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Desire2Learn and MERLOT Partner to Improve Exchange and Development of eLearning Content

Press Release

Strategic Relationship Advances the Sharing of Learning Resources for D2L Users and MERLOT Community.

Desire2Learn Inc., a world-leading provider of enterprise learning systems, and
MERLOT, the international Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching cooperative, today announced a strategic
partnership to improve online teaching and learning through the distribution and sharing of eLearning resources.

In the agreement, Desire2Learn (D2L) users will be able to perform targeted searches into the MERLOT database, which indexes more than
10,000 learning objects, and retrieve content to help create customized online courses.  D2L users will have the option to include
searches of the MERLOT database while using the Desire2Learn Learning Object Repository, an easy-to-use fully integrated
standards-based learning object repository enabling the storing, sharing and tracking of learning objects, to allow seamless linking of
content and digital assets, such as pictures and animations, from internal or external sources into the user’s D2L courses.  MERLOT
will provide the ability for D2L users to contribute D2L content into the MERLOT database, and access D2L-ready content produced by
faculty, instructors and institutions world-wide.

In addition, the Desire2Learn Learning Platform, a complete suite of easy-to-use teaching and learning tools for course
development, delivery and management, will seamlessly integrate with the MERLOT Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed which enables the
indexing of learning objects by subject, material type, audience, format, author, language, copyright restrictions, peer review and
member comment availability, and rating.  Users may browse the learning objects, search them or subscribe to updates as part of the
MERLOT site’s RSS content distribution engine.

“Extending the boundaries of a single institution by leveraging MERLOT’s vast resources and seamlessly accessing reusable
learning objects within the D2L learning environment and D2L learning object repository, strengthens our ongoing commitment to improve
the quality of teaching and learning online,” said John Baker, Desire2Learn President and CEO.  “We are pleased to become
part of the MERLOT community, and look forward to building a thriving relationship.”

“In the US and Canada, Desire2Learn customers are also MERLOT Institutional Partners and users”, said Gerry Hanley,
Executive Director of MERLOT.  “By integrating MERLOT’s RSS and Web services into D2L’s standards-based, enterprise-level
learning management system, faculty will be able to design powerful student learning experiences effectively and efficiently.”

About Desire2Learn Inc.
Desire2Learn, Inc. is a world-leading provider of enterprise learning systems that empower education to build teaching and learning
environments that reflect their vision and objectives.  Desire2Learn clients include colleges, universities, schools, and other
education providers, as well as associations, and other leading organizations.  There are more than 2 million users of the
Desire2Learn enterprise eLearning technology worldwide.  Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn is headquartered in Kitchener-Waterloo,
Ontario.  For more information, please visit:

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) is an international cooperative with a growing collection of
more than 10,000 online teaching and learning materials and a membership of more than 20,000 individual faculty, students and
researchers.  Members freely contribute and access curricular and human resources materials to aid their use of technology in
teaching and learning.  For more information, please visit:


Jacqueline Chioreanu
Marketing/PR Specialist
Desire2Learn Inc.
Telephone: 519-772-0325 x268
Gerard Hanley

(562) 951-4259