SOURCE: ANGEL Learning

February 26, 2007 07:00 ET

ANGEL LMS 7.2 to Set New Threshold for Comprehensiveness and Value in Learning Management System Market

New ANGEL Version to Include Fully Integrated Learning Outcomes Management, Podcast Support, Wikis, Blogs and Assessment Content Management Tools Without Requiring the Purchase of Additional Products

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 26, 2007 -- ANGEL® Learning, recognized innovator of enterprise elearning software and services, today unveiled its newest ANGEL version. ANGEL LMS 7.2 extends the ANGEL Learning tradition of producing innovative new features fully integrated in a single learning management product, power to address the needs of most users and openness to enable local extension or system integration.

"Our community encouraged us to extend our suite of learning management tools to fully integrate Learning Outcomes Management support as well as several new communication tools," said Ray Henderson, chief products officer, ANGEL Learning. "We're obsessed with producing simple-but-powerful product features. Our learning outcomes integration and podcasting support are examples of our best efforts to achieve this goal."

Customer reaction to ANGEL 7.2 has been extremely positive. "I am incredibly impressed with the upcoming ANGEL release," said Jeffrey Parsons, Ph.D., Lindsey Wilson College. "The new ANGEL assessment engine and integration of standards and objectives support are absolutely dead on in terms of client need. The introduction of podcasting, wikis and blogs will be a lot of fun for our students and faculty."

Including comprehensive LMS functionality within the learning management system simplifies and adds value to LMS adoptions. The extended capabilities included in ANGEL 7.2 often require an additional purchase in competitive systems. Offering them as part of the base ANGEL suite represents the simplicity and commitment to value that is ANGEL.

Learning Outcomes Management: ANGEL 7.2 provides fully integrated support for learning outcomes management.

--  For the K12 community this allows curriculum mapping to standards that
    can be administered centrally across the learning enterprise.
--  For others it allows linking to learning objectives and professional,
    accrediting body and/or institutional standards.
--  For all it provides reports that compare student results against
    desired outcomes.
    
Assessment Content Management: ANGEL 7.2's totally new assessment engine dramatically improves the instructional experience for creating and managing assessments.
--  Question Banks support increasingly sophisticated assessment content
    management needs emerging in the educational community.
--  Assessment Item Analysis provides instant feedback on every assessment
    item enabling faculty to efficiently analyze assessment and question
    effectiveness.
--  Assessment reporting in ANGEL's signature At a Glance format provides
    rich perspective on both student performance and behavior.
--  Interaction controls and mastery settings deliver pedagogically-driven
    student assessment experiences.
    
Podcasting and Course Syndication, Wikis and Blogs: Communication capabilities integrated into ANGEL 7.2 support interactive, collaborative learning.

--  Podcasting and Course Syndication are extremely simple in ANGEL.
    Instructors drop a media file in an ANGEL "course syndication" folder.
    Students subscribe as an iTunes podcast or RSS feed.
--  Wikis and Blogs in ANGEL 7.2 provide opportunities for active peer-to-
    peer learning to enhance subject-matter comprehension in engaging and easy-
    to-use formats.
    
New functionality integrated in ANGEL 7.2 is the direct inspiration of the ANGEL community. "One of ANGEL's biggest advantages is the commitment of our customers. They provide us unusually thoughtful feedback and encourage us to innovate in the areas that are most important to them," said Christopher Clapp, president and CEO, ANGEL Learning. "The ANGEL community inspires us to listen well and produce software that will delight them."

For additional information about ANGEL LMS 7.2, please visit www.angellearning.com or contact info@angellearning.com. To try ANGEL 7.2, request a demonstration sandbox on the ANGEL Learning website. ANGEL 7.2 will be generally available in April 2007.

About ANGEL Learning

ANGEL Learning, Inc. develops and markets enterprise elearning software. Our flagship products are the ANGEL Learning Management Suite and the ANGEL ePortfolio system. Our products have been honed by use -- with millions of students and instructors served from K to corporate. We enjoy a reputation for creating products with exceptional ease of use, excellent vision into learner progress and for keeping our commitments. ANGEL LMS received the 2006 Software & Information Industry Association CODiE award for Best Postsecondary Course Management Solution. Educators ranked ANGEL first in customer satisfaction in the IMS GLC Learn-Sat awards. Having emerged from the academy ourselves, our core values reflect those of our customers well. ANGEL world headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana. To learn more about the ANGEL difference, visit us at www.angellearning.com

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