Laurier signs multi-year agreement for institution-wide implementation as a cornerstone to its ICT strategy
Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, is pleased to announce that Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier) in Waterloo, Ontario has recently signed a five-year agreement to implement the Desire2Learn® Learning Environment across the entire organization as of August 1, 2010.
As one of the cornerstones of Laurier’s ICT (Information and Communication Technology) renewal plan, the university is implementing the Desire2Learn Learning Management System (LMS) to support teaching and learning initiatives.
“The contemporary university environment needs solutions that allow learning to take place both inside and outside the classroom,” says Tom Buckley, assistant vice-president: academic services, Wilfrid Laurier University. “We believe that Desire2Learn provides a solution that will support our faculty and students in this regard.”
With more than 94 per cent of Laurier’s classes incorporating an online component, the university’s teaching, learning and technology steering committee explored alternatives that would best meet Laurier’s needs, both now and into the future. Reliability, stability and robustness were key features that the steering committee looked for in an LMS.
“We will take advantage of the Desire2Learn hosted solutions offering,” states Buckley. “This arrangement will enable us to focus on content development, delivery and pedagogy and not the technical management of servers and availability.”
Laurier’s teaching support services will make numerous training opportunities available to faculty and students to streamline the transition.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Laurier and we look forward to working collaboratively with the university to improve the teaching and learning experience,” says John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “Desire2Learn is committed to ensuring a smooth transition from their current LMS. We will help the university to leverage technology in support of improved student outcomes and strategic objectives.”
Established in 1911, Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research and scholarship, combined with a strong student focus, high levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community.
Laurier specializes in arts and social sciences, business and economics, music, science, social work, education and theology. Laurier has more than 16,000 students throughout its main campus in Waterloo, Ontario, and campuses in Kitchener, Brantford and Toronto.