KnowledgeNet Makes E-Learning Equivalent to Traditional Classroom Learning
KnowledgeNet LabWare-Remote Hardware labs, integrated with live e-learning,
enables e-learners pursuing Cisco certification to instantly connect to real
Cisco devices and practice with unrestricted access to device functionality
PHOENIX--December 11, 2002--KnowledgeNet Inc., the fastest
growing e-learning company, today announced the availability of LabWare-Remote
Hardware labs. Designed as an integral component of the KnowledgeNet Live
Cisco(R)-authorized certification courseware, LabWare-Remote Hardware gives
Cisco networking professionals remote access to real Cisco internetworking
devices on which they can practice the skills they are learning -- including
installation, configuration, troubleshooting, and maintenance -- without fear of
disrupting a critical enterprise network.
LabWare-Remote Hardware bridges the 'equipment gap' between
traditional instructor-led classroom training and e-learning, giving students
the authentic 'hands-on' experience that is essential to reinforce the skills
they will need in the field. LabWare-Remote Hardware extends the capabilities of
KnowledgeNet's existing LabWare, providing a true-to-life environment in which
students can hone their Cisco internetworking expertise.
As a result of this announcement, KnowledgeNet now offers
the most comprehensive blended learning offering for Cisco certification,
including self-paced interactive courseware, live instruction delivered over the
web, realistic software simulations, authentic hands-on hardware, and mentoring.
LabWare-Remote Hardware directly addresses the concern voiced by some observers
that e-learning lacks 'real' hands-on experience. A CMP study showed that
KnowledgeNet students experience a 50% increase in knowledge retention compared
to traditional classroom learning.
"Not only have we matched the effectiveness of traditional
classroom learning, we've surpassed it," said Tom Graunke, CEO of KnowledgeNet.
"Our new LabWare-Remote Hardware complements our Flash-based LabWare equipment
simulations, providing students with the ultimate learning experience --
reality. Taken in conjunction with our Cisco-authorized classroom training over
the web, KnowledgeNet e-learning can deliver results that exceed those attained
with a bricks-and-mortar classroom experience. KnowledgeNet customers tell us
they're achieving learning retention that they didn't think was possible with
Anytime, Anywhere Access to the Latest Cisco Hardware
KnowledgeNet LabWare-Remote Hardware provides real-time, unscheduled access via
a Telnet session to actual Cisco hardware, including Cisco 2600 series routers,
and Cisco 6500 and 1900 series switches. This patent-pending technology is the
result of a newly formed partnership with Logilent Learning Systems. It can
quickly and dynamically allocate equipment to multiple users at any given time
-- average lab deployment is 15 seconds. Once the student has completed the
LabWare-Remote session, the equipment is 'cleaned' and returned to inventory,
ready for the next lab user. No downloads or custom client plug-ins are
required, and the session integrates seamlessly with the KnowledgeNet Live
training via the KnowledgeNet Learning Management System, which can track and
report on student usage.
LabWare-Remote Hardware sessions are designed with user
productivity and training results in mind. A Flash-based user interface allows
users to directly access a console, a lab guide and a topology all within one
window, and menu access to frequently used commands such as Save, Load and
Reset. Users can also send their lab session to others via e-mail to deploy to a
different device, use for implementation at a customer site, or to verify lab
completion. In addition, practical, comprehensive lab guides are available for
advanced users, featuring in-depth scenarios and collapsible command and
tutorial instructions. Novice users will benefit
from the Command List and Recommended Approach sections.
These provide step-by-step details to quickly build and reinforce essential
skills. An enhanced print feature allows users to easily print these lab guides
and easy-to-follow instructions.
Availability and Pricing
Hardware is available immediately as a $395 per-course upgrade to KnowledgeNet's
Cisco CCNA and CCNP courses, including
Building Cisco Remote Access
Networks (23 labs available);
Building Cisco Multilayer
Switched Networks (14 labs available);
Building Scalable Cisco
Internetworks (28 labs available);
Troubleshooting (15 labs available); and
Interconnecting Cisco Network
Devices (24 labs available).
KnowledgeNet LabWare-Remote Hardware is available for any
of KnowledgeNet's Cisco e-learning solutions (including KnowledgeNet Live,
KnowledgeNet Express, or KnowledgeNet Interactive).
KnowledgeNet Mentor Plus, an enhanced version of
KnowledgeNet Mentor is available for each of the above four courses, priced at
$295 per course. Mentor Plus includes all of the elements of KnowledgeNet's
regular Mentor offering, plus four LabWare-Remote Hardware labs.
KnowledgeNet is the fastest-growing company in the learning
industry. KnowledgeNet offers a second-wave, internet-based learning suite -
"enterprise e-learning" - that is the only results-based corporate e-learning
solution. The Company's over 1,500 titles of instructor-led and self-paced
business and technology content, combined with the KnowledgeNet LMS and LCMS,
constitute an integrated suite of e-learning products that can be easily
customized to suit both the enterprise and any individual learning styles.
KnowledgeNet has received nearly a dozen industry distinctions for its
e-learning solutions. KnowledgeNet is a Cisco Learning Solutions Partner, and is
a Microsoft Certified Technical Education Center (CTEC) as well as a Microsoft
Certified Partner. Of the Fortune 50, 47 companies are KnowledgeNet customers,
including blue-chip companies and institutions such as Cisco, EMC, GE, Lockheed
Martin and Sun Microsystems. Founded in 1998, KnowledgeNet is a privately held
company based in Phoenix, Arizona.
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