DENVER, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FORTIS Online has launched a new instant messaging application that lets students and instructors see who's online, allowing them to quickly and easily communicate with each other via chat, voice, web conferencing, and more.
Students also are able to immediately access such resources as career and student services, library resources, and financial aid using this application.
The application is completely integrated into the online environment so students are automatically placed into learning communities with their classmates and instructors. Students, educators, and staff can activate their instant messaging account at no charge through their online classroom.
"We are investing in integrated instant messaging technology to support our online community and promote active engagement among career-focused students through increased access to classmates, instructors, and student service resources. Community and collaboration are key elements of effective online learning and this application supports that," said Alec Winters, Vice President of Online Operations for FORTIS Online.The instant messaging application was developed by education technology company Blackboard Inc., which partners with institutions to provide innovative mobile solutions that enrich teaching, learning, and life outside the classroom. FORTIS Online also utilizes the company's mobile technology, which allows students to view course content, participate in interactive discussions, check grades, and more, directly from their mobile devices. About FORTIS Online FORTIS Institute Online, a division of Fortis College, Centerville, Ohio, is licensed by the Florida Department of Education's Commission for Independent Education and by the State. FORTIS College has institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302, Arlington, VA 22201, (703) 247-4212 www.accsc.org. FORTIS Institute Online is licensed by the State of Colorado Department of Higher Education Division of Private Occupational Schools. It is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code. FORTIS Online delivers career-focused educations suited for working adults looking to achieve their professional goals. FORTIS Online offers courses designed to give students a variety of options, including access to classes and instructors on their schedule – both day and evening – so they can fit higher education into their busy lifestyles. Your Life. Powered by Learning. At FORTIS Online, students can choose from such popular programs as Business Management, Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Administrative Assistant, Hospitality Management, Internet Marketing, Digital Graphic Design, Criminal Justice/Homeland Security, and more. FORTIS Online is a proud member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, an association of colleges and universities dedicated to helping members of the United States Armed Forces and their families earn college degrees. For consumer disclosure information or to learn more about FORTIS Online, visit www.fortis.edu. SOURCE FORTIS Online