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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Desire2Learn Reveals Nominees of the Desire2EXCEL Awards for 2009

Press Release

Desire2Learn users exemplifying outstanding leadership and innovation to be recognized at FUSION 2009, 'The Art of Learning,' Minneapolis-Saint Paul

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, today announced the nominees for this year’s Desire2EXCEL awards. The annual Desire2EXCEL Awards Program recognizes the host of Desire2Learn users and the leading edge contributions they make toward their respective organizations and the eLearning community. This year’s nominees are:

Jason Barr, Ross MacLachlan & Bill Railer Canadian Defence Academy
Linda Bean Cullman City Schools
M.J. D’Elia University of Guelph
Zala Fashant Center for Teaching and Learning, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Groupe des technologies de l’apprentissage & education permanente University de Moncton
Health Information Management Faculty Rochester Community and Technical Careers College
Ruth Kinder The Ohio State University at Lima
Brent Lemon, Kevin Beda, Mike Thompson & Bill Railer Canadian Defence Academy
Kyle Mackie University of Guelph
Karen Pegler Calgary Board of Education
Steve Rossini & Dr. Benjamin Smith Hibbing Community College, Minnesota
Ann Marie Vaughan, John King & Jim Tuff Memorial University, College of the North Atlantic & Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation

The nominees compete in one of three categories:

Desire2EXCEL Teaching and Learning Award – This award recognizes Desire2Learn users who have created and designed exceptional online courses that enhance teaching and learning at their organizations, and contribute to the overall success of eLearning.

Desire2EXCEL Program Award – This award recognizes Desire2Learn users who have created and/or designed an online learning program that demonstrates innovation and enhances teaching and learning at their organizations.

Desire2EXCEL Community Service Award – This award recognizes Desire2Learn users who have fostered leadership, commitment and continued online collaboration within their own communities.

Entries for all three categories will be reviewed and judged by the Awards Committee, composed of a cross-section of Desire2Learn clients from K-12, higher education, government and corporations. Nominees will be showcased during the Sixth Annual Desire2Learn Users’ Conference, FUSION 2009, July 13 – 17 in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota. Each winner will receive their choice of an Honorarium or other notable awards.

“We’re very pleased with the range and caliber of nominees for this year’s Desire2EXCEL Awards,” said John McLeod, Desire2Learn Director of Marketing. “The Awards presentations are always a key component of the conference – a celebration for all who work so persistently to demonstrate excellence in eLearning.”

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 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), 0808.234.6744 (U.K.) and +61 412 067 308 (Australia).


John McLeod
Director of Marketing
Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325 ext. 378
[email protected]