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Desire2Learn Implements Technology from Cisco WebEx, ReadSpeaker, Ellucian, and Automatic Sync

Platform to include cloud-based text-to-speech technology
Posted Nov 9, 2012
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Desire2Learn, a provider of software solutions for educational applications, announced that is incorporating technologies from Cisco WebEx, ReadSpeaker, Automatic Sync Technologies, and Ellucian to further promote lifelong learning.

Desire2Learn customers now have access to Cisco WebEx virtual conferencing capabilities to improve collaboration capabilities, ReadSpeaker's cloud-based text-to-speech technology, and Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) technologies for increasing accessibility for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. In addition, Desire2Learn is working closely with Ellucian and its Partner Community Program to deepen the integration with its student information system.

Cloud-based text-to-speech technology provider ReadSpeaker solutions have been integrated within Desire2Learn's platform to provide users of the learning environment with the ability to listen to text content. The TTS service helps all learners expand their comprehension and allows for bi-model learning as well as ease of use with model access. The seamlessly integrated TTS feature requires no downloads and works on all supported devices and operating systems, further enabling users that would otherwise have to download and install third party–installed software.

Desire2Learn and Cisco WebEx now offer a virtual classroom environment that streamlines experiences for instructors and students. Seamless integration between WebEx Meetings and the Desire2Learn learning environment means users can utilize WebEx functionality within Desire2Learn online rooms, enabling instructors and students to collaborate more effectively.

Desire2Learn is also incorporating AST's CaptionSync within the production and administration features of Desire2Learn Learning Suite and Desire2Learn Capture solutions, to support accessibility in education for the deaf and hard of hearing across its customer base. The integration enables Desire2Learn products to further support multiple accessibility standards and regulations.

Additionally, Desire2Learn has become part of the Ellucian Partner Community, a formal network of companies with extensive higher education domain expertise. This community is comprised of product and service providers that furnish proven software applications, hardware, and services that complement and extend Ellucian's software and service offerings, such as Student Information Systems.

"Desire2Learn's products help learners learn [and] instructors teach and extend learning well beyond the classroom," said Dennis Kavelman, COO of Desire2Learn, in a statement. "By offering an open platform and enabling integrations with technology and education providers such as Cisco, Ellucian, and ReadSpeaker, we're delivering on our promise to advance education globally and continue to provide rich learning experiences."

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