John Baker, President and CEO of Desire2Learn (D2L), on the occasion of the company’s 15th anniversary: “When I reflect on these 15 years, more than anything I am inspired by the achievements of our clients. Together, we’ve taken major leaps forward.”
The University of Wisconsin System (UWS) is one of the many D2L client institutions that have demonstrated a passion for transforming teaching and learning over the past fifteen years. Back in 2003, UWS signed on as our first higher education statewide system. Since then, they’ve played a vital role in the development of distance learning as a whole and also in the development of specific D2L products and services.
With one of the earliest and largest implementations of our platform, UWS has also played a major role for other D2L clients by openly sharing their expertise through the Multi-State D2L (MSDL) user group. Their contribution to the creation of a culture of sharing and collaboration has been a benefit to everyone engaged in distance learning.
Along with dozens of session presentations at FUSION conferences over the years, UWS schools have been recognized with three Desire2EXCEL awards. One of those recent award winners was the MathMOOC from UW-La Crosse, which was one of the first MOOCs to use the Desire2Learn Open Courses platform. Another award winner is the U-Pace program from UW-Milwaukee, an evidence-based, online instructional approach applicable across disciplines.
We would particularly like to recognize Lorna Wong, who is retiring from her position as Director of Learning Technology Development. Lorna spent many years at UW-Whitewater before moving to the UW System Administration office in 2008. Congratulations on your retirement, Lorna!
We are proud to have been associated with UWS for more than a decade. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of you for everything you have done to help us improve teaching and learning!