Novell's online InfiLearning multi-vendor training services programme has finally gone into pilot phase nearly two years after it was first announced.
InfiLearning, which is designed to expand Novell's Authorised Education Centres (NAECs) to offer training across a range of manufacturers, including Oracle and Sun Microsystems, was originally scheduled to launch in January 1998.
But Novell failed to meet several deadlines for delivering online support facilities, frustrating European distributors and training centres which had paid #8,000 each to be a part of the scheme (PC Dealer, 29 April 1998).
Ilion Faculty and Azlan Training are two of nine Novell partners worldwide chosen to trial InfiLearning's online training component.
Aaron Osmond, technology based training manager at Novell, told PC Dealer that Ilion and Azlan are delivering CNE certification courses in migration from NetWare 4 to NetWare 5 to approximately 20 sites.
He claimed the two companies were chosen for the pilot because of their 'aggressive' Internet based training initiatives, adding: "We're concerned that a lot of our training partners are so focused on beating their competition in classroom based training that they have failed to see the opportunities online."
Osmond said Novell research had found that 52 per cent of people undertaking training courses preferred self study and of those, six per cent had already used online training facilities.
Candidates using InfiLearning's Internet based training (IBT) component spend 12 weeks involved in self study and threaded online discussion groups with fellow students and teachers before attending a three day on site course at a NEAC to complete their certification process. The IBT course costs approximately half that of a five day classroom based training course.
The InfiLearning online training pilot is scheduled for completion by the end of May, with the full programme to be formally launched at Novell's education channel partner conference, Edge 99, in June.
For more stories see 14 April issue of PC Dealer
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