University/Industry Collaboration Offers Students Cutting-Edge Technology in a Virtual Classroom
MANASSAS, Va.—George Mason University has formed a partnership with You-niversity.com
Inc.®, an application services provider based in Arlington, to introduce a
unique approach to web-based training in information technology. The first course
begins April 15, originating from a studio at the university’s Prince William
"This is another endeavor by George Mason’s Train to Technology program in
the School of Information Technology and Engineering to address the demand for
qualified professionals in the high-technology industry in Northern Virginia,"
says Eugene Norris, director of IT&E professional education programs.
George Mason is the first university in Virginia and the Washington, D.C.,
area to offer this interactive, instructor-led synchronous instruction, according
to Norris. Unlike other distance learning programs, the audio and chat features
of this collaborative learning experience allow students to see and hear the
instructor, ask and answer questions, view slides and chat with other students
in the virtual classroom. Students attend class from their homes, offices or
libraries — wherever they connect to the Internet.
In addition to the technological advances of this e-learning program, Norris
points out the practical advantages. "Eliminating the need to travel to
a classroom is a benefit for our students," he says. "We also are
able to deliver instruction to corporate sites without additional space or cost
You-niversity.com Inc.®, with more than 12 years of experience in developing
and delivering IT courses, offers a collaborative solution that meets the requirements
of academic institutions for web-based training. "Our e-learning solution
derives from years of intensive development of IT content and understanding
the related pedagogical requirements," says Rafael Itzhaki, vice president
for business development. "Our technology enables us to serve the needs
for practical and efficient e-learning. George Mason’s Train to Technology program
fully implements our solution while using its own qualified instructors to deliver
There is a high demand in the Washington, D.C., area for virtual classroom
instruction, says Norris. "This collaboration is another step in George
Mason’s implementation of a learning management system that allows us to reach
students throughout the region."
For more information visit the web site at e-ttt.gmu.edu,
or call (703) 993-8461.
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