UWLI, Berbee Partnership Taps Soaring Demand for E-learning Solutions Partners To Deliver End-To-End Distributed Learning for Businesses
Berbee and University
of Wisconsin Learning Innovations (UWLI) are engaging in an exciting new partnership
to deliver comprehensive e-learning solutions to mid-market business clients
located primarily in the eight Big Ten states.
use the power of the Internet to deliver business-critical information to employees
when and where they need it. By bridging the barriers of space and time, e-learning
solutions enable people and organizations to keep pace with profound changes
in the global economy fueled by technology.
The Berbee/UWLI partnership
will target businesses seeking new technology-enabled tools to help employees
keep pace with the changing skills, knowledge and product offerings that are
central to success in the Internet economy. With the e-learning market expected
to surpass $7.1 billion by 2002 (International Data Corporation,) partnerships
are increasingly common to create a one-stop-shopping place for complete learning
This partnership will
provide a competitive e-learning solution to businesses in Wisconsin and the
Midwest, said Mike Offerman, Executive Director of UW Learning Innovations.
For established business
and corporate clients, the partnership enables the integration of many systems,
tools and technologies into a single platform allowing the focus to remain on
business goals and client service, and the opportunity to extend big company
solutions to the overlooked mid-market client.
Together we can provide
any sized company with a state-of-the art solution without the headaches and
limitless expense of doing it in-house, said Paul Shain, Chief Operating Officer
The e-learning solution
from Berbee Learning Services and UWLI is designed to facilitate the creation
of a state-of-the-art knowledge management community delivering mission-critical
training and corporate information to anyone, anywhere. Central to the BLS/UWLI
offering is technology from a global leader, Lotus/IBM. Lotus/IBM distributes
LearningSpace, a best of breed, ASP-ready Learning Management System.
UWLI will work with client
human resources/training personnel to create highly interactive, network friendly
online courses that include the migration of existing learning content to an
online framework. Berbee will provide technology support, hosting, fast and
reliable connectivity, continuous desk support, and the integration of LearningSpace.
In addition to providing
a highly reliable and affordable enterprise-scale distributed learning solution;
Berbee Learning Services, with high-value network consulting, and UWLI, with
an award winning course development team, will provide the following suite of
services wrapped around the hosted offering:
- Highly interactive,
customized, network friendly online courses for the client
- Enabling client staff
with the necessary online learning tools
- Continuous desktop
support to client learners.
- Tracking and reporting
capabilities provided by Lotus/IBM LearningSpace
- A financed, competitively
priced, complete e-learning solution
About UW Learning
UW Learning Innovations transforms traditional classroom models into online
courses available anytime, anywhere and also creates entirely new courseware
to meet training needs of individuals, corporations, and organizations. By leveraging
more than 100 years of UW distance education experience into interactive online
designs, UW Learning Innovations helps learners of all kinds, in both educational
and corporate settings, to reach their goals. For more information about UW
Learning Innovations, please visit http://learn.wisconsin.edu/splash/splashscreen.html.
Berbee is a growing innovator in the delivery of high-value network consulting,
electronic commerce and application solutions for business. The Madison, Wis.-based
firm is in the midst of a major expansion in its geographic and market reach.
With a diverse client roster that includes major catalog retailers, national
retail brands, and Internet startups, Berbee offers comprehensive solutions
that help companies manage, innovate and integrate technology into a model for