<<July 5, 2000>>

Dr. Ihor Bogdan Katerniak <ik@uar.net>

Anne Villems <anne@ut.ee>

Anne Mardimae <anne@eenet.ee>

Dear Ihor:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

Dear Anne Villems and Anne Mardimae:

(2) I am taking the liberty of distributing your msg for the benefit to our
listserve members.

Thank you very much for your excellent msg.

Dear Electronic Colleagues:

(3) Welcome your comments and suggestions on this very important matter.

Best, Tak

From: "Ihor Katernyak" <ik@uar.net>
To: "Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D." <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Subject: WEB learning platform
Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 11:03:30 +0300

Dear Tak:
I'm going to develop Ukrainian Distance Learning System in Business Management
and I am looking for advise regarding the best kind of WEB learning platform
(Like WebCT and other).
I should make decision to buy a license for some one or develop own platform.
I will be appreciate any your comments and, of course, your advises.
Thanks for possibility to be in partnership with you,

Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 14:09:50 +0200 (EET)
From: Anne Villems <anne@cs.ut.ee>
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
cc: anne@eenet.ee
Subject: Platform for Web-learning.

Anne Mardimae forwarded your request to me. I'll try to give my advise
with small background.

When we had the problem to select a Distance Education platform in 1998,
we were pointed WebCT (Web Course Tool) by our Finnish and Swedish
colleagues. Now we have used it almost 2 years, we are happy to decalre,
that our decision was right. We have been on many conferences, seminars
etc. where many different systems are compared and experiences with
different systems analysed - always we can tell afterwords, that WebCT has
almost all benefits and no real disadvantages.

What are the benefits:
1. Money
a) you receive this system without spendig a penny and may learn
it, prepare your courses as long as you need.
b) you need money only starting from the moment, where you really start to
teach with the system. Then you have to obtain student licences (without
them every student receives message "unlicenced copy" every time visiting
the course). The price for student licences is reasonable even for Eastern
Europe :) starting from about 0.50$ per student per month and going down
with more licences for longer period.

2. System is develops very fast - new tools appear, etc. very
fast. System started in the very end of 1997, now is version 2.1 and 3.0
woll apper in june.

3. Multiple servers - this system is running on most existing Web servers,
we are exploring it on SunOS, but some of our course developers took it
into their laptops and then tranfered deveoped course to our server.

4. Very good tools for administration - students can be added from the
electronic list, statistics about all student activities exists, test can
be automatically scored etc.

5. Contains special tools for groupwork.

6. You can use it in combination with CD, if you like - high volume data
on CD, communication tools, tests, exercises through WebCT.

7. Very fast support from the WebCT team. For example: if you need
additional licences fast, you can receive them tomorrow, before the money
tranfer is complete.

8. Computer competent desiner can learn system without outer help. But
beginners can manage with it with some help - we have teachers from
the faculty of philosophy, biology, who have developed courses.

9. This one of the most successful system in the market - more than 1350
organisations use it in 55 countries (only those counted, who have
obtained student licences, e.i. are already teaching with the help of the
system). You can find out, is there anybody from your country - click on
the system's web page banner.

Pleas look at the site of the system: http://about.webct.com and
you can even try the system there.

NB! Publishers now sell their textbooks with an access password to a WebCT
course, built by the same textbook in some university. Many demo chapters
are out free - good environment to look, how others have designed the course.

With best wishes
Anne Villems

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Dr. Ihor Bogdan Katerniak
Lviv Institute of Management-LIM
Technology Promotion Center
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Anne Villems
Computer Science Department
University of Tartu
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Phone: (372)7 375450
Fax: (372)7 375468

Anne Mardimae
Department of Customer Services
Estonian Educational and Research Network (EENet)
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Fax +372 7 302 111
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA *
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