Uses Collaborative Web-Based Training (CWBT) to Make Classrooms Come Alive

May 1, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — today announced the signing of an agreement with WebEx Communications, Inc., the leader in communications infrastructure for Web meetings, to integrate the WebEx Interactive Platform into the Izio™ online learning platform. With reduced travel budgets and training resources, many companies are looking for cost effective alternatives to reduce expensive Instructor-led classroom training events. In conjunction with Convene’s Collaborative Web-based Training (CWBT) platform, Izio™, both corporate and academic organizations can realize the immense power of synchronous training and meetings.

Using WebEx’s real-time communications services, Convene’s Izio™ platform users are now able to communicate and participate in “live” Internet learning events with classmates, colleagues, customers, distributors, or suppliers from anywhere at anytime. The addition of WebEx services provides organizations and universities with the ability to conduct both asynchronous and synchronous learning events to construct the optimum blended learning solution for their courses.

Using the Izio™ platform, instructors can provide all of the elements of an instructor-led classroom event asynchronously online, including announcements, assignments, handouts, tests, evaluations, discussion, feedback, recording performance and completion status, establishing team projects, and overall course organization. From the Izio(TM) platform, learners can launch synchronous learning events through WebEx. WebEx’s Meeting Center service is fully interactive, with data and application sharing, providing yet another alternative to costly onsite training events. Convene’s Izio™ users will be able to leverage this new feature to:

  • Instantly meet with anyone using a standard Web browser

  • Give a presentation to anyone, anywhere

  • Demonstrate software live and interactively

  • Allow anyone in the meeting to view, annotate, or edit any document online

  • Share any application on the system, or the entire desktop

  • Use integrated teleconferencing, voiceover, and live video

“We believe that WebEx’s Meeting Center services, in combination with our proven Izio™ course management platform, will offer customers a compelling reason to accelerate their online learning initiatives,” said Robert Danna, Sr. V.P. and Chief Customer Officer. “Our agreement with the industry leader, WebEx, will enable us to stay at the forefront of CWBT. Convene is reinventing the way academic and corporate learning is conducted by empowering learners to collaborate as never before.”

About is a premier online learning service provider for corporations and academic institutions seeking the best in online training and education. Since the early 1990’s, Convene has been a pioneer in the online education industry including the development of a comprehensive eLearning platform for the first and most successful online university in the world. Today, from our San Francisco, California headquarters, Convene continues to improve the instructor-led model of teaching by enhancing online collaboration and facilitation with our Izio™ course management platform. With Izio’s highly intuitive user interface,’s Collaborative Web-based Training (CWBT) solutions blend the best of instructor-led and online learning to readily develop and deploy courses, allowing learner’s to quickly master complex information from anywhere at anytime.’s offerings include collaborative and self-paced eTeaching and eLearning tools, customized course development services, learning portal development, 24/7 technical support and client training.

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