Universities Test Drive New Online Portfolio Solution in Preparation for New Academic Year
WebCT Portfolio(TM) Tracks Academic Achievement and Personal Development, Supporting Heightened Interest in Student Reflection, Holistic Assessment and Lifelong Learning
WASHINGTON, DC, Apr 25, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) announced today the launch of the
WebCT Portfolio(TM) Early Access Program (EAP). The program aims to
provide a select group of clients with a pre-release opportunity to
view and work in the much-anticipated WebCT Portfolio. WebCT recently
merged with Blackboard and the combined company continues to provide
and support the full range of each organization's product lines to
education institutions around the world.
Universities from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom
are taking part in the WebCT Portfolio EAP. US institutions, including
UMassOnline, Drexel University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, North
Carolina State University and Stanford University School of Medicine,
will be able to test drive the portfolio system, start training
faculty and evaluate the product overall before committing to
implement it for the September 2006 academic year. UK and Canadian
institutions taking part are University of Nottingham, University of
Sheffield, University of Strathclyde, University of Birmingham and
University of British Columbia.
"The WebCT Portfolio was built with our campus needs in mind along
with the needs of other partner institutions," said EAP member Lou
Harrison, director of information technology, learning technologies,
North Carolina State University. "Students will now have a way to
collect, organize, contemplate, and showcase their work for deeper
learning, more comprehensive assessment, and a significant advantage
as they start their careers."
The WebCT Portfolio is a learner-centered portfolio solution that
facilitates personal development planning for university students.
The new product will give students at universities deploying WebCT
technology from Blackboard a personal online space where they can
collect course materials, present academic achievements and reflect
on those achievements over time.
The WebCT Portfolio efficiently updates the practice of maintaining
paper-based portfolios and expands their use well beyond the arts,
according to Michael Chasen, Blackboard President and Chief Executive
Officer. "As with so much else, the portfolio has gone digital, and
the Internet has dramatically expanded the potential benefits across
all disciplines and potentially over lifetimes," he said. "We look
forward to seeing immediate results for students and institutions
with WebCT technology, and are excited that all Blackboard clients
will have access to the benefits of ePortfolios."
Clients can experience the WebCT Portfolio themselves by taking part
in a complimentary online seminar "WebCT Portfolio -- a Preview" on
May 23, 24 or 25, and by registering for special pre-conference
workshops and sessions at IMPACT 2006 in Chicago, July 10-14th. For
more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a leading provider of enterprise
software applications and related services to the education industry.
Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations
everywhere by connecting people and technology. Blackboard solutions
are used by millions of people at academic institutions around the
globe, including colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other
education providers, as well as textbook publishers and
student-focused merchants that serve education providers and their
students. Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with
offices in North America, Europe and Asia. WebCT is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Blackboard Inc.
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