Faculty review board unanimously selects Desire2Learn Learning Suite noting service-based approach and ease-of-use
D2L Ltd., a member of the Desire2Learn family of companies (“Desire2Learn“), today announced that Wright State University, which is committed to world-leading research and innovation, has migrated to Desire2Learn Learning Suite after several years with a competing vendor-based learning management system (LMS).
In Wright State’s current slate of course offerings, all content has been migrated to Desire2Learn Learning Suite following a phased deployment which began in summer of 2010. The implementation of the Desire2Learn platform has enabled Wright State, with campuses in both Dayton and Celina, Ohio, to diversify its course offerings for nearly 20,000 students across six different colleges and three professional schools.
Wright State University organized a faculty committee, including a representative from each college, to conduct an extensive review process of major vendor-based learning management systems. The faculty decided unanimously to implement the Desire2Learn platforms, citing ease-of-use and intuitiveness.
“The commitment that Desire2Learn makes to client service and support is unprecedented in the online learning industry,” states Dan DeStephen, Ph.D, Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Wright State. “The review committee decisively recommended Desire2Learn because there was a sense that Desire2Learn would be there right along with us every step of the way. We’ve been absolutely correct in that judgment.”
At the end of the most recent term, Wright State started using real-time grade submission with Desire2Learn Learning Suite. The university also plans to continue harnessing full integration with Desire2Learn partner TurnItIn, which has driven increased faculty activity online Going forward, Wright State is looking to leverage the intuitiveness of Desire2Learn Learning Suite as an academic portal – a “one stop shop” for all of Wright State’s content, including integration with the school’s library services.
“The feedback from faculty and staff has been phenomenal. When we first started implementing the Desire2Learn platforms, we saw a marked decrease in the number of help-desk tickets, and then when we went live, we were hardly getting any calls” adds Terri Klaus, Associate Director of Wright State’s Center for Teaching and Learning. “We have also seen an increase in faculty use. Some faculty had shied away from the concept of online learning but there is more significant buy-in now that we have Desire2Learn Learning Suite.”
“We look forward to providing a complete online learning experience for Wright State University as the university strives to deliver high-quality education and inspire its students to reach new heights,” states John Baker, President, D2L Ltd. “We are proud to be working with a university that is so passionately committed to spearheading cutting-edge research. Sharing this commitment to innovation, we will continue to support the university’s online endeavors as it encourages its students to be groundbreaking leaders in their respective fields.”
About Wright State University
Founded in the name of the world-famous Wright brothers, Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, continues their spirit of innovation. The university serves nearly 20,000 students (18,447 Dayton campus; 1,490 Lake campus), offering 110 undergraduate degrees and 76 Ph.D., graduate and professional programs spread among its 10 schools and colleges. For more than 40 years, the university has been transforming the lives of their students and the communities they serve by providing a high-quality, affordable education. Wright State offers an inclusive, diverse learning community to prepare students to succeed in today’s global economy. The university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is a driving force behind all of its strategic initiatives. Wright State’s world-class faculty and staff mentor students, preparing them for the workforce of tomorrow. For more information, visit www.wright.edu or call 1-937-775-3333.