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Desire2Learn gets a facelift

By Courtenay Griffin

In August 2008, Memorial University will be upgrading Desire2Learn 8.1 to the new Desire2Learn 8.3 learning management system. This upgrade will provide faculty, students and staff with significant improvements to features of Desire2Learn that will enhance the way it can be used.

The new features include an improved appearance with easier navigation, new icons that improve consistency throughout the application, and enhancements to the gradebook tool, among several others.

“In order to maintain our reputation of being innovative in distance education, it’s essential that we stay on top of the changing technologies,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, director of Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT). “Based on feedback we’ve received from faculty over the past year, we hope the upgrade in Desire2Learn will provide them with the additional features they’ve been looking for.”

To prepare for the transition, DELT is offering facilitated demonstration sessions on the new features for faculty members and instructors with previous experience using Desire2Learn. Online tutorials are also available to students, faculty and staff, and can be viewed on the DELT website at any time.

The upgrade to Desire2Learn 8.3 will not cause significant disruption to users of the learning management system. However, as a result of the upgrade transition, Desire2Learn will be unavailable on August 18, 19 and 20.

Desire2Learn is the learning management system administered by DELT and used by Memorial University to give students, faculty and staff access to web courses. Desire2Learn offers a flexible, online learning environment with tools and features that help to provide a quality education to distance learners and on-campus students enrolled in courses with an online component.

To register for a facilitated demonstration session, view the online tutorials, or learn more information about the Desire2Learn upgrade, call (709) 737-8700 or toll free at 1-866-435-1396, or visit