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Desire2Learn Announces Nominees for the 2008 Desire2EXCEL Awards

Press Release

Desire2Learn users exemplifying outstanding leadership and innovation to be recognized at FUSION 2008, 'Connect and Inspire,' Memphis, Tennessee

Desire2Learn Incorporated, a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, today announced the nominees for this year’s Desire2EXCEL awards. The annual Desire2EXCEL Awards Program recognizes the multitude of Desire2Learn users and the leading edge contributions they make toward their respective organizations and the eLearning community. This year’s nominees are:

Jason Allen Department of National Defense Academy (DNDLearn)
Tabitha Bailey East Tennessee State University
Marsha Beal Andrews University
Dany Benoit Universit de Moncton
Damon Betlow Rochester Institute of Technology
Patricia Cutspec East Tennessee State University E-learning Pyramid of Leadership
Barry Dahl Lake Superior College
Stephanie Dunbar &
Jamie Sachs
Georgia Virtual School – Georgia Department of Education
Zala Fashant Center for Teaching and Learning, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Carri Gerber The Ohio State University
Kathy Grady North Hennepin Community College
Jay Heap Georgia Virtual School – Georgia Department of Education
Ralph Helder Alberta Distance Learning Center
Lisa Henriksen Southwest Tennessee Community College
Marybeth Koon Online Learning, Rochester Institute of Technology
Sue McKnight Nottingham Trent University
Michael Richards &
Dwight Dunbar
Georgia Virtual School
Georgia Public Broadcasting
Steve Rossini &
Dr. Benjamin Smith
Hibbing Community College
Robert Safdie Roane State Community College

The nominees compete in one of three categories:

Desire2EXCEL Teaching and Learning Award – This award recognizes Desire2Learn users who have created and designed exceptional online courses that enhance teaching and learning at their organizations, and contribute to the overall success of eLearning.

Desire2EXCEL Program Award – This award recognizes Desire2Learn users who have created and/or designed an online learning program that demonstrates innovation and enhances teaching and learning at their organizations.

Desire2EXCEL Community Award – This award recognizes Desire2Learn users who have fostered leadership, commitment and continued online collaboration within their own communities.

Entries for all three categories will be reviewed and judged by the Awards Committee, composed of a cross-section of Desire2Learn clients from K-12, higher education, government and corporations. Nominees will have the opportunity to be showcased at the Client Showcase during the Fifth Annual Desire2Learn Users Conference, FUSION 2008, July 20 – 23 in Memphis, Tennessee. All winning individuals or groups will present at the FUSION Desire2EXCEL Award Presentations. Each winner will receive their choice of an Honorarium or other great awards.

“We’re very pleased with the caliber of nominees for this year’s Desire2EXCEL Awards,” said John Baker, Desire2Learn President & CEO. “We encourage everyone to attend FUSION 2008 and see the presentations first-hand. The Awards presentation is always a key conference event – a celebration for all who have worked so persistently to demonstrate excellence in eLearning.”

Fusion 2008 is on its way! Memphis, July 20 – 23

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: or call 1.888.772.0325.


John McLeod
Director of Marketing
Desire2Learn Incorporated
(519) 772-0325 ext. 378
[email protected]