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Awards Received

National Federation of the Blind Gold Level

Desire2Learn Attains National Federation of the Blind Nonvisual Accessibility (NVA) Gold Level Web Certification

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), one of the world’s leading advocates for Internet access by blind Americans, has now twice (2010 & 2011) awarded the Gold Level NFB-NVA Certification to Desire2Learn for Desire2Learn Learning Environment.

Desire2Learn has made a pledge of support for the National Federation of the Blind’s (NFB) Nonvisual Web Accessibility program. Through this program, Desire2Learn has an ongoing commitment to annually test and certify Learning Environment against the NFB’s Gold Level Nonvisual Access standards. We believe this is an important way of demonstrating our ongoing commitment to building inclusive design into our research and development practices.

“Year over year, Desire2Learn continues to demonstrate the importance they place on supporting equal access to education” states Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the NFB. “For blind students to succeed in the modern education system, they must have access to the same technology and resources as their sighted peers. Desire2Learn’s active and passionate participation in our nonvisual certification program shows their commitment to integrating accessibility within their core values and practices. We look forward to continuing to work with this forward-thinking and responsible company.”

John Baker, President & CEO Desire2Learn, is thrilled to have this external verification of the company’s ongoing commitment to accessibility. “Accessibility is deeply integrated within our research and development efforts. We believe that strong internal programs and close relationships with clients and community interest groups are the most effective strategies for ensuring equal and inclusive education opportunities.”

Dr. Jacob Bolotin award presented to Desire2Learn, July 2013

Desire2Learn Honored with the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award

In 2013, Desire2Learn received the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) for the company’s groundbreaking work in accessibility. Specifically, this award is given to organizations and individuals who have made impactful contributions toward achieving the full integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality.

Canada's Top Employers for Young People, 2013

Desire2Learn Named a Top Canadian Employer for Young People in 2013

Desire2Learn was chosen as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People (2013) by Canada’s Top 100 Employers. The selection was based on our engaging and progressive corporate culture, the extensive social events and opportunities conducted by our staff, and the inclusive ways we work with students to offer a valuable internship experience.

2013 EdTech Digest Awards Winner

Desire2Learn Named 2013 Ovum “On The Radar” Award Winner

For delivering an analytics solution that helps institutions develop meaningful insights from educational data, Desire2Learn was selected by Ovum as a winner of the first annual “On The Radar” Customer Award. The Big Data category, in which we were recognized, profiles organizations that have created new products, services, or processes to address previously unsolved challenges with an innovative approach.

2013 EdTech Digest Awards Winner

Desire2Learn Selected as a 2013 EdTech Digest Awards Winner

As part of the 2013 EdTech Digest Awards program, Desire2Learn was chosen as a winner for our outstanding solutions in the field of education and technology. The EdTech Digest Awards recognize technologies, trendsetters, and leaders throughout the education sector for their innovative contributions.

Deloitte 2013's 50 Best Managed Companies

Desire2Learn Announced as one of 2013′s 50 Best Managed Companies

Desire2Learn was selected by Deloitte as one recipient of an annual award given to fifty Canadian organizations that demonstrate vision, passion, and achievement on a daily basis. Desire2Learn’s overall business performance, sustained growth, and continuing efforts to enable to the transformation of learning were cited as major factors in receiving such a prestigious honor.

Waterloo Area's Top Employers 2013

Desire2Learn Chosen as one of Waterloo Area’s Top Employers for 2013

For the third consecutive year, Desire2Learn has been chosen as one of Waterloo’s top 15 employers. A variety of onsite amenities, the support for employees in sustaining a positive work-life balance, ongoing employee development programs, great financial benefits, and a company-subsidized social committee were highlighted as the primary contributing factors behind the award. It exemplifies Desire2Learn’s ongoing commitment in establishing the best possible work environment for employees.

Best 50 Small and Medium Employers in Canada

Desire2Learn Named a “Best Employer” for the Third consecutive Year

Desire2Learn was named among the Best 50 Small and Medium Employers in Canada. This is the third year in a row that Desire2Learn has been named in this national study. This is a particularily important award for us as employee opinion is the predominant factor in determining an organization’s overall score in this study.

2012 Microsoft US Public Sector Partner of the Year

2012 Microsoft US Public Sector Partner of the Year

Desire2Learn was awarded the U.S. Education Solution Partner of the Year award. The award recognizes a partner that excels at providing innovative and unique solutions based on Microsoft technologies to education customers. As an industry-leading SaaS solution for education, Desire2Learn exemplifies how innovative solutions can be delivered by embracing Microsoft’s technologies to deliver Desire2Learn Learning Suite, a robust cloud, hybrid and on premise solution for education.

2012 Learning Impact awards

NYCDOE and Desire2Learn – Platinum Learning Impact Award, IMS Global Learning Consortium

The Learning Impact Awards recognize the most impactful use of technology in support of learning worldwide. Each year, the IMS Executive Strategic Council selects award finalists by identifying examples of products and services that address the most significant challenges facing global education. At the 2012 Learning Impact Conference, held in Toronto, Ontario, May 14-17, a panel of global experts ranked the finalists. As a top-two finalist, the Desire2Learn and NYCDOE submission was awarded the top-level Platinum Learning Impact Award.

Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce - Business Building Community

Business of the Year Award – Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce

Desire2Learn was named the 2012 Business of the Year by the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. The Business of the Year Award recognizes an organization that makes an exceptional contribution to the business community through involvement and leadership, and acts as a role model in the community. Desire2Learn was among a number of businesses nominated for the award by members of the business community, with the winner being announced February 16 at the 2012 Business Excellence Awards Gala.

Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada 2012

Desire2Learn Named a “Best Employer” for the Second Year in a Row

Desire2Learn was named among the Best 50 Small and Medium Employers in Canada. This is the second consecutive year that Desire2Learn has been named in this national study, having been placed on the 2011 list as well. To derive a complete picture of corporate culture and employee satisfaction, the study is composed of three separate surveys. The Employee Opinion Survey is the study’s primary tool, and measures employee engagement. Those results are then compared with the Leadership Team Survey to assess the alignment of the employees’ and leaders’ goals. The final component is the Human Resources Survey completed by the company’s HR team.

MarCom 2010 award statue

Desire2Learn Receives International Platinum MarCom Award For Fourth Consecutive Year

The prestigious MarCom Platinum Award is presented to those entries judged to be among the most outstanding entries in the Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals (AMCP) competition. Platinum winners are recognized for their excellence in terms of quality, creativity, attention to detail, and resourcefulness. Winning a MarCom Award gives recognition to the creative talent, firms, departments and/or clients that collaborate on outstanding marketing and communication projects. Desire2Learn has received the award for four years in a row in recognition of conference material and special event plans for the annual FUSION users’ conference.

Click here for further information on the Desire2Learn Learning and Creative Services team’s flexible, interactive and accessible development and production services.

Junior Achievement

Desire2Learn Awarded Junior Achievement Business of the Year Award 2011

Desire2Learn was the recipient of the Junior Achievement Business of the Year Award in 2011. The Business of the Year Award recognizes a company that is outstanding in all areas of business with a history of leading-edge marketing strategies, supporting youth throughout the community, exceptional corporate citizenship and high quality standards.

John Baker receiving the 2011 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award

Desire2Learn Receives Coveted Leadership Award, 2011 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award

Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ Leadership Award candidates are judged on their ability to create a distinct competitive advantage in a high growth market. A panel of subject matter experts evaluates companies based on four key criteria: competitive advantage; size, growth and market attractiveness; management effectiveness and organization; and financial performance. Awards are presented to Deloitte Technology Fast 50-ranked companies that demonstrate technological leadership in four industry

2012 inaugural Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning

2012 inaugural Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn) invite submissions for the 2012 inaugural Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning. This Award celebrates and recognizes innovative approaches that promote learning in new ways at post-secondary institutions. Apply today!

Microsoft Partner Network 2011 Partner of the Year Public Sector Education Winner

Desire2Learn Honored as Microsoft Public Sector Partner of the Year

The Microsoft Partner Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past year.

Gold Excellence In Technology 2010 award from Brandon Hall Group

Desire2Learn Receives Gold Medal from Brandon Hall Learning Technology Awards

Desire2Learn received a 2010 Brandon Hall gold medal award for technology excellence in the Best Advance in Technology in Learning Analytics or Reporting category.

The Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Technology Awards are presented by Brandon Hall Group, a leading research firm in training and development. The Learning Technology Awards program showcases product innovations for their creation and management of learning, talent, and performance.

The Best Advance in Technology for Learning Analytics or Reporting category looks for functionality related to collecting learning data, querying data, creating reports, visualizing data, and comparing variables and data sets. The role of the technology in helping administrators make sense of data and understand the effectiveness of their learning services is a key criterion of the award.

For further information on how Desire2Learn Analytics can assist your organization in transforming data into relevant knowledge, guiding performance, improving the online educational experience and provide flexible real-time information and reports on programs and course components.

Best Small & Medium Employer in Canada 2011

Desire2Learn Named a “Best Employer”

The primary requirement to be named a Best Employer is high “employee engagement” – a measure of how positively employees feel about their employer, how likely they are to stay, and how committed they are to doing their utmost to achieve business objectives. The average engagement score for Best Employer organizations of all sizes was 80 per cent; the average for other organizations participating in the two studies was 59 per cent.

In the 2011 Study, Desire2Learn placed in the Top 50.

Learn Sat 1st Place 2010 Learning Management Systems

Desire2Learn is Recipient of 1st Place IMS 2010 LearnSAT Best in Category Award for Learning Management

A Best in Category Award for Learning Management has been awarded based on the results of the 2010 IMS Learning and Education Technology Satisfaction and Trends (LearnSAT) survey. Desire2Learn is the recipient of 1st Place for Learning Management Systems (LMSs).

For the 2010 competition, only 12 awards were made for “Best in Category”. It is the only award where the end-user institutions and school districts can express their satisfaction with the vendors. The survey, conducted by the IMS Global Learning Consortium, in cooperation with Campus Technology magazine, is unique, for an open web-based survey, in its qualification process of the respondents and cross-check to eliminate any vendor responses or “ballot box stuffing”.

The LearnSAT report, and underlying research, is conducted to provide level of satisfaction information in the use of technology to support teaching and learning to a new and rapidly evolving marketplace. Through the LearnSAT report, those responsible for implementing and supporting solutions have additional information as to the level of satisfaction expressed by current clients to supplement that supplied by vendors.

Awards Given

2012 Inaugural Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn) invite submissions for the 2012 inaugural Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning. This award celebrates and recognizes innovative approaches that promote learning in new ways at post-secondary institutions.

Apply today!
Desire2Learn Edge Challenge

Desire2Learn Edge Challenge

The Learning Impact Awards recognize the most impactful use of technology in support of learning worldwide. Each year, the IMS Executive Strategic Council selects award finalists by identifying examples of products and services that address the most significant challenges facing global education. At the 2012 Learning Impact Conference, held in Toronto, Ontario, May 14-17, a panel of global experts ranked the finalists. As a top-two finalist, the Desire2Learn and NYCDOE submission was awarded the top-level Platinum Learning Impact Award.

Desire2Excel Awards

Desire2Excel Awards

The Desire2EXCEL Awards recognize organizations and institutions that have used Desire2Learn technology to deliver learning experiences that are innovative, collaborative and/or have a high, significant or extraordinary impact. View a list of past winners.

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