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Desire2Learn To Expand Mobile Offerings


Desire2Learn 2Go adds gradebook and class list features, along with enhanced access to course content.

Desire2Learn this week unveiled an update to its mobile learning management system client, Desire2Learn 2Go. The company previewed the new functionality at its annual Fusion user conference, happening this week in Chicago.

Desire2Learn 2Go, originally launched in April 2009, is a mobile application for BlackBerry devices that lets users view courses and class lists, edit profile and contact information, look up grades, connect to organization sites, and sign up for study groups.

The forthcoming tools being previewed this week include Desire2Learn 2Go Reader, which lets users log into the Desire2Learn Learning Environment and view bookmarked course materials online or download them to an SD card for offline viewing.

The company has also introduced Desire2Learn 2Go Gradebook and Desire2Learn 2Go Classlist. Gradebook allows users to access grades as they're made available and also drill down into grades for individual assignments and tests. Classlist provides a comprehensive directory of classmates, including profile information and phone numbers. (Security settings at the individual institution will determine which limitations are applied to classmates' personal details.)

Desire2Learn has not yet announced when it expects to ship the expanded functionality, though the company said the software is "soon to be available for BlackBerry smartphones with device software v5.0." Further information about Desire2Learn 2Go can be found here.

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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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