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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON, Canada, and St. Louis, MO

Desire2Learn Receives U.S. Distance Learning Association Award

Press Release

USDLA recognizes Desire2Learn for excellence in distance education and innovative eLearning practices

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn) a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, today announced they have been awarded the prestigious 21st Century Best Practice Distance Learning Award by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). The award was presented yesterday evening at a special Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with the 2009 USDLA National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

Since 1987, USDLA has been the world’s premier distance learning association. The annual USDLA International Distance Learning Awards highlight the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations in the distance learning industry who are changing the face of eLearning and developing new and innovative solutions beyond current practices.

“As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring Desire2Learn as a leader in the industry,” said Dr. John G. Flores, CEO of USDLA. “Desire2Learn has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honored by the Desire2Learn contributions to the distance learning industry.”

The USDLA Awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies.

“Congratulations to Desire2Learn and every one of this year’s award winners. USDLA takes great pride and responsibility in recognizing excellence and quality that benefit the entire industry. The innovative spirit and leadership of these organizations will take our industry to new levels,” said Julie Young, President of USDLA and President/CEO of Florida Virtual School (FLVS).

“We are honored to receive this award in recognition of the difference that the Desire2Learn Learning Environment makes to students, instructors and institutions engaged in distance learning,” commented Desire2Learn President & CEO John Baker, who was present at the Awards Ceremony to accept the award on behalf of Desire2Learn. “It is an honor to be included in this esteemed group of individuals and organizations, several of whom are clients of ours, who raise the bar, exceed expectations and develop best practices for all.”

Mr. Reggie Smith III, USDLA board member and chair of the awards committee, noted that, “We look forward to seeing how Desire2Learn will inspire the 2010 award entries as they are recognized in Distance Learning Today to 3.5 million readers.”

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-K-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. For more information, 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. 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 1.888.772.0325 or 1.519.772.0325.


John McLeod
Director of Marketing
Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325 ext. 378
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