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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Desire2Learn Brings Qualified Teachers to Alabama Rural Areas through a State-wide Distance Learning Initiative

Press Release

The Alabama Department of Education has selected the Desire2Learn Learning Environment and Learning Object Repository to provide a state-wide distance learning initiative to 469 public high schools

Desire2Learn, a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions announced today that the Alabama Department of Education has selected Desire2Learn’s Learning Environment and Learning Object Repository to provide a state-wide distance learning initiative (ACCESS Distance Learning) to provide high-quality classroom courses and teachers, via technology.

The Alabama Department of Education went through an intense RFP process and was thoroughly impressed by Desire2Learn’s robust features and lowest total cost of ownership. “The Desire2Learn Learning Environment and Learning Object Repository were a step above all the other Learning Management Systems we investigated. The functionality and ease of use were unparalleled,” stated Earlene Patton, Administrator of ACCESS Distance Learning, Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, & Student Services Statewide. “We have found it very difficult to get the course offerings needed in Alabama’s rural areas. With Desire2Learn, we can offer the very best teachers and courses to students from across the state through our distance learning initiative.”

Full implementation of ACCESS Distance Learning will ensure Alabama students, especially those in smaller, rural schools, will have the ability to take advanced level courses and electives that might not otherwise be available to them. The state-wide project will affect Alabama’s 469 public high schools and over 6,000 students this fall. The program offers senior level courses and electives, such as physics, Spanish and Latin to students at other campuses across the state.

“We look forward to fostering a strong partnership with the Alabama Department of Education in the months and years ahead,” states John Baker, Desire2Learn President & CEO. “Our Learning Environment and Learning Object Repository will assist ACCESS Distance Learning in providing students with the tools to meet their future educational goals and ensure that they have access to highly qualified teachers and resources from across the state.”

ACCESS Distance Education is a state funded project and is free to all public school students within Alabama. Learning strategies also include the creation of three additional support centers, increasing the number of quality distance learning courses available to students, developing a blended course model and providing additional computers for online course access. This blended course model will use D2L as a tool for content and communication in the synchronous courses delivered via Interactive Videoconferencing.

About Desire2Learn Inc.

Desire2Learn, Inc. is a world-leading provider of mission-critical enterprise learning solutions that empower academic organizations to build teaching and learning environments to reflect their vision and goals. Desire2Learn clients include colleges, universities, schools, as well as associations and other leading organizations. There are more than 4 million users of the Desire2Learn enterprise eLearning technology worldwide. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn is headquartered in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. For more information, please visit:


The ACCESS plan provides access to high quality instruction and coursework by:

  • providing a technical infrastructure to deliver pedagogically sound courses via the Internet and a catalogue of approved Internet-based courses using the latest interactive instructional models
  • blending online/Internet-based coursework with Alabama certified teachers as E-teachers from delivery school sites to receive school sites that otherwise would not have an Alabama certified teacher to instruct the course



Simone Moreau
Marketing Specialist
Desire2Learn Inc.
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Earlene Paton
Administrator of ACCESS
Alabama Department of Education
[email protected]