NETg Brings the Future of Learning to the University of Illinois

May 24, 2001

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University of Illinois learners are now able to take information technology and professional skills courses in an environment including true-to-life simulations and a highly interactive approach to learning desktop applications and programming skills. Ultimately, NETg’s XtremeLearning allows users to engage in self-paced professional development programs and provides a no-cost alternative for developing key skills. The program is currently offered through the University of Illinois at no cost to all faculty, students, and staff.

“The traditional role of universities is to create an environment that fosters learning,” said Gary Lopez, president and chief executive officer of NETg. “With NETg’s XtremeLearning, the University of Illinois is extending the reach of their learning environment. Regardless of physical location, staff and students will now be able to engage in a high quality, consistent learning experience. ”

The NETg and University of Illinois partnership grew out of the University Office of Human Resources’ objective to promote employee professional self-development while setting the stage for future technological advances. In addition, the University of Illinois chose NETg in order to unite their campuses and remote locations with consistent course content and training experiences. With support from the Office for Academic Affairs, the reach of NETg was extended beyond University employees to include the institution’s student population.

“The University of Illinois chose NETg among several potential learning providers because of its superior instructional design, extensive learning library, and exceptional attention to customer service,” said Mary J. Jordan, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources for the University of Illinois. “NETg’s technology-delivered learning is an effective way to deliver high quality training while managing training costs. Since its inception last fall, the University has seen a steady growth in the number of users and course titles selected for learning.”

The agreement between NETg and the University of Illinois includes licensing of NLO+University, which allows NETg courses to be customized by mixing and matching content from different courses, adding in new content, and disabling content that is irrelevant; providing the ability to produce custom learning objective specific courseware with one consistent look and feel system-wide.

About NETg

NETg, a subsidiary of Boston-based Harcourt General, Inc. (NYSE: H), is defining the future of learning. The company has a portfolio of over 1,000 courses in several languages, covering professional IT, desktop and personal development skills and serves over 4,000 customers worldwide. NETg’s proven learning techniques are based on an innovative course architecture developed by NETg in the early 1990’s – The NETg Learning Object (NLO). The company leads the industry with a full range of e-Learning solutions incorporating Internet services and interactivity with over 75,000 learning objects for leading companies such as DaimlerChrysler, Honeywell, Procter & Gamble and Dow Chemical. NETg’s worldwide headquarters are located in Naperville, Illinois, USA. For more information visit NETg at

About University of Illinois

The University of Illinois, ranked among the top 10 public universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report, is one of the nation’s premier research institutions, with campuses in Chicago, Springfield, Urbana-Champaign, and additional branches of the Chicago-based College of Medicine at Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana. The University employs more than 22,000 full time employees. Nearly 65,000 students attend the University annually, about 16,000 of them earn degrees each year, and many more earn degrees through the virtual campus, University of Illinois Online. University of Illinois graduate and undergraduate programs are ranked among the best in the nation and are internationally renowned. Alumni are leaders of business, government, education, the arts, and many other fields. The University of Illinois also serves hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans every year through a wide array of outreach programs.