Publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange, DeVry Inc is one the largest higher-education companies in North America. DeVry University, its largest division, has more than 78 locations and a geographically dispersed student population of approximately 53,000.
The primary business driver for DeVry was to select a content management platform that would allow DeVry to control its intellectual property in the form of course content independent of its DeVry eLearning Platform (DEP) provider. HarvestRoad Hive was chosen following a rigorous evaluation, according to HarvestRoad.
'DeVry has determined that it must achieve a level of content independence to meet its long-range growth objectives and to protect its business interests.' said DeVry vice president and general manager, Steve Riehs.
The secondary, but related business driver of the project is for HarvestRoad Hive to allow DeVry to streamline its course development process by sharing content items across courses, whilst also allowing DeVry to clone courses from master templates, reducing production time of courses. Currently, there is significant effort spent with manual processes and script-based actions to duplicate master course structure into specific section courses.
Commenting on DeVry's decision, HarvestRoad managing director Grame Barty said, 'We are extremely pleased to be chosen by such a prestigious institution as DeVry. This decision totally reinforces the HarvestRoad Hive value proposition as an independent digital repository capable of capturing and managing intellectual capital for an institution separate to course delivery systems.
"Not only will this provide significant cost savings for DeVry through the reuse and repurposing of content through the HarvestRoad Hive repository, it significantly reduces the business risks associated with being dependent on an all-in-one learning management and delivery solution.