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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Desire2Learn Achieves Another Market First: SCORM 2004 Certification

Press Release

Desire2Learn Learning Platform certified by the ADL Co-Lab for full support of SCORM 2004.

Desire2Learn Inc, a world-leading provider of mission-critical enterprise learning
systems, today announced that it has achieved SCORM 2004 certification, the highest level of conformance with the Shareable Content
Object Reference Model learning standard, and becomes the first academic-focused learning management system to be SCORM 2004 certified.

The Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) attempts to foster the creation of reusable learning content as “instructional
objects” within a common technical framework for computer and Web-based learning.  SCORM describes a technical framework
and provides a set of guidelines, specifications and standards enabling users of the Desire2Learn platform to create, manage and use
Sharable Content Objects (SCOs).  SCOs, media-rich, personalized, reusable content and learning objects, can store and retrieve
data from the Desire2Learn Learning Platform, a learning management system which includes a complete suite of easy-to-use teaching
and learning tools for course development, delivery assessment, communication, learning management and much more.

Sequencing and Navigation (SN) introduced in SCORM 2004 details the SCORM sequencing and navigation process and includes detailed coverage
of how a learning management system (LMS) evaluates navigation requests and related activities.  By keeping the rules and
navigation separate from and outside of content objects, the content may be reused in new and different ways to support many different
instructional strategies.  In addition, SCORM 2004 defines sequencing information and behaviors that enable SCORM 2004
content to reproduce standard Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) sequencing in a portable manner, thus removing sequencing logic
from the delivery environment.

“D2L has set another precedent in leading the academic market in its strong and ongoing commitment to standards,” said
Paul Jesukiewicz, director of the ADL Co-Lab.  “ADL congratulates D2L and its commitment to SCORM and looks forward to
continuing collaboration.”

The SCORM certification process, completed March 4, 2005, is performed by the Wisconsin Testing Organization through the Academic
Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Lab in Madison, Wisconsin.  The mission of the academic ADL Co-Lab is to provide access
to the highest quality education and training, that can be tailored to individual needs and delivered cost effectively, anywhere
and anytime it is required.

“Support of open standards and emerging specifications continues to be a critical focal point for us as we continue to develop
mission-critical enterprise software systems for all our clients,” said John Baker, Desire2Learn President and
CEO.  “We are pleased to be again the first to lead our market with a learning platform that fully supports SCORM, and we hope there will be significant benefits to our clients through improved interoperability of resources.”

At the beginning of 2003, Desire2Learn was the first academic learning and content management system to be certified for SCORM 1.2 RTE
3, and to offer SCORM reporting.

About Desire2Learn Inc.

Desire2Learn Inc., is a world-leading provider of enterprise learning environments that reflect its clients vision and approach to
teaching and learning.  Desire2Learn primary clients include colleges, universities and schools, and it helps support
training in many leading companies, government, defense programs and associations.  There are more than 2.5 million users
of the Desire2Learn enterprise eLearning technology worldwide.  Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn is headquartered in
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.  For more information, please visit:

About ADL Initiative

The ADL Initiative, supported by the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), is a collaborative effort among government,
industry and academia to establish a distributed learning environment that facilitates the interoperability of e-learning tools and
course content on a global scale.  It sets forth a new paradigm to provide access to the highest quality education, training
and performance aiding that can be tailored to individual needs and delivered cost-effectively, whenever and wherever it is
required.  For more information about the ADL Initiative, please visit


Jacqueline Chioreanu
Desire2Learn Inc.
[email protected]

(519) 772-0325
Paul Jesukiewicz
ADL Co-Lab
[email protected]

(703) 575-2000