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IndustryEducational Software: eLearning
HeadquartersKitchener, ON, Canada
Key peopleCEO: John Baker,
CTO: Jeremy Auger,
COO: Dennis Kavelman,
CFO: Brandon Nussey
Products(see Products and Services)
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IndustryEducational Software: eLearning
HeadquartersKitchener, ON, Canada
Key peopleCEO: John Baker,
CTO: Jeremy Auger,
COO: Dennis Kavelman,
CFO: Brandon Nussey
Products(see Products and Services)

Desire2Learn Incorporated (also known as Desire2Learn or abbreviated as D2L) is a provider of enterprise eLearning solutions and develops online Learning Management Systems (LMS) used at more than 1100 institutions in 20 different countries around the world.[1]


The company was founded in 1999[2] by president and CEO John Baker. The company is headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and has staff in the US, Canada, the UK, Brazil, Singapore and Australia.[citation needed]

Desire2Learn has a 98% client retention rate[3] Deloitte Technology's Fast 50 program has considered that Desire2Learn is among the fastest growing technology companies in Canada[4] and is one of the Top 50 Small to Medium Size Employers for two consecutive years, 2011 and 2012.[5][6] Desire2Learn was named the 2012 Business of the Year at the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.[7]

Desire2Learn had over 750 institutions with 10 million users in their database as of December 2013.[8]

The Digital Experience Innovation Community at the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus was established on the Desire2Learn platform.[9]

Desire2Learn completed a Series B financing round of $85 Million [10] in August of 2014.






Products and services[edit]

Desire2Learn develops an e-Learning enterprise suite that serves as the learning management system for schools, colleges, universities, virtual schools, governments, associations, and organizations.

The Desire2Learn Learning Suite includes:[18]

  • Desire2Learn Learning Environment
  • Desire2Learn ePortfolio
  • Desire2Learn Insights
  • Desire2Learn Learning Repository
  • Desire2Learn Campus Life
  • Desire2Learn Assignment Grader
  • Desire2Learn Capture

Desire2Learn announced the launch of Desire2Learn Learning Suite 10 on April 10, 2012 — the company's latest platform update with significant updates to the layout and interface, as well as a number of feature enhancements.[19] The company's tagline for the release was "Simple meets sophisticated." General availability of the new platform was announced on May 18, 2012.[20]

Technology partners[edit]

The company has established partnerships with Aventa Learning, Inc.;[21] Bocavox;[22] Cengage Learning;[23] ConnectYard; Core Solutions Software;[24] CourseSmart; Design Science;[25] Elsevier;[26] Ellucian;[27] eScience Labs;[28] IBM;[29] iParadigms, LLC; Learning Objects; Link-Systems International;[30] McGraw Hill Education;[31] Microsoft;[32] Perceptis; ReadSpeaker;[33] Respondus;[34] Sun Microsystems; ReMarks PDF;[35] SoftChalk;[36] SunGard Higher Education;[37] Turning Technologies, LLC; Turnitin; WebTrain Communications; Design Science (DSI); eLearn Campus; Webducate; WebTrain Communications;[38] Pearson Education Inc.; and Pearson EQUELLA.

On April 13, 2012, Desire2Learn and IBM announced their collaboration on IBM's Smarter Education Solution. The solution combines Desire2Learn's student focused learning environment with IBM's deep analytics, case management, and workflow to create instructional improvement systems for districts, departments of education, colleges, and universities.[39]

History of patent battle[edit]

On July 26, 2006, Blackboard, a rival company, issued a press release regarding its recently granted US patent 6,988,138 on "Internet-based education support system and methods" (U.S. Patent 6,988,138). Blackboard also filed a lawsuit against Desire2Learn. Desire2Learn appealed the case to the Federal Circuit where the Federal Circuit ruled in favour of Desire2Learn across the board—it affirmed the lower court's ruling that the first 35 claims were invalid, and it overturned the judgment resulting from the jury verdict against Desire2Learn.[40] On December 15, 2009, both companies issued a joint press release[41] indicating that legal proceedings had ended with both companies agreeing to license each other's software. [42] In the month of November 2010, Blackboard confirmed in an email that "Blackboard chose to abandon the '138 patent in April and not pursue additional appeals," after the patent's official termination by the USPTO.[43] For more information about Blackboard and U.S. Patent 6,988,138, see Legal matters section of the Blackboard Inc. article.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "EPC Spotlight-Desire2Learn". Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  3. ^ "Desire2Learn Sales Update 03 2012". Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  4. ^ Galt, Virginia (2010-05-19). "How to bake innovation into the corporate DNA". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
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  7. ^ "Desire2Learn Honored with 'Business of the Year' Award". Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
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  10. ^ "D2L Raises $85 Million in Strategic Financing - MarketWatch". Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  11. ^ YRDSB section of eLearningOntario site
  12. ^ "Desire 2 Learn (D2L): CALU". California University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Desire 2 Learn (D2L) Information &Resources". Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
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  15. ^ "Desire2Learn | eLearning | University of Calgary". University of Calgary. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "WCU LMS Migration: Blackboard to Desire 2 Learn - West Chester University". West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Kodiak for students- Western New England University". Western New England University. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Desire2Learn's Learning Suite Products". Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  19. ^ "Desire2Learn Announces Major Enhancements in Usability and Personalization with Desire2Learn Learning Suite 10". Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  20. ^ "Desire2Learn Announces General Availability of Desire2Learn® Learning Suite 10". Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  21. ^ "Technology: Technology and Learning Management Systems". Aventa Learning. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  22. ^ "Desire2Learn Partner Directory". Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  23. ^ "Technology Learning Connected". Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  24. ^ "Desire2Learn Partner Directory". Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  25. ^ "Desire2Learn Partner Directory". Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  26. ^ "Desire2Learn Partner Directory". Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  27. ^ "Desire2Learn Partner Directory". Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  28. ^ "Desire2Learn Partner Directory". Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  29. ^ "Desire2Learn Partner Directory". Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  30. ^ "Desire2Learn Partner Directory". Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  31. ^ "McGraw-Hill Ryerson Canada - Higher Education - Partnerships". Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  32. ^ "Learning management systems: Microsoft Education Solutions". Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  33. ^ "Desire2Learn Partner Directory". Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  34. ^ "Respondus Technology Partners :: Respondus, Inc.". Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  35. ^ "Desire2Learn Partner Directory". Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  36. ^ "Desire2Learn Partner Directory". Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  37. ^ "Higher Education Collaborative Membership Catalog". Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  38. ^ "Desire2Learn Partner Directory". Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  39. ^ "IBM and Desire2Learn Introduce New Services and Software offerings to K-12 and Higher Education". Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
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  41. ^ "Blackboard, Desire2Learn Announce Patent Cross License Agreement and Settlement of Litigation". Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  42. ^ "Blackboard Settles Longstanding Patent Fight With Rival Desire2Learn". Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  43. ^ "Blackboard Drops Appeals on Software Patent". Retrieved 2010-12-14. 

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