About Macon State
Middle Georgia State College – the new institution soon to be created with the consolidation of Macon State College and Middle Georgia College – will move to a learning management system called Desire2Learn in January 2013.
Current Macon State students can expect to begin using the new system – which replaces MSC Vista – for spring semester classes.
“We think this will be an easy transition for students,” said Dr. Neil J. Rigole, Macon State’s director of Distance Education. “Our consolidation partner, Middle Georgia College, began using the new system this fall, and our colleagues there said they experienced very few problems as their students adapted to Desire2Learn. They’ve had fewer support calls than they did with the previous learning management system.”
Learning management systems such as Desire2Learn are critical to the success of students and faculty in a higher education environment. Middle Georgia State College will use Desire2Learn to manage online classroom activities. The software’s practical applications include serving as a repository for course content, assignments, discussion boards, assessments, grades and faculty-student communications. Desire2Learn will be used in all classroom settings: face-to-face, partially online and fully online.
A University System of Georgia task force chose Desire2Learn as the new learning management system after the version of Vista that many institutions use could no longer be supported by Blackboard, a set of Web-based tools for course management and delivery.
Macon State faculty members have been learning how to use the new system this semester and will continue to get training and support when Desire2Learn launches in January.
For more information, visit www.maconstate.edu/d2l or email Rigole at email@example.com.