Desire2Learn announced that Michigan State University (MSU) has signed a multi-year contract to use the Desire2Learn Learning Suite for the school’s nearly 48,000 students. MSU selected Desire2Learn over its current provider, Blackboard, after a review of several solutions, including open-source Moodle, Blackboard, and Desire2Learn. According to the MSU Web site, “The Michigan State decision was based on input regarding features, functionality, and strategic considerations (cost, licensing terms, etc.).” Brendan Guenther, director of support teams at MSU, said that, after eliminating Moodle, Blackboard and Desire2Learn were both really good options. “The differentiation came from the majority of faculty choosing one over the other.”
The signing of the contract with Michigan State highlights the move of other large universities away from Blackboard. As reported by The Campus Computing Project in its Campus Computing Survey, Desire2Learn’s share had increased five-fold, from 2 percent to 10 percent while Moodle’s share increased from 4.2 percent to 16.4 percent by 2010. Along with MSU, Desire2Learn was recently chosen by Northeastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University.