After a uniquely disruptive academic year, colleges and universities are under pressure to adapt to falling enrollments and increased expectations for hybrid and personalized learning options. Those pressures have already fueled growth and demand in the educational technology market and this week resulted in an acquisition between a learning platform and course catalog software.
According to his Press release This week the learning platform Modern Campus bought DIGARC, software that helps students plan their studies to integrate their respective tools. Similar to B. a Learning Management System (LMS), a Learning Engagement Platform (LEP) can work alongside an LMS, but has cloud-based tools that anyone can use to create course materials and start a training course. By integrating its platform with DIGARC’s curriculum management software, Modern Campus aims to make it easier for students to navigate the course catalogs and to plan and personalize their courses.
“This is a perfect next step in the development of DIGARC and our ‘Connected Curriculum’ strategy,” said DIGARC CEO Richard Becker in a public statement. “Together with Modern Campus, we will be able to deepen relationships with our university partners and expand our ability to improve the user experience, create a single source of information across campus, and support student recruitment and retention.”
In his own public statement, Modern Campus CEO Brian Kibby said the acquisition should help their higher education clients improve the student experience with websites and curriculum planning.
âThe modern learner is an accomplished consumer and their expectations of higher education institutions have changed. You expect a highly personalized, Netflix-like experience. They’re primarily focused on maximizing the return on one of the most important and greatest investments they’ll make – their post-secondary education, âsaid Kibby. “Colleges and universities with fewer enrollments need all the perks available to attract, engage and graduate the modern learner on time.”
Modern Campus was itself the product of a 2019 Merger between OmniUpdate, which develops content management systems for higher education, and Destiny Solutions, which develops software for student life cycle management. At the beginning of the year, the two renamed themselves Modern Campus, which has over 550 universities as customers. DIGARC marks the company’s second ed-tech acquisition this year and is the first nuCloud, a software-as-a-service application for creating virtual tours and interactive maps of college campuses that Modern Campus purchased in March.
DIGARC, founded in 2001, focuses on catalog management software to support students in planning their studies and is used by almost 800 colleges and universities.