SOURCE: Deltak


May 23, 2012 09:00 ET

Deltak Partners With Saint Mary's University of Minnesota to Launch the Deltak Engage iPad Mobile App

University to Offer Three Completely iPad-Enabled Online Master's Degree Programs

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - Deltak, a leading provider of online higher education services, partners with Saint Mary's University of Minnesota to launch a mobile app for three online master's degree programs using its new learning management system, Deltak Engage. Those online students enrolled in the Master of Science in Project Management, Master of Human Resource Management and Master in Organizational Leadership will receive an iPad loaded with the learning platform and productivity apps. All coursework will be fully delivered via the iPad, making Saint Mary's University the first school to offer these specific online master's programs in this format. Available to students beginning with the May 7 semester, the app is intended to increase student-to-instructor and student-to-student communication and interaction.

Staying true to the university's mission to empower and awaken learners, the app was created to elevate the online student experience by focusing on collaboration. The app will make it easy to quickly access course materials, including text books, anywhere; instantly connect and network with classmates and faculty outside of the virtual classroom; stay organized with a suite of productivity apps; and learn mobile technology skills to prepare students for the demands of the current workforce.

"To further enhance communication and creation among our students, we needed to move beyond using the iPad as only a reading tool," said Marcel Dumestre, Vice President of Graduate and Professional Studies at Saint Mary's University. "With the mobile app, created using Engage, we wanted to focus on rapidly providing students with ample information and connections. For the first time, these three master's programs will be completely available to students via the iPad and the mobile app, providing our students with hectic schedules the access they need while on-the-go and from any location. The iPad will truly allow us to enrich our students' online learning experience, and our partnership with Deltak provided us with the resources and innovation to make the app and iPads possible."

The app provides enhanced instructor presence and social learning capabilities through a suite of tools and connections, including collaborative forums and integrated messaging as well as integration with Facetime, Skype, streaming video, web conferencing and several other third-party tools. Through Engage, program leaders can create course pages to facilitate communication amongst students, faculty and program administrators and provide access to shared resources, such as videos, featured topics and announcements. Students will also be able to indicate their communication preferences for receiving updates by email, popup notification or messaging.

"Today's students are increasingly social and technology driven," said Rob Schnieders, Chief Learning Officer at Deltak. "Online learners need a way to interact and clearly express ideas among their peers and with instructors. Saint Mary's use of the iPad and the Engage mobile app will foster relationships critical to retention and learning."

As part of Deltak and Saint Mary's University's ongoing partnership, Deltak will provide supportive services for the app and its online programs, including strategic planning, course development, faculty support, marketing and student recruitment and retention. Other Deltak partner colleges and universities will be able to create a Deltak Engage iPad app customized to the institutions' and programs' specific needs.

For more information about iPad-enhanced mobile learning at St. Mary's University, please call 877.308.9954. For more information about Deltak or Deltak Engage, visit

Deltak is where academics and innovation converge. As an industry leader in higher education and online learning for more than 15 years, Deltak unites top academic programs with innovative online solutions; assisting academic institutions expand the educational experience to students beyond the traditional campus. Deltak offers a comprehensive spectrum of services to each campus, including collaboration with faculty in the development of online programs; implementation of integrated admissions processes; industry-leading marketing strategies; personalized student services to positively impact persistence and graduation rates; and alumni services that reinforce the mission of each partner. Together, Deltak and its partners succeed in bringing unique online programs to the increasingly dynamic higher education market. For more information about Deltak, visit

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (established in 1912) is a private, Lasallian Catholic institution offering comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs. About 1,400 students are enrolled in the residential undergraduate College at the Winona campus. Approximately 4,300 students are enrolled in the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, which offers certificate, bachelor degree completion, master degree and specialist and doctoral programs. The university delivers education to its adult learners through campuses in Minneapolis, Winona and Nairobi, Kenya; centers in Apple Valley, Rochester, Oakdale and Minnetonka; and at numerous other locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Jamaica.

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