UAE’s National Research and Education Network opens doors to connected ecosystem for 33 academic institutions, sees improved student performance and reduced costs
Ankabut, the UAE’s National Research and Education Network (NREN), which connects 33 academic institutions within the UAE to each other and to learning resources around the world, has selected D2L, a global learning technology leader, to deploy its Brightspace platform as the network’s new learning management system (LMS). D2L partner Naseej was instrumental in developing the relationship with Ankabut and will continue to be involved in the implementation work.
The implementation of a uniform, contemporary LMS across Ankabut’s member institutions has allowed its educators to deliver a smart learning experience through cross-faculty collaboration, two-way feedback channels and comprehensive student performance analytics.
“The Brightspace LMS has facilitated the uniformity required to enable a hyper-connected ecosystem. Additionally, students can now access learning resources anywhere and anytime, can keep in touch with their peers and educators, and can do so from multiple devices. They no longer have to be on university premises to communicate or to have access to learning resources. Essentially, they can now carry their classrooms in their pockets,” said Fahem Al Nuaimi, CEO of Ankabut.
The cloud-based architecture of the Brightspace LMS and Ankabut’s provision of it has encouraged high adoption rates among the UAE’s institutions, with 78 campuses and 100,000 students now connected to global online learning resources.
“Faculty members have noted that student performance has improved considerably from an academic point of view. Meanwhile, with the implementation of an online LMS, which is hosted in the cloud, institutions have seen a dramatic reduction in their costs. Our total cost of operations has gone down by sixty percent. An online LMS has also helped these institutions reduce their carbon footprint,” added Al Nuaimi.
“This is a big step for academic institutions and learning centres within the UAE – they can now connect to online learning resources no matter their location, and can do so with minimal disruption. We are delighted to equip Ankabut with the Brightspace platform, which with its flexible, easy-to-use and smart LMS, is perfectly aligned to its needs,” said Hanny Alshazly, Regional Director, MEA, D2L.
Ankabut is the UAE’s National Research and Education Network (NREN) – it connects academic institutions within the UAE to each other, and further connects these institutions to other research and education networks from around the world. Currently, Ankabut provides connectivity to 33 academic institutions with 78 campuses and over 100,000 students within the UAE, spanning K-20, higher education, vocational training centres and research institutes. www.ankabut.ae
D2L’s Brightspace is a digital learning platform that helps schools and institutions deliver personalized learning experiences in a classroom or online to people anywhere in the world. Created for the digital learner, Brightspace is cloud-based, runs on mobile devices, and offers rich multimedia to increase engagement, productivity and knowledge retention. The platform makes it easy to design courses, create content, and grade assignments, giving instructors more time to focus on what’s most important – greater teaching and learning. At the same time, analytics reports track and deliver insights into the performance levels of departments, courses, or individuals.
Brightspace was recently named the #1 LMS in Higher Ed by Ovum Research and #1 in Adaptive Learning by eLearning Magazine. In addition, Aragon Research included Brightspace in its highly-coveted Hot Vendors In Learning list.
D2L is the software leader that makes the learning experience better. The company’s cloud-based platform is easier to use, more flexible, and smart. With Brightspace, companies can personalize the experience for every learner to deliver real results. The company is a world leader in learning analytics: its platform predicts learner performance so that companies can take action in real-time to keep employees on track. Brightspace is used by learners in higher education, K-12, and the enterprise sector, including the Fortune 1000. D2L has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore. www.D2L.com/brightspace
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