UWLI, Berbee Partnership Taps Soaring Demand for E-learning Solutions Partners To Deliver End-To-End Distributed Learning for Businesses

August 1, 2000

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.

E-learning solutions

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

at Berbee.

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.

About Berbee

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



Gary Mays


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