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Desire2Learn Executive Program Stresses Value and Importance of Data-Driven Organizations

Press Release

Decision makers from diverse international institutions focus and share their perspectives on developing systems, processes and a culture that provides access to meaningful data to drive insights and transform institutions

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, opened FUSION 2010: Architects of Education, its annual Users’ Conference, with the timely and highly successful Executive Program: Building a Data-Driven Culture and Organization.

Following a tradition of working with educators to improve education for all, the third annual Executive program focused on promotion of networking, sharing of expertise, and expanding knowledge and developing outcomes among senior leadership and experts in the field.

“As a past participant of the Executive Program, I can attest to its value both to the individual as well as their organization,” stated Alfred Essa, Associate Vice Chancellor and Deputy CIO, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). “Participants built valuable networks with colleagues from around the world which in turn assist with information-gathering and decision-making. The value of the program extends well beyond the day.”

Against the backdrop of budget constraints, limited resources and increased competition, attendees of the day-long program considered how their institutions must rely on accurate and up-to-date information to determine the best path forward. The importance of developing systems, processes and a culture that provides access to data was stressed. Attendees noted that when accurate and timely data is available invaluable insight is provided, along with creating a nimble organization and accompanying culture that is able to adapt, change and grow.

Building a Data-Driven Culture and Organization was facilitated by Maggie Jesse, Instructional Services Manager, University of Iowa, and featured renowned speakers

  • Dr. Stuart Brown, Founder and President, National Institute of Play,
  • Roberts Jones, President and Founder, Education and Workforce Policy, LLP, and
  • Chris Lohse, Strategic Initiative Director of Information Systems and Research, Council of Chief School Officers.

“Desire2Learn has a history of providing venues that bring educators together to discuss and debate significant issues facing all of us. The FUSION 2010 Executive Program continues in this tradition and demonstrates the Desire2Learn commitment to improving education at a strategic level by exploring data-driven decision making,” stated Jesse. “The Desire2Learn staff do an excellent job of providing this important venue without interjecting a vendor perspective. I’m pleased and honored to have facilitated the FUSION 2010 Executive Program. I’m confident that the interchange of ideas between the decision makers of our institutions, and the ideas generated, will help strengthen education across the academy.”

“We are thrilled to once again support the development of collaborations and networks among a select group of international decision-makers and visionaries,” said John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “Institutions of all forms face similar data issues. Through the Executive Program, participants have been able to determine what information they need most and what is practical for them to expect as they conduct necessary change management within their institutions.”

About Desire2Learn Incorporated

Desire2Learn comprises Desire2Learn Incorporated and its subsidiaries. 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:, 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 Incorporated
Twitter: @Desire2Learn