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University of Colorado at Boulder Migrates to Desire2Learn Learning Suite

Superior support for flexible, collaborative learning and research environments key to selection of Desire2Learn

Kitchener-Waterloo, ON, February 17, 2011

Desire2Learn Incorporated and its subsidiary, D2L Ltd. (Desire2Learn), leading providers of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, today announced that the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder), one of the top national research institutions in the U.S., has migrated to Desire2Learn� Learning Suite.

CU-Boulder is home to over 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students across nine schools and colleges. The university required a Learning Management System (LMS) that was highly extensible with many of their existing and planned enterprise technology. Desire2Learn was selected to help increase adoption of the LMS across campus programs as it provides a rich set of tools, while still being highly intuitive for new users.

“Desire2Learn has been an excellent partner throughout this process,” says Deborah Keyek-Franssen, Director of ITS’ Academic Technology unit at CU-Boulder. “They impressed our selection committee and the many faculty and students who participating in evaluating our LMS choices. We chose Desire2Learn in part because curricular designs increasingly call for incorporating reflective ePortfolios and outcomes assessment that follow students throughout their career and beyond and improve student learning; the Desire2Learn product provides solid solutions in this area. Our new Desire2Learn LMS will also provide the campus with a much needed suite of community tools, increase our ability to track the learning process across courses and individualized programs to improve student learning.”

The transition to Desire2Learn will involve a comprehensive migration, with retirement of the existing system in summer 2012. CU-Boulder was not only looking for a new LMS, but also for ongoing tool integrations and development to support the changing needs of the schools, colleges and campus constituents. Faculty and IT staff have expressed optimism and eagerness about the transition to the Desire2Learn platform.

“We are excited to be partnering with the University of Colorado at Boulder as they move forward in their support of flexible collaborative learning and research environments,” states John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “We pride ourselves on providing superior support for our products and we will be with CU-Boulder every step of the way to ensure a smooth transition from their current LMS. We look forward to enhancing the educational experience at CU-Boulder.”


About University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder)

CU-Boulder is a Tier 1 research institution that received more than $450 million in sponsored research awards, placing them 13th nationally and 6th among all public universities. The university offers 85 majors at the bachelor’s level, 70 at the master’s level and 50 at the doctoral level. CU-Boulder’s main campus is on 600 acres right in heart of beautiful Boulder, Colorado, which Forbes magazine named America’s smartest city in 2007 and 2008.

Founded in 1876 in Boulder at the base of the Rocky Mountains, CU-Boulder is led by Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano and his leadership team. The Boulder campus was the first of the current three-campus University of Colorado system. Visit www.colorado.edu for further information.

Desire2Learn Incorporated is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, goals, and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than six million learners worldwide. Clients include higher education, K-12, and healthcare as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn has personnel in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), +44 808.234.4235 (U.K. and Europe), 0.800.452.069 (New Zealand) and 1.800.656.210 (Australia).


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John McLeod
Director of Marketing
Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325 ext. 378
PR@Desire2Learn.com

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