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Düsseldorf fast tracks remote learning – connecting 80k users in 24 hrs

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City Manager Burkhard Hintzsche (left) and Lord Mayor Thomas Geisel holding a laptop with the itslearning platform that has been made available to schools in Düsseldorf. Photo credit: Stadt Düsseldorf/Lammert.

Bergen, April 15th 2020

itslearning introduces a quick start digital package to assist schools transition to remote learning

With the coronavirus crisis showing little sign of slowing down, schools and districts across the world have been seeking partners to quickly deploy innovative and practical solutions for remote learning. The city of Düsseldorf, in Germany, is setting a new record in digitizing schools and effectively activating a learning management system for students, teachers and parents. By getting emergency approval to fast track the process and get in place a reliable and trusted partner, they were able to agree on implementing a learning platform for 80,000 users in less than 24 hours.

“I am delighted. This was a quick and painless process for both our city and the schools. itslearning was implemented on March 18 and so far more than 100 schools are involved in this remote learning project. That is 1500 courses with over 35,000 users, including 2,000 teachers. It shows that we can turn this challenging situation into a positive story.”

Thomas Geisel, Lord Mayor of Düsseldorf

The city was already in the final stages of the tender process with itslearning, but as the health crisis escalated asked the company if it could activate the learning management system ahead of time. The answer from the itslearning team in Germany was an immediate and resounding “yes”.

“Since the coronavirus pandemic, we had been looking at ways in how we can reach out to schools to mobilize and implement remote learning in a fast, secure and systematic way. We have put together a quick start digital package to fast track the implementation timeframe and get schools up and running with the itslearning platform within 24 hours,” says Steve Tucker, CEO at itslearning.

Remote Learning Starter Package

“This Remote Learning Starter Package provides the necessary licenses, support and online training. As Europe’s biggest provider of learning management systems, we are interested in sustainable and successful deployments – not short-term solutions. We see ourselves as education partners so we work hand-in-hand with schools and districts to implement solutions that work best for them. Our learning platform is about elevating education by connecting people, easing communications and strengthening relationships, which is now more important than ever.”

itslearning has recorded similar successes with its quick start remote learning package in the Netherlands and is in discussions to implement the package with schools and districts in the US, Asia and Europe.

Because itslearning is cloud based and fully mobile, users can access it anywhere, anytime and on any device – smartphone, tablet or PC.

Teachers transitioning to full remote learning also receive extensive online training that includes information on organization and collaboration, interactive teaching and personalized instruction. itslearning also provides dedicated online training for administrators such that schools can structure the way teaching is conducted on the platform to fit their development goals. They also have access to a wide range of tutorials, and consultation with the itslearning Support team to ensure that this accelerated deployment is both sustainable and effective.

About itslearning

itslearning is Europe’s largest provider of learning management systems for schools and universities. Its award-winning platform is used by more than 7 million users around the world. Based in Bergen, Norway and Boston, MA, itslearning has offices in 10 countries.

For more information, please contact:
Johnny Anderson,
Head of Communications, itslearning
[email protected]

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