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Vista Higher Learning Chat Tools Recognized as Best Student Collaboration Solution in 2014 CODiE Awards

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The leading Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) selected Vista Higher Learning, a specialized educational publisher of world language materials, as a finalist in its 2014 CODiE Awards. SIIA nominated Aventuras Chat Tools for Best Collaboration Solution for Students in the Education category. The award recognizes the best online system designed to provide social learning, collaboration, and education community support for PK-12 or postsecondary students.

About Aventuras Chat Tools
With Virtual and Partner Chat Tools integrated within Visa Higher Learning’s innovative learning management system, Supersite, students and teachers can collaborate beyond the classroom, any time. Virtual Chat helps students develop language skills via simulated conversations with native speakers. Pre-recorded prompts expose learners to a variety of authentic accents and help them prepare for real-time chats. For live practice, students can use Partner Chat Tools to pair up for oral language learning. Using these web-based video, audio and text chat tools, students have extended practice opportunities and face-to-face collaboration. The chat interface lets students see who’s online and invite an activity partner. They can record and play back their session unlimited times before submitting it for online grading. As a result, students build confidence while learning at their own pace.

Kurt Gerdenich, Senior Vice President, Product Management and Technology says, “We sincerely thank the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) and its membership for nominating us as a CODiE award finalist. To be chosen once again among so many dynamic and important companies further strengthens our mission to be the leading educational innovator for language teachers and learners.”

To learn more about Supersite Aventuras Chat Tools, visit vistahigherlearning.com/new-supersite/chat.

About Vista Higher Learning
As an independent publisher focused exclusively on world languages, Vista Higher Learning creates superior quality programs that boldly integrate text, technology, and authentic media. Founded in 2000, the privately owned company is committed to elevating the teaching and learning of French, Italian, Spanish, and German to help people communicate fluidly across languages and cultures. For more detail, visit vistahigherlearning.com/about.

About SIIA
SIIA is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries worldwide. Its Education Division serves and represents more than 200 companies that provide technologies to address educational needs. The CODiE Awards remain the only peer-recognized program in the content, education, and software industries so each CODiE Award win serves as incredible market validation for a product’s innovation, vision, and overall industry impact. For more detail, visit siia.net/codies/2014/about.asp.

Contacts
Vista Higher Learning
Maggie Fiorentino, 617-728-9378
Product Marketing Manager
mfiorentino@vistahigherlearning.com

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