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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Alternative MOOC Platform Launched

The ed-tech company Desire2Learn jumped into the massive open online course (MOOC) fray with its new Open Courses service. The product is an alternative MOOC delivery platform that allows institutions to retain the copyright on their talent and data, as well as an option to recognize students who complete the course.

Curriculum for the MOOCs is available from existing content and is managed through the firm’s new version of its Learning Suite. Open Courses is also available as a standalone cloud service, according to a report in Campus Technology.

The new version of Learning Suite includes course management and mobile tools, predictive analytics, adaptive learning, social sharing, and collaborative services, along with the ability to participate in MOOCs. In addition, Learning Suite is a free upgrade for Desire2 Learn cloud customers.

“If you’re a student today, you have to log into four or five—maybe as many as 20—different systems,” said John Baker, president and CEO of Desire2Learn. “What we’re trying to do is pull all that together into what we call an integrated learning platform.”

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