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Learning management system provider Desire2Learn is putting its $80 million in venture capital funding to use, acquiring its third startup in less than a year. This week, the company announced it has acquired the adaptive learning company Knowillage, which produces LeaP, a system that can index an institution's academic materials. If a student is struggling with a particular topic, LeaP can suggest content that allows the student to attack the topic from a different angle.

Desire2Learn will integrate the technology into its learning system.

"With this system, the teacher will be able ... to ensure that everybody can have access to a tool that continually increases their competency in any given course, in any given concept," said Jeff McDowell, Desire2Learn vice president of marketing and business development.

Desire2Learn previously acquired Wiggio, which creates group management software, and Degree Compass, an analytics tool. McDowell described the acquisitions as "tuck-ins," and said Desire2Learn does not have any future acquisitions "in the hopper."