D2L, often referred to as Desire2Learn, is a global cloud software company that provides cloud learning solutions for educational institutes.

D2L is the developer of the Brightspace learning management system which cloud-based software used by schools, higher education, and businesses for online and blended classroom learning. D2L is also the developer of Open Courses a Massive Open Online Course platform.

D2L was founded in 1999 by John Baker and is based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The company has offices in the United States, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Europe, and Brazil.

D2L partners with thought-leading organizations to improve learning through data-driven technology that helps deliver a personalized experience to every learner, regardless of geography or ability.

D2L’s open and extensible platform is used by more than 1,100 clients and almost 15 million individual learners in higher education, K–12, healthcare, government, and the enterprise sector—including Fortune 1000 companies.


The D2L family of companies includes D2L Corporation, D2L Ltd, D2L Australia Pty Ltd, D2L Europe Ltd, D2L Asia Pte. Ltd., and D2L Brasil Soluções de Tecnologia para Educação Ltda.


D2L is backed by New Enterprise Associates, OMERS Ventures, Graham Holdings and others. The company has acquired Captual, Metranome, Wiggio & Knowillage.



  • Year founded: 1999
  • Funding Info: $165M in 2 funding rounds (Last funding type: Series B)
  • Yearly Revenue: NA
  • Employee Size: 501-1,000
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: Kitchener
  • State: Ontario
  • Country: Canada
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