Harvard Business Online Announces Universal Access to Award-winning Management Development Content
Harvard Business Online, a division
of Harvard Business School Publishing, today announced the creation of Universal
Access, a new technology that will make the implementation of eLearning
solutions across enterprises easier than ever before. Along with the substantial
benefit provided to companies and their training organizations, Universal Access
also enables individual managers to benefit from world-class content without
the necessity of immediate Internet connectivity. The eLearning programs
built by the best management minds in the world havent changed;
the obstacles to accessing the material have simply been removed.
Universal Access dramatically simplifies the integration complexities that
companies face when implementing interactive, online learning programs with
their learning systems platforms and databases. Because every company
has its own unique environment for online learning, custom programming is often
required when outside content is added to the mix. This is especially true when
the content contains interactive database-driven exercises and functionality.
The new Universal Access solution performs equally well with or without a database
or Learning Management System and adapts easily to any environment. It requires
minimal customization, allowing companies to focus often-limited resources on
providing critical content to their employees instead of battling with technology
issues. Organizations of all sizes can access the same valuable
management programs as an outsourced solution on the Internet, as an installation
on their intranet, as a CD-ROM disk, or on their existing learning management
Our mission is to make better managers of people around the world, and
to equip their companies to facilitate extraordinary growth in their management
teams, said Jonathon Levy, vice president of eLearning Programs for Harvard
Business School Publishing. While the Internet opens a wealth of management
learning opportunities, there have been two large barriers to widespread implementation:
lack of time for managers to sit through long online classes, and lack of a
universal deployment technology. We solved the first problem last year by distilling
top quality content to ten-minute chunks for on-demand online programs
in more than 40 areas of management proficiency. The remaining barrier, which
was technological, has now been overcome by our team of engineers.
With the technology barriers removed, all of Harvard Business Onlines
eLearning programs now can be rapidly and easily deployed anywhere in the world.
Additionally, courses such as Leadership Transitions and Coaching
for Results can be integrated with content developed within an enterprise
to provide customized knowledge packages that support the companys competitive
requirements.business objectives and management development programs.
According to Levy, there is no longer any reason for managers to be without
a high-quality online mentor [is mentor confusing here?] and their
own just-in-time knowledge provider. Harvard Business Onlines eLearning
programs perform equally well in any environment, and their universal architecture
means they will easily migrate to additional new platform technologies in the
future, he said.
How it works
Universal Access is able to preserve full, interactive data capture and bookmarking
functionality for users in any computing environment, even when there is no
mechanisms for storing and retrieving information used commonly on the
Web to allow integration into every environment with equal ease and flexibility.
This is done in each case without losing the interactive qualities that won
Harvard Business Online a number of coveted awards for content and design.
Harvard Business Online has filed for U.S. patent protection for Universal
Access, which is also AICC and SCORM compliant, but provides functionality well
beyond the scope of those standards. Each product comes in a single version
that can be deployed in many ways. The same package that clients use for Internet
or intranet installations can be used in a CD-ROM drive by users without database
support. In all instances, the content and the interactivity are identical.
About Harvard Business Online
Harvard Business Online is a division of Harvard Business School Publishing,
a wholly owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of Harvard University. Harvard Business
Onlines eLearning provides leadership, strategy, and general management
solutions to help global businesses improve their performance. Harvard Business
Onlines eLearning programs combine premier content with Internet technology
to bring powerful ideas and tools to the desktops of executives and managers
around the world. http://www.elearning.hbsp.org
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