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Discussion Focuses on Strategic Shared Services at Desire2Learn Roundtable in Manchester, U.K.

Annual Desire2Learn hosted roundtable at ALT-C Conference brings thought leaders together to discuss value of Shared Services

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, recently hosted its annual invitational roundtable at ALT-C 2009 in Manchester, U.K. This year’s topic focused on Strategic Shared Services within higher education and involved more than 15 decision-makers from institutions and related higher education organizations across the U.K.

Keynote speaker Paul Hopkins, Interim IT Director, De Montfort University and CEO, HE-Shared Services, kicked-off the discussions with the premise that higher education has been conducting shared services for decades, a sort of bottom up approach. He stressed that shared services could play a crucial role in light of the significant budget cuts being faced by U.K. institutions. He believes that there are two key areas to look for savings: administrative systems as well as teaching and learning.

Paul Hopkins, keynote speaker, Desire2Learn Roundtable on Strategic Shared Services

During breakout groups, roundtable participants discussed the value to institutions in pursuing shared services, the areas and aspects to consider in addition to how to get started on the shared services process.

“We are extremely pleased with the discussion and outcomes from the roundtable. Invaluable perspectives were shared along with insights into how Desire2Learn can continue to provide strong value-add to this group,” said John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “By bringing together leaders in the industry, and drawing upon their passion and expertise, barriers will be broken down, innovative and creative approaches will be developed and the transformation of teaching and learning will progress.”

Desire2Learn will continue the dialog on this topic and support further collaboration among the roundtable participants. Outcomes from the roundtable are being compiled into a collaborative whitepaper with attendees. Additionally, a series of regional meetings on shared services are being scheduled in the U.K. in November complementing the government shared services agenda. For more information, please contact Kristin Greene at Kristin.Greene@Desire2Learn.com.

Desire2Learn hosts similar roundtables in the United States, U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Canada as part of the company’s goal to support global advancement of teaching and learning.

To learn more about the Desire2Learn Roundtable sessions and participating in upcoming events, call 1.888.772.0325 or email Info@Desire2Learn.com for details.

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: www.Desire2Learn.com, 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).

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John McLeod
Director of Marketing
Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325 ext. 378
PR@Desire2Learn.com