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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Calgary Board of Education Selects Desire2Learn For One of the Largest K12 eLearning Initiatives in North America

CBe-learn moves to Desire2Learn offering in-class and on-line courses to K12 students and professional development to teachers.

Desire2Learn Inc., a world-leading provider of mission-critical enterprise learning systems, today announced that the Calgary Board of Education (CBE), the largest school board in Alberta, has selected Desire2Learn to provide the learning platform for schools and programs to support flexible, accredited, customized learning experiences for K12 students, and e-PD, a fully on-line professional development program offered to teachers and all CBE staff.

The Calgary Board of Education has committed to replacing its current learning management system with the Desire2Learn Learning Platform, a complete suite of easy-to-use teaching and learning tools for course development, delivery, assessment, communication, learning management, and much more, to deliver in-class and on-line education to K12 students, and professional development for teachers.  An estimated 200,000 to 400,000 students and teachers are expected to be using the Desire2Learn Learning Platform, making this program one of the largest K12 eLearning initiatives in North America.  Calgary Board of Education began a pilot with Desire2Learn in the summer of 2004 and full scale deployment is slated for fall 2005.

Moving to the Desire2Learn platform will enable CBE more flexibility in its course development and program offerings for the students currently enrolled in the system while supporting growth in enrollment, online professional development and programming in coming years.  In addition, Desire2Learn will provide registration and e-commerce systems to improve registration and make it easier for students and teachers to sign-up for courses.

The agreement also includes the Desire2Learn Learning Object Repository (LOR), an easy-to-use standards-based learning object repository enabling the storing, sharing and tracking of learning objects, which seamlessly integrates with the Desire2Learn Learning Platform.  The LOR will enable teachers and staff at CBE to re-use published learning objects, thus, saving time and significant costs associated with course content development.

The Calgary Board of Education recognizes that technological advances have the potential to significantly alter schooling.  Thus, it attempts to link the new technological landscape to existing structures of schooling.  CBE has identified strategies for deploying networked technologies as an enabler for meeting students’ diverse learning needs and building staff capacity in and away from school.  For example, CBE provides such online learning opportunities as: Online Senior and Junior High School, Home Education, Professional Development and English Language Learning.

“Access to quality learning anytime, anywhere addresses key goals of the Calgary Board of Education,” said Cathy Faber, Director of Innovative Learning Services at the CBE.  “Training to transition to the new D2L platform began this spring and we see teachers and staff excited about features of D2L and its ease-of-use.  We look forward to bringing students and parents on board this September.”

“We’re pleased that CBE has selected Desire2Learn, and we look forward to working together with teams there to help them successfully participate in high quality, online education, expand course offerings, and improve learner achievement,” said John Baker, Desire2Learn President and CEO.  “CBE required a technology and service partner with strong expertise in online K12 education.  Desire2Learn is pleased to partner with a recognized leader such as CBE through this tremendous period of growth and to join with their team in pioneering new advances for eLearning in primary and secondary education.”

About Desire2Learn Inc.

Desire2Learn Inc. is a world-leading provider of enterprise learning systems that empower education providers to build teaching and learning environments that reflect their values, goals, objectives, pedagogical approaches, branding and vision.  Desire2Learn clients include primary and secondary schools, higher education, as well as associations and other leading organizations.  There are more than three million users of the Desire2Learn enterprise eLearning technology worldwide.  Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn is headquartered in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.  For more information, please visit: www.Desire2Learn.com

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Jacqueline Chioreanu
Desire2Learn Inc.
(519) 772-0325
Jacqueline.Chioreanu@Desire2Learn.com