Desire2Learn, Easy to Use for Students Across Multiple Platforms.
Updated December 10, 2014

Desire2Learn, Easy to Use for Students Across Multiple Platforms.

Erik Richter | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Software Version

Version 10

Overall Satisfaction with Desire2Learn

I have used Desire2Learn for two different organizations now. They currently use the program for online and hybrid classes. It really helps to facilitate the online classroom due to the ease of use in addition to the program being customizable. Version 10 upgraded from 9 to be used on a mobile platform as well. I have logged in from a tablet and my phone in addition to a PC, it shows up exactly the same in each device. This helps with ease of use, not having to train people for both the desktop and mobile versions of the program. That is a must for the mobility of students in the current academic environment.
  • As mention previously the ease of use across multiple platforms and operating systems. I have accessed Desire2Learn from Internet Explorer, Safari, along with Firefox. Same experience each time.
  • The homepage is easy to find, you click the schools title page, additionally, all the links stay at the top of the screen which makes moving through the class easier as well. I get fewer questions from students on were to find a particular item, the ones I do get are easy to move forward.
  • They recently updated the discussion tool, it makes it easier examine unread discussion and you can zero in on the new discussions to understand what the students are writing, faster than other programs that it becomes complicated quickly.
  • One item is when working with editing the discussion questions, each question needs editing individual for dates, a mass change would be nice.
  • Another problem I have run into is on replying in discussions, if you receive an e-mail through the program while you are in the middle of typing you lose what you have and need to rewrite.
  • I think a positive impact is the using of mobile devices that the students log into the site with the same experience. I have had students work in the class with only their cell phone but were able to complete all assignments.
  • A negative comes from some older students who do not like to deal with online classrooms, usually these students do not have the same experience with working on the computer itself and the program seems intimidating.
  • Another positive impact is having the ability to see previous classes in addition to navigating between classes. This also is true for the grade book, it shows symbols for items that need grading, making it easier to see if the professor has accidentally skipped over grading an assignment.
Desire2Learn is better than Blackboard because of the ease of use in addition to being able to edit items without having to click through many different windows for one item.
Desire2Learn is better than eCollege due to the simplistic nature of eCollege itself. There are more items available for Desire2Learn for the online student, different ways to present the same information that is easy for students to pick up on.
Even though I do not have a say in the choosing of the product I feel that Desire2Learn is the best online program that I have worked with so far. Moving from version 9 to version 10 they made good improvements to the program with on going support in case something happens where the professor runs into a problem, even if this occurs at midnight.
Ease of use with students, easy navigation and the alerts tell students when they need to accomplish an item right on their homepage rather than having to look through each class. One item to look at when the organization is looking for an online learning platform might be the ability of the program to work with computers and browsers that are not up to date. Sometimes on older versions of Internet Explorer it becomes a little clunky and takes some time to navigate.