Microsoft, Key Training and Knowledgepool launch 24/7 online learning programme

Microsoft, in conjunction with Key Training Solutions and KnowledgePool is today launching a new flexible learning programme including online mentoring for students studying Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) for .NET. The new programme will give students full access to a variety of self-study Microsoft e-Learning materials supported by KnowledgePool’s 24/7 online tutoring service, and staffed by Microsoft subject matter experts. Students who sign up for the new programme will benefit from receiving immediate responses to their questions as and when they arise and will also be able to communicate with peers who are studying the same course. Through Key Training students will have direct access to Microsoft’s latest in-depth training and reference materials from Microsoft’s Electronic Learning Library (MELL) which provides essential information about deployments, streamline support, and making the most of Microsoft’s technology. Other facilities students will benefit from include the ability to email long or complicated questions to KnowledgePool’s mentors or attach files for review providing immediate real tutor feedback on work submitted. Link Libraries, each specific to an online classroom, give greater understanding of the subject matter and associated industry topics. Message boards allow mentors and students to share additional information or comments and a Notepad facility makes it easy for students to save information from chat sessions for later reference. There is also an extensive Frequently Asked Questions section, which is course specific. Online class assignments are especially designed to reinforce the learning experience by testing knowledge and retention and answers are automatically graded and feedback is instantaneous.
“Our online learning is not only cost effective for the individual, but also provides human interaction which is an essential element of an effective learning programme. Our service enhances learning by linking 24/7 online mentoring, peer to peer interaction and learning courses to existing libraries of e-Learning and instructor led courses.” Kathy Wakeman, Online Learning Manager at KnowledgePool

“Online mentoring can provide an important element for blended learning. Successful blended learning programmes are made up of three key components, content, technology and services and online mentoring delivers an effective alternative to traditional classroom based training as well as being an important resource for post course support.” Robert Eighteen, Group Managing Director, Key Training Solutions

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“We have been listening to what developers need and they want to be able to study effectively and further their careers. Balancing workload and finding time to develop skills is a big challenge in today’s business environment. This new partnership programme incorporating MELL provides Microsoft developers with the necessary tools to make their online learning experience productive and enjoyable.”

Mark Buckley, Microsoft Partner Readiness Manager