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Desire2Learn Announces Acquisition of Metranome Inc. and Availability of Mobile Developer Program

Desire2Learn Mobile Developer Program enables third-party developers to integrate their mobile applications, products or services, into Desire2Learn Campus Life, a product of Desire2Learn's acquisition of Metranome

Desire2Learn Incorporated (“Desire2Learn”), a leading provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms, today announced the acquisition of Metranome Inc. and the availability of the Desire2Learn® Mobile Developer Program.

The Mobile Developer Program enables third-party developers to build their own functionality and incorporate that functionality into applications built with Desire2Learn Campus Life. Developers can create solutions that extend the capabilities of their mobile applications, integrate their products or services, and provide customized functionality. With the Desire2Learn Mobile Developer Program, existing mobile applications can be converted to work with Desire2Learn Campus Life quickly and with minimal effort.

The Mobile Developer Program supports all Desire2Learn Campus Life platforms including iOS for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android and BlackBerry®.

Benefits of the Program include:

  • the ability for clients and developers to write custom features for inclusion in their applications
  • a framework to simplify development, and APIs for extensibility
  • use of Desire2Learn Campus Life standard features and broad platform support enabling individual and unique solutions
  • licensing and distribution opportunities

“Desire2Learn Campus Life provides a range of extensibility options which enable our customers to optimize the solution to their unique mobile needs,” states David Kruis, Director, Mobile Strategy, Desire2Learn. “With our Mobile Partner Program we are further expanding this optimization by working with technology partners and third party developers to bring additional innovative features and functionality to mobile learners worldwide.”

Desire2Learn also officially announced the acquisition of Metranome Inc. Founded in 2007, Metranome’s award-winning mobile media platform serves international clients in the media, publishing, entertainment, and travel industries. Smartphone applications built on Metranome’s platform have been featured by Apple, Google, and RIM and made available worldwide on iOS, Android, and BlackBerry smartphones. Over the past six months, Metranome’s technology, leadership, and vision have been integrated into the Desire2Learn platform and are now part of the Desire2Learn suite of solutions serving all market sectors. Desire2Learn Campus Life, launched in March of this year, was built on the Metranome platform and is one of several mobile solutions available today.

“We’ve expanded upon Metranome’s years of mobile industry experience and their strong relationships with platform vendors in presenting this latest addition to our extensive mobile platform,” says John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “Our clients are seeing higher learner retention and satisfaction rates, improved outcomes, program growth and reduced costs. Our continued focus on user experience, accessibility and mobility, as well as platform security and reliability, means users will always have access to rich and engaging content anytime, anywhere.”

The Desire2Learn Mobile team is participating in mLearnCon 2011: Mobile Learning Conference & Expo this week in San Jose, CA. Demonstrations will be available at the Desire2Learn booth (#206) on the Exhibit Floor Wednesday, June 22. Stop by to learn more.

Mobile developers are encouraged to visit www.Desire2Learn.com/mobile/developers, call 1.888.772.0325 or email mobile@Desire2Learn.com for further information and partnership opportunities. Additionally, a full slate of mobile sessions will be featured during the FUSION 2011 Post Conference. Registrations are currently being accepted for the Post Conference which runs July 14 and 15 in Denver, CO.

About Desire2Learn

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, and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than six 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, and Australia. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, 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).

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Press Contacts:

John McLeod
Vice-President, Marketing, Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325
PR@Desire2Learn.com
Twitter: @Desire2Learn