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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Sixth Annual Desire2Learn User Conference to be held in Minneapolis-Saint Paul

Press Release

FUSION 2009 - The Art of Learning, will be held in Minnesota's Twin Cities, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, July 12 - 17, 2009

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, will host its annual users’ conference, FUSION 2009, in Minnesota July 12 – 15, followed by post-conference workshops July 15 – 17, 2009.

The conference will be supported in part by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU), a system comprised of the state’s community colleges, technical colleges and state universities. FUSION provides an opportunity for the hundreds of organizations using the Desire2Learn products and services to come together to share ideas, learn, collaborate and build supportive communities with other Desire2Learn users. FUSION also provides an opportunity for users to hear from industry experts and to advance eLearning by providing input in the development of the latest Desire2Learn products.

This year’s theme is The Art of Learning and reflects the transformative process, the ongoing craft and skill as well as the inherent talent required in coming together, building and creating collaboratively. This is the fusion that occurs – many minds, many perspectives, uniting and transforming based on those connections.

“On behalf of the Desire2Learn clients in Minnesota, we are excited that FUSION 2009 will be held in Minneapolis-Saint Paul,” said Al Essa, Associate Vice Chancellor / Deputy CIO, MnSCU. “In partnership with Desire2Learn, we will strive to bring attendees a conference that is interactive and creates a sense of learning and building together. It is fitting that the theme is The Art of Learning as art resonates throughout the twin cities of Minneapolis-Saint Paul.”

FUSION 2009 will offer more than 120 sessions, along with numerous activities and opportunities for networking and idea-sharing. Additionally, attendees can participate in demo pods, Discovery Booth, the Partner Program, Desire2Learn On Demand, product updates and the Desire2EXCEL awards.

A two and a half day post-conference workshop will once again conclude FUSION. This highly successful component will deliver hands-on training on the Desire2Learn products.

The Desire2Learn community encompasses hundreds of organizations from across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia. FUSION brings together the entire Desire2Learn community with the Desire2Learn team as they collaborate toward achieving eLearning milestones.

“Desire2Learn is thrilled to return to Minnesota for FUSION 2009 in partnership with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System,” stated John Baker, Desire2Learn President & CEO. “The annual Desire2Learn Users’ Conference brings our community together, creates new pathways in eLearning, celebrates the successes of our clients and ultimately continues to enhance teaching and learning. The Art of Learning is all about the continual pursuit and mastery of engaging learners.”

For additional information regarding the Desire2Learn FUSION Users’ Conference please visit: www.Desire2Learn.com/FUSION or email FUSION@Desire2Learn.com. For information about Minneapolis–Saint Paul, visit: www.minneapolis.org and www.stpaulcvb.org.

A Call for Presentations will be made shortly and will appear on the FUSION website.

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: www.Desire2Learn.com, call 1.888.772.0325 or 1.519.772.0325.

About the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32 colleges and universities, including 25 two-year colleges and seven state universities. The system is separate from the University of Minnesota.

The law creating the Minnesota State system was passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 1991 and went into effect July 1, 1995. The law merged the state’s community colleges, technical colleges and state universities into one system. Instead of three separate governing boards and three chancellors, there is now one board and one chancellor for the entire system.

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