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Desire2Learn and Partners Raise Funds to Donate XO Laptops to the One Laptop Per Child program

Desire2Learn, along with Microsoft, Elluminate and Respondus, generate funding to obtain 15 XO laptops in support of the One Laptop Per Child Program

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, along with Desire2Learn Select Partners Elluminate, Microsoft and Respondus, have raised funds in support of the purchase of 15 XO laptops for the One Laptop Per Child Program. Through the XOXO program, part of these companies’ activities at EDUCAUSE 2008, eLearning needs of students in underprivileged areas of the world will be addressed.

A donation was activated for each attendee who visited the Desire2Learn, Elluminate, Microsoft and Respondus booths at the conference. The goal of the XOXO Program was to raise enough monies to provide 15 laptops to One Laptop Per Child. That goal was easily reached.

“We are excited by the enthusiasm this program generated among participants at EDUCAUSE,” commented Samuel Klein, Head of Community Development, One Laptop per Child. “It is through the involvement of companies such as Desire2Learn and its partners that our program is able to provide children in the most needy countries with these powerful tools to assist them in collaboration, for work and play, for drawing, writing and mathematics.”

“The attendees at the conference who participated with Desire2Learn and our partners in this exciting initiative have made a difference for children around the world,” said John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “The XOXO program is just one more example of our commitment to enhancing the possibilities for learning for all students through technology.”

About Desire2Learn Incorporated

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, values, goals, pedagogical approaches and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than five million learners worldwide and clients include higher education, K-12, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, call 1.888.772.0325 or 1.519.772.0325.

About One Laptop Per Child

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is a non-profit organization founded to create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.

The goal is to provide children around the world with a window into the world and a tool with which to think. The XO laptop is a wonderful way for children to learn learning through independent interaction and exploration.

OLPC supporters can get an XO by participating in their annual Give One Get One program, starting Nov 17 : http://wiki.laptop.org/go/G1G1_2008

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