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  • Memphis, TN and Kitchener-Waterloo, ON, Canada

Desire2Learn Hosts Largest International Users’ Conference in Company History

Press Release

Three-day premier event to include keynote addresses, more than 140 sessions, access to developers and key executives as well as opportunities to connect, inspire and learn

Desire2Learn Incorporated, a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, opens its largest-ever users’ conference today with 600 registered attendees including global clients and partners. FUSION 2008: Connect & Inspire, the premier Desire2Learn event of the year, is the fifth annual Desire2Learn Users’ Conference, held this year in the birthplace of rock n’ roll, Memphis, Tennessee.

Attendees, representing institutions and organizations worldwide, have countless opportunities to connect, learn and be inspired as they share successes, best practices and innovative uses of the Desire2Learn suite of offerings. With more than 140 sessions, five tracks and post-conference workshops, attendees have many opportunities to participate in engaging sessions offered in various formats from enriching networking events to forward thinking keynote speakers.

“FUSION is a key opportunity for our diverse and rapidly growing client base, partners, collaborators within the eLearning community and members of the Desire2Learn team to learn, expand outlooks, and experiment with new tools and technologies. Attendees invigorate, energize and inspire each other to make a difference, taking eLearning initiatives to new heights, said John McLeod, Director of Marketing, Desire2Learn. “The stage is set for an exciting event which will spark innovation and the sharing of best practices throughout the Desire2Learn community.”

FUSION 2008 kicks-off with a keynote address by George Siemens, Associate Director of Research and Development, Learning Technologies Centre at the University of Manitoba, founder and President of Complexive Systems Inc., and the author of Knowing Knowledge. Dr. Jason Ohler, President’s Professor of Educational Technology and Distance Learning, University of Alaska and author of numerous books including his latest, Digital Storytelling in the Classroom, will deliver the keynote on Wednesday morning.

Additionally, attendees have the opportunity to participate in Destination 2020: Vision for Education the inaugural Executive Program at FUSION. Academic leaders are invited to connect with their peers and inspire one another to bring their institutional visions to life. Returning in 2008 are the highly regarded Post-conference workshops to be held July 23rd – 25th, 2008 at the same location as the main conference.

Representatives from the Desire2Learn Product Management team will be available at the Desire2Learn product booth, located on the exhibit floor in The Grand Lobby of the Memphis Cook Convention Center, as well as several other locations including the demo pods in the Foyer and at the Discovery Lounge, also on the exhibit floor. They will provide conference attendees with deep-dive demonstrations of all Desire2Learn products and services, including the new product launches to be unveiled at FUSION.

For information about FUSION 2008, visit

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: or call 1.888.772.0325.


John McLeod
Director of Marketing
Desire2Learn Incorporated
(519) 772-0325 ext. 378
[email protected]