D2L was implemented and is used throughout the 7 campuses at the college as the learning management system. The institution uses it to distribute online courses and for training faculty and staff. When I left, the college created master courses that were copied into the shells created by the student information system.
- Instructors were really excited about the ability to provide audio feedback to students. We felt that would give them an easier way to provide the substantive feedback we required and that students would be more inclined to listen to it.
- As an instructional designer, I loved the easy conversion from Word feature which stripped out the excess MS code to create clean HTML for easy loading on student computers. I wish the current system I'm using would have that! :(
- The Respondus and TurnItIn integration were great and made things a lot easier for our faculty.
- while I'm not sure if the Intelligent Agents ever got implemented, I thought they had great potential to be used as an early alert system for the faculty to keep track of those students who might normally fall through the cracks.
- We had some initial miscommunication problems during the negotiation stage which did get successfully resolved.
- There were also some wonky things during the set-up process. Some features didn't work as expected. For example, the Nav Bar didn't work in the way that we were lead to believe and we had to scrap a plan to give faculty access to that.
- The training for our high-level staff was definitely inadequate, but then I find that's so with every learning management system I've ever used, big or small. It would be nice to have had some training that made our training a little more challenging.
- I can't answer to this since I left the college before there was full implementation.
- Blackboard,WebCT,Moodle,Pearson Learning Solutions,Remote Learner,SunGard
There really was very little competition. The committee was charged with narrowing it down to the top 3. D2L was far and away the leader and we were all very pleased when it was approved. D2L was expected to fulfill the vast majority of our needs and it did do that.
If I were given the opportunity to use D2L again, it would be awesome. Although the development of our courses and the implementation training took a lot of time, I don't feel that would have been any different using any other LMS. I loved the teaching features of D2L and feel it's a great product for students and faculty. It has some innovative features that are not available with other LMS products.
I participated in the review and selection process of D2L and had all the features that were important to our faculty and to our department in particular. We were looking for a robust product that could meet the majority of our needs, including grading rubrics and excellent ADA compliance. We put forward a recommendation that D2L be purchased and there were literally cartwheels in the aisles when we got approval.