eCollegeSM Announces Plans for Integrated Course and Content Management System

November 6, 2003

DENVER – November 4, 2003 – eCollegeSM [Nasdaq: ECLG], a leading provider of outsource eLearning solutions for online post-secondary education programs, today announced plans to launch its eCollege Course and Content Management System, the next generation of eCollege’s eLearning solution that helps customers efficiently manage course content across their entire institution.

“eCollege has always been focused on solutions that support online program efficiency and scale,” said Oakleigh Thorne, chairman and CEO of eCollege. “We are working closely with our customers to proactively develop content management functionality that will help them most efficiently administer their programs as their operational requirements continue to evolve.”

eCollege’s Course and Content Management System will help institutions centrally manage, standardize and reuse large volumes of content across multiple programs, courses and sections. This simplifies the enterprise-wide administration process, adds more value from creating rich institutional content, and supports the use of quality content throughout an institution’s programs.

As online programs become even more central to the way institutions serve the large non-traditional student population, an entirely new set of requirements is emerging. To meet these future needs, eCollege has established a multi-phase plan for content management advancements, with the first phase scheduled for release in 2004, and the second phase scheduled for release in 2005. New features will include:

  • Content Reusability – allows a content object to exist across multiple courses, departments and schools, yet be updated in one central location, so institutions can easily reuse content throughout their programs.
  • Version Control – enables course authors to retrieve previous versions so they can track and review the history of changes made to the content object to confirm quality and accuracy.
  • Content Use Reporting – gives administrators and faculty permission to easily see where content is being used across the campus so they can verify standardization and ensure quality.
  • Template Authoring – provides a framework for professional and consistent content delivery, so institutions can efficiently facilitate more advanced course authoring.
  • Workflow Management – establishes a process for institutions to manage those who create, edit, approve and publish content to ensure quality control and productivity.
  • Standards Compliant Meta-Tagging – fully supports SCORM 1.2 to enable searches so institutions can quickly and easily find out what content is available for reuse on a particular topic, as well as effectively cataloging and utilizing reusable content objects.
  • Intellectual Property Tracking – enables tracking by content providers, including publishers, to efficiently manage intellectual property and determine frequency of use for specific content.

About eCollege
eCollege [Nasdaq: ECLG] is a leading eLearning outsource provider of technology and services to educational markets. The Company designs, builds and supports some of the most successful, fully online degree, certificate/diploma and professional development programs in the country. eCollege’s customers include publicly-traded for-profit institutions, community colleges, public and private universities, school districts, and state departments of education. The Company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Denver. For more information, visit

This news release contains statements that are not historical in nature and that may be characterized as “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the securities laws including statements regarding the scalability of the eCollege System, the planned timing of future releases of our multi-phase plan for content management advancements, online programs becoming more central to the way institutions serve their non-traditional students, the continued growth of our customers’ online programs, and any other statements that are not historical facts. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks. Actual results may differ materially. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, , our network infrastructure and computer systems failing, the vulnerability of our network to security risks, the possibility that we may be unable to meet our planned product release schedule, our clients’ ability to expand their online programs, and such other factors as are discussed in our most recent Form 10-Q Quarterly Report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), which you are encouraged to review in connection with this release. We believe that these forward-looking statements are reasonable, however, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date of this release. We are not obligated to publicly release any revisions to forward-looking statements to reflect events after the date of this release.

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