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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Desire2Learn Making Key Investment in eLearning R and D Project

Desire2Learn partners with l'Universit� de Moncton and the National Research Council to develop a new software suite called SynergiC3 - a project that will receive up to $2.9 million from the Atlantic Innovation Fund

Desire2Learn, a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning systems, announced today that in partnership with l’Universit� de Moncton and the National Research Council, it will develop a software suite called SynergiC3. This technology will significantly decrease production times and costs in developing eLearning content. With total estimated project costs of over $5.5 million, the project will receive up to $2.9 million from the Atlantic Innovation Fund over a four-year period.

In the education and training industries, there has been an increase demand for rich and interactive content with workflow-type tools to create content efficiently or at a lesser cost without compromising quality. Current content development estimates vary from 10 to 100 hours of multimedia development time to produce one hour of online training. As such, Desire2Learn, l’Universit� de Moncton and the National Research Council proposed an eLearning framework (SynergiC3) to address the needs within the eLearning industry through creating a structure that would increase productivity of the development of various content forms.

“In an industry where many challenges still need to be addressed, you cannot do it all by yourself. You have to form strategic partnerships. It is for this reason that we are partnering with the National Research Council of Canada and Desire2Learn for the development of an eLearning productivity enhancement framework. The Synergic3 project will help address key challenges in the eLearning industry and increase productivity for the development of various content forms, as well as bring together a team of very talented and knowledgeable individuals that will certainly yield significant results,” stated Dany Benoit, eLearning Manager at Groupe des technologies de l’apprentissage (GTA) de l’Universit� de Moncton.

The innovative features of SynergiC3 will reside mainly in the integration of automated processes to ensure collaboration, communication and coordination of efforts in a multidisciplinary development team. Key features SynergiC3 are intended to provide are:

  • Improved efficiency – automation of key e-Learning design and development processes results in the elimination of many unnecessary steps and accelerates content development through tools and applications.
  • Better process control and end product quality control � improved management of processes and quality control achieved through standardizing working methods and the availability of audit trails.
  • Flexibility � software control over processes enables their re-design in line with changing business needs.
  • Cost reduction � reducing costs for production of custom and generic highly interactive multimedia learning content.
  • Modular � modular software enables e-Learning professionals to integrate various tools as well as ensuring integration with existing and emerging e-Learning framework solutions.
  • Integration and export � integration with ongoing international initiatives like the recently completed eduSource framework targeting Distributed Learning Object Repository Networks (DLORNs).
  • Integration of aspects of learning design for creating learning content, streamlining communications and production flow in educational and other multimedia production environments (including geographically dispersed teams using varied connection speeds).

“This is a very exciting announcement for our organizations as we work with our clients and partners to improve the development tools for eLearning,” states John Baker, Desire2Learn President & CEO. “SynergiC3, although directed at eLearning content development teams, will also have a beneficial impact on Desire2Learn’s core learning environment for all our existing clients. There is also an increased demand by some of our clients to reduce the time of development for quality eLearning from a few weeks or months, to hours per module. We hope SynergiC3 will revolutionize the way we utilize eLearning.”

SynergiC3 will facilitate Collaboration, Communication and Coordination of activities related to content creation and will be achieved, in part, through the integration of workflows, accelerators, wizards and communication bridges. The announcement comes as part of a series of announcements on March 28 to release details on nine innovative research and development projects in New Brunswick which will receive a total of up to $21 million under ACOA’s Atlantic Innovative Fund (AIF).

About Desire2Learn Inc.

Desire2Learn, Inc. is a world-leading provider of mission-critical enterprise learning systems that empower academic organizations to build teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision and objectives. Desire2Learn clients include colleges, universities, schools, as well as associations and other leading organizations. There are more than 4 million users of the Desire2Learn enterprise eLearning technology worldwide. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn is headquartered in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. For more information, please visit: http://www.Desire2Learn.com.

About National Research Council Canada

The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada’s premier organization for research and development. They have been active since 1916. NRC is composed of over 20 institutes and national programs, spanning a wide variety of disciplines and offering a broad array of services. They are located in every province in Canada and play a major role in stimulating community-based innovation.

The Institute for Information Technology (IIT) is one of the National Research Council’s (NRC) research institutes. The Institute is proud of its research excellence and innovative business practices and values its R&D collaborations in information and telecommunications technologies with business, universities and government agencies, in Canada and around the world.

About the Universit� de Moncton

Founded in 1963, the Universit� de Moncton (UdeM) is a unilingual French university with three campuses a cross the province of New Brunswick � in Moncton, Edmundston and Shippagan. It is the largest French-speaking Canadian university outside of Quebec. It is recognized for its excellence in teaching and research and its contribution to the development of the Acadian society as well as the international Francophonie.

In 1999, the UdeM increased its focus on distance education and technology with investments to equip its three campuses with the infrastructure needed to integrate technology in learning and teaching activities. That’s when the Groupe des technologies de l’apprentissage (GTA) was born. With the mandate of self-sufficiency the group of 18 multi-disciplinary development experts housed at the University has become one of the biggest e-Learning teams in North American universities and is being recognized across Canada and the world as leaders in the field.

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