UW System’s new digital learning platform leads to rapid online transition amid COVID-19

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin System is crediting its new online learning platform with allowing students to quickly transition to online classes.

“We never could have imagined the disruption this pandemic has caused our students and faculty,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “Nevertheless, our new online learning system has allowed us to continue providing the education students need and expect at the time we most need it.”

UW System started transitioning to a new cloud-based digital platform in the summer of 2017. School officials said that thousands of in-person courses were able to transition to online instruction in a matter of weeks thanks to the new digital platform.

The transition allowed all 13 universities in the UW System to navigate the shift to online instruction in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a news release said.

“We have already seen great success with our new DLE, including dramatic increases in our media management system, used to create, store, and view videos, as well as a 5,600 percent increase in usage of our web conferencing tool,” said Vice President of Administration Rob Cramer. “Without the systemwide change, we would not have been able to adapt to distance learning as quickly and effectively as we have.”

Officials said nearly 5,000 faculty and graduate assistants have published over 17,000 courses as of April 8.

For more information about the UW System’s digital platform click here.