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King's College London selects new e-learning platform
King's College London has selected WebCT Vista to help expand its existing online learning capabilities institute-wide.
In the 1990s, e-learning was used in varying ways throughout different departments but there was no common approach for the entire university. In February 2004, King's established an e-learning committee who, following a detailed study, decided it was important for the College to unify its e-learning efforts. After evaluating a number of open source and commercial e-learning solutions, King's selected WebCT Vista as the institution-wide e-learning platform.
Professor Jeremy Ward, chair of the College e-learning committee said, "WebCT Vista was selected because of its range of enterprise functions including administration and customisation capabilities, its ability to interface with other college systems, and its flexibility to address the various pedagogical approaches used in different programmes of study.
"The committee therefore felt confident that a distinctive e-learning application could be developed that would facilitate a wide range of theories, concepts and approaches to learning and teaching. King's plans to use the software to accelerate the use of e-learning and enhance standards for student support throughout the College over the next two years."
Carol Vallone, president and CEO, WebCT commented, "Universities are increasingly looking for innovative ways in which to offer education to a wide range of students. WebCT Vista will provide King's with a solid platform from which it can extend its e-learning environment and further raise the standards of teaching and learning excellence for which it is internationally recognised."
Founded in 1829, King's College London is one of the largest colleges of the University of London: a multi-faculty university institution with some 19,200 students. It occupies several historic sites in central London including its founding campus on the Strand.
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