ProsoftTraining Announces Publishing Partnership with WebCT
ProsoftTraining (Nasdaq:POSO) today announced that it has partnered with WebCT, the world’s leading provider of e-learning systems for higher education. Under the terms of the agreement, Prosoft will develop new WebCT e-Packs for its CIW Foundations, CIW Site Designer and CIW E-Commerce Designer course materials.
Most academic institutions are looking to add an online component to their course offerings but are burdened by the resources needed to develop, manage and deliver an online course. WebCT e-Packs make it easy for educators to start teaching online without having to create a course. Now educators can add Prosoft e-Packs to their CIW curriculum to provide enhanced learning tools for use in and out of the classroom.
The National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET) has been selected by Prosoft to develop the online WebCT supplements for current print versions of Official CIW curriculum. As the recognized leader in nationally validated skill standards for the information technology sector, NWCET will contribute its expertise in the development of WebCT e-Packs for CIW courses, ensuring that they are relevant to industry standards and that they reflect current job roles.
The new e-Packs being developed by Prosoft will enable educators to fully customize course materials and tailor their CIW curriculum according to their instructional styles and individual class needs. Educators can specify the course sections offered to students, post tests and quizzes, and add lecture notes and syllabi. The e-Packs also enable educators to initiate thought-provoking online discussions and chat sessions.
“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with WebCT,” said Julie Rowe, vice president of certification programs. “The e-Packs we are developing will enable us to serve educators and classroom learners with online content that has an impressive record of both teacher and student satisfaction. Only Prosoft combines this comprehensive online component with the Official CIW curriculum.”
“We are pleased to partner with Prosoft,” said Carol A. Vallone, president and chief executive officer of WebCT. “Higher education institutions are greatly increasing their certification and training offerings, in response to growing student demand for these services. The new e-Packs developed by Prosoft will enable institutions to offer these courses online, without having to create a course from scratch.”
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 (Nasdaq: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.
WebCT is the world’s leading provider of integrated e-learning systems for higher education. More than 2,300 colleges and universities in 77 countries worldwide are using WebCT’s products and services to transform the educational experience of their students. Consortia in 23 American states, four Canadian provinces, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the French National Center for Distance Learning and the Japanese National Institute of Multimedia Education (NIME) have licensed WebCT for their member institutions, making it the de facto standard in higher education. More information about WebCT can be found at www.webct.com.