Top Christian Liberal Arts University Transitions to D2L for Enhanced Learning Experiences at Scale
Out with the old, in with the new. Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) will migrate its Learning Management System (LMS) to D2L’s next-generation teaching and learning platform Brightspace to support its 1,420 full-time faculty and adjuncts, as well as more than 13,200 residential and non-residential students. Learners across the university in associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, as well as those enrolled in certificate programs, can access the new personalized learning experience to achieve improved academic results.
“Our work with IWU is an example of how higher education institutions can make a leap forward from legacy learning systems quickly and easily,” said John Baker, CEO of D2L. “IWU faculty can now reach every learner with a modern learning system enabling flexible teaching methods and a great learning experience. We look forward to building a lasting partnership.”
IWU needed to transition quickly to a new LMS to avoid widening the gap between the limits of its current LMS and its commitment to providing exceptional learning experiences. The institution sought a new LMS that offers reliable, user-friendly, customizable features while also being easy to maintain. With D2L, IWU can deploy a more scalable, comprehensive LMS, which is custom to the university’s needs and strategic plan. The new platform helps support more diverse teaching methods, ensures 99.9 percent guaranteed uptime of full functionality and simple access for students and faculty.
IWU has three main academic units, which include traditional residential four-year students, non-residential students who are part of adult education programs and seminary students. The university’s strategy is to increase LMS adoption rates among its student body to improve learning experiences and outcomes.
“We encourage our students and faculty to be leaders of “world change,” focusing on personal character and scholarship,” said Stacy Hammons, university provost and chief academic officer at IWU. “To further this academic mission, we needed to accelerate widespread LMS adoption. D2L provides our community with a scalable and simple platform, which will help us foster collaboration and maintain a high level of caring contact with our students.”
IWU will unveil the new Brightspace learning experience to students and faculty this fall.
D2L’s Brightspace is a digital learning platform that helps schools and institutions deliver personalized learning experiences in a classroom or online to people anywhere in the world. Created for the digital learner, Brightspace is cloud-based, runs on mobile devices, and offers rich multimedia to increase engagement, productivity and knowledge retention. The platform makes it easy to design courses, create content, and grade assignments, giving instructors more time to focus on what’s most important – greater teaching and learning. At the same time, analytics reports track and deliver insights into the performance levels of departments, courses, or individuals. Brightspace was recently named the #1 LMS in Higher Ed by Ovum Research and #1 in Adaptive Learning by eLearning Magazine. In addition, Aragon Research included Brightspace in its highly-coveted Hot Vendors In Learning list.
About Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church that is committed to global liberal arts and professional education. The university system includes IWU—Marion, where about 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the main campus in Marion, Ind.; IWU—National and Global, which includes more than 10,000 adult learners throughout the world who study online or at 15 education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio; and Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, which offers a practical and student-centered approach for busy, working ministers. IWU’s DeVoe School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Educational Leadership, the School of Service and Leadership, and the Division of Liberal Arts are all housed within the National and Global campus. More information is available at www.indwes.edu.
D2L is the software leader that makes the learning experience better. The company’s cloud-based platform is easier to use, more flexible, and smart. With Brightspace, companies can personalize the experience for every learner to deliver real results. The company is a world leader in learning analytics: its platform predicts learner performance so that companies can take action in real-time to keep employees on track. Brightspace is used by learners in higher education, K-12, and the enterprise sector, including the Fortune 1000. D2L has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore. www.D2L.com
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