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Emmanuel College Moves off Homegrown LMS To Boost Online Learning
- By Dian Schaffhauser
A small, four-year college in Georgia will be moving off of a home-grown learning management system and onto an LMS from Edvance360. Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs made the move in an effort to address a growing demand for online courses for its 800 students. The college chose Edvance360 LMS-SN for its course management features and social learning functionality, which it's looking to apply in facilitating ongoing relationships with prospective students and alumni.
Associate Professor Scott Ellington, who chairs the college's distance learning committee, said the faculty found the application to be "easy to use and affordable." The features of most interest included online testing, an online gradebook, social networking tools, and a customizable dashboard.
"We are pleased at the prospect of really developing the relationships with students and other constituents who are served by Emmanuel College," added Associate Professor Paula Dixon. "Our partnership with Edvance360 strengthens our traditional classes and takes our online learning initiative to the next level."
Edvance360, formerly Scholar360, includes a secure social network, e-portfolio features, learning outcomes management, migration tools, integration with student information systems, and directory integration for single sign-on. It's available in a software-as-a-service model.
Other four-year colleges using the LMS include Benedict College in Columbia, SC and Digital Media Arts College in Boca Raton, FL.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.