Independence Campus - Horizons Winter 2017 issue

Increased Online Programs with a New Delivery System

Graceland’s Independence campus is home to online programs that have increased from nursing to include business and education. Highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report, check out the new offerings provided in nursing, education and in business at

To accommodate the rapid growth in Graceland’s online education, the online programs will move from eCollege delivery system to BrightSpace Learning Environment by D2L, which will improve the speed and functionality of the courses.

“Our new partnership with D2L provides Graceland with an opportunity to enhance the online learning experience for our students, the potential to offer expanded learning options for the Lamoni campus, and will significantly reduce our annual expenses,” says Paul Binnicker ’94, Director, Center for Graduate and Continuing Studies.

BrightSpace Learning Environment, developed and marketed by Desire2Learn (D2L) Inc., is a cloud-based learning management platform designed to deliver to learners fully online, blended and competency-based educational (CBE) programs that are intuitive, flexible and learner-centric. The ease of the Windows-based, drag-and-drop implementation allows for a user experience that is clean, simple and conducive to rapid adoption as a course delivery architecture.



“Our programs provide the rigor and flexibility required by busy professionals, allowing them to meet the curriculum requirements and never miss a beat performing their jobs. I couldn’t be more pleased!”

-- Connie Wright ’16, Graceland University Director of Instructional Design


John James - Horizons Winter 2017 issue

Graceland employees John James ’16 and Rina Poli ’16 recognized the opportunity to continue their education to further their careers through online offerings. James signed up for the online bachelor’s degree program that offers dual majors in business administration and organizational leadership. He was unsure of how he wanted to finish his bachelor’s degree until he heard about the online program at Graceland. His previously earned college credits easily transferred, and now that he is finished with his dual degree, he is quick to compliment his instructors, saying, “They are professional, knowledgeable and caring.” James has already applied and been accepted into a graduate program at the University of Missouri.

Rina Poli - Horizons Winter 2017 issue

Poli graduated in December 2016. She was drawn to the online bachelor’s degree in healthcare management, which she completed in just one year. “It went by so fast, and I thought the instructors were excellent.” Poli said she would recommend this program to any working adult who wants to learn more about the health care environment and enhance their career opportunities.