eCollege(R) Enhancements Provide Increased Interoperability, Further Supporting an Open Architecture and Standards Compliance

Enhancements Set Foundation for eCollege .NExT Platform



07 Mar, 2007, 00:00 ET from eCollege

    DENVER, March 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- eCollege(R) (Nasdaq:   ECLG), a
 leading provider of value-added information services to the post-secondary
 education industry, today announced a series of product enhancements
 focused on the increasing interoperability of eCollege's core eLearning
 platform. The enhancements further support an open architecture and
 standards compliance, making it even easier for institutions to leverage
 the eCollege System with other institution-wide systems and integrate
 third-party content and applications into their online programs.
     "Interoperability, which is one of the cornerstones of the eCollege
 .NExT platform, is increasingly important as institutions look to leverage
 diverse applications, resources and systems," said Oakleigh Thorne,
 chairman and CEO of eCollege. "Our latest round of product enhancements is
 helping set the foundation for eCollege .NExT as we continue to work
 towards our goal of providing our customers and their students with a
 platform that meets their unique needs."
     Enhanced Enrollment API
     eCollege's new enrollment API (application program interface) has
 enhanced tracking, validation and communication capabilities, making it
 easier to manage users and course enrollments in the system. In addition to
 standard delimited formats, institutions have the option to use
 XML-formatted files to import student data into the eCollege System.
 Institutions also can generate and post Web service requests to the
 eCollege System for real-time data exchange, which provides students with
 immediate access to online programs, improving their overall experience.
     Increased Standards Compliance
     eCollege enhanced its SCORM tool, making it easier for institutions to
 incorporate standards-based content into their online courses and programs.
 The eCollege System is compliant with such industry standards as the IMS
 Content Packaging Specification Version 1.1.2, as well as the IMS Learning
 Resource Metadata Version 1.2.1. Additionally, the enhanced enrollment API
 adheres to the IMS Enterprise V1.1 XML schema.
     Flexible Offline Capabilities
     eCollege recently engaged with a customer, Early College, LLC, to
 release a custom project that provides students with offline access to
 their courses. Students experience a highly customized user interface and
 critical data continues to be sent back to the eCollege System for
 synchronization and tracking. This functionality demonstrates the
 flexibility of the eCollege System, which can be customized to meet unique
 client needs. Further, offline capabilities for all customers are part of
 eCollege's product roadmap.
     Simplified Single Sign-on Functionality
     eCollege enhanced the process by which student credentials can pass
 between eCollege and other systems, streamlining student access to multiple
 environments. This enhancement makes it easier for institutions to
 implement a direct eCollege course launch from a third party portal system,
 enabling students to log in once to view and access their eCollege courses
 directly from the institution's portal. Administrators also benefit from
 increased efficiency as the process makes it easier for the institution to
 use its SIS (student information system) as the system of record, while
 minimizing the number of places that information needs to be managed.
     About eCollege
     eCollege (Nasdaq:   ECLG) is a leading provider of value-added
 information services to the post-secondary and K-12 education industries.
 The Company's eLearning Division designs, builds and supports some of the
 most successful, fully online degree, certificate/diploma and professional
 development programs in the country. The Company's Enrollment Division,
 Datamark, Inc., helps institutions build new enrollments and increase
 student retention. Customers include publicly traded for-profit
 institutions, community colleges, public and private universities, school
 districts and state departments of education. eCollege was founded in 1996
 and is headquartered in Chicago, with the eLearning Division headquartered
 in Denver. Datamark was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Salt Lake
 City. For more information, visit www.eCollege.com and www.Datamark.com.
     This news release contains statements that are not historical in nature
 and that may be characterized as "forward-looking statements" within the
 meaning of the securities laws. Examples of these forward-looking
 statements would include statements about the expected benefits to
 customers of our products or services and any other statements that are not
 historical facts. These statements are based on management's current
 expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks. Actual
 performance and results may differ materially from those reflected in these
 forward-looking statements due to general financial, economic, regulatory
 and political conditions affecting the Company's industries as well as the
 more specific risks and uncertainties facing the Company, including those
 identified in the Company's reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K
 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which you
 are encouraged to review in connection with this release. You should not
 place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on
 current expectations and speak only as of the date of this release. We are
 not obligated to publicly release any revisions to forward-looking
 statements to reflect events after the date of this release.
     eCollege is a registered trademark of eCollege.
 
 

SOURCE eCollege
    DENVER, March 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- eCollege(R) (Nasdaq:   ECLG), a
 leading provider of value-added information services to the post-secondary
 education industry, today announced a series of product enhancements
 focused on the increasing interoperability of eCollege's core eLearning
 platform. The enhancements further support an open architecture and
 standards compliance, making it even easier for institutions to leverage
 the eCollege System with other institution-wide systems and integrate
 third-party content and applications into their online programs.
     "Interoperability, which is one of the cornerstones of the eCollege
 .NExT platform, is increasingly important as institutions look to leverage
 diverse applications, resources and systems," said Oakleigh Thorne,
 chairman and CEO of eCollege. "Our latest round of product enhancements is
 helping set the foundation for eCollege .NExT as we continue to work
 towards our goal of providing our customers and their students with a
 platform that meets their unique needs."
     Enhanced Enrollment API
     eCollege's new enrollment API (application program interface) has
 enhanced tracking, validation and communication capabilities, making it
 easier to manage users and course enrollments in the system. In addition to
 standard delimited formats, institutions have the option to use
 XML-formatted files to import student data into the eCollege System.
 Institutions also can generate and post Web service requests to the
 eCollege System for real-time data exchange, which provides students with
 immediate access to online programs, improving their overall experience.
     Increased Standards Compliance
     eCollege enhanced its SCORM tool, making it easier for institutions to
 incorporate standards-based content into their online courses and programs.
 The eCollege System is compliant with such industry standards as the IMS
 Content Packaging Specification Version 1.1.2, as well as the IMS Learning
 Resource Metadata Version 1.2.1. Additionally, the enhanced enrollment API
 adheres to the IMS Enterprise V1.1 XML schema.
     Flexible Offline Capabilities
     eCollege recently engaged with a customer, Early College, LLC, to
 release a custom project that provides students with offline access to
 their courses. Students experience a highly customized user interface and
 critical data continues to be sent back to the eCollege System for
 synchronization and tracking. This functionality demonstrates the
 flexibility of the eCollege System, which can be customized to meet unique
 client needs. Further, offline capabilities for all customers are part of
 eCollege's product roadmap.
     Simplified Single Sign-on Functionality
     eCollege enhanced the process by which student credentials can pass
 between eCollege and other systems, streamlining student access to multiple
 environments. This enhancement makes it easier for institutions to
 implement a direct eCollege course launch from a third party portal system,
 enabling students to log in once to view and access their eCollege courses
 directly from the institution's portal. Administrators also benefit from
 increased efficiency as the process makes it easier for the institution to
 use its SIS (student information system) as the system of record, while
 minimizing the number of places that information needs to be managed.
     About eCollege
     eCollege (Nasdaq:   ECLG) is a leading provider of value-added
 information services to the post-secondary and K-12 education industries.
 The Company's eLearning Division designs, builds and supports some of the
 most successful, fully online degree, certificate/diploma and professional
 development programs in the country. The Company's Enrollment Division,
 Datamark, Inc., helps institutions build new enrollments and increase
 student retention. Customers include publicly traded for-profit
 institutions, community colleges, public and private universities, school
 districts and state departments of education. eCollege was founded in 1996
 and is headquartered in Chicago, with the eLearning Division headquartered
 in Denver. Datamark was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Salt Lake
 City. For more information, visit www.eCollege.com and www.Datamark.com.
     This news release contains statements that are not historical in nature
 and that may be characterized as "forward-looking statements" within the
 meaning of the securities laws. Examples of these forward-looking
 statements would include statements about the expected benefits to
 customers of our products or services and any other statements that are not
 historical facts. These statements are based on management's current
 expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks. Actual
 performance and results may differ materially from those reflected in these
 forward-looking statements due to general financial, economic, regulatory
 and political conditions affecting the Company's industries as well as the
 more specific risks and uncertainties facing the Company, including those
 identified in the Company's reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K
 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which you
 are encouraged to review in connection with this release. You should not
 place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on
 current expectations and speak only as of the date of this release. We are
 not obligated to publicly release any revisions to forward-looking
 statements to reflect events after the date of this release.
     eCollege is a registered trademark of eCollege.
 
 SOURCE eCollege