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Desire2Learn Focuses on Today’s Educational Paradigm and Next Generation Technologies at EDUCAUSE 2008

Prominent leaders across North America discuss social software and mobile learning in roundtable hosted by Desire2Learn at EDUCAUSE 2008

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, will host a roundtable on educational paradigms and next generation technologies today, bringing together thought leaders in higher education from across the United States and Canada. The Roundtable will be held at EDUCAUSE 2008, the premier IT event in Higher Education, being held this year in Orlando, Florida.

In the delivery of traditional education, most institutions are highly structured in their approach to student learning, student assessment and student experience. The onset of social software and mobile communication tools not only expands the network of contacts and information, but also empowers students in their learning journey. Through the use of blogs, wikis, discussion threads and other collaborative tools, learners are able to access different types of information in the form they need and when they need it.

Adapting the structured environment of traditional education in order to leverage these next generation tools has both advocates and challengers. The jury is still out as institutions and students are not in agreement on the appropriate use and benefits of these tools. Dr. Judy Brown, a Mobile Education Technology Strategic Analyst, is the featured keynote. Maggie Jesse, Instructional Services Manager, University of Iowa, Wendy Lampner, Manager of Learning Technology Development, University of Akron and Wendy Savoth, Associate VP of Instruction Technology Services, Monmouth University will facilitate the discussion. John Baker, Desire2Learn President & CEO and key members of the Desire2Learn team will also be present.

“The potential of next generation tools, how efficiently they can be used to promote student engagement and retention is something that institutions and students will have to determine for themselves,” said John McLeod, Director of Marketing, Desire2Learn. “By facilitating collaborative dialogue among experts in the field, we demonstrate our belief that enabling the learner to take an active role in shaping their learning with tools that they are currently using may result in institutions seeing more students attain their goals.”

More than 20 institutions will be represented at this roundtable. Desire2Learn will continue the dialog on this topic and support further collaboration among the roundtable participants.

Desire2Learn has hosted similar roundtables in Great Britain, Australia, Canada and the United States as part of the company’s goal to support the advancement of teaching and learning worldwide. Desire2Learn will continue to host events such as this in an effort to continually improve student learning.

To learn more about the Desire2Learn Roundtable sessions and participating in upcoming events, call 1.888.772.0325 or email Info@Desire2Learn.com for details.

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. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, call 1.888.772.0325 or 1.519.772.0325.

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John McLeod
Director of Marketing
Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325 ext. 378
PR@Desire2Learn.com