Wilkes University migration to Desire2Learn Learning Suite to begin system-wide in Summer 2011 Semester
Implementation of the Desire2Learn platform begins with Summer 2011 courses and will continue on a phased-in basis with full implementation by the Fall semester which begins in late August. As the project moves forward, additional functionality will be added through Desire2Learn ePortfolio and Desire2Learn Learning Repository amongst others.
Increased functionality and ease of use will enhance the learning experience of the 2,200 full- and part-time undergraduates and approximately 3,700 full- and part-time graduate students. The Desire2Learn platform, fully integrated into Wilkes’ portal environment, will be available to all students and faculty.
“We had a need to consolidate from two previous Learning Management Systems (LMSs) and found that Desire2Learn has the functionality and usability we were looking for in a new system,” states Matthew Koch, e-learning Director, Wilkes University. “We also like the direction we see Desire2Learn moving toward in terms of future development. Areas like mobile access, an affordable ePortfolio, and institutional assessment capability are particularly attractive.”
All programs and faculty will be on the same system going forward, streamlining processes and the customer service function. LMS continuity is crucial to Wilkes’ plans as eLearning continues to be a significant area of growth for the university, particularly in online Master’s degree programs.
Gloria M. Barlow, Chief Information Officer, Wilkes University, states, “Through implementing the Desire2Learn platform we will be providing the premier LMS solutions on the market to the entire campus. Standardizing on this system will provide cost savings in many areas in addition to providing a better teaching and learning experience to faculty and students. Desire2Learn incorporates additional functionality in many of its tools, and through new tools, like the ePortfolio and interactive Rubrics, we will be able to expand the capabilities of the system for faculty.”
The selection process was led by Wilkes’ faculty following a thorough review of the features sought in a new platform. Faculty leaders in both graduate and undergraduate divisions have expressed enthusiasm for the platform’s functionality and ease of use.
“We’re very pleased to be partnering with Wilkes University in enhancing and expanding their growing online and hybrid program offerings at all levels,” states John Baker, President D2L. “Implementation of the Desire2Learn platform will enable Wilkes to leap forward effectively and efficiently as they continue to look for new program opportunities, while at the same time committing resources to helping faculty enhance their courses.”
About Wilkes University
Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university provides its students with the experience, mentoring and education necessary for career and intellectual development as well as personal growth. Providing a sense of values and civic responsibility, Wilkes encourages its students to welcome the opportunities and challenges of a diverse and continuously changing world. In addition to its undergraduate offerings, Wilkes is one of the largest private providers of graduate education for teachers in Pennsylvania. The University offers the education, nursing practice and pharmacy doctorates and a variety of master’s degree, certification and letter of endorsement programs in education. Several programs are offered entirely online. To find out more, visit www.wilkes.edu.