Newfoundland Adopts Sweeping LMS Change in All Public Education

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The province of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada has announced a new initiative that will impact all public education within its borders, from kindergarten to higher ed. It's adopted a single LMS solution for al of its schools, colleges, and universities--the Desire2Learn Learning Environment--in an effort to unify and enhance collaborative learning.

Previously the three "branches" of the education sector in Newfoundland had operated independently in terms of the choice of LMS. But through an effort spearheaded by Memorial University of Newfoundland, the College of the North Atlantic, and the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation, they've now come together for a unified solution.

"This collaboration provides strategic benefits for the partners and for learners at every level in the provincial education system," said John King, chair, Distributed Learning Services and Learning Technology at the College of the North Atlantic, in a statement released Thursday. "Learners in Newfoundland and Labrador will experience the same technology platform throughout their education and they will benefit from the shared resources, leadership and expertise of the partners."

The initiative includes a five-year contract with Desire2Learn to provide its enterprise Learning Environment LMS for distance education and delivery of educational content on campuses.

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About the author: David Nagel is the executive editor for 1105 Media's online education technology publications, including THE Journal and Campus Technology. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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