As the amount of technology used in the classroom increases, the software used to support classroom and online teaching becomes more and more important.

USG Chief Information Officer visits GSW, discusses new Learning Management System

AMERICUS (Jan. 11, 2012)--As the amount of technology used in the classroom increases, the software used to support classroom and online teaching becomes more and more important. Curt Carver, Ph.D., vice chancellor and chief information officer of the University System of Georgia (USG) was on campus Monday to discuss the new Learning Management System (LMS) being rolled out over the next 18 months.

The LMS currently in use by the USG and Georgia Southwestern State University, Blackboard Vista (also known as GeorgiaVIEW), will no longer be supported by Blackboard after January 2013. With the LMS, students can see the course content, complete and submit assignments, take tests, and communicate with instructors and classmates, all online. Nearly all courses use it in some way.

After having faculty and students from various USG institutions review 77 different potential Learning Management Systems during a 10-month process, the Desire2Learn LMS platform was chosen. Desire2Learn is a leader in providing eLearning solutions. Five LMS platforms were chosen for evaluation, and Desire2Learn was chosen.

“These systems were evaluated for functionality, ease of use, efficiency, affordability, and the ability to meet institutional instructional and research needs,” said Royce Hackett, GSW director of Information and Instructional Technology.ogy.

Each institution can configure Desire2Learn to represent their individual brand and to how their faculty teach. The new platform also allows for innovative ways to disseminate content through mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad and Droid phones.

“The principal advantage that we are seeing with this system is the ability to provide a modern learning management system focused on faculty and students that will allow us to deliver and meet the needs of those faculty and students within the USG,” Carver said.

Georgia Southwestern is part of an implementation group that will begin using the new platform in Spring 2013. The initial implementation group, which includes five USG schools, will begin using the platform in Fall 2012. A training module will go live next month to begin educating faculty from around the USG.

“We (USG) are looking to the future of how the new system will encourage innovation to take place,” said Carver. “And so, we tried to take all of this into consideration as we looked at the new learning management system, and we are delighted to be deploying the Desire2Learn app over the next year and a half”.

For additional information, contact the GSW Office of Information and Instructional Technology at (229) 931-2074.

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