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Weekly News Digest

July 23, 2012 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Desire2Learn Announces New Integration Partnerships

Desire2Learn, Inc., a provider of teaching and learning platforms, and Cengage Learning, a provider of teaching, learning, and research solutions, announced the availability of enhanced interoperability of Cengage Learning’s digital content and solutions within the Desire2Learn platform.

Made possible through Cengage Learning’s standards-based, web-services architecture—MindLinks—via a Desire2Learn extension, the integration provides Desire2Learn users with direct access to Cengage Learning's digital content and core curriculum solutions. The most recent launch of the platform, Desire2Learn Learning Suite 10, focuses on providing users with a simple and intuitive user experience while providing deep feature richness. This enhanced integration with Cengage fits with this approach and continues to enhance the system’s usability with streamlined access, automatic sign-on, and Gradebook exchange for Cengage Learning’s MindTap platform, as well as the placement of embedded links at the activity level for CourseMate products within the Desire2Learn platform. For all CourseMate titles, the integration includes the ability to directly link through Desire2Learn to individual assets, including student activities and the ebook.

Desire2Learn and CourseSmart, a provider of etextbooks and digital course materials, also announced an enhanced integration that will enable students and faculty to access CourseSmart’s growing catalog of more than 30,000 titles more seamlessly within their existing workflows. Faculty will now be able to effortlessly add etextbooks, eresources, and supplemental materials to their courses within Desire2Learn Learning Environment that will be available to students through a single sign-on access.

Without leaving the Desire2Learn system, instructors can easily create deep links to a required reading assignment, homework problems, or other activities that reside in their digital course materials, and easily share that information with their students. Additionally, CourseSmart’s analytic offerings support adaptive learning programs and student retention while availability on iPads, Android devices, computers, or any web-enabled device online and offline provides unlimited opportunities for content engagement anytime, anywhere.

A provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) eLearning solutions for education, Desire2Learn supports more than 8 million learners worldwide in higher education, K-12, healthcare, government, and the corporate sector. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn has personnel in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, and Singapore.

Source: Desire2Learn, Inc.

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