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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

The University of Akron Adopts Desire2Learn to Enhance Student Success

Press Release

The University of Akron adopts the Desire2Learn solution replacing its previous Learning Management System

Desire2Learn, a world leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions, announced today that The University of Akron, a large public research university, has chosen the Desire2Learn solution to provide a robust and scalable online learning environment to its more than 24,700 learners for online and web-enhanced delivery. The decision follows an extensive and in-depth evaluation period of competitive eLearning products.

The University of Akron, a comprehensive research and teaching university, serves more than 24,700 students in 300 academic programs. The Desire2Learn solution will enable The University to achieve its goals of providing an intuitive and easy-to-use system for its faculty, students and administrators. By utilizing the robust and scalable solution from Desire2Learn, the university has found a single solution to meet its diverse needs as a large research university. A key factor in the decision was the stable, integrated Desire2Learn Learning Environment replacing WebCT. The University of Akron wanted to work with a company with vision and one which has a leadership presence in the learning management marketplace.

The Desire2Learn Enterprise eLearning Suite is designed to support the mission-critical needs of large institutions 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 programs. The unique architecture, found only in the Desire2Learn Learning Environment, allows a single hosted environment to support the diverse needs of multiple programs and campuses while providing the ability to share and collaborate as a group, and retaining autonomy as required.

“University of Akron students, faculty and staff reviewed several learning management systems, and unanimously chose Desire2Learn,” said John R. Savery, UA’s Director of Learning Technologies and Scholar/Learner Services. “Clearly, Desire2Learn will best allow our professors to enhance online learning environments, in turn further enhancing the educational experience for our students.”

“The university has set impressive goals to engage and enable their learners and users to succeed,” said John Baker, Desire2Learn President and CEO. “This partnership is another testament to the success of large-scale implementations, representing our commitment and strength in successfully implementing and managing large initiatives. 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: or call 1.888.772.0325.

About The University of Akron

The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News & World Report. Serving more than 24,700 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit


For information, contact:

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

Sarah J. Lane
Public Relations Representative
The University of Akron
(330) 972-7429