Center for Educational Technology Services at Middlebury College Selects Prometheus to Create Customized Language Platform for Project 2001

Prometheus' Customized Platform Allows Faculty to Enter International

Characters Directly Into the Course Environment



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Prometheus

    WASHINGTON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Prometheus -- a community-based, open
 architecture software platform that meets the online needs of educational
 institutions and is backed by The George Washington University -- announced
 today that it has been selected by the Center for Educational Technology (CET)
 at Middlebury College to provide a platform for inter-institutional
 collaboration for the Center's Project 2001, which works with a network of
 over 60 liberal arts colleges to enhance teaching and learning with
 technology.
     As Project 2001 has directed its efforts primarily toward language
 learning and international curricula, an important factor in the selection of
 Prometheus was CET's ability to work with the Prometheus development team to
 add functionality that allows faculty to enter international characters
 directly into all elements of the course environment, with the exception of
 the chat module. Languages supported by this new feature include Western
 European, Cyrillic, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.
 Depending upon user-platform, Unicode (UTF-8) is also supported, with the
 eventual goal of full Unicode support across all components of its courseware
 system.
     "We like Prometheus because it allows institutions to brand their own
 programs.  It also has a rather open philosophy of accommodating special
 curricular needs.  This enabled us to work with them on solving some of the
 multi-lingual support issues.  I believe this kind of flexibility will
 determine the success or failure of learning management environments in the
 future," said Clara Yu, Director of Project 2001, Center for Educational
 Technology at Middlebury.
     "We're excited to be selected by Project 2001 and will continue to work
 closely with the program to develop language instruction software to best meet
 its evolving needs," said Bo Davis, Managing Director, Prometheus.
 
     About Middlebury College's Center for Educational Technology
     Middlebury College's Center for Educational Technology was established in
 1997 to serve present and future educators -- at Middlebury and in the
 educational community at large-who wish to explore the use of technology for
 more efficient and effective learning. The Center combines a strong
 technological infrastructure with a dedicated staff to provide training and
 support for the design, dissemination, and assessment of pedagogy-based and
 technology-enhanced methods and materials.
     The Center is the home of Project 2001, which is funded by a grant from
 the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to facilitate the collaborative development of
 technology-enhanced language instruction among 62 liberal arts colleges.
 
     About Prometheus
     Prometheus is a community-based, open architecture software platform that
 meets the online needs of educational institutions and is backed by The George
 Washington University.  Prometheus is located in Washington, D.C. In 1997, a
 team at GWU began to develop their own online learning software because the
 available software was not as easy to use, flexible, or scalable as faculty
 and students at a major university needed. As a result, the team created
 Prometheus, a scalable software based on proven technologies such as leading
 databases from Oracle and Microsoft as well as an open source code application
 built with Cold Fusion. Other leading institutions that have adopted this
 proven, scalable technology include the Wharton School of Business, Columbia's
 Teachers College, New York University, University of Wisconsin's Learning
 Innovations, University of Michigan's School of Engineering, and the US Open
 University.
     For more information on Prometheus, visit http://www.prometheus.com or
 call 202-994-9384.
 
 

SOURCE Prometheus
    WASHINGTON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Prometheus -- a community-based, open
 architecture software platform that meets the online needs of educational
 institutions and is backed by The George Washington University -- announced
 today that it has been selected by the Center for Educational Technology (CET)
 at Middlebury College to provide a platform for inter-institutional
 collaboration for the Center's Project 2001, which works with a network of
 over 60 liberal arts colleges to enhance teaching and learning with
 technology.
     As Project 2001 has directed its efforts primarily toward language
 learning and international curricula, an important factor in the selection of
 Prometheus was CET's ability to work with the Prometheus development team to
 add functionality that allows faculty to enter international characters
 directly into all elements of the course environment, with the exception of
 the chat module. Languages supported by this new feature include Western
 European, Cyrillic, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.
 Depending upon user-platform, Unicode (UTF-8) is also supported, with the
 eventual goal of full Unicode support across all components of its courseware
 system.
     "We like Prometheus because it allows institutions to brand their own
 programs.  It also has a rather open philosophy of accommodating special
 curricular needs.  This enabled us to work with them on solving some of the
 multi-lingual support issues.  I believe this kind of flexibility will
 determine the success or failure of learning management environments in the
 future," said Clara Yu, Director of Project 2001, Center for Educational
 Technology at Middlebury.
     "We're excited to be selected by Project 2001 and will continue to work
 closely with the program to develop language instruction software to best meet
 its evolving needs," said Bo Davis, Managing Director, Prometheus.
 
     About Middlebury College's Center for Educational Technology
     Middlebury College's Center for Educational Technology was established in
 1997 to serve present and future educators -- at Middlebury and in the
 educational community at large-who wish to explore the use of technology for
 more efficient and effective learning. The Center combines a strong
 technological infrastructure with a dedicated staff to provide training and
 support for the design, dissemination, and assessment of pedagogy-based and
 technology-enhanced methods and materials.
     The Center is the home of Project 2001, which is funded by a grant from
 the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to facilitate the collaborative development of
 technology-enhanced language instruction among 62 liberal arts colleges.
 
     About Prometheus
     Prometheus is a community-based, open architecture software platform that
 meets the online needs of educational institutions and is backed by The George
 Washington University.  Prometheus is located in Washington, D.C. In 1997, a
 team at GWU began to develop their own online learning software because the
 available software was not as easy to use, flexible, or scalable as faculty
 and students at a major university needed. As a result, the team created
 Prometheus, a scalable software based on proven technologies such as leading
 databases from Oracle and Microsoft as well as an open source code application
 built with Cold Fusion. Other leading institutions that have adopted this
 proven, scalable technology include the Wharton School of Business, Columbia's
 Teachers College, New York University, University of Wisconsin's Learning
 Innovations, University of Michigan's School of Engineering, and the US Open
 University.
     For more information on Prometheus, visit http://www.prometheus.com or
 call 202-994-9384.
 
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