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  • Duluth, Minnesota

Desire2Learn Announces 2007 Desire2EXCEL Award Winners

Press Release

Desire2Learn Users exemplifying outstanding leadership and innovation recognized at FUSION 2007, 'Realize the Potential,' Duluth, Minnesota

Desire2Learn Inc., a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, today announced the winners of its 2007 Desire2EXCEL Award program. The Desire2EXCEL Award program encourages development and sharing of best practices using the Desire2Learn solution. The awards recognize Desire2Learn users who have demonstrated leadership and innovation in the education community.

The 2007 Desire2EXCEL nominees were outstanding and four awards were given in the following categories: Teaching and Learning, Program, and Community Service. Judith Campf of Baltimore County Public Schools won the Teaching and Learning Award for developing the Successful Online Facilitation Techniques (SOFT) course. SOFT is designed to effectively train facilitators in online pedagogy, academic integrity, and in creating collaborative environments. The course exemplifies proper netiquette and the innovative use of online tools. Judith Campf and SOFT are excellent examples of online learning at its best and are models for future online facilitators.

In the Program category, a tie was awarded to two exceptional finalists that improved their organizations’ eLearning offerings. Stephanie Dunbar, of Georgia Virtual School, utilized Desire2Learn technology to open up program options and educational opportunities to students state-wide. The Georgia eLearning program now offers advanced placement courses, as well as core curriculum and elective courses, making education in Georgia accessible to all. Jacques Cool of the New Brunswick Department of Education, Canada, similarly changed the face of education in his region by integrating the Desire2Learn solution with the Interwise application. Constant student-teacher interaction is now available seamlessly through a single point via the Desire2Learn calendar, enabling scheduled or on-the-fly meetings involving application sharing and voice capabilities.

The final award was presented to Barry Dahl of Lake Superior College (LSC), for developing a partnership between LSC and the Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin region athletic community. This region is host to three of the largest and best known competitions in North America. LSC offers distance learners the opportunity to earn college credits for participating in these community events. By relying on the Desire2Learn technology, LSC has created a truly unique educational opportunity for distance learners.

“We were overwhelmed with the creativity, innovation and caliber of the award submissions from this year’s nominees,” said John McLeod, Desire2Learn Director of Marketing. “The Desire2EXCEL Award Committee reviewed the nominations for some time before selecting these individuals who have made enormous contributions to their organizations and to the Desire2Learn User Community.”

The Desire2EXCEL Awards Program was redesigned this year, for the third annual award presentation and now includes multiple categories that recognize the efforts of all Desire2Learn credits. The award seeks to encourage and applaud the development of best practices. By sharing these innovations, Desire2Learn hopes to foster collaboration and innovation among the Desire2Learn community.

About Desire2Learn Inc.

Desire2Learn Inc. 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 supports over four million learners worldwide and clients include higher education, K-12, as well as associations, government, and other leading organizations. For more information, visit:


Jacqueline Chioreanu
Desire2Learn Inc.
Marketing Specialist
(519) 772-0325 ext. 365
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