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Desire2Learn  is a modern and robust learning management system. It is designed to work on any modern web browser, on any computer operating system. The interface is also optimized for use on mobile devices, and several dedicated applications are available for iOS. 

Project Timeline

Sandbox course development started in Summer 2013 (without CAS or PeopleSoft integration), with 40 courses from a variety of disciplines piloted D2L in Fall 2013. Over 4200 students were in Desire2Learn for one of their Fall2013 courses. 

A larger migration is planned for Winter 2014. Full adoption of Desire2Learn will begin with the Spring 2014 semester.

As of Spring 2014, all online- and blended courses will be conducted in Desire2Learn.

Blackboard will be available for use in courses until the end of the Winter 2014 semester.

Sept. - Dec. 2013 (Phase One)

Forty courses from a variety of disciplines were piloted in Desire2Learn (D2L) during the Fall 2013 term.  Over 4200 students had at least once course in the D2L environment.

Click here to see a condensed version of the D2L Fall 2013 Pilot Survey for Students and Instructors.

Jan. - Apr. 2014 (Phase Two)

The Werklund School of Education and the faculties of Science, Social Work and Veterinary Medicine have agreed to participate in the second phase of the pilot, and will be using D2L for all Winter 2014 courses.  Other faculties including the Haskayne School of Business, Kinesiology and the Schulich School of Engineering will have a few courses in the D2L environment with others remaining in Blackboard. 

During this phase, the university will be offering full-scale migration of courses from Blackboard to Desire2Learn in support of the larger-scale implementation of courses on the Desire2Learn platform.

May 2014 (Final Phase)

As of May 31st, 2014, Blackboard will be replaced by Desire2Learn (D2L). All credited and Continuing Education courses, as of Spring/Summer 2014, will be automatically created and delivered in D2L. Courses will be available to instructors of record via the Portal or All faculties have been engaged with the D2L project team during this transition period.

If you have a NON-CREDIT course in Blackboard that you want to have migrated to D2L, submit a request at prior to May 24th, 2014. For information on D2L training opportunities see