5 PSE institutions team with Desire2Learn to assess learning outcomes

April 22, 2014

The University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, McMaster University, and Mohawk College have teamed with Kitchener-based learning management solution provider Desire2Learn (D2L) to measure students’ learning outcomes. Funded by a $6-million Productivity and Innovation Fund grant from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, the program will use D2L’s Insights learning management and predictive analytics platform to assess whether desired learning outcomes have been achieved. “Universities talk a lot about learning outcomes but in the end it’s about being able to capture them. So far there is no system that does that. So it’s pretty exciting that we are able to engage with D2L in an effort to move this forward,” said UoGuelph AVP Academic Serge Desmarais. UoGuelph and D2L have a longstanding partnership that goes back 10 years; the D2L platform was initially used for UoGuelph’s MBA program. University Affairs | Desire2Learn News Release