The Math Forum Chooses a Partner for the Future

The Math Forum has found a terrific partner in WebCT, the leader in the higher education, e-learning market. WebCT will acquire the Math Forum and together we will work to improve and expand the Math Forum's free services.

The integration of the Math Forum into WebCT.com, the company's e-learning hub, will expand the Math Forum's offerings in higher education and provide new resources for the improvement of mathematics education at all levels of learning. The Math Forum's deep experience with building rich, high-quality online content and educational services brings a strong team and an award-winning Web site to WebCT's leading academic communities on the Internet. By creating a new platform where professors and students can communicate, share ideas, and offer new information, the union of the Math Forum and WebCT will serve as an invaluable resource for the mathematics community.

The Math Forum will retain its name and continue to be managed by existing personnel. This partnership will enable popular and highly regarded Math Forum content and services such as Ask Dr. Math, the Problems of the Week, Teacher2Teacher, Mathematics Discussion Groups, and the Internet Mathematics Library to be offered free of charge. WebCT will contribute its marketing and e-commerce expertise to earn revenue through education-related sponsors, advertising, and materials sales.

"WebCT's acquisition of the Math Forum further enhances our ability to provide the highest quality online educational services to our students and faculty around the world," said Carol Vallone, President and CEO of WebCT. "The Math Forum addresses a serious deficit in math education through its strong professional community that helps advance evolving standards and improve resources in this critical discipline."

"The Math Forum and WebCT share the same vision of using the power of the Internet to build a new kind of educational environment that enhances interactions among students, educators, and others, and builds new resources out of those interactions. Our shared values and shared strategic direction ensure that the Math Forum will remain a leading Internet resource for years to come," said Steve Weimar, President of MathForum.com. "When The Math Forum is integrated into WebCT.com, our users will have access to high-level academic content, vast communities, and educationally focused commercial opportunities. The combination will not only help further the education of students, but of faculty as well."

"Today in math education, there is a great need for additional resources, services and tools," said Jim Kaput, Chancellor Professor of Math at University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and CEO of SimCalc Technologies, LLC. "Teachers need professional development that is more continuous and focused, and students need support often beyond what they can find in the traditional classrooms. The union of WebCT and The Math Forum addresses these needs. This is an exciting development for math education!"

 

CEOs Signing: David Paul of MathForum.com and
Carol Vallone of WebCT make it official.

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