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Desire2Learn Supports Educators Striving to Enhance Student Learning Outcomes

The Desire2Learn Competencies solution empowers organizations to take assessment to the next level, enhancing learning outcomes

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, continues to expand and integrate its product line to include a comprehensive and flexible suite of Competencies tracking and reporting tools. The user-focused, customizable Desire2Learn Competencies solution, originally launched in 2004, fully integrates with the Desire2Learn Learning Environment, Desire2Learn Data Warehouse and more recently the Desire2Learn ePortfolio released earlier this year.

Competencies enable standardized assessment across courses to formalize program or degree requirements for certification or accreditation. The Desire2Learn Competencies solution facilitates easy tracking of user progress by leveraging the organizational structure to share competencies across multiple courses. It also integrates with other assessment tools, supports top-down and bottom-up assessment, allows for distributed administration across departments, programs and courses as well as being standards-based and interoperable.

“I am really excited about the potential to create a fully integrated, comprehensive assessment system using the Desire2Learn Competencies tool set” says Dr. Marty Crossland, Dean of the School of LifeLong Education at Oral Roberts University. “Even though we are already nationally recognized for our progress in institutional assessments, we know we can do even better. We are planning to use the Desire2Learn Competencies tools to create and implement an across-the-board, fully-integrated assessment solution for our distance learning offerings, with full applications at the course, program and university levels.”

Key Benefits of the Desire2Learn Competencies Solution:

Make Data Driven Decisions Take the guess-work out of assessment; allow for informed decisions to be made that will continually improve overall effectiveness.

Automate Organizational Assessment Curriculum and assessment planning can be achieved in a collaborative and online environment to enable multiple individuals and groups to work together.

Plan and Align Goals Faculty and departments can clearly see the expected organizational objectives. With all groups in an institution moving in the same direction, goal attainment is more achievable.

Increase Adoption of Outcomes-based Assessment Minimize disruption to staff when implementing the Desire2Learn Competencies solution and easily facilitate faculty’s ability to tie program requirements to existing course activities.

Turn On or Off as Required Activate or turn off for different programs or courses maximizing flexibility and minimizing costs.

Standard Component A core element to tracking accomplishments for users. FREE with all Desire2Learn products.

Competencies, also referred to as standards, expectations, learning outcomes, or learning objectives, can be evaluated on a regular basis and be shared across multiple courses.

“The Competencies solution is user-centric and has been designed to maximize ease-of-use and understanding of learning objectives,” said John Baker, Desire2Learn President and CEO. “Competencies tools are generally not part of standard Learning Management Systems, but Desire2Learn includes the offering as part of the Desire2Learn Learning Environment and the Desire2Learn ePortfolio as a key value-add to clients. This is another example of our commitment to work with clients and members of the community to create, develop and deliver new innovations that advance teaching and learning.”

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Visit www.Desire2Learn.com, call 1.888.772.0325 or email Info@Desire2Learn.com for details.

About Desire2Learn Incorporated

Desire2Learn Incorporated is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, values, goals, pedagogical approaches and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than five million learners worldwide and clients include higher education, K-12, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, call 1.888.772.0325 or 1.519.772.0325.

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John McLeod
Director of Marketing
Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325 ext. 378
PR@Desire2Learn.com