Desire2Learn and Respondus Collaborate to Increase Security in Online Assessment

    SYNOPSIS: Integration of Desire2Learn Learning Environment and Respondus
    LockDown Browser Technologies to Increase Security in Online Testing

    REDMOND, Wash., March 26 /CNW/ -- Respondus Inc., a leading provider of
assessment tools for learning management systems in higher education, and
Desire2Learn Inc., a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning
solutions today announced the integration of Respondus LockDown Browser with
the Desire2Learn Learning Environment to offer increased security for online
    (*)(Photo Caption: Respondus LockDown Browser.)
    Developed to provide faculty, instructors, and teachers with an increased
sense of confidence and security with online assessments, Respondus LockDown
Browser prevents the ability to print, copy, visit another URL, or access
other applications while completing a quiz within the Desire2Learn Learning
Environment.  When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until
they submit it for grading.  Increased security for online testing ensures
that learner knowledge is accurately assessed and that all students are
measured similarly.
    "For faculty to fully embrace online testing, institutions have to
provide the tools that will prevent students from Googling for their answers
or accessing other applications during an online test," said David Smetters,
President of Respondus.  "Respondus LockDown Browser locks down a computer
during an online test and seamlessly integrates with the Desire2Learn Learning
Environment.  This functionality gives faculty confidence in online testing
and also provides a level playing field for classmates."
    "With the integration of the Desire2Learn Learning Environment and the
Respondus Lockdown Browser, we take another step forward in providing an
increasingly easy-to-use, secure and seamless environment in which students
can be assessed, and instructors can rely on results," said Jeremy Auger,
Desire2Learn Chief Operating Officer.  "Desire2Learn continues our commitment
to delivering on the needs of our clients in association with our partners."
    Combined with features such as question randomization, quiz passwords,
and time limits which are already available in the Desire2Learn Learning
Environment, faculty and teachers will now have a comprehensive set of
security options available to them when designing a quiz.  A single click
within the Quizzing tool is all it takes to set up a quiz that will require
students to use Respondus LockDown Browser.
    Available immediately, Desire2Learn clients can obtain a beta version of
Respondus LockDown Browser from the Respondus website.  The final release is
scheduled for June 2007, at which time beta participants will receive a free,
institution-wide license through December 31, 2007.
    To learn more about Respondus LockDown Browser, visit:
    To learn more about the Desire2Learn Learning Environment visit:

    About Respondus Inc.
    Respondus Inc. develops assessment applications for the eLearning market.
Thousands of faculty and instructors at over 2,000 colleges and universities
in over 50 countries use Respondus software to enhance the capabilities of
their course management systems.  Respondus Inc. also partners with higher
education publishers to distribute question banks in formats that are
compatible with all leading course management systems.  For more information,
please visit:

    About Desire2Learn Inc.
    Desire2Learn Inc. is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning
systems that enable organizations to create teaching and learning environments
that reflect their vision, values, goals, pedagogical approaches, and
branding.  Desire2Learn supports over four million learners worldwide and
clients include higher education, K-12, as well as associations, government,
and other leading organizations.  For more information, please visit:

    This release was issued on behalf of the above organization by
Send2Press(R), a unit of Neotrope(R).

For further information:

For further information: Andrew S. Kent, Corporate Communication of 
Respondus Inc., +1-425-497-0389,; or Jacqueline 
Chioreanu, Marketing Specialist of Desire2Learn Inc., +1-519-772-0325, ext.
365, Web Site:

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