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  • Minneapolis - Saint Paul, MN and Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Desire2Learn Honors 2009 Desire2EXCEL Award Winners

Press Release

Desire2Learn users exemplifying outstanding leadership and innovation recognized at FUSION 2009 in Minneapolis - Saint Paul

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn) a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, today announced the winners of its 2009 Desire2EXCEL Award program. The Desire2EXCEL Award program encourages development and sharing of best practices using the Desire2Learn eLearning Suite. The awards recognize users of Desire2Learn products who have demonstrated leadership and innovation in the education community.

Three awards, in the categories of Teaching and Learning, Program, and Community Service, were handed out at the FUSION Desire2EXCEL Award Presentations held over the past three days at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

Brent Lemon, Kevin Beda, Mike Thompson and Bill Railer of Canadian Defence Academy, DLI Learning Concepts and Experimentation, won the Teaching and Learning Award for their Chaplains in Deployed Operations (CIDO) course. By combining avatar-led training scenarios with “Podcasts” from the operational field, this course moves from simulating Deployed Operations via avatars, to using the Desire2Learn platform’s release conditions as well as opening up discussion boards and other resources and reference materials. The course changes “Just-in-Case”-type learning into a “Just-in-Time” online learning resource.


In the Program category, Canadian Defence Academy, DLI Learning Concepts and Experimentation were again recognized for their outstanding programs. Jason Barr, Ross MacLachlan and Bill Railer were honored for their Learning Innovation Support Centre (LISC) which was designed to support all phases of the Canadian Forces training and education system with specific collaborative permissions. The Awards Committee commented: “This nominee had extremely well defined materials and made terrific use of the Desire2Learn Platform. With many military personnel involved in training from great distances, online learning certainly serves them well as the LISC utilizes an expandable framework to encourage interaction at all levels.”


The Community Service award was presented to Ann Marie Vaughan, John King and Jim Tuff of Memorial University, College of the North Atlantic and the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation for their innovative and collaborative community project. Memorial University’s Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT) partnered with public sector K-12 institutions to use the Desire2Learn Learning Management System (LMS) across all partner institutions. Students who attend these institutions now have a seamless transition from high school to post-secondary educational institutions for their online/LMS environment. The use of Desire2Learn by partner institutions ensures that students will be connected with each other and with the world.

“We are continually impressed with the outstanding demonstration of creativity, innovation and the caliber of the award submissions from the Desire2EXCEL nominees,” said John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “The Desire2EXCEL Awards Committee, comprising a cross-section of clients, conducted extensive reviews before selecting the winners from the pool of international nominees who have made enormous contributions to their organizations, to the Desire2Learn User Community and to eLearning as a whole.”

The awards were handed out in Minneapolis Saint Paul, where 600 members of the global eLearning community convened at FUSION 2009 The Art of Learning, the Desire2Learn annual Users Conference focused on best practices and innovative breakthroughs in eLearning.

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. For more information, visit:, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), 0808.234.6744 (U.K.) and +61 412 067 308 (Australia).


John McLeod
Director of Marketing
Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325 ext. 378
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