Turnitin and Desire2Learn Release Milestone Integration

Turnitin and Desire2Learn Release Milestone Integration

Collaborative effort with Desire2Learn® Learning Suite 10 provides richer GradeMark access for evaluating student writing

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 17, 2012 – Turnitin, the leader in originality checking and online grading, and Desire2Learn, a leader in providing innovative learning solutions, today announced at FUSION 2012, significant usability and functionality enhancements to the integration of GradeMark with Desire2Learn Learning Suite 10.This enhanced integration of Turnitin’s award-winning online grading tool provides Desire2Learn users with richer grade collection capabilities in GradeMark and the ability to transfer grades to Desire2Learn Learning Environment.

“We’re excited to announce this breakthrough technology with Desire2Learn that gives thousands of our joint users expanded capabilities and an overall richer experience with Turnitin,” said Steve Golik, vice president of product management at Turnitin. “Both teams worked tirelessly on this integration and the result is impressive.”

Instructors employing the new integration with Turnitin can now save up to 50 percent of their grading time when evaluating student writing by using the GradeMark drag-and-drop QuickMark® comments, grading rubrics, and voice comments. U.S. customers will also have access to ETS® e-rater® grammar checking technology and writing handbooks that are integrated with Turnitin. All customers will experience additional flexibility and an easier interface with the Desire2Learn Learning Suite 10 integration.

“Desire2Learn continues to focus on delivering innovative solutions focused on helping to transform learning,” said Jeremy Auger, CTO and Executive VP, Desire2Learn. “This richer integration with Turnitin offers educators a valuable extension to our platform that makes an impact on learning and outcomes.”

The new features of the integration will be presented at a Turnitin user group meeting at FUSION 2012 on Tuesday, July 17 at 4:00 pm in room LE-2. A recent webcast unveiling the integration to key Turnitin and Desire2Learn customers is available on the Turnitin website at: http://pages.turnitin.com/WebcastD2L_archive.html.

About Turnitin
Turnitin is the world’s leading web-based solution for plagiarism prevention, used by educators worldwide to check students’ papers for originality, to enable web-based peer review and for digital grading of student work. The Turnitin product family includes iThenticate, the leader in plagiarism detection in research, publishing and other commercial markets. Together, these solutions check millions of documents each month and are used in over 100 countries. Turnitin is a registered trademark of iParadigms, LLC, headquartered in Oakland, Calif. with an international office located in Newcastle, United Kingdom. iParadigms is backed by Warburg Pincus. http://www.turnitin.com and http://www.ithenticate.com

About Desire2Learn
Desire2Learn Incorporated delivers industry-leading learning solutions that enable organizations to create learning environments that reflect their vision and goals. As one of the world’s largest providers of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) eLearning solutions for education, Desire2Learn supports more than 8 million learners worldwide in higher education, K-12, healthcare, government and the corporate space. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn has personnel in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), +44 808.234.4235 (U.K. and Europe), 0.800.452.069 (New Zealand) and 1.800.656.210 (Australia).

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Media Contacts

• Chris Harrick, Vice President of Marketing, Turnitin, 510-764-7579, charrick@turnitin.com

• John McLeod, Vice President, Marketing, Desire2Learn, 519-772-0325 x378, PR@Desire2Learn.com

• Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x19, emily@cblohm.com