Tegrity Emergency Response Service Ensures Business Continuity for Colleges and Universities in Cases of Campus Closure Due to H1N1 or Other Emergencies

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Contingency service provides rapid, cost-effective emergency response

Just a few days after the storm, I started receiving calls and e-mails from other colleges telling me they had my students

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Tegrity, provider of the leading class capture web service for higher education, today launched Tegrity Emergency Response, a contingency service enabling institutions to continue the delivery of high-quality education (instructor teaching) to students in the event of emergencies that force campus closure.

As institutions contemplate their response to real threats such as the H1N1 virus, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes, the ability to sustain academic operations online has become an essential component of their emergency preparedness strategy. Since Tegrity Emergency Response is a contingency solution, institutions are only required to pay a reservation fee (plus a one-time setup fee) during periods of normal operation. If and when disaster strikes, the system is switched on instantly, and a primary usage fee is incurred - providing colleges and universities with an affordable ongoing disaster recovery solution.

Tegrity Emergency Response offers extremely rapid deployment in the case of campus closure using a system of tokens that are immediately distributed online to instructors. The instructors, regardless of their location, can quickly create a course online, invite students to participate, and record class material. The students receive an email invitation that allows them to access the recordings and other course materials online, enabling them to continue their learning during periods of campus closure.

Tegrity's proven ability to ensure continuous academic operations was first demonstrated following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. When Katrina struck just days into the new fall semester, students at Delgado Community College were displaced across numerous states, yet they continued to "attend" classes online using Tegrity.

"Just a few days after the storm, I started receiving calls and e-mails from other colleges telling me they had my students," said Missy LaCour, Director of Health Information Technology at Delgado. "They were concerned about continuing their education and I wanted to be the one to teach them. I knew I could do it, and with Tegrity, I had the means to do it. Tegrity also enabled them to remain within the Delgado community even though they lived in other cities. Those students will be graduating this semester."

Tegrity is also being used at The University of Alabama to ensure continued learning in the face of campus closure. "The University of Alabama's Office of Emergency Preparedness considers Tegrity to be a key component in our emergency preparedness plan" said Carmen Burkhalter, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean and Senior Information Officer at the University of Alabama. "The Tegrity solution will help us minimize the negative impact a campus closure can have on our student population; and will ensure that their ability to learn won't be compromised during an emergency."

Join our free webinar, featuring Bobbie Garner-Coffie, User Services Analyst at Tulane University, who will discuss Tulane's disaster recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina. To register, click here or type the following into your browser: http://info.tegrity.com/webinar_h1n1

About Tegrity

Tegrity Campus is the leading class capture Web service, proven to improve student achievement, satisfaction, retention and recruitment across the entire institution. Tegrity Campus has deep integration with the institution's data-set and makes class time available all the time by automatically recording, storing and indexing every class on campus for replay by every student - without the need to install any special hardware or software in the classrooms. With Tegrity's patented Search Anything™ and Bookmarking technology, students can instantly recall key class moments for replay online, as well as on the iPhone, iPod and other mobile devices. Tegrity is based in Santa Clara, California with offices throughout the United States. Visit the Tegrity homepage at http://www.tegrity.com.

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