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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

University of Iowa Selects Desire2Learn as Enterprise Learning Solution

Press Release

University of Iowa consolidates eLearning provider by choosing Desire2Learn's enterprise solution campus-wide.

Desire2Learn Inc., a world-leading provider of enterprise learning systems, today announced that the University of Iowa, a major national research university with a long-standing commitment to teaching, research and service, has selected Desire2Learn to provide the university’s enterprise learning system campus-wide replacing two other existing providers.  The University adopted a process that had broad involvement from the campus to consolidate its CMSs into one mission-critical enterprise system.  More than 28,000 students, 1,200 faculty and 13,000 staff at 11 colleges will be using the Desire2Learn system.

University of Iowa will replace its existing course management systems with the Desire2Learn Learning Platform, a complete suite of easy-to-use teaching and learning tools for course development, delivery and management.  Desire2Learn’s enterprise system 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 multiple colleges, departments and various other programs.  With an advanced architecture and special middleware, the Desire2Learn system will be integrated with the student information system, authentication system and many other systems at University of Iowa to ensure ease of administration and seamless connectivity.

The agreement also includes the Desire2Learn Learning Object Repository (LOR), an easy-to-use standards-based learning object repository enabling the storing, sharing and tracking of learning objects, which seamlessly integrates with the Desire2Learn Learning Platform.  The LOR will allow faculty or others at the University of Iowa to re-use published learning objects, or to simply add a resource to a topic, such as a published image, animation or movie.

“The Desire2Learn learning management solution provides the University with an opportunity to implement new functionality with a more consistent approach to e-learning for our students, faculty and staff,” said Steve Fleagle, Interim CIO at The University of Iowa.  “This will be one of our most important systems and we look forward to a successful implementation,” added Fleagle.

“We are thrilled that the University of Iowa has chosen us as their enterprise learning solution, and we look forward to working with them to improve the overall educational experience for faculty, staff and students,” said John Baker, Desire2Learn President and CEO.  “University of Iowa has some impressive goals related to eLearning and we are exited to be assisting them to achieve their vision for teaching and learning through our products and services,” Baker added.

About Desire2Learn Inc.

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

About the University of Iowa

Since 1847, The University of Iowa has distinguished itself as a national leader among public universities.  Today, as the 19th best public research university in the nation, its programs in health, business, engineering, education, law, the arts, communications, and the sciences are known worldwide for their excellence and innovation.

The University of Iowa offers more than 100 areas of undergraduate study through its 11 colleges and numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary research with top-quality faculty.  In addition, the University offers 97 graduate degree programs, including nine ranked among the country’s top 10 and 20 more ranked in the top 50.  An Iowa degree spells success in the job market, giving students the skills to continue learning and growing throughout their careers.


Jacqueline Chioreanu
Media/PR Contact
Desire2Learn Inc.
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(519) 772-0325
Steve Parrott
University Relations Director
University of Iowa
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(319) 335-0552