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United States Patent 6,988,138
Alcorn , et al. January 17, 2006

Internet-based education support system and methods


A system and methods for implementing education online by providing institutions with the means for allowing the creation of courses to be taken by students online, the courses including assignments, announcements, course materials, chat and whiteboard facilities, and the like, all of which are available to the students over a network such as the Internet. Various levels of functionality are provided through a three-tiered licensing program that suits the needs of the institution offering the program. In addition, an open platform system is provided such that anyone with access to the Internet can create, manage, and offer a course to anyone else with access to the Internet without the need for an affiliation with an institution, thus enabling the virtual classroom to extend worldwide.

Inventors: Alcorn; Robert L. (Arlington, VA), Cane; Daniel E. (Washington, DC), Chasen; Michael L. (Washington, DC), Chi; Timothy R. (Fairfax, VA), Gilfus; Stephen R. (Woodbridge, VA), Perian; Scott (Washington, DC), Pittinsky; Matthew L. (Washington, DC)
Assignee: Blackboard Inc. (Washington, DC)
Appl. No.: 09/608,208
Filed: June 30, 2000

Current U.S. Class: 709/225 ; 434/350; 709/203; 709/204; 709/217; 709/218
Current International Class: G06F 15/173 (20060101)
Field of Search: 709/225,203,218,217,204,205 343/350,204,336
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