SUNY Herkimer County Community College Zeros in on Needs of Adult Learners with ANGEL Learning Management Suite

Learner-directed online courses enable students to dictate the path and pace of their learning.

Indianapolis, Indiana 7/22/2008 10:57 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

ANGEL Learning, recognized innovator of enterprise course management software and services, today announced that Herkimer County Community College (HCCC) has adopted the ANGEL Learning Management Suite (LMS) to deliver learner-directed online courses. In contrast to traditional teacher-centered learning where the teacher decides what the learner should know and how it should be taught, the HCCC approach to instruction addresses the needs of adult learners seeking 21st Century skills.  


“As adults, our students should be able to dictate the path and the pace of their learning,” said Bill Pelz, professor of psychology, SUNY Herkimer County Community College. “The ANGEL LMS provides us with more strategies to implement learner-directed instruction. ANGEL agents automatically release content based on the learner’s level of achievement. ANGEL team capabilities and the social networking enabled by discussion forums, blogs and wikis allow students to make connections with one another and easily orchestrate student-led activities.”


Research supports the HCCC learner-directed approach to online learning. Results of an ongoing study conducted by HCCC in conjunction with the SUNY Learning Network (SLN), consistently demonstrate statistically insignificant differences in course achievement and completion rates when comparing traditional students and distance learners taking the same courses from the same instructors. The HCCC approach downplays episodic assessments in favor of frequent writing activities and essay exams. And the online faculty report that they enjoy being cast in the role of facilitators of learning.  “At HCCC, we have exploded the myth that online courses and classroom courses differ substantially with regard to both student satisfaction and their perceived learning,” Pelz continued.


“Herkimer County Community College takes advantage of some of the most exciting ANGEL functionality to deliver instruction appropriate for its student population,” said Christopher Clapp, president and CEO, ANGEL Learning. “Their level of expertise implementing the ANGEL LMS is sure to benefit HCCC students as they advance their educations.”


Herkimer County Community College is a two-year unit of the State University of New York, the nation’s largest comprehensive system of public higher education. A two-year degree from HCCC prepares students for jobs or to continue their education at a four-year school.  HCCC offers more than 40 traditional degree programs and 20 completely online degree programs. All of its online classes are asynchronous, meaning that no visits to the physical campus location are necessary. In addition to an extensive online class offering, students in every section of the courses offered on campus also have access to the learning benefits provided by the ANGEL LMS.


About ANGEL Learning

ANGEL Learning, Inc. develops and markets enterprise elearning software. Our flagship products are the ANGEL Learning Management Suite and the ANGEL ePortfolio system. Our products have been honed by use – with millions of students and instructors served from K to corporate. We enjoy a reputation for creating products with exceptional ease of use, excellent vision into learner progress and for keeping our commitments. ANGEL LMS won the Software & Information Industry Association CODiE award for Best Postsecondary Course Management Solution in both 2006 and 2007 and is the only product to win the award two years in a row. Educators ranked ANGEL first in customer satisfaction in the IMS GLC Learn-Sat awards. Having emerged from the academy ourselves, our core values reflect those of our customers well. ANGEL world headquarters are in Indianapolis, Indiana. To learn more about the ANGEL difference, visit us at



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