Addressing High Demand for more Online Classes, Western Illinois Enhances Course Offerings with Desire2Learn® Solutions
D2L Ltd. (“Desire2Learn”), a leader in providing innovative learning solutions, today announced that Western Illinois University has chosen Desire2Learn Learning Suite as the primary platform for its next generation learning environment.
Faced with increasing demand from students for online classes and a blended learning environment, Western Illinois University selected Desire2Learn Learning Environment to supplement the on-campus experience with online courses. Launched in Summer 2012, Western offers its online courses through the eLearning platform.
“Providing a variety of options allows individuals who may not have previously had access to higher education opportunities to participate according to their schedules,” said Dr. Richard Carter, executive director, School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach, Western Illinois University. “Desire2Learn Learning Suite has the features we need to support online learning. It’s incredibly easy for students to use and it provides our faculty with advanced tools and functionality to improve their courses.”
The Desire2Learn platform has provided the functionality and flexibility for Western Illinois to create an environment that approaches every learner as unique and personalizes the learning experience accordingly. For learners who do not have access to a college campus, Learning Suite makes the classroom experience available to them regardless of location. For the on-campus population, Learning Suite supplements the classroom experience and provides the tools needed by faculty to strengthen courses. By blending the in-class and online environments, classes become more than just lectures, providing students with multiple points of contact and opportunities for interaction with course material.
“Western Illinois University highlights how technology can break down the barriers to educational opportunity,” said John Baker, President, Desire2Learn. “They have created a unique environment that blends the online, mobile, and classroom experiences and provides access to a high quality educational experience regardless of geography. Western Illinois is demonstrating the flexibility of Desire2learn’s solutions and how they can serve as the foundation of an enriched learning experience.”