eCollegeSM Releases its Enhanced Gradebook, Marking its First Full Microsoft .NET Implementation

October 31, 2003

DENVER – October 30, 2003 – eCollegeSM [Nasdaq: ECLG], a leading provider of outsource eLearning solutions for online post-secondary education programs, today announced the release of its Enhanced Gradebook, its first application built entirely upon Microsoft .NET technology.

“The development of our Enhanced Gradebook, using the .NET framework, marks a key milestone in our ongoing effort to advance our architecture for even greater efficiency and scalability,” said Oakleigh Thorne, chairman and CEO of eCollege. “By leveraging the .NET developer tools, we can accelerate our product development schedule, while ensuring all new features and functionality can scale to handle the continuing growth of our clients’ online programs.”

The Enhanced Gradebook demonstrates further progress in eCollege’s commitment to standards-based technology and interoperability. This vision, which eCollege established last year, includes the use of .NET technology, SOAP, SCORM, IMS Standards, and a Web Services approach to system integration that is incorporated in this latest eCollege Gradebook advancement.

“We are very pleased to be associated with eCollege’s continued advancements,” said David Driftmier, director of strategy for Microsoft Corp.’s Education Solutions Group [Nasdaq: MSFT]. “eCollege is a thought leader in this space, and by using the .NET technology in its applications, it is staying ahead of the curve to meet its clients’ future needs.”

By enabling all electronic student submissions to be available in one central location, the eCollege Gradebook is closely integrated with all aspects of an online course for highly efficient and convenient grading and instructor feedback. The latest advancements in the Enhanced Gradebook further increase usability and efficiency, providing more options for recording and viewing information. Such advancements include:

  • Functionality that enables faculty to use calculations based on points possible or to show straight letter grades.
  • “Grade-to-Date” report displays current cumulative averages for the entire class on one screen for easy progress tracking.
  • Enhanced navigation that allows faculty to sort and accommodate large amounts of information by various criteria and number of records per page.
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 /.
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