m looking forward to an exciting year working with all of you and sharing more ideas about how these technologies will continue to shape teaching and learning for the next generation. Because technology should do more than “manage” learning — it should improve the learning experience.