Desire2Learn
D2L
Formerly called
Desire2Learn
Private
Industry Cloud Software: Educational technology
Founded 1999
Headquarters Kitchener, ON, Canada
Key people
Brands Brightspace
Number of employees
800+
Website www.D2L.com

D2L Corporation, known until 2014 as Desire2Learn, is an educational technology company with corporate headquarters in Kitchener, Ontario. It is known for its Brightspace learning management system.[1][2][3]

History

Desire2Learn was founded in 1999[4] by president and CEO John Baker. The company is headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and has 800+ staff in the US, Canada, the UK, Brazil, Singapore and Australia.[5]

In 2004, D2L first introduced support for Competency Based Education, and subsequently added integrations with other D2L products such as ePortfolio.[6][7]

In 2011, D2L acquired Captual Technologies Inc.[8] whose technology evolved into the Brightspace Capture[9] offering.

In 2012, D2L raised $80 million in financing.[10][11]

In 2013, D2L acquired Wiggio,[12][13] and Knowillage Systems Inc., the creator of the adaptive learning engine, LeaP.[14][15]

In 2014, D2L rebranded its integrated learning platform as Brightspace.[1] The company name was changed to D2L Corporation. In 2014, D2L raised an $85 million series B financing round.[16][17][18] D2L acquired the Achievement Standards Network (ASN).[19]

Patent battle

Competitors include BlackBoard Inc. and Moodle Pty Ltd.[20] In 2006, D2L and Blackboard were involved in a legal dispute over issues related to U.S. Patent 6,988,138.[21][22] In December 2009, the companies issued a joint press release indicating that legal proceedings had ended with both companies agreeing to license each other's software.[23][24] For more information about Blackboard and U.S. Patent 6,988,138, see Legal matters section of the Blackboard Inc. article.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Tony Wan (July 14, 2014). "The Sum of Desire2Learn's Acquisitions: Brightspace". Edsurge News. 
  2. ^ JOSEPH CZIKK (July 15, 2014). "DESIRE2LEARN LAUNCHES NEW INTEGRATED LEARNING PLATFORM CALLED BRIGHTSPACE". BetaKit. 
  3. ^ Dian Schaffhauser (2014-07-14). "D2L Unveils Revamped Platform 'Brightspace' with Adaptive Learning". THE Journal. 
  4. ^ "EPC Spotlight-Desire2Learn". Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "D2L - Complete profile - Canadian Company Capabilities - Industries and Business - Industry Canada". www.ic.gc.ca. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "Desire2Learn Supports Educators Striving to Enhance Student Learning Outcomes | D2L". D2L. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Desire2Learn Competencies and Rubrics: Part I". e-Literate. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Desire2Learn acquires small e-learning firm". www.therecord.com. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "Brightspace Capture | Brightspace". Brightspace by D2L. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Desire2Learn finally accepts venture investment". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. 2012-09-04. 
  11. ^ Ki Mae Heussner (September 4, 2012). "As ed tech heats up, Desire2Learn raises $80M in its first VC round". Gigaom. 
  12. ^ Ingrid Lunden; Rip Empson (March 8, 2013). "Flush With $80M, Desire2Learn Buys 'Anti-Sharepoint For Students' Platform Wiggio, Its 2nd Acquisition In 2 Months". TechCrunch. 
  13. ^ "Desire2Learn Acquires Wiggio". EdSurge News. March 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ CHRISTINA FARR (September 9, 2013). "Desire2Learn acquires Knowillage to bring personalized learning to classrooms". VentureBeat. 
  15. ^ Jacob Serebrin (2013-09-09). "Desire2Learn Goes for Deep Analytics with Acquisition of Knowillage Systems". Techvibes. 
  16. ^ Kolodny, Lora (2014-08-14). "Desire2Learn Raises $85M to Deliver 'Personalized Education'". The Wall Street Journal. 
  17. ^ "Canada's Desire2Learn raises $85 mln for global e-learning push". Reuters. 2014-08-14. 
  18. ^ "Bloomberg Business". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 2015-01-26. 
  19. ^ "Desire2Learn Acquires The Achievement Standards Network From JES & CO". Marketwire. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ "Desire2Learn Expansion Creating Good Jobs In Waterloo Region". Retrieved . [permanent dead link]
  21. ^ "Blackboard Inc. v. Desire2Learn Inc. Complaint" (PDF). 
  22. ^ "Federal Circuit Rules in Favor of Desire2Learn Across the Board". Archived from the original on 2010-12-25. Retrieved . 
  23. ^ "Blackboard, D2L Announce Patent Cross License Agreement and Settlement of Litigation". Archived from the original on 2012-11-29. Retrieved . 
  24. ^ "Blackboard Settles Longstanding Patent Fight With Rival Desire2Learn". Retrieved . 

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