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Desire2Learn Announces MOBILIZE-One Day Event Debates and Celebrates The Intersection of Mobility and Education
New partners integrate mobile apps within Campus Life(TM) to keep students safe on campus, better engage learners in the classroom, and provide students with mobile web self-service tools
By: Marketwire .
Nov. 26, 2012 01:42 PM
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/26/12 -- Desire2Learn Incorporated ("Desire2Learn") continues its mission to support lifelong learning with Mobilize 2012, an event that occurs today in Kitchener, ON, gathering students, teachers, faculty, partners, and innovators to debate and celebrate why mobility matters inside and outside the classroom: http://www.desire2learn.com/events/mobilize/.
Mobilize presenters include Jian Ghomeshi and nine year old Maddie Cranston, who will talk about the intersection of mobility and education. The agenda explores topics such as: The Blended Classroom and the Impact on Learning; Engaging Technology in the classroom; The Impact of Digital Media and Mobility on Education; and Transforming Teaching and Learning Through Gamification.
Desire2Learn is announcing strategic partnerships at the event with TopHat Monocle, Guardly and IntelliResponse, offering new mobile apps within Campus Life:
-- Top Hat Monocle's app transforms mobile devices into tools for active learning, allowing students to participate in polls, quizzes, discussions, interactive simulations and tournaments. This unprecedented level of interaction in the classroom and real-time feedback is revolutionizing the learning experience for professors and students alike. -- The Guardly app improves campus safety by providing a real-time platform for emergency incident origination, management, communication and response. Available on Android, iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows, Guardly provides instant two-way communication with authorities. The app has reduced incident response time by 44 percent in a 2012. -- With IntelliResponse Virtual Agents, students using Campus Life can ask campus-related questions on any mobile device in the same manner that they would on the website. The single, accurate answer is then delivered to the student. The entire experience is optimized for easy navigation and viewing on a smartphone or on tablet devices such as the iPad. IntelliResponse Virtual Agents can now also leverage dynamic voice-to- voice and voice-to-text functionality - ideal for students who prefer hands-free interaction with mobile devices, and for the visually impaired.
"Top Hat is transforming phones and iPads, traditionally distractions in the classroom, into tools for active learning," said Andrew D'Souza, COO of Top Hat Monocle. "We're delighted to offer Campus Life users the opportunity to deepen their engagement level in the classroom as well as help keep instructors conscious of the comprehension level of their classes and identifying areas which require additional focus."
"With IntelliResponse, students can either key in or ask their natural language questions, such as 'how do I register for a course,'" explains David Lloyd, CEO of IntelliResponse. "Students are immediately presented with the one right answer, a list of top 10 or related questions, as well as options to escalate to live phone, email or chat support if required.
"Desire2Learn is the most innovative learning management system provider around today," said Josh Sookman, Guardly CEO. "Its Campus Life mobile suite is a prime example of the company's ability to understand and deliver on today's student communication and lifestyle preferences, and is a natural fit with Guardly Safe Campus."
For more information on MOBILIZE visit http://www.desire2learn.com/events/mobilize/ or stop by Bingemans Park and Convention Centre, Marshall Hall on Monday November 26th, 2012.
Desire2Learn is helping to transform the way the world learns. Providing the next generation learning environment and solutions to engage and inspire lifelong learners, Desire2Learn helps clients break down barriers to access the highest quality learning experiences, and is recognized for its leadership in accessibility. Desire2Learn is a global leader in cloud (SaaS) based learning solutions and provides an open and extensible platform to over 700 clients and over 8 million learners in higher education, K-12, healthcare, government and the corporate sector, including the Fortune 1000. Desire2Learn has personnel in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil and Singapore. For more information or to contact us, visit: www.desire2learn.com.
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