Desire2Learn (D2L) Newest Major Sponsor For The U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

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Desire2Learn a USDLA 21st Century Award Winner for excellence in distance education and innovative eLearning practices has signed on to sponsor USDLA.

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) welcomes Desire2Learn Incorporated (D2L) a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, today as their latest major sponsor. The association is the first non-profit distance learning association founded 1987 in the United States to support distance learning research, development and praxis across the complete arena of education, training and communications.

“As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are excited to have the support of D2L,” said Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, President of USDLA. “As one of USDLA’s prestigious 21st Century Best Practice Distance Learning Award winners, D2L has continued to raise the bar of excellence and we are excited to have them onboard.”

D2L is the software leader that makes learning experiences better. The company’s cloud-based platform is easy to use, flexible, and smart. With Brightspace, organizations can personalize the experience for every learner to deliver real results. The company is a world leader in learning analytics: Its platform predicts learner performance so that organizations can take action in real time to keep learners on track. Brightspace is used by learners in higher education, schools, and the enterprise sector, including the Fortune 1000. D2L has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore.

“We have worked with USDLA over the years and the time is now to further engage with them and the industry,” commented D2L President & CEO John Baker. “As a previous award winner and now sponsor, we look forward to supporting the association across all events beginning with the 2020 National Virtual Conference.”

“D2L believes learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests and they have transformed the way millions of people learn online and, in the classroom,” said Dr. Reggie Smith III, USDLA CEO / Executive Director. “USDLA is standing strong during these challenging pandemic times to lead the world in the application of distance learning best practices for the benefit of society and with D2L and others backing the association, we will continue to transform this industry.”

The 2020 National Virtual Conference is the premier event for professionals in the distance learning industry. Our 2020 event will be held Tuesday July 21, 2020 – Friday July 24, 2020 and promises to deliver an action-packed agenda that will bring together distance learning practitioners from across the country to our virtual stage. The format of the event allows attendees to learn about relevant topics from many different points of view. The moderate size makes it possible for attendees to actively participate.

“We are look forward to working with D2L and our new board members as we continue to execute our mission and to bring together new and returning members at the National Conference (July 21-24), National Distance Learning Week (NDLW - November 9-13), and the International Forum for Women in eLearning (IFWE - December 2-4),” said Janet Major, USDLA Board Chair.

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Washington, D.C. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-K-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. For more information, visit

About D2L
Brightspace by D2L is a cloud-based learning platform built by educators, for educators that works on any device. It is a secure, reliable platform that lets you create engaging courses using your technology to fit your needs. With Brightspace, you can easily set up individualized learning paths for your learners, keep them on track with automated nudges, give them personalized feedback and engage them through gamification, social tools, video and other powerful features.

Brightspace is the only learning platform chosen as a partner of the National Federation of the Blind’s Centre of Excellence in Nonvisual Access. Brightspace was also named the Best K-12 Learning Management System and Best Professional Learning Solution for Faculty and Administrative Staff at the SIIA CODiE Awards. To learn more, visit the Higher Education and K-12 pages on our website (

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