South Carolina post-secondary institution selects Desire2Learn Learning Suite for ease- of-use and intuitive features
Desire2Learn Incorporated and its subsidiary, D2L Ltd. (“Desire2Learn”), leading providers of enterprise teaching and learning platforms, today announced that the College of Charleston has converted to Desire2Learn® Learning Suite.
“We found the Desire2Learn platform intuitive and very easy to use,” says Monica Lavin, Director, Teaching, Learning and Technology, College of Charleston. “It accommodates our faculty’s needs. Our vision is for students to discover themselves and be ready for the future, and Desire2Learn will enable us to prepare our students for a world in which they create change.”
The College of Charleston began looking for a new learning management system (LMS) in the fall of 2009 with an extensive review of both open-source and vendor-based options. Desire2Learn was selected as the LMS of choice in February of 2010. In-depth training, qualitative surveys, and beta testing by 70 faculty members were part of the phased implementation that saw the college piloting Desire2Learn in the fall of 2010 and fully implementing the new system in January of 2011. The college is using Desire2Learn Learning Suite for the first time this summer for distance education, and has received positive feedback about the system from the numerous faculty and students already using it.
“We’re very pleased with our choice of Desire2Learn,” says Lavin. “None of the other options met our expectations during the demonstration and due diligence phase.” Desire2Learn Learning Suite’s intuitive features, especially the grade book and homepage customization, along with ease-of-use were major factors in the College of Charleston’s decision. The new system accommodates the college’s basic and advanced needs and will assist the college with increased accountability in keeping track of users engaging in the system.
Lavin also notes that Desire2Learn’s attitude towards collaboration was well-received by the college. “Desire2Learn listened to the faculty; they cared about our needs,” Lavin remarks.
“We’re excited to be able to provide the students and faculty of the College of Charleston with a system that supports their mission of creativity and discovery,” states John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “Desire2Learn prides itself on providing features and functionality to help students, faculty, and institutions achieve their full potential, and we will work with the College of Charleston at every step to further enhance their success.”
“There is definitely a need for an online environment at our institution,” Lavin says. “Students are looking forward to the mobile version because they need everything in their hands and on demand.” The College of Charleston is also planning on launching Desire2Learn Learning Repository in the fall.
The College of Charleston is just one of the more than forty institutions that have migrated to the Desire2Learn platform in 2011.
About the College of Charleston
The College of Charleston, ranked among the best public universities in the southeast United States, has over 10,000 students from nearly 50 states and approximately 70 countries. The college’s distinguished teacher-scholars challenge students in a creative and intellectually stimulating environment with cutting-edge programs in modern facilities. The College of Charleston takes to heart its mission of furthering exploration, discovery, and creativity. For more information, visit http://www.cofc.edu or call 843-805-5507.