SOURCE: Udutu, Inc.

October 15, 2008 09:00 ET

Udutu Partners With National Parks Conservation Association to Facilitate New Eco-Mariner e-Learning Program

Eco-Mariner to Help Educate Boaters on the Importance of Protecting Florida Bay

VICTORIA, BC--(Marketwire - October 15, 2008) - Udutu (www.udutu.com), a provider of web-based e-learning software and services, today announced that the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), a non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the National Park System, has chosen Udutu's web-based course authoring tools and Learning Management System (LMS) as the platform for its new Eco-Mariner boater education program. Eco-Mariner, which will officially launch in 2009, is being developed to help park users navigate Florida Bay without harming underwater resources that are critical to the long-term preservation of the Everglades fragile ecosystem.

"We expect to reach a large number of people through Eco-Mariner, so our e-learning platform must provide the flexibility and control to design courses that appeal to the many ways people learn, to keep them interested and engaged," said Rob Clift, senior marine outreach coordinator for NPCA. "Udutu provides the type of training tools that let us quickly and easily create our own course materials, edit them as needed and distribute them to users in multiple ways, whether online or in-person. And, Udutu's web-based model is designed to be very e cost-effective."

Unlike other course development products that are linear in approach, Udutu's collaborative tools enhance the design process and bring the subject matter experts closer to course development. A purely web-based solution that eliminates the need for costly, extensive software installations and management, Udutu offers course creation and learner management capabilities to organizations and individuals that are not able to benefit from traditional e-learning tools due to their cost and complexity.

Using the Udutu platform, NPCA's Eco-Mariner program will offer users interactive learning through video content, animation and audio features to promote better understanding. The flexibility Udutu provides NPCA and all of its clients enables programs like Eco-Mariner to have the option to be distributed in a variety of ways, including online via the Udutu LMS for Facebook, in a classroom setting or kiosks placed in locations that are convenient for course takers.

"Providing customers like NPCA with access to robust e-learning tools that are consistent and easy-to-use, and save time and money is a top priority for us," said Roger Mundell, founder of CEO of Udutu. "We are excited to be involved in a worthwhile project like Eco-Mariner, working to effectively deliver training that will have a direct impact on preserving the environment."

About NPCA

Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System. NPCA, its 340,000 members, and many partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation's natural, historical, and cultural heritage for generations to come. For more information visit: http://www.npca.org/who_we_are/faq.html.

About Udutu

Udutu provides web-based course authoring tools that make it easy and affordable for anyone -- whether a department head at a large corporation, professor, teacher or a small business -- to create, deliver and manage effective online training and learning. Based in Victoria, BC, Udutu was formed in 2005 out of several years of academic research. The company's free Web-based tools were designed for knowledge experts rather than technology and multimedia experts, and provide an online collaborative tool that enhances the design process and brings the subject matter specialists closer to course development. Customers include Microsoft, the United Nations Department of Economic & Social Affairs, DelekUS/Mapco, Krystal Food Company, the Government of British Columbia, and many others. For more information, visit www.udutu.com.

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