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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON, Canada and Pleasanton, CA,

Desire2Learn Announces Seamless Integration With Elluminate

Press Release

Integration with Elluminate will provide single-click access to real-time, interactive virtual classrooms from the Desire2Learn Learning Environment

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, and Elluminate, Inc., a leading provider of live virtual classroom/meeting solutions, today announced the integration of Elluminate Live!® virtual classroom environment with the Desire2Learn Learning Environment.

Seamless integration of Elluminate technology will enable Desire2Learn users to easily add synchronous distance learning and collaboration to course work using Elluminate Live! real-time virtual classroom with two-way VoIP, multipoint video, interactive whiteboard, application sharing, file transfer, breakout rooms and more.

On an organizational level, the Elluminate integration with Desire2Learn will enable institutions to leverage existing technology investments, meet the needs of today�s students, increase enrollment as well as improve student outcomes.

“For many organizations, a successful eLearning solution means a blended approach using both asynchronous and synchronous technology, said Maurice Heiblum, President, Elluminate, Inc. �We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Desire2Learn to provide this opportunity for academic institutions of all levels. The integration of Elluminate Live! enables even more educators to add synchronous distance learning and collaboration to their learning environments.”

The integration will be available for general release at FUSION 2009, the Desire2Learn Users� Conference being held in Minneapolis-St. Paul, July 13 – 17. This offering will enable users to perform a variety of activities from within their familiar Desire2Learn environment, with no additional IDs or passwords required. These include the ability to:

  • Schedule and deliver Elluminate Live! sessions
  • Attend Elluminate Live! sessions with a single click
  • Create, store and view Elluminate Live! interactive recordings

“We have had positive feedback from our clients about the Elluminate Live! Environment,� stated John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. �By leveraging the extensibility of our growing framework for integrating third-party technology, we are making it easier for our joint clients to tightly integrate Elluminate�s capabilities to our award-winning platform. Tighter relationships and integrations with partners have been a theme of our latest Learning Environment release and will continue to be a key driver in creating value for our clients in the future.”

About Elluminate

Elluminate, Inc. provides proven, best-in-class solutions for real-time online learning and collaboration that deliver exceptional outcomes, including enhanced learning experiences, increased retention and completion rates, and higher ROI. Elluminate serves over 600 million web-collaboration minutes annually to over seven million teachers and students located in over 170 different countries.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Pleasanton, California, Elluminate is the trusted choice of prominent academic institutions and corporations, including ADP, Apple Computer, California State University, Florida Virtual School, Georgetown University, K12 Inc., London Knowledge Lab, Los Angeles Unified School District, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Novell, Queen’s University, Royal Veterinary College, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, and many more.

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. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn is headquartered in Kitchener, ON, Canada with personnel located in North America, the U.K. and Australia.
For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), 0808.234.6744 (for the U.K.) and 1.800.778.631 (for Australia).

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