Burlington, MA – April 23, 2010 – Natick, MA Higher Education Consultancy Finds ‘itslearning’s’ Robust and User-Friendly Features Unique Among Learning Management Systems.
The Education Alliance, a global higher education consultancy, recently tested itslearning (www.itslearning.net) as part of an independent evaluation of learning management systems. According to the report, “itslearning led the way in faculty and student usability, instructional application, adaptability, and affordability.” itslearning was also praised for its media-rich interactive learning environment and easy-to-use and highly customizable features for both new adopters and sophisticated users.
Founded in 1987, The Education Alliance currently serves colleges and universities around the world with a focus on strategic planning, alliances, mergers and acquisitions, distance learning and facilities, and technology systems management. With a new book from John Hopkins Press being released describing “sustainable universities,” the Alliance’ leaders, Dr. James Samels and Dr. James Martin, are particularly interested in the use of technology to support high quality instruction at a lower cost.
After an intensive evaluation of the itslearning platform, The Education Alliance commended the platform in the areas of customization, tools and platform features, assessment and feedback capabilities, faculty features, student engagement, and cost when compared with competing learning platforms such as Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Moodle, and six others.
It was noted within the evaluation that students and faculty will find itslearning easy to navigate, comprehensive in its student/faculty dashboard, and highly customizable. The evaluation continued by stating that itslearning’s tools offer an accessibility mode for students with special needs, custom designed e-portfolios, user-created personal web pages, custom created online identities and profiles – all of which promotes student success through a truly personalized learning experience. Finally, by providing an Application Program Interface (API), itslearning offers open source customization opportunities with proprietary system reliability and support.
“Sustainable university administrators understand that they have to deliver high quality services at a lower price with a smaller environmental footprint than in the past,” said Dr. James Samels, co-founder of the Education Alliance. “itslearning is the best tool we have seen to support personalized learning through technology.”
“Virtual Learning Environments like itslearning are the future of education. They allow schools to offer a more personalized experience for every student while reducing educator work loads,” said Jon Bower, President of itslearning, inc. “We are very pleased that the Education Alliance evaluation recognizes our potential. We continue to focus our development on adding robust features to support high quality onsite and online education.”
To read the complete itslearning product evaluation from The Educational Alliance, see http://www.itslearning.net/Websites/itslearningusa/Images/pdf/EA_Eval_its_learning.pdf.
About the Education Alliance
The Education Alliance is a nationally recognized full service higher education consulting firm. The Education Alliance came together to enable our professional colleagues to make a broader range of services available to clients throughout New England, across the nation and around the world. Members of the Education Alliance form an interdisciplinary team of experienced and talented educational leaders and management consultants, academic planners, program developers, and accreditors, regulatory merger and acquisition experts, architects and engineers, institutional advancement specialists, communications and distance education experts, executive search consultants, and library and information technology specialists.
Posted on April 23, 2010
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