Desire2Learn Inc.

Desire2Learn Inc.

June 05, 2006 18:03 ET

Desire2Learn Announces the Release of an Extensive New Product Suite Delivering Client-Driven Innovation for eLearning

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 5, 2006) -

SYNOPSIS: Desire2Learn launches three exciting new releases as part of its eLearning Suite including: Learning Environment 8.1, Learning Repository 3.5, and LiveRoom 4.0 enabling clients to elevate the potential of eLearning by measuring learning outcomes, tools that support greater student success, increasing collaboration, and significantly reducing the time required to create content and manage eLearning.

Desire2Learn Inc., a world-leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning systems, today unveiled the latest version of their eLearning Suite including: Learning Environment 8.1, Learning Repository 3.5, and LiveRoom 4.0. With these new releases, Desire2Learn provides the solutions for clients to meet their increasing need to measure and assess organizational effectiveness, and for innovative new technology to structure the assessment and evaluation of learners. This is made possible by a comprehensive set of reporting and competency tracking tools. In addition, clients will gain significant time savings as a result of new features that enable quicker course development, greater collaboration, and content sharing.

"The release of our eLearning Suite is our most significant new product release in the past three years. The very unique technology launching today is the direct result of significant ongoing input and collaboration with our clients, over two years of R&D, and six months of beta and performance testing," states John Baker, Desire2Learn President & CEO. "These new features and enhancements provide our clients with the means to significantly evolve eLearning for their respective organizations by extending key functionality while retaining our user-friendly interface which has a track-record of resulting in substantially higher adoption and success rates. The response and support we have received from our clients has been tremendous, and we look forward to continuing to innovate with clients going forward."

Desire2Learn's Learning Environment 8.1 will enable teachers and learners globally to educate and innovate by bringing new options for measuring competencies and learning outcomes across an organization or within a program, blogging, reporting and data warehousing, special email features, and very granular importing and exporting options to Desire2Learn software.

"It is a product suite that has the capabilities to do what we have to do in higher ed, but mostly are not doing --- assessment of student learning from when they enter our doors until they leave," states Barry Dahl, VP of Technology & the Virtual Campus at Lake Superior College, a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institution.

Desire2Learn's Learning Environment 8.1 introduces the following new features:

- Competencies and Learning Outcomes - Structures the definition and tracking of learning outcomes to measure organizational effectiveness and student success

- Rubrics - Reduces administration and time by creating a consistent means of measurement and evaluation while improving student learning

- Reporting and Data Warehouse - Provides the ability to gather and present information on countless metrics in a meaningful way

- Quizzing/Self-Assessment/Surveys - Provides new options for assessing and measuring student learning and gathering feedback, including cross-course surveys or quizzes

- Blogging - Increases communication and collaboration

Learning Repository 3.5 enables users to expand their Learning Environment beyond the capabilities of any other solution in the market. It allows for effective tagging, storage of objects, fast searches, easy linking/retrieval, and dramatically increases the efficiency of learning object reuse. Desire2Learn clients on the same instance can build common repositories between different organizations, and a new enhancement in this release includes support for a federated search of MERLOT. Learning Repository 3.5 will significantly increase the collaboration and communication within and between institutions through the sharing and reuse of learning objects.

LiveRoom 4.0 contains a number of key components including: chats, an object-based drawing canvas, quick linking of Learning Environment resources, a presentation management area, and a fully integrated web browser. This offering has been designed to improve the learning experience for all participants by allowing groups to collaborate more effectively through a real-time learning environment.

For additional information please visit www.Desire2Learn.com, contact Info@Desire2Learn.com or call 1-888-772-0325.

About Desire2Learn Inc. - Desire2Learn Inc. is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning systems that enable organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, values, goals, pedagogical approaches, and branding. Desire2Learn supports over 4 million learners worldwide and clients include schools, higher education, as well as associations, government, and other leading organizations. For more information, please visit www.Desire2Learn.com.

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