Meeting growing demand for online learning
Founded in 1828, McKendree University offers a wide range of online and classroom-based courses to undergraduate and post-graduate students. In recent years, the university has focused on expanding its liberal arts program and encouraging the use of online learning across its programs.
Dr. Michael Porterfield, educational technology manager, comments,“Digital tools have always played an important part in the way we teach, evaluate, and deliver our educational program. And to ensure that we are offering the best possible experience to students, we regularly review all our courses.”
He continues: “During our most recent evaluation, we found that our existing LMS simply wasn’t delivering value for money. It was creating inefficiencies, and it limited our faculty’s ability to create and manage tailored course content.”
The existing LMS was found to be time-consuming, inflexible, costly, high-maintenance, terrible for content formatting, poor for 3rd party integrations, filled with nonsensical system defaults, archaic, in addition to the company’s poor vendor-to-customer communication. What’s more, the LMS didn’t offer any analytics capabilities nor data extraction options, which made it difficult to monitor student performance, track course attendance, and ensure that all relevant courses met specific accreditation standards.