ProsoftTraining Announces Publishing Partnership with Blackboard Inc
ProsoftTraining announced a publishing partnership with Blackboard Inc.
Under the terms of the agreement, Prosoft will offer Blackboard Course Cartridges for its CIW Foundations, CIW Site Designer and CIW E-Commerce Designer courses.
The unique needs of academic institutions call for specialized turnkey products capable of combining traditional classroom materials with a customizable online component. CIW course cartridges allow academic institutions that have adopted Blackboard to incorporate a suite of fully customizable online CIW course materials as a supplement to other CIW course materials. Course cartridges enable instructors to jump-start the online course creation process. Instructors can customize and manage the content within the course environment to fit their individual teaching styles and their students’ learning needs.
The Blackboard’s e-Education software is currently installed at more than 2,300 institutions in 45 countries. CIW is now being integrated into many academic course programs because it is a job-role certification that can help graduates demonstrate they have workplace-ready skills.
“Using the Web to enhance instruction is becoming an essential part of today’s classroom environment,” said Jerry Baird Chairman and CEO of ProsoftTraining. “That is why we provide Integrated Education Solutions that combine traditional and Web-based components for teachers. Blackboard already provides the e-education infrastructure for many academic institutions. Adapting our CIW content so we can publish it through Blackboard systems makes it easy for those institutions to implement e-education for CIW classes.”
“We are pleased to partner with Prosoft and be able to offer our clients CIW Cartidges in the Blackboard 5: Learning System,” said Steve Hoffman, president and COO of Blackboard Inc. “Instructors and students will both benefit from the availability of the CIW offerings, which offer academic institutions the ability to quickly populate online courses with rich content.”
An IT certification for the knowledge economy, CIW is a job-role certification program designed to help career changers enter the IT industry and experienced and vendor-certified professionals build upon existing IT skills. CIW is offered for three disciplines — Designer, Enterprise Developer and Administrator — and one cross-functional area – Web Site Manager, which combines the other three disciplines. CIW is the most widely recognized Internet job-role certification program, with more than 35,000 CIW certifications earned in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, go to www.CIWcertified.com.
ProsoftTraining POSO offers IT curricula and certifications to help individuals develop and validate critical information technology (IT) workforce skills. Prosoft creates and distributes a complete library of classroom, e-learning and self-study courses. Prosoft distributes its content through its ComputerPREP division to individuals, schools, colleges, commercial training centers and corporations around the world. Prosoft owns the CIW (Certified Internet Webmaster) job-role certification for Internet technologies and the CCNT (Certified in Convergent Network Technologies) vendor-neutral certificate for telecommunications. For more information, go to www.ProsoftTraining.com.
About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. was founded to transform the Internet into a powerful environment for teaching and learning. The company offers a complete suite of enterprise software products and services that power a total “e-Education Infrastructure” for schools, colleges, universities and other education providers. Blackboard solutions deliver the promise of the Internet for online teaching and learning, campus communities, auxiliary services and integration of Web-enabled student services and back office systems.
Blackboard’s, Enterprise Learning, Community Portal and Transaction Solutions are consistently ranked by industry analysts as the market share and customer satisfaction leaders for thousands of academic institutions and a leading number of the Internet’s most popular consumer education sites. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices and staff across North America, Europe and Asia. Please visit www.blackboard.com for more information.
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