Syracuse University to Establish Executive Learning Center With Caliber Learning Network Caliber Will Install WebCORE Express Studio On Syracuse Campus by September 2000
Syracuse, NY, (July 31, 2000) – Syracuse University’s School of Management today was chosen as the university-based site for a WebCORE Express Studio from Caliber Learning Network, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLBR). Caliber developed WebCORE Express studios to integrate video production equipment, computing hardware, and all of the WebCORE intuitive software tools needed to create Web-enabled training and communications programs. The new Executive Learning Center is scheduled to open in September in SU’s Crouse-Hinds School of Management Building.
The new Executive Learning Center is the latest development in a partnership between the School of Management and Caliber, the leading global provider of end-to-end corporate eLearning solutions. In April, the school and Caliber struck a deal to deliver the school’s acclaimed MBA Upgrade program in its entirety as well as individual course modules to corporations using Caliber’s Internet-based technologies. Caliber enables Global 2000 companies to dramatically increase the reach and reduce the costs of traditional training programs, using technologies spanning a wide spectrum of delivery methods including a fully outsourced hosted service, Internet, Intranet and digital satellite.
“We are very pleased to take this next step in our growing partnership with Syracuse University. Syracuse joins our list of premium university partners providing both standard and custom content for our Global 2000 clients,” said Kevin Thibodeau, vice president for Content Services. “In working with the School of Management we have found first class courses for our content library coupled with a University that understands the importance of using new mediums to reach students worldwide.”
“By locating a studio right on campus we have immediate access to a powerful live and on demand course production environment,” said Dennis Gillen, associate dean of executive education. “An already productive relationship has become even better because of this latest development,” says SU Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw. “It is a win/win for all parties — Caliber, the University, and our students.”
The technology will enable faculty to present executive education programs live over the Internet at pre-arranged times and dates to corporate desktops or to Caliber learning centers, as well as to archive the materials for on-demand access via the Internet from anywhere in the world.
“The Executive Learning Center will give our faculty an opportunity to build courseware exclusively for an Internet-based learning environment. Caliber provides us with the best delivery mechanism and access to premium advisors, who understand education on the web,” Gillen said. “Our MBA Upgrade course modules are perfectly suited for this kind of environment.”
School of Management faculty members have designed about 30, four-hour course modules for the school’s MBA Upgrade program. The modules can be used separately as custom-designed management training sessions or combined into a complete MBA Upgrade program. “The MBA Upgrade program and course modules will continue to be presented using the traditional, in-person seminar model, but converting the program to an Internet-based, multimedia format will make the materials available on a much broader scale,” Gillen said.
“The establishment of Express Studio origination capabilities on the campus of Syracuse University satisfies a critical element of Caliber’s strategic development,” said Chris Nguyen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Caliber. “Our goal is to enable content partners and corporate clients to create eLearning programs whenever their needs dictate.”
“The coming generation of executives perceive the computer and the Internet as an extension of themselves,” Gillen said. “It’s the way they learn and do business. The computer adapts to multiple learning styles-visual, audio and textual. The modules will include self-learning activities, question and answer banks, self checkpoints, power point presentations and lecture videos.”
“The Executive Learning Center will also be marketed to area corporations as an eLearning origination facility for training,” Gillen said.
About Syracuse University School of Management
The MBA Upgrade program offers experienced managers and corporate executives the opportunity to learn about leading-edge research, theories and practices that were not part of the MBA curriculum even five years ago. The program is offered annually at the University’s Minnowbrook Conference Center in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y. (Aug. 6-11, 2000) and at the Joseph I. Lubin House in New York City (Oct. 23-26). Customized versions of the Upgrade are available through the Insights and Practices program.
For more information about Executive Education Programs available through SU’s School of Management, call 315-443-1387/1029; or e-mail: email@example.com. Information is also available on the School of Management Web site at (http://www.som.syr.edu).
About Caliber Learning Network, Inc.
Caliber (Nasdaq: CLBR) is the leading global provider of end-to-end corporate eLearning solutions. Its solutions and content are delivered through Internet-based technologies to desktops and a network of learning centers. Caliber enables Global 2000 companies to dramatically increase the reach and reduce the costs of traditional training programs, using technologies spanning a wide spectrum of delivery methods including a fully outsourced hosted service, Internet, Intranet and digital satellite. The company also provides standard and custom content consulting. Selected Caliber strategic content and technology partners: The Wharton School, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Saba Software Inc., Docent Inc., Digital Island, Primedia Workplace Learning, Novell Inc. and Enron Inc. Headquartered in Baltimore, Caliber was founded in 1996 and has Internet-ready learning centers and production facilities throughout North America and Europe. For more information, visit http://www.caliber.com.