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Ceci Jones Schrock
Indiana University Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and CIO
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IU expands learning technologies pilot with Blackboard and Desire2Learn


March 18, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.— Indiana University has signed agreements with Blackboard Inc. and Desire2Learn Inc. to join Next.IU, the two-year pilot program to assess the technologies that best support teaching and learning at the university. Next.IU launched in fall 2012 with exploratory studies of Instructure's Canvas learning management system (LMS) and CourseNetworking's social media-based learning environment.

Anastasia S. Morrone

Anastasia S. Morrone

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"Today's students have very different expectations for when, where and how they want to learn. New learning technologies are helping to meet those expectations while at the same time providing a rich set of faculty options for how best to structure their courses, in face-to-face, hybrid and online environments," said Stacy Morrone, associate vice president for learning technologies. "Learning technologies such as Blackboard and Desire2Learn offer a wealth of tools that can aid faculty, as they seek new approaches to engage, educate, and inspire students."

Blackboard Learn™ is a student-centered LMS designed to help instructors and students better engage in the teaching and learning process via their desktop, laptop or other mobile devices. Tools include a global learning network, social media, Echo 360 lecture capture and interactive rubrics for efficient evaluation and feedback.

Desire2Learn is a suite of products for online, hybrid and in-class settings, all aimed at helping faculty and students collaborate and connect across a range of devices. The platform combines teaching and learning tools, as well as measurement and assessment options so faculty can create more personalized learning experiences. Features include social media integration, Assignment Grader with rubrics and PDF annotation, Video Note capabilities to provide feedback and instructions and learning analytics for tracking, analyzing and assessment.

IU is launching these and other pilots to explore available tools and systems that best support teaching and learning. Software options for the opt-in trials will evolve each semester based on in-depth feedback and insights from faculty and students on all IU campuses. IU's Oncourse continues to be available for all courses during the trials.

For more on Next.IU and pilot registration, visit