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Giant Step for Online Learning at UU

18th June 2001

Northern Ireland’s knowledge culture took a giant step forward this week when the University of Ulster announced a link-up with world-leading e-learning systems provider WebCT

In the first development of its kind in Ireland, the University of Ulster has chosen WebCT to be the backbone of a new web-enabled course management system, providing UU students and staff with a complete learning environment, with personalised online access to course material, learning resources including UU library systems, academic and student support programs and electronic communication tools.

Professor Gerry McKenna, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Ulster, said:
“The online course management system is the foundation of our Open and Distance Learning Infrastructure, which we are developing to achieve our goal of establishing a national and international presence for our university.

“We look forward to working with WebCT to create a world-class Open and Distance Learning Infrastructure, which will put the University of Ulster at the forefront of the global academic stage.”

Dr Clive Mulholland, Director of UU’s Institute for Lifelong Learning, said:

“This is an exciting time for us. WebCT technologies will enable us to deliver world class web learning solutions to our students in Ireland, the UK and beyond.

“The implementation of an institutional virtual learning environment will enhance the quality of the learning experience available to all UU students, and promote the development of broadly-based institutional alliances covering teaching, research, and technology/knowledge transfer.

“Our first target is to integrate existing and potential learning/course resources into new webcourse templates, bringing our first webstudents online by October.”

Welcoming the partnership, Carol A. Vallone, President and CEO of WebCT, said:

“WebCT is pleased and proud that the University of Ulster selected WebCT 3.5 Campus Edition for university-wide implementation as part of its e-learning Infrastructure.

“We welcome the opportunity to partner with them to create and deliver the most robust possible e-learning system, to achieve their institutional goal of gaining an international reputation for quality.”

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