CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 03/06/12 -- Deltak announces the release of its new learning management system (LMS), Deltak Engage. Designed with a focus on collaboration, Engage was created to elevate the online student experience through enhanced instructor presence and social learning capabilities, along with mobile connectivity. Now available and offered to Deltak partners, Engage is based on Moodle, a widely adopted, open-source LMS.
Engage features a suite of social learning, portfolio and collaboration tools designed to drastically improve interactions between students and faculty. Collaborative forums, connections to external social and community tools, shared blogging and integration with Skype, streaming video, web conferencing and several third-party tools, further enhance communication. Engage allows program leaders to create program pages to facilitate communication amongst students, faculty and program administrators and to provide access to shared resources, such as videos, featured topics and announcements.
"As an early leader in online education, Deltak has long provided innovative technology solutions to our partner institutions," said Craig Pines, CEO of Deltak. "With the launch of Engage, our partners will transform the way they interact with their students and bring a new dimension to online education, further personalizing the online learning experience. The addition of mobile capabilities increases student accessibility and convenience, translating into a richer, more fulfilling student/teacher experience."
Consistent with Deltak's reputation as a pioneer in developing innovative new technologies for online education, Engage addresses the proliferation of tablets and smartphones and their increasing role in students' lives. Engage is accessible via a mobile browser on any smartphone, and in May, Deltak will release the native Engage iPad app, which will provide full access to Engage, electronic texts, and collaboration via Facetime, Skype, and video conferencing tools. Mobile access is especially important for online students, as many have hectic schedules and will now have the ability to connect with their instructors and complete assignments from various locations and on the go.
"Research on online learning is clear that social presence is underdeveloped in existing learning management systems," said Rob Schnieders, Chief Learning Officer of Deltak. "Online learners need to be able to interact and express ideas within courses, as well as at the program and institutional level. These interactions and relationships are critical to retention."
Deltak has also integrated Engage with an open-source portfolio tool and a video streaming platform, allowing for video recording, editing and streaming. In addition, instructors will now have the ability to easily measure their students' progress with detailed analytics on performance and usage patterns. Students will also be able to indicate their communication preferences for receiving updates by email, popup notification or messaging.
Deltak will be exhibiting at the American Council on Education (ACE) Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, Calif., March 10 - 12. Visit booth 420 to learn more about Deltak and Engage, and find more information at http://deltak-innovation.com.
Deltak is where academics and innovation converge. As an industry leader in higher education and online learning for more than 15 years, Deltak unites top academic programs with innovative online solutions; assisting academic institutions to expand the educational experience to students beyond the traditional campus. Deltak offers a comprehensive spectrum of services to each campus, including collaboration with faculty in the development of online programs; implementation of integrated admissions processes; industry-leading marketing strategies; personalized student services to positively impact persistence and graduation rates; and alumni services that reinforce the mission of each partner. Together, Deltak and its partners succeed in bringing unique online programs to the increasingly dynamic higher education market. For more information, visit www.deltak-innovation.com