eClassroom(SM) and TERC Partner to Advance Research Efforts in K-12 Online Education
April 28, 2004
Multi-Faceted Partnership also Includes Delivery of TERCÂ’s Online Courses Through eClassroom Platform
Denver and Cambridge, MA Â– April 28, 2004 Â– eClassroom(SM), the K-12 division of eCollege(SM) [Nasdaq: ECLG], and TERC, a leading education research and development organization, today announced a partnership that will advance research efforts in K-12 online education and increase the flexibility, reach, and effectiveness of TERCÂ’s online programs.
Â“We are delighted to partner with TERC as we explore new ways in which we can best serve the evolving needs of the online learning community,Â” said Oakleigh Thorne, chairman and CEO of eCollege. Â“TERC has a long history of developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and we believe that its expertise, coupled with our experience in building and supporting successful virtual schools, can produce the research and products K-12 educators need.Â”
TERC and eClassroom are working together to develop applications that support the use of inquiry as a learning tool, with the goal of improved eLearning applications and practices in mathematics, science and technology. Potential research collaboration efforts will focus on topics that enhance the eLearning experience, such as student collection and analysis of real-world data, data visualization for exploratory data analysis, and greater course accessibility for students from a variety of backgrounds. Additionally, TERC and eClassroom will jointly work on various education industry advisory boards and events to share their insight and research findings.
Beyond R&D initiatives, the partnership also provides an avenue to increase access to TERCÂ’s math, science and technology educational materials and professional development programs. TERC will deliver many of its existing and future online materials, as well as its masterÂ’s program for middle school science teachers, through the eClassroom platform.
Â“We look forward to working with eClassroom on several levels to continue to advance the online learning experience for teachers and students,Â” said Dennis Bartels, president of TERC. Â“eClassroom is one of the pioneers of eLearning, with one of the most flexible platforms for advanced developers. eCollegeÂ’s leadership position will further allow TERC to increase its reach and to explore more effective ways to deliver inquiry-based math, technology and science education online.Â”
eClassroom, the K-12 division of eCollege [Nasdaq: ECLG], supports school districts and state departments of education in providing complete virtual schools. The eClassroom solution consists of the five key components to create and support virtual school success, including planning, course creation and delivery, teacher development, administrator support and student support. Customers include the Kentucky Virtual High School; Illinois Virtual High School; and Gwinnett County Public Schools, the largest school district in Georgia. For more information, please visit www.eClassroom.com.
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