Southern Georgia's largest higher education center selects Desire2Learn Learning Suite, noting the platform's intuitiveness and ease of use as deciding factors
D2L Ltd., a member of the Desire2Learn family of companies (“Desire2Learn”), today announced that Georgia Southern University has selected Desire2Learn Learning Suite following an extensive review process, citing the platform’s ease of use and deep integration capabilities as key deciding factors.
Implementation of Desire2Learn Learning Environment began in April 2012 for a pilot program with full implementation scheduled for spring of 2013. Once fully implemented, the university will have migrated 75,000 hybrid, partially online, web-enhanced and fully online courses, including 55 online degree programs. Over 20,000 students will access the system on a daily basis.
“With Desire2Learn Learning Suite, we’re giving faculty and students an online experience that’s based on a reliable, mature, and sophisticated platform,” remarks Pam Deal, Information Technology Director, Academic Affairs, Georgia Southern University. “That is vitally important for securing a positive experience with a new platform. During our evaluation process, we had an IT advisory committee made up of staff and faculty representatives from all colleges and key areas of the university. They were very excited about what Desire2Learn had to offer, and we are really looking forward to deploying the platform for all of our faculty, staff, and students.”
Georgia Southern University has a robust online program designed to educate more students through to degree completion by meeting the needs of a diverse student population. With a large military population in the state and a substantial number of Georgians living in rural areas, the university sought a solution which would be scalable for a large number of students but also easy for its students to use. The intuitiveness of the Desire2Learn Learning Suite will enable Georgia Southern to continue to reach students across the state and internationally, while providing a sophisticated and feature-rich learning experience.
Faculty and students are also excited about the mobile and tablet-friendly nature of the platform, looking to harness the advanced features of Desire2Learn mobile technology. With the deep integration capabilities of the Desire2Learn platform, faculty members are looking forward to utilizing third-party technologies as well.
“Georgia Southern University’s proven approach to online learning is most certainly part of the reason that it is one of America’s most popular universities,” remarks Dennis Kavelman, Chief Operating Officer, Desire2Learn Incorporated, the parent company of D2L Ltd. “The university shares our commitment to ensuring that education is open and accessible, and that students with diverse backgrounds are able to pursue the learning paths that work for them. We look forward to working with Georgia Southern as they continue to advance their delivery of high-quality education.”
Currently engaged in the pilot program, Georgia Southern University is operating online training for faculty and staff using Desire2Learn Training Services, as well as a variety of training workshops to provide faculty with experience using the platform before going live in 2013.