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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Desire2Learn and the New York City Department of Education Recognized with Platinum Learning Impact Award

Press Release

Desire2Learn and NYCDOE recognized by the IMS Global Learning Consortium for the utilization of Desire2Learn® Learning Suite to improve student success

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn) and the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), today announced that they been recognized with a Platinum Learning Impact Award from the IMS Global Learning Consortium for the implementation of the iLearnNYC platform built with Desire2Learn Learning Suite.

The Learning Impact Awards recognize the most impactful use of technology in support of learning worldwide. Each year, the IMS Executive Strategic Council selects award finalists by identifying examples of products and services that address the most significant challenges facing global education. At the 2012 Learning Impact Conference, held in Toronto, Ontario, May 14-17, a panel of global experts ranked the finalists. As a top-two finalist, the Desire2Learn and NYCDOE submission was awarded the top-level Platinum Learning Impact Award.

As the largest public school system in the United States, The New York City Department of Education implemented Desire2Learn Learning Suite for their iLearnNYC program. Desire2Learn tailored a flexible solution for the unique needs of the system to:

  • Personalize learning based on data and variety of assessment strategies
  • Easy adoption of NYS State and Common Core Standards in accessing and developing curricular resources
  • Easy sharing of various learning materials with teachers within iLearnNYC
  • Unique learning paths for students, which allows each student to produce a unique learning journey
  • Aid teachers to better utilize data to improve instruction
  • Flexibility for each school

“Having worked closely with the New York City Department of Education to develop a customized and flexible solution, we have seen first-hand the transformative impact that Desire2Learn technology has on student success and achievement,” remarks John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “Coupled with NYCDOE’s leading approach to education and their innovative vision and use of the Desire2Learn platform, students in New York City’s public schools are benefiting from a highly engaging and personalized online experience.”

“New Your City is a diverse and vibrant city, as are its schools. Each school is unique in its approach to meeting the diverse needs of its students,” remarks Kathy Walter, Senior Director, Product Development and Innovation, New York City Department of Education. “The iLearnNYC program needed flexibility and interoperability of our technology and our technology providers. Using the IMS Global standards with Desire2Learn and many of our content providers, we have built a strong platform that will also continue to grow to meet the needs of our students and schools.”

For more information on the Learning Impact Awards, please visit the IMS Global Consortium website and to read a summary of the solution Desire2Learn and NYCDOE developed, please visit

About iLearnNYC platform

iLearnNYC, a program within the NYC Public Schools, was created to expand access to high quality online opportunities through the use of online courses for both supplemental and blended learning programs. It was important for iLearnNYC to offer choices to its schools that would allow schools and teachers to tailor content for the uniqueness of each school and each student.

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, goals, and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than eight million learners worldwide. Clients include higher education, K-12, and healthcare, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn has personnel in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore. For more information, visit:, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), +44 808.234.4235 (U.K. and Europe), 0.800.452.069 (New Zealand) and 1.800.656.210 (Australia).


Press Contacts:

John McLeod
Vice-President, Marketing, Desire2Learn
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Twitter: @Desire2Learn