Questia Media announced on January 27, 2005 at FETC the Questia Classroom, a course management system that can be used with the content of Questia's online library of full-text copyrighted and public domain books, articles, and other research resources. Currently offered at no charge to schools purchasing Questia's online library, the Questia Classroom enables teachers to efficiently interact with students online and engage students in a 21st century learning environment, according to the company.
"The modern classroom thrives on interaction and collaboration among students, teachers, and technology," said Troy Williams, president and CEO of Questia. "The Questia Classroom not only provides anytime, anywhere access to an academically-vetted collection of research materials, it also delivers a forum that encourages student-teacher interaction and provides an invigorating learning experience."
Using Questia Classroom, teachers can create, plan, and manage unique course material that leverages Questia's online library collection and tools. The collection includes more than 50,000 full-text books and 400,000 journal, magazine, and newspaper articles focused on the language arts and social studies disciplines. Tools include highlighter, markup, automatic footnotes, and bibliography builder features.
Per Questia's announcement, students using the Questia Classroom develop modern research skills as they complete assignments online with the aid of dynamic research tools and gain 24/7 access to resource materials that can be viewed simultaneously by multiple users. Students can set their own workspace and reading preferences, create project folders and personal bookshelves, and automatically develop properly formatted footnotes and bibliographies in seven different citation styles.
Questia entered the secondary school market last year when it began offering access to its online library collection to school districts. It was responding to what it saw as "an increasing demand for an online companion to physical libraries among the secondary school market, due in part to increasing book prices and shrinking school district budgets."
A demo of Questia Classroom can be found on the Questia Website at http://www.questia.com.
Source: Questia Media, Inc, http://www.questia.com.