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Universities Move to Cloud-Based LMS

Career Education Corp. and Grand Canyon University both revealed recently that they're adopting a cloud-based learning management system LoudCloud Systems called LoudCloud University Ecosystem.

Career Education has more than 90 campuses throughout the United States, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Monaco, with 116,000 students. It offers doctoral, master's, bachelor's and associate degrees, along with diploma and certificate programs. Almost 40 percent of students attend its Web-based virtual campuses American InterContinental University, Colorado Technical University, International Academy of Design & Technology, and Le Cordon Bleu North America.

Grand Canyon University is a private, non-denominational Christian university located in Phoenix, AZ with 22,000 students. It offers online education, online degree programs, campus-based classes, MBA degree programs, and an executive MBA.

LoudCloud University Ecosystem is a cloud-based learning platform for higher education institutions that lets professors personalize learning for each student.

Its features include:

  • An e-reader platform that lets users highlight text, add margin notes, and insert hyperlinks;
  • Real-time tracking of student progress and engagement with professor;
  • An analytics manager to help identify at-risk students early; and
  • A calendar that works like a personal dashboard to navigate forums, course details, assignments, grade-book, quizzes, announcements, etc.

Brian Mueller, CEO of Grand Canyon University, explained: "In a relatively short period of time, LoudCloud distinguished itself as an innovator in the learning platform space. LoudCloud's Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 features, built around their e-reader, help drive greater engagement with the learning materials. The powerful analytics manager crunches engagement data to provide actionable reports that guide students, instructors, and course administrators on improving outcomes."

For further information, visit the LoudCloud site.

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