Canadians Opt for Common Platform

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Canada’s provincial government recently announced a major advancement in distance education.

Up until now, the K-12 system, Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic all have had separate distance education programs. But now, the three levels are partnering with Desire2Learn — a provider of e-learning technology — to provide a common platform across all education levels.

Students moving from high school into post-secondary, who will continue to take courses through distance education, will no longer have to learn or adapt to a new system.

Education minister Joan Burke told a Canadian newspaper that this is the first time in any jurisdiction in North America that all public education institutions have come together to provide students with a common technology.

The project will cost about $1.3 million.

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Canada’s provincial government recently announced a major advancement in distance education.

Up until now, the K-12 system, Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic all have had separate distance education programs. But now, the three levels are partnering with Desire2Learn — a provider of e-learning technology — to provide a common platform across all education levels.

Students moving from high school into post-secondary, who will continue to take courses through distance education, will no longer have to learn or adapt to a new system.

Education minister Joan Burke told a Canadian newspaper that this is the first time in any jurisdiction in North America that all public education institutions have come together to provide students with a common technology.

The project will cost about $1.3 million.

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