Seeking a long-term partner in education with a commitment to open architecture, Sheridan College chooses Desire2Learn Learning Suite as the school's new learning platform
Following an exhaustive internal consultation that involved a working committee of 40 members including managers, IT representatives, faculty support staff, faculty members, and student union representatives, Sheridan concluded that Desire2Learn Learning Suite most closely matched the college’s criteria.
“From a vision perspective, Sheridan College views creativity and innovation as the basis of all activities. For us, Desire2Learn Learning Suite is the next generation learning system that fits with this vision,” remarks Brian Smith, Manager, LMS and Learning Technologies, Sheridan College. “It has all the modern features we were looking for – mobile capabilities, pedagogical focus, and social media integration, to name just a few. Faculty members are very excited about leveraging these features in their courses.”
“The open architecture of the Desire2Learn platform is something that will really help us implement our learning vision,” remarks Michael Evans, Associate Dean, Digital Learning, Sheridan College. “The best-in-class integration capabilities of Desire2Learn Learning Suite really appeals to the way we seek to develop our toolset.”
Desire2Learn Learning Environment and ePortfolio will be implemented at the college over the course of the next year, with full implementation scheduled for fall of 2013. Approximately 60 faculty members are being trained on the system for the upcoming school year, as part of the college’s phased implementation.
With Sheridan’s goal to have an online presence in every single course by 2014, over 2,000 courses will be offered in Desire2Learn Learning Suite, with a projected full-time enrolment of 18,000 students accessing the system. Sheridan also welcomes 35,000 part-time students over the course of a year, who will also utilize Desire2Learn Learning Suite in their courses. The college will implement the system across its four campus locations in Oakville, Brampton and Mississauga, Ontario.
“It was very important to us that we not only selected an industry-leading learning system, but also a partner to achieve our vision – that was a recurring, underlying theme in our evaluation,” added Smith. “With Desire2Learn, we have a true partner in education.”
“Sheridan College’s mission to leverage an online presence in each one of their courses underscores their dedication to deliver cutting-edge, innovative education throughout their various programs,” remarks John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “We will continue listening to our clients to further develop the industry’s leading learning solution and will work collaboratively with Sheridan College to leverage the invaluable insights they have into education.”
For more information on Sheridan College, please visit www.sheridancollege.ca and for more information on Desire2Learn Learning Suite 10, which Sheridan College will implement for its course offerings, please visit www.desire2learn.com/products/learning-suite/10