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Desire2Learn Congratulates Memorial University on Virtual World Technology Award

Press Release

Memorial University, a user of the Desire2Learn Learning Management System, is recipient of national award for the integration of virtual world technology in a course

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, congratulates Memorial University’s Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT) and Dr. David Murrin in their receipt of the 2009 Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) award for excellence and innovation in the use of technology for learning and teaching.

“We’re very pleased that Memorial University, a key client, has been honored with this award,” stated John Baker, President & CEO of Desire2Learn. “It is a true testament of the forward thinking approaches and the unique experiential learning opportunities that Memorial provides to their students.”

The winning project, involving the application of Second Life as a teaching and learning tool in Engineering 4061: Marine Production Management, was the collaborative effort of DELT’s Second Life team and Dr. Murrin, an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Murrin is also Director of R&D/Senior Engineering Specialist at IMV Projects Atlantic in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

“I was interested in using 3D virtual world technology in my class to better engage students in their learning and generate excitement about the course content,” said Dr. Murrin. “Using this virtual world, students meet online and walk through the shipyard they built, evaluating the functionality and suitability of what they built.”

DELT’s Second Life team, comprised of Marlene Brooks, Catherine Wicks, Jamie Change and Donna Downey, provided the support and expertise needed to integrate Second Life into the course, and enhanced the students’ learning experience with the use of this technology.

“The insight and creativity of the team on this project were exemplary,” remarked Ann Marie Vaughan, director of DELT. “This is our second CNIE award for educational technology in as many years, which speaks volumes about Memorial’s leadership when it comes to exploring and enhancing the way education is delivered, for the benefit of both students and faculty. It also speaks to the power of collaborative relationships, like the one we have with Desire2Learn, which give rise to the innovations and creative learning solutions that advance the reputation of Memorial as leaders in educational technology.”

About Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT)

In addition to being Memorial University’s online and distance education provider, DELT offers expertise and support to Memorial’s faculty on the use of learning technologies, including use of 3D virtual worlds such as Second Life. The goal is to create and facilitate new, innovative environments for teaching and learning that meets the needs of today’s learners, and enhance pedagogical use of these technologies. For further information, please visit

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.
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John McLeod
Director of Marketing
Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325 ext. 378