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UTAS commits to improve online learning through new software

UTAS representatives signed a new contract with Canadian company Desire2Learn to improve MyLO for staff and students

The University of Tasmania has committed to strengthen the university's strategic goal to enhance excellence in online learning and teaching through a new partnership with Canadian company Desire2Learn.

Professor David Sadler, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students and Education) and representatives from the University's My Learning Online 2012 project team met with Desire2Learn CEO John Baker to discuss the exciting possibilities that this partnerships brings to learning and teaching, teaching scholarship, and R&D. "As a result of this partnership, we expect to greatly enhance learning and teaching at UTAS by providing online teaching and learning spaces that are robust and reliable, intuitive to use and integrating seamlessly with current services," Professor Sadler said.

"We are delighted to be partnering with the University of Tasmania as it expands its teaching and learning offerings" John Baker reported. "UTAS' focus on providing contemporary and connected education for its students perfectly complements Desire2Learn and our capability to provide the latest technology in an engaging and enriching online experience."

The MyLO 2012 Project Team Chair, Associate Professor Elaine Stratford, said the new system would improve current practices. "The learning management system will be adaptable, facilitate a full range of learning and teaching approaches, accommodate diverse disciplines and contexts, and support cutting edge R&D ventures in the scholarship of learning and teaching in higher education. Crucially, the system will have the capability to evolve as new teaching and learning needs and opportunities arise," she said.

Replacing Blackboard software, Desire2Learn's suite of products will underpin UTAS' My Learning Online or MyLO system.

"The MyLO 2012 Project is a major change management project to improve learning and teaching at UTAS.  In choosing Desire2Learn as the provider for our new Learning Management System we will be working with technology that supports leading-edge academic innovation and the highest quality learning and teaching processes and outcomes" says Bronwyn Davies, MyLO 2012 Project Leader.

An implementation and development program will run until December 2011 and then, over the course of 2012, the new software will be introduced to teaching staff and students with the aid of School-based champions, and a special group of Educational Developers and Learning Systems Support Officers who will undertake desk-side and group training for a staged roll-out of units across undergraduate and postgraduate offerings.

About Desire2Learn Australia Pty Ltd.
Desire2Learn Australia Pty Ltd. is a subsidiary of Desire2Learn Incorporated, a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, goals, and branding. Desire2Learn Incorporated supports more than six million learners worldwide. Clients include higher education, K-12, and healthcare as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn has personnel in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. For more information, visit: Desire2Learn, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), +44 808.234.4235 (U.K. and Europe), 0.800.452.069 (New Zealand) and 1.800.656.210 (Australia).

Photo caption: Desire2Learn's CEO, John Baker, signs a contract to provide a new learning management system for UTAS.

Published on: 09 Aug 2011 3:19pm