MiCTA and the ATAlliance organizations unanimously endorsed Desire2Learn's Learning Management System and Learning Object Repository to all MiCTA/ATAlliance members.
On January 11, 2006, MiCTA and the ATAlliance organizations unanimously endorsed Desire2Learn, a world provider of mission-critical enterprise learning systems, as the leader for combined Learning Management Solution and Learning Object Repository, and stand alone Learning Management System.
“MiCTA and the ATAlliance are thrilled about their continuing partnership with Desire2Learn,” said Kim Ellertson, CEO MiCTA Service Corporation.
“Desire2Learn continues to be the leader in innovation and we are very excited about all the services they will be offering our membership. Desire2Learn combines unique and customizable LMS and LOR platforms with excellent pricing to offer our membership the best value possible.” Mr. Ellertson concluded that, “This agreement represents the second consecutive three-year agreement with Desire2Learn, the first of which proved to be mutually beneficial to MiCTA, MiCTA Members and Desire2Learn.”
After reviewing numerous responses to the fully competitive and comprehensive proposal process, the eLearning Evaluation Committee of both associations
recognized Desire2Learn as sole endorsed vendor for both the Desire2Learn Learning Management System and Learning Object Repository. Desire2Learn’s
endorsed Learning Management System exceeded the competition in the following areas:
- Standards and interoperability
- Research and development
- LMS functionality
- Past performance
- Ease of use
The endorsed vendor classification enables many MiCTA/ATAlliance member colleges, universities and other state entities to purchase products and services from resulting contracts at their own discretion and in accordance with state law and local policy without going to bid.
“Given MiCTA’s and the ATAlliance’s tremendous and continuing support of our company and products, we are committed to providing the most cost effective solutions to MiCTA/ATAlliance members,” states John Baker Desire2Learn President & CEO. “It is important to us to continue to increase the benefits to the MiCTA/ATAlliance’s schools and colleges, through providing a higher quality product which translates to the best possible teaching and learning technology for faculty, staff and students.”
Desire2Learn also won endorsed status for their overall Learning Management System Solution in 2003. MiCTA/ATAlliance will assist endorsed vendors in promoting the products and/or services for the term of the endorsement which is usually a minimum of three years.
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 MiCTA, the ATAlliance and MiCTA Service Corporation
MiCTA is a non-profit association which provides valuable services in the way of product assessment, integration strategies, testing and cost avoidance for its membership. MiCTA boasts a membership of over 19,000 organizations from Higher Education, Healthcare, Libraries, K-12, Governmental bodies and other non-profit groups. MiCTA focuses on telecommunications and technology related products and services.
The American TelEdCommunications Alliance (ATAlliance) is an organization launched in 2001 by MiCTA; the Midwestern Higher Education Commission (MHEC); the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE); the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB); and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). The four regional education compacts were established as instrumentalities of the state government in which they serve to provide educational opportunities and service for the collective good of the member states. Each compacts’ involvement allows states and institutions to take advantage of the volume generated by a larger group to make purchases, where appropriate, without undergoing the added cost and burden of individual, repetitive bids.
MiCTA Service Corporation (MSC) was founded in 1996 to serve as the exclusive agent for MiCTA. In 2001, MSC also signed an agreement to serve as the exclusive program administrator for the ATAlliance. MSC also provides related consulting and advisory services to businesses, industry and government.
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