Athabasca University to create one-of-a-kind online learning environment
Kitchener, Waterloo, Nov. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Athabasca University (AU), Canada’s first and foremost online university, is enhancing its digital learning technology to build the learning environment of the future, providing learners with an engaging and immersive experience unlike any other in Canada.
AU has partnered with industry-leading experts D2L and Ellucian to innovate and improve the learner experience, in an approach that is a first among post-secondary institutions in Canada. Once complete, AU’s integrated learning environment will be one of the most sophisticated in the post-secondary online space. It will bring together all aspects of online learning as a seamless whole, including the management of learning, data records, academic and financial services, credentialing, and learner support.
“Above all, we’re educational innovators,” says Dr. Neil Fassina, President of Athabasca University. “More than 25 years ago we were the first institution in the world to offer an online MBA program. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we continue to build the education experience of the future in this integrated learning environment that will bring an incredible new experience to our learners. We’re looking forward to partnering with D2L and Ellucian as we continue to relentlessly transform learning into the future.”
The new technologies will support AU’s model of open enrolment and flexible learning, allowing learners to start their courses and programs whenever and wherever is convenient for them.
“Athabasca is accelerating the future of learning with a vision for a university built around the student,” says John Baker, President and CEO of D2L. “From traditional students, to millions of Canadians and people around the world looking to upskill or reskill – there has never been a more urgent need to personalize the learning experiences to help students achieve their full potential. Athabasca is a recognized leader, and we’re proud to work with them to build a next-generation learning experience.”
“Athabasca University is a trailblazer in Canada and a model for institutions undergoing transformation around the globe,” said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO, Ellucian. “As a longtime partner, we continue to be impressed by AU’s commitment to improving the student experience and are honored to work with them to bring learning to more Canadian students.”
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D2L believes learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests. Working closely with organizations globally, D2L has transformed the way millions of people learn online and in the classroom. D2L’s Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform built by educators, for educators that works on any device. It is a secure, reliable platform that lets you create engaging courses using your technology to fit your needs. Learn more about D2L for schools, higher education and businesses at www.D2L.com.
Ellucian is the market leader charting the digital future of higher education with a portfolio of cloud-ready technology solutions and services. From student recruitment to workforce analytics; from fundraising opportunities to alumni engagement; Ellucian’s comprehensive suite of data-rich tools gives colleges and universities the information they need to lead with confidence.
Working with a community of more than 2,700 customers in over 50 countries, Ellucian keeps innovating as higher education keeps evolving. Drawing on its comprehensive higher education business acumen and suite of services, Ellucian guides its customers through manageable, sustainable digital transformation—so that every type of institution and student can thrive in today’s fast-changing landscape. To find out what’s next in higher education solutions and services, visit Ellucian at www.ellucian.com.
Angie Zander, Director of Communications, Athabasca University, email@example.com
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