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Desire2Learn Increases Cases Closed By Over 30% Using Forethought

D2L support agents use Forethought Assist to pull relevant past tickets, articles, and templates (macros) in the sidedock app to quickly answer incoming tickets, leveraging the collective knowledge of the team.

“Forethought Assist saves us time and increases our efficiency while improving our ability to provide fast and accurate answers to our clients.”

– James Millard, Senior Director, Global Support & Community, D2L

What Is D2L?

Desire2Learn (D2L) is a cloud-based online and blended classroom learning software used by schools, higher education, and businesses across the globe.


D2L’s Challenges

D2L wanted to help their support agents be more efficient while still delighting customers. They wanted to reduce ticket handle time and increase the average number of cases their agents closed in an hour. However, they did not want to risk lowering their high customer satisfaction (CSAT) score. 

D2L’s support process mirrored that of many support teams: with agents needing to toggle between many windows and tabs to find help articles, past tickets, or other resources to help them resolve customer support cases.

With unstructured data sources and different mappings for each  source, D2L struggled to find a partner who could work with their current data and knowledge base. They also ran into a problem with the tools they used. The tools they relied on to search through their knowledge sources relied heavily on keyword search, which often returned a long list of irrelevant search results. 

Ultimately, agents were spending more time looking for information than answering customer tickets.


D2L’s Solution

With Forethought Assist, D2L didn’t have to choose between reducing ticket time and CSAT. 

D2L support agents use Forethought Assist, which sits in a sidebar app right in their helpdesk, to help resolve customer issues as they come in. Implementing Forethought did not require the team to do any of the indexing and updating of the team’s data. 

When an agent opens a new case in their helpdesk, Forethought Assist automatically pulls relevant past cases, knowledge articles, and macros relevant to the new case for the agent to use as reference, leveraging the collective knowledge of the entire support team.

Find Answers Easily

As it turned out for D2L, oftentimes, the answer on a past case is exactly the right response for new cases with the same concern. Using Forethought Assist’s “Add to Reply” button, agents can add a past response to a new response with a single click. 

Forethought also helps agents who are often encouraged to reference help articles in their responses to customers. Since Forethought pulls relevant help articles to a case immediately when the agent opens it, the agent can easily add the help article into the response as well.

Having access to information quickly helped maintain customer satisfaction and met D2L’s goals.

Maintain Accuracy

With over 90% accuracy, Forethought significantly outperforms other AI. Forethought uses Natural Language Understanding (NLU), which means that it understands language way better than any bot ever could. 

Forethought’s AI helped D2L index their data and learned from D2L’s unique data, pulling relevant information for agents while answering cases. 

D2Ls customer support manager even found that agents who leverage Forethought in every one of their interactions are 3.5 times more likely to meet their weekly goals.

“Agents who are in the habit of leveraging Forethought on every one of their interactions are 3.5 times more likely to meet their weekly efficiency goals.”

– Sasha Antonenko, Customer Support Manager, D2L

The Results

With Forethought Assist at their agents’ fingertips, D2L’s end user support team:

  • Reduced their time to close tickets by 13.7% 
  • Increased the number of cases their agents answered per hour by 32% 
  • And decreased their First Response Time by 56%

Furthermore, D2L found that those support agents who used Forethought were significantly more likely to hit their ticket quotas compared to the support agents who did not use Forethought.

“Not only did Forethought exceed our expectations in these areas, but Forethought has also become an important partner of ours as we continue to look for new ways to innovate the highest quality support for our clients.”

– James Millard, Senior Director, Global Support and Community at D2L

What’s Next for D2L?

Using Forethought’s cutting edge machine learning, D2L was able to identify gaps in their knowledge center so they could provide the right resources to help agents tackle the most common support issues in less time. 

Next, D2L wants to leverage Forethought’s spam detection model to help them close spam cases, allowing agents to spend more time helping customers in need.

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