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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

North Island Distance Education School Selects the Desire2Learn Learning Platform

Press Release

North Island Distance Education School seeks academic enterprise system to improve teaching and learning.

Desire2Learn, a world-leading provider of enterprise learning systems,
today announced that North Island Distance Education School (NIDES), which serves students on the North end of Vancouver Island has selected the
Desire2Learn Learning Environment to offer both online and blended courses to their students. Over the next three years, the school will move the
entire student body over to Desire2Learn.  This decision follows an ongoing evaluation process across the provincial distance education schools in British Columbia, in search of an eLearning environment.

“The reputation of Desire2Learn met the functionality and tools we were looking for in a learning management system,” states Sheila Shanahan, NIDES
Principal.  “We are very excited to be working with Desire2Learn’s research and technology, as well as being able to share in the expertise and support of the Desire2Learn Users Community.  We are very excited to be a part of a professional community to share ideas and best practices.”

With the assistance of Desire2Learn, NIDES will be able to personalize their instructors’ courses to ensure a consistent and familiar learning
environment across the organization for all their users.  NIDES works closely with school districts in North Island and assists students in working
independently but not alone through offering students the opportunity to be a part of their learning community and allowing them to complete the
program at their own pace.  The Desire2Learn Learning Environment will enable NIDES to take a collaborative approach to teaching through its
increased functionality, ease of use, and scalability.

“We’re pleased that NIDES has selected Desire2Learn, and we look forward to working together with their teams to assist them to successfully
participate in high quality online education, expand course offerings, and improve learner achievement,” states John Baker, Desire2Learn President
& CEO.  The Desire2Learn system offers complete flexibility and has development tools that provide faculty and staff the ability to customize their
courses to parallel their teaching methodology.  The system also allows instructors to reuse materials from semester to semester, and to take advantage of publisher content.

About Desire2Learn Inc.

Desire2Learn Inc. is a world-leading provider of enterprise learning systems that empower education providers to build teaching and learning environments that reflect their values, goals, objectives, pedagogical approaches, branding and vision.  Desire2Learn clients include primary and secondary schools, higher education, as well as associations, government, and other leading organizations.  There are well over three million users of the Desire2Learn enterprise eLearning technology worldwide.  Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn is headquartered in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.  For more information, please visit


North Island Distance Education School opened in the Comox Valley in 1989 and serves who reside or who normally reside on the North end of Vancouver Island.  Some students are traveling the world with their families and are able to complete their education via distributed learning.  Their mission is to support successful learning by providing student-centered, teacher-directed, distributed learning services through the use of diverse technologies and community partnerships.  NIDES is a public school and serves 1300 students.

The school offers:

  • The latest educational technologies
  • Teacher support at all levels
  • An interactive, virtual environment
  • ace to face opportunities that are educational and FUN

Students work independently but not ALONE.  NIDES has found students are more successful when they are part of a learning community.  The community is made up of:

  • Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, including adult learners
  • Primary and Intermediate Teachers
  • Secondary Subject Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Educational Assistants
  • Clerical and Technical Support Staff


Simone Moreau
Marketing Specialist
Desire2Learn Inc.
519.772.0325 ext. 382