To deliver its online learning platform, Longwood Gardens decided to work with D2L.
“It was important to us to build a partnership with an elearning company that could help us implement our online programs and find solutions to our learning objectives,” says Caldwell. “D2L had both the technology and the educational expertise we needed.”
OPENING UP TO NEW LEARNERS
The Gardens is now using the D2L learning platform across all its educational programs. In particular, the team has used the solution to formulate a set of new open online courses that are available to any learner, anywhere in the world.
“Cumulatively, we’ve already had thousands of learners experience the D2L platform, and with the open courses initiative, we’re hoping to reach out to tens of thousands more,” says Matt Ross, director of continuing education.
A COMPELLING ONLINE EXPERIENCE
Caldwell comments: “The D2L Creative Services team helped us design a new homepage for our elearning site that mirrors the experience of being on the Longwood Gardens website. It’s a seamless, intuitive transition, which gives our learners an extraordinary virtual guest experience.”
Ross adds: “The D2L solutions help to extend the experience of our learners, giving them access to resources, quizzes, and self-study guides that they can use to supplement other types of learning and practical experience.”
SHARING KNOWLEDGE WITH THE WORLD
Longwood is also using D2L Capture to support its education programs with video content.
“We use D2L Capture internally to train our volunteers, to capture our town-hall meetings for all of the staff, and to webcast to the wider world,” says Caldwell. “We host a number of educational seminars and symposiums throughout the year, and we stream them with D2L Capture so that anyone anywhere can participate.”
A FRUITFUL COLLABORATION
Cathcart puts the success of the project down to a deep-rooted collaboration between the Gardens and its technology partner: “One of the primary advantages of working with D2L is the relationship that we have fostered: it’s absolutely been built on trust. The D2L team’s support in building technology solutions enables us to be creative and retain the essence of Longwood learning in everything we do.”