Desire2Learn and Cengage Learning Deliver Content and Integrated Solutions Through MindLinks
Early Adopter Program to help define integration
Kitchener-Waterloo, ON and Stamford, CT November 3, 2011 – Desire2Learn Incorporated (“Desire2Learn”), a leading provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms, and Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions, today announced the immediate availability of the integration of Cengage’s digital content and solutions with Desire2Learn® Learning Suite.
The relationship leverages the power of Cengage Learning’s MindLinks and Desire2Learn Learning Suite integration to deliver improved ease-of-use for students, instructors and administrators. Full integration via MindLinks is available now for users of Cengage Learning digital solutions including Aplia, CourseMate, CengageNow, and MindTap™, which includes single sign-on and seamless links to content via Desire2Learn Learning Environment.
Cengage Learning and Desire2Learn are working with customers participating in an Early Adopter Program in order to help define additional requirements around integration, enhanced grade linking and content customization. The Program commences in January 2012 for testing during the Spring term.
MindLinks is a new service provided by Cengage Learning to allow for deeper integration of Cengage Learning’s digital suite into an institution’s existing Learning Management System. The service works by using portable links that allow two-way communication between a Learning Management System (LMS) and a Cengage digital product. While Cengage Learning developed MindLinks to work with all Learning Management Systems, Cengage Learning and Desire2Learn recently announced that they have partnered to further expand MindLinks to offer even more functionality for interested institutions by leveraging Desire2Learn’s leading teaching and learning solutions and rapidly expanding developer environment.
“One of the greatest benefits of our MindLinks integration is the ability for us to work with Desire2Learn in order to best utilize their features, while integrating our content and solutions into an environment in which customers are most comfortable,” says Bill Rieders, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy & Business Development, Cengage Learning. “With more than six million learners worldwide, Desire2Learn provides enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to attain their vision for learning.”
“Our partnership will provide deeper integration on our platforms and facilitate us providing a teaching and learning experience for users of Cengage Learning and Desire2Learn solutions that delivers improved ease-of-use,” states George Kyriakis, Director, Alliances and Partners, Desire2Learn.
About Cengage Learning
Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. The company’s products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement, improve learning outcomes and deliver authoritative information to people whenever and wherever they need it. Through the company’s unique position within both the library and academic markets, Cengage Learning is providing integrated learning solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. Cengage Learning’s brands include Brooks/Cole, Course Technology, Delmar, Gale, Heinle, South-Western and Wadsworth, among others. For more information on Cengage Learning please visit www.cengage.com.
About Desire2Learn Incorporated
Desire2Learn Incorporated is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, goals, and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than six million learners worldwide. Clients include higher education, K-12, and healthcare as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn has personnel in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), +44 808.234.4235 (U.K. and Europe), 0.800.452.069 (New Zealand) and 1.800.656.210 (Australia).