Training Buyers Guide: A snapshot of vendors in the e-learning space

CBTS Australia

DiscoverWare

DiscoverWare is a range of self-paced, interactive, multimedia PC applications and PC systems training courses comprising Internet, operating systems, presentation graphics, wordprocessing, spreadsheets, databases, scheduling and workgroups.

DiscoverWare courseware has the flexibility to be deployed on stand-alone PCs from a CD-ROM, or via servers in a Learning Centre environment, across a LAN/WAN or intranet/Internet.

It combines the attributes of video, audio, animation and software simulations into multimedia education. DiscoverWare's teaching methods are supported by a sound instructional design, referred to as the "four e's of education" advocated by top educators - explanation, example, exercise and evaluation - together with an intuitive user interface.

Pricing: single CD course $115; multi-user licences for network/online deployment - on application.

Contact: (03) 9347 8177

www.cbts.com.au

Global Knowledge Network Australia

Internet-enabled learning for Cisco Career CertificationICND E-Learning Edition provides an instruction path in routing and switching to prepare students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam.

Designed for online learning, the course is split into 20-minute learning segments. Assessment activities and search capabilities let students evaluate their progress. Students who order the ICND E-Learning Edition before August 31 will also receive BCRAN E-Learning Edition, one of the requirements for Cisco Certified Network Professional certification.

BCRAN E-Learning provides recommended instruction in building remote access networks.

Pricing: Introductory offer - two courses for the price of one, $1975 (pre GST).

Contact: 1800 647 468

www.globalknowledge.com.au

Hewlett-Packard Education

Virtual Classroom

Hewlett-Packard Education has recently launched a series of Virtual Classrooms that enable customers throughout Australia to participate in online training sessions. Aimed at large companies and enterprise customers using HP hardware and software solutions, the Virtual Classroom is an Internet-based workshop environment that provides real-time interactivity. Subjects include: HP-UX11 - its features and functions; backup and recovery tools; and Win2000.

Pricing: on application

Contact: 1800 035 520

www.hp.com.au

IBM, Lotus

Mindspan Solutions

IBM recently launched the IBM Mindspan Solutions unit aimed at helping corporate customers plan, develop and deploy distance-learning capabilities for their employees.

The Mindspan unit is now delivering a ‘blended' electronic-learning product line that lets users provide collaborative or self-paced instruction for employees and distributors via the Internet and groupware technologies such as Lotus Notes.

One of the new technologies is Lotus LearningSpace 4.0, a distance-learning application that includes built-in tracking and management capabilities.

The application lets users control the speed of their learning, either by using self-paced materials or by interacting with others in a virtual classroom.

Pricing: on application.

Contact: 132 426

www.ibm.com/mindspan

Interim Technology Training Institute

Diploma of Business Programming; Diploma of Systems Technology; Certificate IV in Programming Technology; Certificate IV in Microcomputer Technology; Certificate III in Business Computing; Certificate IV in Computer Operations; Graduate Certificate in Object Oriented Programming.

Courses are delivered online over the Interim Technology Training Institute intranet. Diploma of Business Programming covers software applications, operating systems, networking and programming in 3 languages (C, Visual Basic, COBOL). Graduates of the Diploma of Business Programming are placed in positions such as Web developer, software developer, Internet support.

Graduate Certificate in Object Oriented Programming is suited to individuals with at least two years programming experience. The course covers C, C++, the fundamentals, design and application of Object Oriented Programming.

Pricing: from $5838

Contact: 132 784

www.interimtechnology.com.au

ITC Learning Australasia

Open Learning management systems; IT professional & vendor verification (300+ courses); Desktop applications (100+ courses); Professional development (100+ courses); Call centre performance (20+ courses); Management development (50+ courses); Occupational health and safety, industrial and technical skills (200+ courses).

ITC Learning e-learning resources cover more than 800 courseware titles for business professionals, IT specialists, technical staff and management.

These courses can be deployed via Internet, intranet, LAN/WAN or CD-ROM and include all the major desktop applications, vendor certification for IT professionals (MCSE, MCSD, Cisco, Novell and more) as well as professional development titles (communication skills, sales, presentation skills, customer service) and executive level performance support (business strategy, finance, operations management, leadership).

Pricing: on application

Contact: (02) 9438 2500 or (03) 9593 9955www.itclearning.comMacromediaAuthorware 5 AttainCreate rich-media learning applications for delivery on the Web, LANs, and CD-ROM by dragging icons to the flowline, and then add content and interactivity with easy-to-use menus.

Authoring is delivered via Knowledge Objects. Drag and drop from a visual gallery to add training features such as logins, exercises, and quizzes. Rich media is provided using QuickTime 3, Flash animations, anti-aliased text, and graphics with alpha channels.

Add interactivity with 11 different built-in interactions, powerful hyperlinking, hypertext, and full text search and retrieval.

Pricing: Full $4495, upgrade $899

Available also from Scholastic Australia.

Contact: 1800 665 774

CourseBuilder

CourseBuilder is an extension application to Dreamweaver 3, designed for creating Web-based learning content. It is designed to make instructional authoring easy and enables creation of highly interactive Web learning content.

Pricing: Stand alone $379; Dreamweaver and CourseBuilder bundle $999.

Contact: (02) 4721 7211

www.macromedia.com

Microsoft

Online Learning Partnership Program

Microsoft is working with leading Australian education sites to build online learning environments and develop specific online learning tools to further assist universities, TAFE institutes and schools to maximise their investment in Microsoft technologies. Microsoft is supporting the program with free training, software and providing Microsoft consulting services. Microsoft Back-Office provides an infrastructure for the design, delivery and management of online learning. Microsoft Exchange provides the means for collaboration and messaging, Windows 2000 Server provides the network infrastructure, and SQL provides the data warehouse for staff and student information, assessment tracking and e-commerce infrastructure.

Pricing: N/A (these sites are beta sites)Contact: (02) 9870 2948www.microsoft.com/australia/education

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