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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON and San Diego, CA

Desire2Learn Announces Winners of the Desire2EXCEL Awards at FUSION 2012

Press Release

With inspired uses of Desire2Learn® technology, the winners of the Desire2EXCEL awards are recognized for their unique approaches to education.

Desire2Learn Incorporated (“Desire2Learn”), today announced the winners of the Desire2EXCEL awards at FUSION 2012, the ninth annual Desire2Learn users’ conference in San Diego, California.

After narrowing down the nominees to two finalists in each category, the Desire2EXCEL committee selected a winner in each of the three categories. The winners are:

Desire2Excel Collaboration Award Winner – Zala Fashant, Jenessa Gerling, Karen LaPlant, and Joyce Randall Senechal. Hennepin, Technical College, “D2Administrate: Using D2L to Organize the Work of the College”:
Zala Fashant, Jenessa Gerling, Karen LaPlant, Joyce Randall Senechal and Hennepin Technical College, facilitated exemplary communication throughout various levels of the institution by designing a range of courses in Desire2Learn Learning Environment to encourage collaboration throughout the college. The Desire2Learn Awards Committee remarks that “Fashant and his team has collaborated with numerous individuals to use Desire2Learn Learning Environment in many ways that are beyond the scope of student-centered learning. What is most impressive is that Fashant and his team worked with two campuses to create courses for faculty training, advising, faculty orientation, and committee work. This has made training and professional development readily available to all.”

Desire2Excel Innovation Award Winner – Robert Sproule, University of Waterloo, “AFM131: An Introduction to Business in North America”:
Robert Sproule demonstrated innovative use of the Desire2Learn platform through his introductory business course. One member of the Awards committee described the project as “an active course in business which keeps the students engaged through a variety of activities.” The committee added that “the course is offered in a blended model as well as a fully online format and has over 1,000 students who take the course. While high engagement in an online course is difficult to achieve, that is exactly what Sproule has achieved in AFM131.” Sproule was hailed as a “dedicated and creative teacher who is using technology in innovative ways to engage students.”

Desire2Excel Impact Award Winner – Minnesota State Colleges and University System (MnSCU), “MnSCU, The System: A Story of Impact and Success in Teaching and Learning with Technology – 9 years of D2L achievements”:

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU) adopted Desire2Learn Learning Suite for all of the system’s institutions in 2003 and remains one of Desire2Learn’s five largest implementations in the world. The Committee remarks that “In looking at MnSCU’s system with 31 institutions, 450 online programs, 420,000 students, and almost 30,000 courses, it is evident that there is a significant impact on learner success. The centralized hosting and support offered at MnSCU have made collaboration and partnering with the system both easier and more effective as evidenced in letters of support that accompanied their nomination. While being one of the largest implementations of Desire2Learn Learning Suite, MnSCU has also extended their impact beyond their system by openly sharing their experience and expertise with other large self-hosted Desire2Learn institutions and participating in the Multi-State D2L (MSDL) group and the Large Institution/System Advisory Board (LISA-B).”

“Desire2Learn congratulates all of these exceptional educators on their accomplishments and their innovative approaches to teaching and learning,” remarks John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “The Desire2EXCEL awards are meant to honor and recognize the contributions that educators are making on a daily basis to inspire the next generation of learners. These educators exemplify the impact that high-quality, engaging education can have in improving human potential globally.”

For up-to-the-minute updates live from San Diego, follow @Desire2Learn on Twitter. Follow the official conference hashtag as well, #FUSION12, to see live updates from attendees.

About Desire2Learn

Desire2Learn Incorporated delivers industry-leading learning solutions that enable organizations to create learning environments that reflect their vision and goals. As one of the world’s largest providers of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) eLearning solutions for education, Desire2Learn supports more than 8 million learners worldwide in higher education, K-12, healthcare, government and the corporate sector. 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