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Desire2Learn Reveals Finalists for the 2012 Desire2EXCEL Awards

Press Release

Exemplifying thoughtful and innovative uses of Desire2learn® technology, winners of the Desire2EXCEL awards to be announced at FUSION 2012 in San Diego

Desire2Learn Incorporated (“Desire2Learn”) today announced the finalists for the 2012 Desire2EXCEL Awards.

The Desire2EXCEL Awards recognize organizations and institutions that have used Desire2Learn technology to deliver learning experiences that are innovative, collaborative, or have a significant impact on education. Finalists were chosen by the Desire2EXCEL Committee, comprised of a cross-section of Desire2Learn clients from K-12, higher education, government, and corporations.

Listed below are the finalists in each of the three award categories. For more details about their projects, please visit this page.

Desire2EXCEL Innovation Award: A nomination to this category breaks with conventional processes to address needs and go beyond marginal improvements. The innovation can be present within a course, program, or community.

  • Frank Vazquez, CCCOnline, Colorado Community College System, “One Login for All Students”
  • Robert Sproule, University of Waterloo, “AFM131: An Introduction to Business in North America”

Desire2EXCEL Collaboration Award: A nomination to this category could include collaboration between and among learners, instructors, administrators, internal and external mentors/experts, researchers, and/or community members within the course, department, or institution. Collaboration could also be with external agencies, corporations, school districts, colleges, universities, and/or consortiums.

  • Zala Fashant, Jenessa Gerling Karen LaPlant, and Joyce Randall Senechal. Hennepin Technical College, “D2LADMINISTRATE: Using Desire2Learn Technology to Organize the Work of the College”
  • Elicia Fullwood, NASA Education Projects, Oklahoma State University, “MicroGravity eXperience”

Desire2EXCEL Impact Award: Nominations to this category have a wide influence and scope, and can be replicated by others either internally to the institution or externally by others. Additionally, metrics and measurement evidence proves worthiness of being a best practice with broad implementation.

  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, “MnSCU, The System: A Story of Impact and Success in Teaching and Learning with Technology – 9 years of achievements”
  • Barbara Farrell of the Elisabeth Bruyere Research Institution and University of Ottawa Department of Family Medicine, Canadian Pharmacists Association, Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, CPhA – CSHP Primary Care Pharmacy Specialty Network, and the Centre for Extended Learning at the University of Waterloo, “ADAPT – Adapting Pharmacists’ Skills and Approaches to Maximize Patients’ Drug Therapy Effectiveness”
  • Amanda Keesee, NASA Education Projects, Oklahoma State University, “NASA INSPIRE Online Learning Community”

“Desire2Learn congratulates all the finalists of the Desire2EXCEL awards on their exceptional achievements,” remarks John McLeod, Vice-President, Marketing, Desire2Learn. “These innovative uses of Desire2Learn technology embody the theme of FUSION 2012 – to encourage our community of users to collaborate and innovate together to further transform teaching and learning.”

Full descriptions of each of the finalists’ projects are available here. Winners will be announced for these three categories as well as the Desire2EXCEL Joint Research and Development award during FUSION 2012, Desire2Learn’s annual users’ conference, happening July 16-18 in San Diego, California.

About Desire2Learn

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, goals, and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than eight million learners worldwide. Clients include higher education, K-12, and healthcare, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn has personnel in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore. For more information, visit:, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), +44 808.234.4235 (U.K. and Europe), 0.800.452.069 (New Zealand) and 1.800.656.210 (Australia).


Press Contacts:

John McLeod
Vice-President, Marketing, Desire2Learn
Twitter: @Desire2Learn