Lightspan Division Announces Product Enhancements

Academic Systems, the higher education division of Lightspan, recently announced widespread product enhancements designed to serve the developmental and general education learning needs of more than 6 million college students nationwide.

The product expansion makes it easier for developmental mathematics and writing students, as well as general education students, to improve and enhance their skills through the company's computer-based instructional materials. The materials, written by prestigious scholars and educators, now cover more than 1,700 objectives through 430 learning objects. The expanded content correlates to more than 90 percent of the nation's most commonly used textbooks. Beyond content expansion, the enhancements include new functionality, which makes it easier for students and faculty to use, and availability for Macintosh users.

The product expansion most significantly affects Academic System's, a Web-delivered collection of online content libraries that has more than tripled to include interactive learning objects in writing, math I and II, biology, chemistry, business, economics and study skills. Through the Web site, instructors and tutors can direct students to targeted interactive tutorials in key prerequisite and general education subjects. The content expansion now makes it feasible to use the materials in classes and venues on and off campus. also easily integrates with all online learning platforms and campus Web sites. Academic Systems, Mountain View, CA, (800) 694-6850,

This article originally appeared in the 01/01/2002 issue of THE Journal.