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WebCT supports open portal standard

WebCT have announced support for uPortal, an open standard for campus portals.

uPortal has been developed by the Java in Administration Special Interest Group (JA-SIG), an "independent organization designed to increase the flow of information between educational institutions and companies involved in the development of administrative applications using Java technology."

According to the JA-SIG website, uPortal is a "free, sharable portal under development by institutions of higher-education."

"uPortal is an open-standard effort using Java, XML, JSP and J2EE. It is a collaborative development project with the effort shared among several of the JA-SIG member institutions."

To provide support for uPortal, WebCT are providing a uPortal Channel Utility for WebCT 3.6.2. The utility is available from the WebCT downloads site.

The utility allows uPortal users to get access to WebCT course listings. The utility also provides a single sign-on, eliminating the need for separate WebCT and uPortal passwords for users.

WebCT's CTO, Chris Vento, cites the uPortal announcement as part of WebCT's commitment to using open standards, which includes membership of the IMS Global Learning Consortium.

More information on uPortal is available on the JA-SIG website.

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