Ascolta and Courseavenue Co-develop e-Learning Training for Cisco TelePresence System

Irvine, CA and Warrenville, IL - Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Ascolta, a leading provider of information technology training and learning services, and CourseAvenue, a leader in learning content authoring systems and learning integration services, announce the availability of End User training on Cisco's TelePresence System in a convenient e-Learning format. Cisco TelePresence combines high-quality audio, high-definition video, and interactive elements to deliver an in-person meeting experience over your network. Cisco TelePresence clients can now offer their end users award winning Ascolta training through anytime, anywhere online e-Learning.

As a leader in technical training, Ascolta recognized the need to continue to expand their e-Learning offerings to meet their client's changing training needs. Ascolta chose CourseAvenue to assist in this course development project for two reasons. First, they were able to utilize CourseAvenue's truly collaborative e-Learning development platform; and second, they were able to partner with an e-Learning development company with years of experience in the entire development process. CourseAvenue's online development platform allows for enhanced collaboration between all course development team members, including subject matter experts, course authors, graphics professionals, and reviewers. Ascolta and CourseAvenue worked simultaneously throughout the development process, greatly reducing review cycles and enabling Ascolta to get the training in the hands of their clients much quicker than if they had chosen a traditional desktop authoring tool.

"Working with CourseAvenue is an important step in continuing to support our customer's training objectives," stated Ted Wagner, Ascolta's CFO, "This partnership increases our ability to expand in this area of training and build custom e-Learning courses for our clients".

Utilizing various forms of source materials such as PowerPoint slides, instructor led resources, and concept designs, Subject Matter Experts and Authors worked together to create a quick, economical approach in providing Cisco TelePresence End Users (TPEU) the knowledge needed to interface with their TelePresence solution.

"We see a continuously growing need to convert ILT into e-Learning from the leaders in the training field," explained Joe Gorup, CourseAvenue CEO, "Working with the Ascolta team to convert existing classroom content demonstrated how we can successfully combine the best of both learning formats".

The Cisco TelePresence course includes CourseAvenue's Hybrid e-Learning capabilities, giving Ascolta clients the ability to customize specific elements of the course including welcome messages, specific contact information for end users, and company branding. And since all CourseAvenue courses are published in AICC/SCORM standards-compliant formats, Ascolta is assured that the courses they develop in collaboration with CourseAvenue will launch and track seamlessly from their clients' various learning management systems (LMS).

The combination of Ascolta training services and CourseAvenue's expertise in collaborative e-Learning development is expected to provide customers comprehensive training solutions to meet their client's changing training needs.

About Ascolta

Founded in 1987, Ascolta is recognized as a leader in technical training, empowering network professionals through education, information and community. As a Cisco Learning Solutions Partner, Ascolta offers instructor-led, e-Learning, and custom learning solutions. Prior to this year's award, Ascolta has been named Training Partner of the Year for two consecutive years. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Ascolta has several other locations throughout the US. For more information, call (800) 297-4294 or visit www.ascolta.com to find out more about Ascolta and its learning products and services.

About CourseAvenue, Inc.

Since 2003, CourseAvenue has been simplifying the process of creating and distributing e-Learning content through a unique online and on-demand platform allowing users to quickly build and publish standards-based e-Learning courses. All courses are published in SCORM/AICC standards-compliant formats, integrating seamlessly into LMS systems used by organizations of all sizes in a wide range of industries. Global corporations, private publishers and e-Learning distributors are discovering how CourseAvenue is making courseware development less complicated.

 
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