Internet2 and Desire2Learn (D2L) have come to an accord that grants Internet2 member colleges and schools access to the NET+ D2L Integrated Learning Platform, writes Kanoe Namahoe for Campus Technology.
Mobile tools, webcasting, analytics, social sharing, collaboration tools and more” will be used by schools using the new cloud platform. Internet2 is a computer networking consortium. It is a non-profit institution that combines members from higher education, corporations, government agencies, and research and education systems:
“The Internet2 NET+ initiative is about creating and sustaining value for the research and educational community in their collective use of cloud services,” explained Shelton Waggener, senior vice president of Internet2, in the statement. “By establishing a unified, integrated portfolio of cloud and trust solutions, blending both commercial services and community offerings, Internet2 makes these available via the advanced Internet2 Network. This allows Internet2 to support our community of researchers, scholars and learners by providing quick and easy access to leading cloud services, such as Desire2Learn’s Integrated Learning Platform, using their campus’ assigned secure identity credentials via Internet2′s Trust and Identity services.”
Nearly 20 colleges and universities have signed up to use D2L, according to the company’s website”.’”
The Internet2 includes 41 state and regional education systems, 68 affiliate members and government agencies, 82 leading coorperations, and 252 American universities.. It is a non-profit organization governed by an executive board of trustees.