Desire2Learn Review
Updated April 29, 2015

Desire2Learn Review

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 1 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Desire2Learn

I used Desire2Learn at my previous institution - a large, public university of about 30,000 students. The product was selected as the LMS of choice because of its capabilities, full array of features, solid technical support, and ease of use. Faculty using the software were very pleased with its functionality. I would recommend the product to colleagues.
  • Test and Quizzes - allows a full array of questions types and options, randomization of both questions and answers, selective release, etc.
  • Uploading and sharing of documents and course resources. Faculty had little trouble getting material into the system. Students found the interface intuitive and easy to use.
  • Ease of administrative management. System administration allowed for customization, user management, and other important functionality.
  • Better integration with 3rd party applications. At the time I used the system, there were some limitations on external products integrating well into the system. Perhaps that has already improved.
  • Better mobile interface. Some students commented they found it difficult to navigate on mobile devices.
  • More customization by role. Sometimes users did not fit into the pre-determined roles - i.e. instructor, student, etc.
  • Software is costly
  • Users like the delivery platform and find it easy to use.
  • Improves employee efficiency and reduces repetition
Desire2Learn is at the top of the list in terms of a robust, fully functional Learning Management System. I think the others do have many similar features but D2L's customer service puts them at the head of the class. Blackboard has horrible customer service from my experience and are a very high pressure seller.
Works very well for course delivery as well as for non-traditional uses - i.e. student portal, resource site. In my experience we used it both ways. It is a solid, asynchronous learning environment. One suggestion would be to add a synchronous, video environment directly into the tool. That would be useful for conference calls, live presentations, etc.

Using Desire2Learn

My current position is with a much smaller, private institution of about 3500 students. We do have budget limitations that exclude the use of an LMS such as Desire2Learn because of cost. If it was more affordable - we certainly would consider it as an option in an LMS evaluation process.

Using Desire2Learn