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Desire2Learn Welcomes Renowned Digital Pioneer as Keynote Speaker at FUSION 2011

Artist and engineer Natalie Jeremijenko, named one of Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Technology, will be a keynote speaker at FUSION 2011

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, today announced that Natalie Jeremijenko will be one of the keynote speakers at its 2011 Users’ Conference, FUSION one of America’s brightest digital pioneers, Natalie Jeremijenko, has been named amongst the Top 100 young innovators by MIT Technology Review, and one of I.D. Magazine’s Top 40 Most Influential Designers.

“We’re very excited to have Natalie speak at FUSION in July, states John McLeod, Sr. Director of Marketing, Desire2Learn. Her unique approach to health, her novel use of technologies to record social phenomena, and her pursuit of arousing public interest in local environmental phenomena are sure to elevate the thinking of FUSION attendees, especially with the Rocky Mountains as our conference backdrop. We know that with her background and insightful views on learning and education, that our attendees will be inspired.”

Jeremijenko, combines neuroscience with socio-technology. She is best known for her direction of the xDesign Environmental Health Clinic, based at New York University (NYU). The clinic operates similar to a regular health clinic, but rather than walking out with prescriptions for pharmaceutical treatment, patients walk away with ideas and actions on how to improve environmental health around them. This includes contacts for health and community organizations, art and design projects and many other socio-technological opportunities in their area.

The Environmental Health Clinic describes her work as experimental design, xDesign, as it explores opportunities presented by new technologies for non-violent social change. Her research centers on structures of participation in the production of knowledge and information, and the political and social possibilities (and limitations) of information and emerging technologies  mostly through public experiments.

Additional information on Jeremijenko’s work, and the xDesign Experimental Health Clinic, can be found at www.environmentalhealthclinic.net.

About FUSION

The annual Desire2Learn Users’ Conference is where Desire2Learn clients convene! Every July, Desire2Learn invites clients from around the world to attend FUSION. The main conference runs for three days followed by two days of post conference training sessions where training is designed for varying roles and levels of experience with Desire2Learn technology. FUSION hosts a range of tracks, over 160 user and Desire2Learn team led sessions including, very popular poster sessions, hands-on sessions to actively participate in learning, focus groups, conference keynote speakers, and much more!

For more information about FUSION 2011 – ELEVATE, being held July 10-15 in Denver, Colorado, please visit www.Desire2Learn.com/FUSION.

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, values, goals, and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than six 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, and Australia. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, 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
519.772.0325
PR@Desire2Learn.com
Twitter: @Desire2Learn