A North American first: Newfoundland and Labrador's public education institutions partner with Desire2Learn to provide K-20 province-wide Learning Management System
Memorial University of Newfoundland, the College of the North Atlantic (CNA), and the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (CDLI) have teamed up with Desire2Learn Inc., a world-leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, to offer a province-wide learning management system (LMS). The new partnership involves a five year contract to provide the Desire2Learn Learning Environment, an enterprise-scale eLearning solution for teaching and learning. This is the first time in North America that all public education providers within a state or province have come together with the specific intention to partner with one LMS provider.
The announcement was officially made yesterday at a news conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The Honourable Joan Burke, Minister of Education, was joined by Eddy Campbell, Acting President of Memorial University, Jean Madill, President of the College of the North Atlantic, and John Baker, Desire2Learn President and CEO, to announce the significant partnership.
The selection of the new LMS is the direct result of a necessity to change. In 2005, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador issued a White Paper calling for greater collaboration between the College and the University. The LMS partnership is in support of that directive, and goes one step further by including the K-12 system. Previously the three partners (K-12, College and University), independently implemented distance learning technology, and this is the first time they have collaborated under a common strategy to provide access to quality learning resources and an enriching eLearning environment. Furthermore this partnership will enable students in the K-12 system to seamlessly move into higher education institutions within the province. The Desire2Learn Learning Environment enables schools, institutions and other organizations to tailor the learning environment to their needs, vision and pedagogical approach to achieve their maximum potential.
“DELT is proud to be leading this initiative,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, director of Memorial University’s Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT). “Memorial University, and the province, have built a reputation as pioneers and being innovative in the field of distance education – this partnership helps to further exemplify this positioning. We are excited about this and the many future collaborations this will no doubt bring about.” The new platform will also be used significantly on-campus to augment course delivery.
“This collaboration provides strategic benefits for the partners and for learners at every level in the provincial education system,” said John King, Chair, Distributed Learning Services and Learning Technology, CNA. “Learners in Newfoundland and Labrador will experience the same technology platform throughout their education and they will benefit from the shared resources, leadership and expertise of the partners.”
“We are thrilled to have been chosen to work with such a unique partnership,” said John Baker, Desire2Learn President and CEO. “I look forward to working with Newfoundland and Labrador’s educational leaders across the K-12, College and University levels. This unique partnership will be closely watched by many other jurisdictions – it is a model for collaboration and enhancing teaching and learning.”
About Distance Education and Learning Technologies, Memorial University
Memorial@Home is Memorial University of Newfoundland’s online and distance education provider offered through Distance Education and Learning Technologies. Over 350 undergraduate and graduate degree-credit courses from 10 faculties and schools, with approximately 14,000 registrations annually from across the province, the country and around the world are offered by Memorial. Full undergraduate level degrees are available via distance in Business, Nursing (Post RN/BN), Technology and Maritime Studies as well as graduate level programs in Nursing and four streams in Master of Education. For information visit www.distance.mun.ca.
About the Distributed Learning Service, College of the North Atlantic
College of the North Atlantic’s Distributed Learning Service (DLS) provides over 240 web-based courses and online certificate and diploma programs to learners in every province and to over 250 Newfoundland and Labrador communities each year. The DLS Virtual Campus is an important part of College of the North Atlantic’s mission to continually enhance opportunities to access learning in Newfoundland and Labrador. For more information visit www.cna.nl.ca.
About Desire2Learn Inc.
Desire2Learn Inc. is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning systems that enable organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, values, goals, pedagogical approaches, and branding. Desire2Learn supports over 5 million learners worldwide and clients include schools, higher education, K-12, as well as associations, government, and other leading organizations. For more information, please visit: www.Desire2Learn.com.
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