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South Dakota Board of Regents Teams up with Desire2Learn to Elevate eLearning Statewide

South Dakota Board of Regents selects Desire2Learn to replace its Learning Management System Provider with a statewide implementation

Desire2Learn, a world leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions, announced today that the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR), the State’s public higher education governing body, has selected the Desire2Learn solution to bring SDBOR’s academic program to new levels, engaging its more than 32,000 students.

South Dakota Board of Regents, comprised of six four-year state universities and three higher education centers, produces over 4,900 graduates each year. The Desire2Learn solution will enable SDBOR to reach its academic and electronic administration goals utilizing the robust and scalable solution. By selecting Desire2Learn, SDBOR will be delivering an enhanced academic program to higher education learners across the state of South Dakota. Additionally the Desire2Learn solution will provide a “one-stop-shop” for curriculum resources, student services, and electronic records and information across the state.

The Desire2Learn Enterprise eLearning Suite is designed to support the mission-critical needs of large institutions and consortiums with the need for more advanced management of the learning environment, courses and different roles that interact within and across multiple campuses, departments and various other programs. The unique architecture, found only in the Desire2Learn Learning Environment, allows a single hosted environment to support the diverse needs of multiple campuses and institutions while providing the ability to share and collaborate as a group, and retaining autonomy as required.

“Our students and faculty learn and work today in a technology-rich environment,” said Dr. Robert T. Tad Perry, executive director of the Board of Regents. “Desire2Learn will allow students and faculty to maximize the learning potential with a contemporary support system.” Perry said the plan is to convert all current online course materials and train all relevant personnel by the fall of 2008.

“We are thrilled that South Dakota Board of Regents has selected Desire2Learn,” said John Baker, Desire2Learn President and CEO. “This partnership is another testament to the success of statewide implementations, representing our commitment and strength in successfully implementing and managing statewide initiatives. SDBOR has set impressive goals across the state to engage and enable their learners and users to succeed. We are eager to collaborate and assist them to achieve their vision.”

About Desire2Learn Inc.

Desire2Learn Inc. 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 supports over four 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 or call 1.888.772.0325.

About South Dakota Board of Regents

Under authority granted to it by the South Dakota Constitution, the Board of Regents governs six public universities and two schools serving special K-12 populations. The primary goal of the regents� system is to provide high quality, diverse educational opportunities and services to the people of South Dakota through the effective use of resources entrusted to it.

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For information, contact:

Jacqueline Chioreanu
Marketing Specialist
Desire2Learn Inc.
(519) 772-0325 ext. 365
PR@Desire2Learn.com

Janelle Toman
Director of Information & Institutional Research
South Dakota Board of Regents
(605) 773-3455
JanelleT@sdbor.edu