Quite Functional, but Not Intuitive or Innovative
February 15, 2014

Quite Functional, but Not Intuitive or Innovative

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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Desire2Learn is being used as an LMS for the entire university. The faculty and academic staff use it for teaching undergraduate and graduate classes. D2L can be used for in-person, hybrid, or on-line courses. It enables courses to be taught in a more streamlined format, and creates a centralized location for course information, updates, and interaction.
  • Enables drag and drop functionality
  • Allows assignments in your gradebook to be linked to items in your course calendar and syllabus
  • Provides a homebase for undergraduate students to find update course information
  • It is not easy to take attendance, especially linking that to the Attendance2 app.
  • It is not easy to embed content on the main page - too many links/clicks are necessary in order to access content.
  • Many functions are hidden and difficult to find.
  • Better student access to information
  • Better accountability for the student
  • Improves faculty interaction with students
  • Moodle,Blackboard
I have used Moodle the most frequently. I feel that Desire2Learn is lacking when compared to Moodle. Moodle is open source, allowing lots of customization and lower costs. In addition, Moodle's set-up seems far more intuitive than Desire2Learn's set-up. Blackboard also seemed more user-friendly than Desire2Learn. I wish that changes in Desire2Learn could be made more quickly and easily than they are.
I do not have ultimate decision-making power over whether to keep Desire2Learn as a product. As a result, I believe that my employer has negotiated a significant contract with Desire2Learn and therefore will be using this product for quite some time in the future.
It is particularly well-suited if you're not looking for customization. If you're looking for clarity of message and robust functionality, D2L is lacking. I would want to know how I can easily embed video and image content onto the page without having to create a separate note entry just for that purpose. There are too many steps in order to achieve the desired outcome.