Desire2Learn UK Ltd. (D2L), the EdTech company that created the world’s first truly integrated learning platform, today announced that public sector purchasers in the UK can now use UK’s G-Cloud 5 framework for acquiring a cloud-hosted version of the D2L Integrated Learning Platform™ (ILP™) at published ratecard prices. The first UK institution to join D2L’s European cloud server is the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), a leading global medical school. A new suite of central London offices was also unveiled. These announcements signal the company’s growing impact and confidence in the UK market.
In a significant breakthrough development for the whole learning platform industry, D2L is offering a cloud version of its fully-featured ILP in the UK as a hosted service at published ratecard prices in the G-Cloud Cloudstore for UK public sector purchasing. The G-Cloud allows UK organisations to acquire the D2L platform at transparent prices, avoiding the time, cost and risk of custom solutions. D2L thus joins some 1,200 prime suppliers in the G-Cloud Cloudstore which has already transacted over £150mn ($180mn) of services since it launched. In parallel, D2L also announced that its platform is listed at Ireland’s public procurement marketplace, HEAnet.
Onshore hosting in Europe
Clients buying the ILP in this way will have their platform hosted at a Europe-based hosting facility. The European hosting reflects D2L’s recognition of the growing data privacy and security concerns of its European clients, who increasingly require their hosting to be in EU territories. D2L already hosts the online learning environments of over 150,000 European school children at its facilities in Europe. The D2L hosting facility is sited in London, reflecting the insistence of many UK Government departments on local data management.
Welcoming the announcements, John Baker, CEO and President of D2L, said: “European clients choose our platform for its performance and because we can offer a high level of security for their data environments. Now we can additionally offer a flexible route to ownership. We are still the first and only North American enterprise learning platform to offer hosting in Europe, and are proud to publicly list our products in the G-Cloud Cloudstore and HEAnet.”
First UK cloud partner
The first UK education partner on the ILP is the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), an internationally recognised centre of excellence with over 500 learners and a £200mn research programme. Its education and training portfolio ranges from professional short courses through to Masters and PhD programmes, delivered both in the UK and worldwide, so its learning platforms need to deliver high quality experiences to a great diversity of students, who may be using the platform for an entire year or just a day.
Dr Susan Assinder, LSTM Director of Education said: “We chose D2L because of the focus on the user, whether that is the lecturer creating pedagogically sound learning materials or the student organising their own learning. We are looking forward to working together to provide LSTM students with learning opportunities of the highest quality, wherever they are in the world. Our school is growing rapidly, so we need a world-class learning solution that offers complete flexibility for further expansion. The outsourcing of our teaching and learning environment to D2L’s ILP gives us full control of costs, tightly managed data security, and the best and most engaging way of transmitting our expertise in saving lives throughout the world.”
Expansion and London offices
D2L is now servicing its UK and Ireland business from a new office in Holborn, central London. An enlarged team under Graham Taylor, UK Sales Manager, will run deployments and support to D2L’s UK customer base of over 100,000 learners ranging from sixth-form colleges to universities and research centres.