Crown College Adopts Angel To Support Online Learning

Crown College, a Christian college in St. Bonifacius, MN with about 1,200 students, has decided to replace its existing online course management service with the Angel Learning Management Suite (LMS).

"Cost was one of the driving factors in our decision to investigate LMS alternatives," said Matt Newby, director of distributive learning. "Our previous provider charged by the number of students in the class. As class enrollments grew, the cost to license the system increased. Rising costs made researching alternative systems the responsible option."

Crown College personnel conducted in-depth research into LMS alternatives over an eight-month period. They reviewed seven vendors' responses to their request for information and participated in vendor product demonstrations.

According to Newby, Angel was chosen because it "provided excellent implementation support and [gave] us ongoing support options that work best for us... We were also able to select a hosting option that fits our needs. Other advantages include an open software architecture that allows for more flexible troubleshooting, a copy of the software for creation of a test environment, and greater integration ability with our student information system. Each of these factors provides the college a better value."

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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