Lightspan, Inc. Teams With Avatar Technology to Provide Schools With Web-Based Professional Development

May 20, 2002

Under terms of the agreement, Lightspan’s national sales team will add Avatar Technology’s Course Insite™ platform to the suite of products that they sell to schools nationwide. Avatar Technology will provide the schools and educational organizations with Web-hosting development and support. Both companies have agreed upon a revenue sharing formula based on sales.

Avatar’s Course Insite is a comprehensive on-line Professional Development Management System customized for each client. The convenient platform allows users to manage all of their training, including instructor led, web-based, and blended models. This system also includes the ability to handle course registration, track usage, administer online tests and assessments, and even print out certificates of completion, such as CEU certificates.

Lightspan Chairman and CEO John T. Kernan said: “We believe all of our clients will find value in Course Insite’s technology, which will help them manage the professional development and continuing education unit (CEU) programs that they deliver to their teachers, especially in light of the significant professional development requirements of the new No Child Left Behind Act. Our national sales team is excited to add the Course Insite offering to their suite of products.”

Avatar Technology CEO Archie Barrett said: “We are thrilled to find such a strong, well-established partner. Lightspan provides an experienced national sales force, a presence in thousands of K-12 schools and a solid reputation in the education community. Combined with Avatar’s technological expertise, we look forward to helping school districts, education agencies and other education organizations across the country meet the increasing demands for professional development.”

Course Insite users come from a variety of industries including K-12, higher education and government. Some clients include the Texas Education Agency, U.S. Department of Defense, University of Texas System and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.