December 4, 1996 1:45 PM ET

IBM puts IT training and courses online
By Margaret Kane

  IBM will expand its online course offerings to the business world, delivering information technology and professional development course over the Internet and through private networks.

Today's announcement is an expansion of IBM's recently unveiled Global Campus project, which provides online real-time courses for colleges and universities using video streaming and compression tools to deliver multimedia courseware. It is delivered over the IBM Global Network.

The courses offered for corporations will be available via LANs and over the World Wide Web and collaboratively through Lotus Learning Space, a groupware product that allows users to engage in problem-solving activities, access and use stored information, and receive personalized feedback from instructors.

The courses will be rolled out over the next 90 days, according to IBM.

IBM will administer the courses through its Global Services division. The Armonk, N.Y., company also will enable companies to design their own courses and distance learning programs using the infrastructure.

Additional information is available at www.training.ibm.com/ibmedu.

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