University of Sheffield Extends e-learning Environment Through WebCT Vista; Sheffield to Increase Student e-learning Uptake 100 Percent by 2006.
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LYNNFIELD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 17, 2004
WebCT, one of the world's leading providers of e-learning solutions for higher education higher education
Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art. , today announced that the University of Sheffield The University of Sheffield is a research university, located in Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. Reputation
Sheffield was the Sunday Times University of the Year in 2001 and has consistently appeared as their top 20 institutions. has selected WebCT Vista WebCT Vista is a teaching and learning enterprise software run and developed by Blackboard. It is principally used by universities and other education institutions as classroom management software, and as a distance education service. (TM) to expand its existing online learning capabilities in response to institute-wide demand. The WebCT Vista academic enterprise system (AES) will be centrally administered and will support the current and emerging academic environment, providing a single, robust and scalable platform which allows for pedagogical ped·a·gog·ic also ped·a·gog·i·cal
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of pedagogy.
2. Characterized by pedantic formality: a haughty, pedagogic manner. freedom and synergies across the campus. Sheffield anticipates the new solution will prompt a 100 percent increase in the number of students engaged in e-learning over the next two years.
With 23,000 students and 5,500 staff, the University of Sheffield is one of the UK's leading and most popular universities. Providing students with a networked learning environment is central to Sheffield's overall value proposition. E-learning has been an integral part of learning at the university for several years. Using WebCT Campus Edition(TM), Sheffield currently delivers 430 e-learning modules, which are accessed by 10,888 students, making up 45 percent of the student population. WebCT has worked closely with the University since it first implemented online learning, helping drive usage and encouraging acceptance of e-learning institute-wide. The increase in demand for both blended and fully online courses at Sheffield has prompted it to upgrade to WebCT Vista.
"We have witnessed a rapid uptake in e-learning over the three years since we began working with WebCT. In fact, it is now so embedded Inserted into. See embedded system. within our teaching methodology, many of our courses cannot be delivered without WebCT," said Dr. Christine Sexton sex·ton
An employee or officer of a church who is responsible for the care and upkeep of church property and sometimes for ringing bells and digging graves. , director of corporate information and computing services, the University of Sheffield. "With an increasing demand for online courses, and with new content constantly being added, WebCT Vista provides us with an enterprise-class solution that is centrally administered, fully scalable and extensive, allowing our faculties and departments to continue developing e-learning modules which meet our students' increasing needs. By deploying WebCT Vista, we will be better able to continue to provide an advanced educational environment for current and prospective students."
WebCT Vista is an academic enterprise system specifically designed to address the mission-critical challenges of enterprise-wide deployment with targeted course development, delivery, content and information management capabilities. WebCT aims to deliver pilot modules to Sheffield by September 2004.
With a fully extensible architecture and based on industry open standards Specifications for hardware and software that are developed by a standards organization or a consortium involved in supporting a standard. Available to the public for developing compliant products, open standards imply "open systems;" that an existing component in a system can be replaced , WebCT Vista will be integrated with the University's existing technology investments - including the student information system, portal and library system - and will be extended to other educational technologies as they emerge. WebCT Vista will also help promote synergies between research activities and teaching staff, improving collaboration across the institution and improving Sheffield's efficiency and responsiveness both internally and externally.
"Having worked closely with Sheffield for the past several years, we have witnessed firsthand first·hand
Received from the original source: firsthand information.
first the soar SOAR - 1. State, Operator And Result. A general problem-solving production system architecture, intended as a model of human intelligence. Developed by A. Newell in the early 1980s. SOAR was originally implemented in Lisp and OPS5 and is currently implemented in Common Lisp. in demand for e-learning across the University. E-learning is deeply rooted in Sheffield's philosophy and, by upgrading to WebCT Vista, we are confident the University will achieve its goal of 100 percent increase in student e-learning in two years. Sheffield continues to provide a first class, modern learning environment that will continue to attract students on a global scale," said Carol Vallone, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of WebCT.
About the University of Sheffield
A member of the Russell Group The Russell Group is a collaboration of twenty British universities that receive two-thirds of UK universities' research grant and contract funding. It was established in 1994 to represent their interests to the Government, Parliament and other similar bodies. of leading research-led UK universities, the University of Sheffield has 24,000 students, including international students from 116 countries, and 5,500 staff. It has achieved "excellent" teaching quality ratings in 29 subject areas, and 35 (73 percent) of its research areas are officially rated 5 or 5* - of international caliber. It has won three successive Queen's Anniversary Awards and boasts four Nobel Prize winners Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel
1969 Ragnar Frisch Jan Tinbergen
1970 Paul A. Samuelson
1971 Simon Kuznets
1972 Sir John R. Hicks Kenneth J. among its former staff and students.
WebCT has set the standard for e-learning systems in higher education. Based in Lynnfield, Mass., WebCT provides a highly flexible e-learning environment that empowers institutions across the educational spectrum with the ability to achieve their unique objectives. Thousands of colleges and universities around the world - from community colleges to large university consortia - are using WebCT to expand the boundaries of teaching and learning. For more information, please visit www.webct.com.