WebCT is the world’s leading provider of integrated e-learning systems for higher education. More than 2,200 colleges and universities worldwide are using WebCT’s products and services. Consortia in 16 American states, four Canadian provinces, two Australian territories, the French National Center for Distance Learning, the Japanese National Institute of Multimedia Education, and the Consortium of Distance Education have licensed WebCT for their member institutions. The company was acquired by Blackboard Inc. in February 2006 for $178 million.