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

Desire2Learn Hosts FUSION 2009: The Art of Learning

Annual global users' conference to include keynote addresses, an Expert Panel Discussion, more than 150 sessions, access to developers and key executives as well as opportunities to network

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, today welcomes 600 registered attendees including global clients and partners to FUSION 2009: The Art of Learning. This premier Desire2Learn event is the sixth annual Desire2Learn Users� Conference, held this year in Minneapolis � Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Attendees, representing institutions and organizations worldwide, have countless occasions to build their networks, exchange ideas, best practices, successes and innovative uses of the Desire2Learn suite of offerings. With more than 150 sessions, four tracks, an Executive Session, Expert Panel Discussion and post-conference workshops, attendees have many opportunities to participate in engaging sessions offered in various formats from forward thinking keynote speakers to enriching networking events.

“The stage is once again set for our diverse and rapidly growing client base, partners and collaborators within the eLearning community and members of the Desire2Learn team to meet face-to-face, to share experiences, gain knowledge and form lasting connections with peers. FUSION is always full of creative activities, engaging social events, exciting product launches and stimulating panel discussions,” said John McLeod, Director of Marketing, Desire2Learn. “FUSION is a key opportunity for attendees to be energized and inspired as they continue to make a difference, show off their creativity and ground-breaking practices as they take eLearning initiatives to new heights.”

FUSION 2009 kicks-off with a keynote address by Dr. Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University. Dubbed “the explainer” by Wired magazine, Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the impact of new media on society and culture. Ian Jukes, Executive Director, The infoSavvy Group, is the creator and co-developer of TechWorks, the internationally acclaimed K-8 technology framework. Author and co-author of numerous books including Net.Savvy: Building Information Literacy for the Classroom and Windows on the Future, Jukes will deliver the keynote on Wednesday.

Additionally, attendees have the opportunity to participate in The Art of Leadership and Learning: Sculpting Success, the second annual Executive Program at FUSION. Decision makers from diverse global institutions will join together to focus on and share their perspectives in forging their visions for eLearning. Returning as well are the highly regarded Post-conference workshops on July 16 and 17 at the same location as the main conference.

On Tuesday, July 14, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Central Daylight Savings Time, The Expert Panel DiscussionWe Only Exist Because of the Needs of Our Students, moderated by Sue McKnight, Director of Libraries and Knowledge Resources, Nottingham Trent University (NTU), and featuring Terry-Lynn Brown, Distributed Learning Consultant/Project Manager
Calgary Board of Education (CBE), Stephen Downes, Senior Researcher, Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group, National Research Council of Canada and Alfred H. Essa, Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Chief Information Officer, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), will accept comments and questions submitted live via a chat window on the Internet. By logging onto https://fusion2009.desire2learn.com/expertpanel, registrants will see the live video from the Expert Panel and participate in a dynamic panel discussion that discusses:

  • Today�s students – who they are
  • How educators will provide what students need
  • How educators and educational institutions know what students need/what they think they need/what their challenges are and what the solutions may be
  • How educators can prepare *students* for a rapidly changing world with jobs that don’t even exist today

Representatives from the Desire2Learn Product Management team will be available at the Desire2Learn product booth as well as at the demo pods, located on the second floor in the Saint Paul RiverCentre. They will provide conference attendees with deep-dive demonstrations of all Desire2Learn products and services, including new products to be unveiled at FUSION.

For information about FUSION 2009, visit www.Desire2Learn.com/FUSION. Onsite registration is possible for full conference, day passes or the Post-Conference Program, by visiting the FUSION Registration Desk on the second floor of the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

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: www.Desire2Learn.com, 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).

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