Denver, CO and Malvern, PA, April 20, 2011 -

Pearson and SunGard Higher Education today announced a relationship and plan to provide a two-part integration of the Pearson LearningStudio learning management system (LMS) with SunGard’s Banner Student information system and Luminis Platform  through SunGard’s Banner Integration for eLearning solution.  The relationship and integration provide institutions of higher education with another option in choosing the learning management system that best suits their needs, a key element of SunGard Higher Education’s vision of the Open Digital Campus. 

The first part of the integration will provide faculty and students with single sign on from the Luminis portal to Pearson LearningStudio, creating a streamlined user experience and eliminating the need to manage multiple login credentials. Users can launch their Pearson LearningStudio home page or target course landing page directly from the Luminis Portal. 

The second part of the integration, currently available to Pearson LearningStudio and Banner Student customers, automatically manages and updates student, course and enrollment data originating from the Banner Student system into Pearson LearningStudio.  Administrators are able to input this data once into Banner Student rather than having to manage the setup in both systems.  The end result is an easier-to-use, efficient system with little need for additional resources at the school level. 

The new integration is available now to help institutions of higher education become more efficient by leveraging the official student, course and enrollment data from the Banner Student system to automatically update in Pearson LearningStudio. In addition, single sign-on from the Luminis Platform into Pearson LearningStudio helps simplify the user experience and eliminate the need to manage multiple credentials. Students and faculty can launch their Pearson LearningStudio home pages or targeted course landing pages from within the portal. 

Partner integration and cooperation is key to SunGard Higher Education’s vision of the Open Digital Campus, a strategy which aims to give colleges, universities and foundations more flexibility to shape how technology meets their evolving needs.  As a new member of the SunGard Higher Education Collaborative, a formal network of companies committed to providing high-quality solutions tailored to institutional needs and requirements, Pearson will work closely with SunGard Higher Education to support the evolving needs of mutual customers. 

“We are pleased to join the SunGard Higher Education Collaborative and believe our customers will benefit from this relationship.  Users of Pearson LearningStudio and Pearson's MyLabsPlus online learning programs who are also leveraging SunGard Higher Education’s Banner Student system now have a truly integrated system that is both easy to implement and offers a seamless online user experience for students,” said Matt Leavy, chief executive officer of Pearson eCollege. 

“Our Open Digital Campus strategy is about providing more options to help customers reach their unique goals, and still have room to evolve and grow with the partners, products and approaches that are right for them,” said Fred Weiss, senior vice president of strategy and portfolio management at SunGard Higher Education.  “We are pleased to work with Pearson to provide our mutual customers with new possibilities.  We are working hard to help colleges and universities around the world meet their digital campus goals today and shape the future of their education experiences.” 

About Pearson  

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About Pearson eCollege  

Pearson eCollege is a trusted and innovative leader in powering personalized online learning programs and a part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the global leader in education, technology and services.  Pearson eCollege’s flagship product—Pearson LearningStudio—represents the next generation in learning management systems and provides a comprehensive, flexible and fully supported cloud computing environment for online personalized learning in higher education.  Pearson eCollege’s SaaS-based education solutions advance, improve and measure the teaching and learning experience in a vast range of educational institutions and programs.  For more information on Pearson eCollege, please visit www.pearsonlearningstudio.com.