WebCT Launches Industry’s Premier Academic Enterprise System, WebCT Vista™

March 19, 2002

Lynnfield, MA, March 18, 2002 – WebCT, the world’s leading provider of

integrated e-learning systems for higher education (www.webct.com),

is announcing WebCT Vista, higher education’s first and only Academic Enterprise

System (AES). The AES is an entirely new category of e-learning that goes beyond

the boundaries of individual course management, providing higher education institutions

with an integrated, enterprise-class e-learning system that mirrors their existing

structure, operations, and workflow. Based on the cornerstone of course delivery,

WebCT Vista gives colleges and universities an integrated framework for optimizing

their return on technology investments and maximizing the value of their learning

assets, including educational content and student performance data.

WebCT Vista is an e-learning platform that includes a broad range of course

development and delivery capabilities, rich content management capabilities,

and powerful learning information management capabilities – all supported

by an extensible, enterprise-class architecture. Institutions who use WebCT

Vista have the ability to create, store, tag, reuse, manage, and share content

beyond course boundaries, facilitating more effective and efficient use and

reuse of educational content. In addition, WebCT Vista gives higher education

first-time access to aggregate student learning data at the institutional level,

extending the capacity for colleges and universities to access and strategically

leverage learning information beyond an individual classroom. The system’s

industry-leading functionality and technology delivers benefits to every constituency

in the academic enterprise including students, faculty, administrators, and


WebCT Vista gives institutions the unprecedented ability to uniquely support

multiple institutions (in the case of consortia or educational systems), or

multiple colleges or departments within one institution, in a single installation.

Designed to run on technologies that support maximum scalability, the platform

facilitates rapid, efficient growth of e-learning across the entire educational

enterprise. WebCT Vista’s architecture is fully extensible, giving institutions

the ability to optimize their existing technology investments and seamlessly

incorporate external content and tools that extend the power of the e-learning

platform. WebCT Vista will be available in Q2 of this year.

Ten institutions have already committed to WebCT Vista, prior to its availability,

including the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, and the University

of Ulster, Ireland and the University of Alberta, Canada.

"The University of Alberta has a long history of leadership and innovation

in e-learning and we have enjoyed a strong partnership with WebCT," said

Dr. Doug Owram, Provost and Vice-President (Academic). "E-Learning is truly

a mission-critical service for the University, and the next generation of WebCT

will assist us with achieving several of our core institutional

objectives: recruiting and satisfying new students and faculty; providing the

best possible learning experience for our students’ lives and careers; and creating

an improved learning environment inside and outside the classroom. We look forward

to working with WebCT to meet these challenges."

“There’s no question that today e-learning is mission-critical for

higher education,” commented Carol A. Vallone, president and chief executive

officer of WebCT. “Working in partnership with customers worldwide as they

have expanded their e-learning initiatives, WebCT recognized a need in the marketplace

for a new category of e-learning system that meets the needs of the entire educational

enterprise. Institutions, educational systems, and consortia are looking for

ways to leverage human and technology resources, as well as educational content,

enterprise-wide for maximum impact. We developed WebCT Vista, the premier Academic

Enterprise System, to meet this critical market need and ensure our customers’

success as they continue to align e-learning with their institutional goals

and mission.”

In addition to WebCT Vista, WebCT also continues to offer its market leading

course management system, WebCT Campus Edition, as well as a wide range of related

consulting, support, professional development and training services.

About WebCT

WebCT is the world’s leading provider of integrated e-learning systems for higher

education. Over 2,500 colleges and universities in over 81 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,

two Australian territories, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities,

and the Consortium of Distance Education 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:

Karen Gage


Sandy Baird


WebCT Wheeler Baird Group

781-309-1147 203-637-8614