ad info




CNN.com
 MAIN PAGE
 WORLD
 ASIANOW
 U.S.
 LOCAL
 POLITICS
 WEATHER
 BUSINESS
 SPORTS
 TECHNOLOGY
   computing
   personal technology
   space
 NATURE
 ENTERTAINMENT
 BOOKS
 TRAVEL
 FOOD
 HEALTH
 STYLE
 IN-DEPTH

 custom news
 Headline News brief
 daily almanac
 CNN networks
 CNN programs
 on-air transcripts
 news quiz

  CNN WEB SITES:
CNN Websites
 TIME INC. SITES:
 MORE SERVICES:
 video on demand
 video archive
 audio on demand
 news email services
 free email accounts
 desktop headlines
 pointcast
 pagenet

 DISCUSSION:
 message boards
 chat
 feedback

 SITE GUIDES:
 help
 contents
 search

 FASTER ACCESS:
 europe
 japan

 WEB SERVICES:
COMPUTING

From...
PC World

Learn software on the Web

December 16, 1999
Web posted at: 1:11 p.m. EST (1811 GMT)

by Cathy Kenny graphic

(IDG) -- You need to improve your spreadsheet skills, but what if you don't have time to attend a training class, or can't find a class in your area?

Computer-based training products have long solved this problem by enabling you to take training classes from the comfort of your own PC. But the disk-based products can be expensive, especially if you have to purchase courses for a number of different software titles.

  MESSAGE BOARD
Tech talk
 

Now the Web has produced new options. CompUSA's latest offering, CompUniversity Online Learning, provides unlimited access to over 30 training seminars for today's most popular software products, starting at $19.99.

Get your money's worth

CompUniversity Online Learning is a subscription-based service, with prices ranging from $19.99 for 30 days to $49.99 for six months. Once you subscribe to the service, you can take as many training seminars as you like, as often as you like. Corporate pricing varies according to the number of users subscribing to the service.

MORE COMPUTING INTELLIGENCE
IDG.net   IDG.net home page
  PC World home page
  Getting the most out of online learning
  Web-based training solutions
  E-BusinessWorld
  Reviews & in-depth info at IDG.net
  IDG.net's personal news page
  Year 2000 World
  Questions about computers? Let IDG.net's editors help you
  Subscribe to IDG.net's free daily newsletter for computer geniuses (& newbies)
  Search IDG.net in 12 languages
  News Radio
  * Fusion audio primers
  * Computerworld Minute
CompUniversity offers more than 30 training seminars. Courses cover the usual software suspects, such as Windows 98 and Microsoft Office. WordPerfect seminars are offered, but Lotus SmartSuite users are out of luck. You'll also find courses on Lotus Notes as well as Internet classes on Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer.

For the most part, each application software title is available in three modules: Introduction, Intermediate, or Advanced. If you're not sure which course level is right for you, you can complete a skills assessment test to find the appropriate course. After you've completed a seminar, you can see how much information you've retained by taking yet another test. Based on your results, certain lessons will be flagged to alert you to pay special attention.

Each of the training seminars is straightforward and easy to use. A combination of informational text and simulated exercises advances you through each lesson. If you can't complete a session in a single sitting, you can bookmark the lesson and then quickly pick up where you left off. Corporate subscribers to the service receive tracking software that enables a training administrator to monitor subscriber usage and progress.

Some patience required

Unlike disk-based training solutions, which are installed and then accessed from your PC or network server, accessing a training program over the Web can be pretty slow.

CompUniversity acknowledges this, and recommends a 56K modem at the very least to get the most satisfaction out of the product. Still, on such a modem, it took close to 5 minutes just to load the training module. I also found that running through each seminar was somewhat sluggish.

To use CompUniversity Online Learning, you'll need the Authorware Web Player installed on your PC, which is available as a download from the Online Learning web site. It works with Netscape Navigator 3.x or higher and Internet Explorer 3.x or higher.



RELATED STORIES:
Finnish vendor enters English-language Linux fray
November 3, 1999
FreeBSDCon'99: Fans of Linux's lesser-known sibling gather for the first time
November 1, 1999
Where's Linux going?
October 28, 1999
Opinion: Gartner's anti-Linux propaganda doesn't hold up
October 22, 1999
Mainsoft mixes NT and Linux
October 22, 1999
GNU/Linux goes retail
October 14, 1999
Corel Linux is on the right track but needs work
October 27, 1999

RELATED IDG.net STORIES:
Cisco head sees e-learning as next wave
(IDG.net)
Omaha college to offer large-scale distance learning program
(Civic.com)
Tulip Computers offers e-learning with PCs
(IDG.net)
Attend college without ever meeting your classmates
(Civic.com)
Getting the most out of online learning
(InfoWorld.com)
Vendor to offer training via Internet
(FCW)
MBA programs go online
(InfoWorld.com)
Web-based training solutions
(InfoWorld.com)
Note: Pages will open in a new browser window
External sites are not endorsed by CNN Interactive.

RELATED SITES:
CompUniversity Online Learning
CompUSA
Note: Pages will open in a new browser window
External sites are not endorsed by CNN Interactive.
 LATEST HEADLINES:
SEARCH CNN.com
Enter keyword(s)   go    help

Back to the top   © 2001 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.