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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON and Seattle, WA,

Environmental and Economic Benefits of Online Learning Focal Point of Desire2Learn Roundtable Discussion

Press Release

Building Affordable Web Based Instructional Content the focus of roundtable hosted by Desire2Learn at NSBA T+L Conference

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, recently hosted the inaugural of several invitational roundtables focusing on the environmental and economic benefits of online learning. The roundtable was part of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) T + L Conference held at the Seattle Public Library – one of the most architecturally interesting buildings in the US.

Keynote speaker Barb Fardell, Manager for Educational Technology for the State of Michigan Department of Education, described her experiences building online content and providing examples. She also provided attendees with methodology and resources to develop digital content efficiently and economically. In addition to her role as technology/curriculum policy interpreter for the Michigan Department of Education, Ms. Fardell was one of the original designers for the Michigan Virtual School and served as the Manager for Teacher Training and Development. Dr. Sharon Johnston, a veteran Advanced Placement English teacher and mentor, Florida Virtual School (FLVS), joined Ms. Fardell in facilitating discussions. Key members of the Desire2Learn team were also present.

“Sometimes we get so caught up in the ‘business’ of education that we forget that it’s all about giving students and their teachers the tools and content they need to direct their own learning and growth,” commented Pete Knopf, Illinois Virtual High School and roundtable participant. “Not only were the presenters and participants knowledgeable, they obviously have a true commitment to kids and teachers. This roundtable gave us both a focus on the key stakeholders along with business savvy to be good stewards of our own little corners of the K-12 education world.”

“We are extremely pleased with the participant level in the roundtable and the ongoing discussion around authoring quality, standards based content,” said John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “By considering the economic and environmental benefit potential of online learning, quality education can be made accessible to all learners and it can be done while minimizing the financial impact to individual organizations. It is through the passion and expertise of participants, like those of this roundtable, that education and innovation will come together to place students at the forefront of learning.”

Desire2Learn will continue the dialog on this topic and support further collaboration among the roundtable participants. Outcomes from the roundtable are being compiled into the first of a series of three whitepapers on the Environmental and Economic Benefits of Online Learning.

Desire2Learn has hosted similar roundtables in the United States, UK, Australia and Canada as part of the company’s goal to support the advancement of teaching and learning worldwide. Desire2Learn will continue to host events such as this in an effort to continually improve student learning.

To learn more about the Desire2Learn Roundtable sessions and participating in upcoming events, call 1.888.772.0325 or email [email protected] 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. 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
[email protected]