D2L builds key industry partnerships around the world to provide equitable learning experiences for all learners through technology

As the global learning technology leader D2L announces new partnerships with various organisations, such as the International Disability Alliance (IDA), De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in the Philippines and Vision Australia among others to ensure that learners of all abilities have access to high-quality learning experiences. In India, D2L has been strengthening its position by acquiring new clients, such as SRM, Manipal, XLRI, Sunbeam group of schools to name a few in close partnership with Edutech India.


“In a time when gaps in equity are widening as a result of disruptions to the education system, technology has the potential to be a powerful equaliser — but only if applied in the right ways. At D2L, we believe that learning technology should never limit learning opportunities, and we’ve partnered with organisations around the world to ensure that the learning technology we create sets a world standard for adaptability and accessibility,” shared Nick Hutton, Regional Director of Asia at D2L


D2L products are designed alongside people that have disabilities, which includes working with the disability community (in partnership with Fable), D2L employees as well as customers that serve people with disabilities.  With its  major focus on meeting the needs of physically impaired individuals, D2L  engages diverse users through the research phase and practises inclusive design.  Driven by technology, D2L is a full stack of online learning where instructors and students are supported in producing and consuming accessible content. Inclusive pedagogical practices are used to support Universal Design for Learning principles.


Dr Prem Das Maheshwari, Business Director of South Asia shared, “At D2L, we believe in leveraging technology to empower everyone with education. In a diverse country like India where the class divide in itself leaves many behind, it is even more difficult for the differently-abled. That is why it becomes imperative to standardise the digitalisation of education and make learning accessible to one and all. By implementing D2L’s Brightspace LMS across schools, colleges and universities, a holistic approach towards future-proofing education that is accessible to all can be achieved.”


Growing partnerships around the world


D2L supports partner organisations around the world, empowering educators and learners with special needs to create seamless and high-quality learning experiences. 


International Disability Alliance (IDA)

IDA is an umbrella Organization of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), with eight global members and six regional members, in turn representing over 1,100 OPDs around the world. Together they promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities across global efforts to advance human rights and sustainable development. They support organisations of persons with disabilities to hold their governments to account and advocate for change locally, nationally and internationally. IDA will use the Brightspace platform to help scale their training globally and make it more accessible.


Vision Australia 

Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia. They needed a versatile and easy-to-access learning management system to support their 850 employees and 2,500 volunteers, about 15% of whom are blind or have low vision. They were impressed with the Brightspace LMS’s accessibility features, including its ability to interoperate with screen readers. D2L’s experienced team of accessibility Hi experts and commitment to ongoing partnership also drew them to select the Brightspace platform.  

  

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) is a tertiary institution in Manila, the Philippines. In the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) at DLS-CSB, the Brightspace platform supports the multimedia learning content needed to facilitate the learning process for students of all abilities. Through educational technology that allows alternative methods of teaching and assessment, both deaf and hearing students are able to have equal, seamless access to feedback and personalised learning inside and outside the classroom.


“Technology has the power to democratise learning. With D2L’s Brightspace LMS, we have been able to empower students, by giving them the ability to learn at the style, place, and pace most suitable to them,,” said Rogelio “Tugel” Dela Cruz Jr., Head of Educational Technology Office at De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. “We’re proud to partner with D2L, and to work together with them to build equitable systems of education that benefit the entire student body.”


Together, this learning technology can help set a higher standard for adaptability and accessibility. To learn more about how D2L supports customers in serving the accessibility needs of their members, please visit their accessibility page. 
  

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