WebCT Establishes Learning Innovations Network
Long Beach, CA, Tech Ed Conference — February 26, 2002 – WebCT, the world’s
leading provider of integrated e-learning systems for higher education, announced
today that it has established the WebCT Learning Innovations Network. The Network
is a community of industry-leading technology infrastructure providers, educational
content providers and learning applications providers that offer integrated
or compatible products with WebCT’s e-learning systems.
Network members are committed to extending the capabilities of WebCT systems
in order to maximize the value of customers’ e-learning programs and investments.
WebCT is committed to bringing together best-of-breed partners who work closely
with WebCT to provide high additional value to customers by leveraging WebCT’s
extensible, open architecture and commitment to industry standards.
"As eLearning programs move to the forefront of most higher education
institutions’ missions, it is critical that institutions can quickly implement
solutions with the right mix of technologies to improve teaching and learning
and enhance enterprise-wide operational activities," said Carol Vallone,
president and CEO of WebCT. "As an industry leader, we are committed to
bringing together our partners so that our customers have the ability to customize
and extend their e-learning possibilities through WebCT."
WebCT also announced today that seven companies were becoming new WebCT Innovations
Network members, joining the technology infrastructure and educational content
providers. They include:
- AXS Technologies
- Design Science
All of WebCT’s partners have products that are being used in conjunction with
WebCT e-learning systems on customer campuses today. An example of one customer
benefiting from the strength of WebCT’s partnerships is California State University
(CSU), Chico. Chico is using WebCT and Horizon Live to offer faculty the ability
to combine live Internet instruction with WebCT’s rich course environment.
"The combination of WebCT and HorizonLive technologies allowed us to
move from a satellite-based distance education program to a hybrid live-Internet
and on-demand format," said Bill Evans, operations manager, Distributed
Learning Technologies, California State University, Chico. "We’re providing
students far more flexibility to access the lectures and materials than ever
before and students clearly appreciate it. Faculty and students find that
the blended live and on-demand environment is far richer, and provides more
flexibility, than either product would on its own. Our enrollments have increased
since we moved to Internet delivery through WebCT and HorizonLive."
With the introduction of WebCT’s next-generation e-learning platform and a
Software Development Kit (SDK), WebCT will facilitate further integration of
these products so that WebCT customers can leverage innovative teaching and
learning technologies and maximize their e-learning investments.
WebCT is the world’s leading provider of integrated e-learning systems for higher
education. More than 2,400 colleges and universities in almost 80 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.
For more information, contact:
Wheeler Baird Group