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Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Migrates to Desire2Learn Learning Suite

Press Release

Improved stability, reliability, performance and multi-campus hosting are key in decision to adopt Desire2Learn online learning management system

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, welcomes the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), to the growing list of clients converting to Desire2Learn Learning Suite.

PASSHE has signed a five-year agreement with Desire2Learn as the lone commercial PASSHE learning management system (LMS) provider beginning July 1, 2010. The Desire2Learn Learning Suite that has been purchased by PASSHE includes the Learning Environment, Competencies, and Data Warehouse.

An extensive committee review, and recommendations from the 14 university presidents, was undertaken, with Desire2Learn being awarded the contract after a competitive bidding process. Almost all legacy courses have been migrated to the new Desire2Learn system, using a Desire2Learn Transition Website which provides automatic content migration. Faculty have been given accounts and training to familiarize them with the platform.

Of critical importance to PASSHE is the ability to track student progress and success. Desire2Learn® Learning Environment facilitates such assessment and easy tracking by leveraging organizational structures to share competencies across multiple courses. Rubrics enable the defining of transparent assessment criteria and creation of structured feedback. Rubrics are used to evaluate quizzes, assignments, and discussions within Learning Environment, along with activities that take place in other tools or outside the system altogether.

“Our partnership with PASSHE will provide the necessary technology to supply both a reliable and robust system that satisfies all the functional requirements, as well as one that will enhance the educational experiences that will aid the transformation of teaching and learning,” said John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “We are thrilled to be working with PASSHE as they enhance their eLearning process. They will gain valuable insight and competitive advantage; this represents a unique opportunity to enhance collaboration across the state while still respecting the autonomy of each university and program.”


The Normal School Act of 1857 established regional teacher training institutions throughout Pennsylvania. The School Code of 1911 called for the state purchase of all normal schools, and by 1921, the present configuration of the 14 state-owned institutions was established. The normal schools evolved from state normal schools, to state teacher colleges, to state colleges. On November 12, 1982, Act 188 was signed into law establishing Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education on July 1, 1983, including the 13 former state colleges and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Today, the State System of Higher Education comprises 14 universities, four branch campuses, the McKeever Environmental Learning Center, and Dixon University Center. PASSHE’s purpose, as outlined in Act 188, is “…to provide high quality education at the lowest possible cost to students.” The System universities, located in rural, suburban, and small-town settings throughout Pennsylvania, educate more students per year than any other higher educational institution in the state. For further information, visit

About Desire2Learn Incorporated

Desire2Learn comprises Desire2Learn Incorporated and its subsidiaries. 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), +44 808.234.4235 (U.K. and Europe), 0.800.452.069 (New Zealand) and 1.800.656.210 (Australia).

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John McLeod
Vice-President, Marketing, Desire2Learn Incorporated
Twitter: @Desire2Learn