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Ferrum College Selects D2L to Transform Students' Online Learning Experiences

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/28/14 -- D2L (Desire2Learn), the EdTech company that created Brightspace, the world's first truly integrated learning platform (ILP), today announced that Ferrum College-a private liberal arts college in Virginia-has selected Brightspace to improve students' overall success and engagement by transforming their online learning experiences.

With the Brightspace platform, Ferrum College will have a mobile-ready learning environment that can be easily personalized to provide students with the tools they need to learn whenever and wherever they can. The platform combines sophisticated technology and powerful assessment capabilities with the social and collaborative tools today's students expect to utilize at the college level.

"Brightspace was the most advanced yet easy-to-use solution we reviewed. Its rich capabilities in online learning, community sharing and analytics are a perfect fit for the unique needs of our institution," said Gail Summer, Ed.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ferrum College. "The company's technology will empower our students to take advantage of a more flexible but open and connected learning environment."

As a part of its implementation of the Brightspace platform, students at Ferrum College will also use D2L ePortfolio-a personalized online application for storing, organizing and sharing documents, graphics, audio files and presentations. D2L ePortfolio will enable students to easily share their achievements, knowledge and reflections with advisors, employers or peers-even beyond their college years.

"Students have expressed to us that a more flexible and personalized learning approach is more suited to their lifestyles. Personalized learning also directly improves their learning outcomes," said John Baker, President and CEO of D2L. "Ferrum College's dedication to providing the most innovative educational technology will serve its students well, helping them to better access and share materials both online and offline as needed."

About Ferrum College

Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor's degree programs, at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. The College celebrates its centennial during 2013-2014. For more information, visit www.ferrum.edu.

ABOUT D2L

A global leader in EdTech, D2L is the creator of Brightspace, the world's first integrated learning platform. The company partners with thought-leading organizations to improve learning through data-driven technology that helps deliver a personalized experience to every learner, regardless of geography or ability. D2L's open and extensible platform is used by more than 1,100 clients and almost 15 million individual learners in higher education, K-12, healthcare, government, and the enterprise sector-including Fortune 1000 companies. The company has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore. www.brightspace.com, www.D2L.com

The D2L Family of Companies includes Desire2Learn Incorporated, D2L Ltd., Desire2Learn Australia Pty Ltd, Desire2Learn UK Ltd., Desire2Learn Singapore Pte Ltd and D2L Brazil Solucoes de Tecnologia para Educacao Ltda.

Brightspace and D2L are trademarks of Desire2Learn Incorporated, registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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