(02/19/2005)
Learn.com, Inc., the worldwide leader in on-demand e-learning technology and services has announced that Glenville State College will receive a $399,500 grant for 100 licensed copies of their CourseMaker Studio software. As part of their $40 million software grant program to support the National Education Plan released on January 7, 2005 by the Department of Education.

The Learn.com Software Grant will assist GSC, along with the other winning educational institutions, with efforts to bring blended learning to campuses while extending their reach to the World Wide Web.

"We're thrilled to receive this grant," stated GSC President Robert N. Freeman. "This grant puts us one step further toward our goal of increasing our online course offerings."

CourseMaker Studio is a learning management software application that allows a person to build computer-based training and e-learning programs. Sandra West, who works in the College's Office of Technology, wrote the grant proposal for the software, which will help GSC professors develop and implement online courses.

"This software will move the College forward in the instructional area, helping our faculty deliver needed info to our students," stated West.

This grant, along with another grant recently received for an online whiteboard, will help to dramatically increase the College's online course offering.

The InterWrite SchoolBoard grant, written by Bill Church of the Office of Technology, is installed in a classroom on campus and allows faculty to deliver material over the web and create interactive classroom experiences.

"The new SchoolBoard is state-of-the-art and an improvement to previous interactive whiteboards on campus," stated Church.

"The entire GSC community is student-centered and dedicated," stated Larry Baker, Associate Vice President of Technology at GSC. "The contributions of Sandra and Bill to these ventures show how committed our staff is to providing services."

The GSC Office of Technology is currently installing the CourseMaker Studio software on computers at the college so faculty can begin using it as soon as possible.


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