Ontario Independent Schools Partner with Blackboard School Central(TM) to Deliver eLearning Curriculum

    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - The Conference of Independent Schools (CIS)
eLearning Consortium (ELC) today announced that it has selected the Blackboard
School Central(TM) online platform to host the Consortium's K-12 online
    "Blackboard School Central is an important part of Blackboard's mission
to deliver a 21st century educational experience that is engaging,
individualized, and effective," said Jessie Woolley-Wilson, president of
Blackboard K-12. "We look forward to working with the eLearning Consortium to
expand learning opportunities throughout the K-12 community."
    The eLearning Consortium, a historic collaboration between 13 Canadian
independent schools and in partnership with the University of Ontario
Institute of Technology (UOIT), will offer students exemplary online Ontario
credit courses beginning September 2009. Each member school provides faculty
to develop and teach highly interactive online courses facilitated by the
    "These courses will provide busy students with a degree of time
flexibility, the opportunity to work with kids at other schools and to use
technology as a learning environment that will prepare them for university and
beyond," says George Briggs, Executive Director of CIS.
    The Blackboard platform was selected for its user-friendly approach to
online learning. "Blackboard understands the importance of student and teacher
friendly software and 21st century technology for the K-12 level," said Lesley
Monette, Director of eLearning for the Consortium. "It allows us to
incorporate instructional best practices, including critical thinking and
collaboration, to provide powerful online learning. I especially like the
WIMBA tools that offer podcasting, voice email and virtual classroom features,
and the new peer and self-assessment functions. We want students and teachers
to be actively engaged in their learning."

    The mission of the eLearning Consortium is to develop and deliver CIS and
CESI standard quality eLearning courses that provide essential learning
experiences, including digital literacy skills.

For further information:

For further information: Lesley Monette, Director, CIS eLearning
Consortium, at (416) 677-2304 or elearn@cisontario.ca

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