D2L Joins DLA

Who we are

Desire2Learn is the creator of Brightspace, the world’s first truly integrated learning platform. We partner with thought-leading organizations around the globe to improve learning through data-driven technology that helps deliver a personalized experience to every learner, regardless of geography or ability. Our platform is used by more than 1,100 clients and 15 million learners in higher education, K-12, healthcare, government, and the enterprise sector.

Fifteen years after the company was formed, our team has grown to include over 800 employees and offices in several countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore.

How we started

D2L was founded in 1999 by John Baker. At the time, his engineering class was being challenged to look at the world in a new way. Instead of coming up with answers, they were asked to come up with questions—questions that nobody had really even asked.

John realized that despite all the changes technology was facilitating in the world, the University campus where he stood seemed almost untouched by that change. The question he came up with was: how can we use technology to dramatically transform and improve learning—not just for him and his university, but for learners everywhere?

The more John thought about this question over the last fifteen years, the more he has come to believe that one of the most important things we can do to help each other is ensure that everyone has access to the best possible learning opportunities—opportunities enabled by our best teaching and our best technologies.

Today, D2L is working with clients around the world to help learners at a scale that was hard to imagine in 1999.

“When you see all the stories of what we can impact when we work together, you can understand why this is a mission for us—a way for us to contribute to progress and build a brighter future.” – John Baker

What we believe

We believe that progress is about people.  It’s about equipping the next generation of inventors, dreamers, and creators to tackle the great challenges and opportunities that we have yet to imagine. It’s why we exist: the belief that fuels our imagination and has led us to where we are today.

We also believe in partnership, not just product.  We’re proud of the strong and lasting relationships we’ve built with institutions, educators, and enterprise learning partners. By collaborating and listening to their needs, we’re able to bring positive change to learning and to the world—together.

What we do

We build technology that enables better learning for a brighter future. Tools that enable transparency, flexibility, and responsiveness. Tools that offer the freedom to teach and the freedom to learn, develop, and grow with the world. Tools that offer great insights and support the nuances of every individual’s personal path towards fulfilling their unique potential.

Brightspace represents much more to us than a name.  It represents our beliefs, purpose, and focus on progress at the intersection of technology and learning.  It’s a big idea and vision: an opportunity to educate influencers, a celebration of thought leadership and community, and a clearly defined mission for all of us.  Perhaps most importantly, it’s a way of demonstrating our ongoing commitment to go beyond the LMS and simply managing learning to deliver on the promise of a brighter future by truly improving it.

More at http://www.brightspace.com.