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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Desire2Learn Offers Free Use of eLearning platform to Schools and Students Affected by Katrina and Rita

Press Release

Desire2Learn is offering no cost licensing and hosting to help students affected by recent hurricanes learn online.

In the spirit of helping others exemplified by the ongoing efforts of
thousands in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Desire2Learn announces contribution of its products and services to those affected
students and teachers by offering free access to its online learning platform.  Many thousands of K-12, higher education and adult
learners are unable to continue their education this fall due to the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita along the gulf coast of
the United States.  Desire2Learn worked quickly in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina to ensure its clients could continue teaching
and learning and again reacted quickly after hurricane Rita to lend assistance.  Now in partnership with clients, Desire2Learn is
providing continuation of education to the many others whose studies have been interrupted.

To assist with restoration of normal life and rebuilding for the future, Desire2Learn is offering to all of its existing clients in
North America the ability to add any displaced students to their campuses or distance education programs at no cost.  Licensing
and/or hosting of the industry-leading D2L enterprise learning platform for displaced students is provided at no additional cost for the
rest of the year to any Desire2Learn client that is taking on students affected by the hurricanes.  One of many participating D2L
client schools assisting in the wake of the hurricane is the Rochester Institute of Technology.

“RIT, in collaboration with the Sloan Semester Initiative, is working diligently to provide distance learning courses for
students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.  There have been many logistics to work through in a very short period of time.  RIT
is appreciative of Desire2Learn proactively contacting us to let us know they are generously providing free licenses and support to these
students”, stated Leah Perlman, Associate Director of Online Learning.  “Their timely support has assisted in keeping the
costs down in this initiative and has assisted us in moving forward.”

In addition to assisting existing clients, Desire2Learn extends its offer with free hosting of the D2L Learning Platform to any school
in K-12 or higher education that has had its Fall 2005 semester interrupted by Hurricane Katrina.

“So many people are working feverishly to help those devastated by Katrina.  Desire2Learn wants to do what we can to help
students and teachers recover and continue their studies by providing the enterprise learning technology at no cost.” stated John
Baker, CEO & President of Desire2Learn.  “Working together with our clients, we can provide accessible, affordable and high
quality education that will help rebuild the future for those displaced.”

For more information, please contact 519-772-0325 or email [email protected]

About Desire2Learn Inc.

Desire2Learn Inc. is a world-leading provider of enterprise learning systems that empower education providers to build teaching and
learning environments that reflect their values, goals, objectives, pedagogical approaches, branding and vision.  Desire2Learn
clients include primary and secondary schools, higher education, as well as associations and other leading organizations.  There are
more than three million users of the Desire2Learn enterprise eLearning technology worldwide.  Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn is
headquartered in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.  For more information, please visit

About Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized as a leader in computing, engineering, imaging technology, fine and
applied arts, and education of the deaf.  More than 15,300 full- and part-time students are enrolled in RIT’s 340 career-oriented
and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

For well over a decade, U.S. News and World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities.  The
Princeton Review recognizes RIT as one of America’s “Most Wired Campuses,” and the university is also featured in The Fiske Guide to
Colleges and Barron’s Best Buys in Education.  For more information, visit: