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Desire2Learn Convenes Roundtable on Student Learning Outcomes at ELI 2008

Press Release

Prominent education leaders discuss Assessing Student Learning Outcomes: Institutional Considerations at Desire2Learn hosted roundtable held during EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting

Desire2Learn Inc., a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, announced today that it hosted a roundtable on January 29, 2008 on Assessing Student Learning Outcomes. This roundtable is part of the company’s Global Education Forum, a strategic initiative which aims to support the advancement of teaching and learning worldwide through fostering ongoing dialogue with thought leaders around the world. The roundtable, held during the 2008 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting, in San Antonio, Texas, drew higher education leaders from across the United States and Europe.

In an effort to provide greater insight and promote collaboration on current learning issues and trends, Desire2Learn is providing a forum for education leaders to share their thoughts, research and strategies about teaching and learning practices. The roundtable, the first in the 2008 series, opened with a presentation by Dr. Rhonda D. Blackburn, Assistant Provost, Educational Enhancement, The University of Texas at Dallas. Molly Langstaff, Director, ITS Campus Technology Services, The University of Iowa, chaired the discussion. Over 23 institutions were represented at this roundtable. John Baker, Desire2Learn President and CEO, and key members of the Desire2Learn management team were also present.

Dr. Blackburn shared her perspective on how institutions can actively pursue and realize their goals in defining and implementing a holistic approach to achieving student learning outcomes. In her discussion, Dr. Blackburn highlighted the roadmap utilized at The University of Texas at Dallas and the successes realized as a result. Following the presentation, participants engaged in stimulating discussions and shared ideas and strategies. Additionally participants expressed the desire to continue the dialogue at their respective institutions and contributing towards the development of whitepapers to disseminate the key learnings.

“Desire2Learn is committed to improving student learning outcomes by fostering ongoing dialogue and closely working with education leaders and this roundtable exemplifies our commitment,” said John McLeod, Director of Marketing, Desire2Learn. “By bringing together visionaries in the field and fostering this collaborative dialogue, we continue to demonstrate our belief that placing a focus on assessment and student learning outcomes can enhance student learning enabling them to achieve their highest potential.”

Desire2Learn will continue to collaborate on this topic with the roundtable participants. The company has plans for an ongoing series of roundtable events to identify and respond to critical teaching and learning issues as part of its Global Education Forum. For more information, please contact

About Desire2Learn Inc.

Desire2Learn Inc. 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 supports over 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.


Jacqueline Chioreanu
Marketing Specialist
Desire2Learn Inc.
(519) 772-0325 ext. 365