SOURCE: LearningTimes, LLC

July 12, 2005 05:30 ET

LearningTimes and InSync Center Expand Courses for Synchronous Online Trainers

New Offerings Include "Globally-Friendly" Schedule and "Survival School"

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 12, 2005 -- Education and training professionals seeking to master the skills to teach live online now have a dozen new courses from which to choose. LearningTimes and InSync Center announced their latest catalog of programs designed specifically to meet the needs of "Synchronous Training Professionals" -- individuals using live collaboration platforms in their business, organization or association. All courses are delivered live online utilizing the latest tools from leading providers of synchronous platforms. View the complete schedule at http://www.learningtimes.net/cstpschedule.shtml

Classes announced today include a complete "Australia Time-Friendly" certification track beginning on July 26, 2005 at 7-9 pm EDT (New York time) which is 9-11 am on July 27, 2005 Sydney time. The "Synchronous Trainer's Survival School" will begin August 8, 2005 at 7-9 pm EDT (New York time) which is 9-11 am on August 9, 2005 Sydney time.

The Certified Synchronous Training Professional (CSTP) program is comprised of several tracks, including:

--  Synchronous Facilitation Certificate:  Ten hours of live, online
    instruction blended with self-directed exercises and assignments. This
    program helps instructors maximize the engagement of remote participants
    and manage the logistics of facilitating synchronous events. New courses
    begin on July 26, 2005; September 12, 2005; and September 16, 2005.
    
--  Synchronous Design Certificate: The Synchronous Design Certificate
    provides fourteen hours of live, online instruction blended with self-
    directed exercises and assignments. Participants design exercises,
    introduce them during live course sessions, and receive feedback from
    course leaders and other participants. New courses begin on September 13,
    2005; October 24, 2005; October 28, 2005.
    
--  Capstone Certificate: Combining the Facilitation and Design
    certificates with topics such as Blending and Creating Successful Online
    Learning Environments, and topped-off with an individualized Practicum, the
    Capstone Certificate results in full LearningTimes Certification. New
    courses begin on August 9, 2005; November 8, 2005; January 9, 2006; and
    January 13, 2006.
    
The NEW Synchronous Trainers' Survival School, which features six hours of live, online instruction blended with self-directed exercises and assignments, is designed to help participants become familiar with the learner experience, e-learning terminology, and the basics of synchronous design and facilitation. Courses begin on August 8, 2005 and September 13, 2005.

A full schedule, including all session titles and descriptions, and registration information may be found at: http://www.learningtimes.net/cstpschedule.shtml

About LearningTimes

LearningTimes, LLC, designs and produces online learning conferences, communities and events, and provides the platforms, applications and promotional expertise that make them successful. The LearningTimes Network of over 70 online communities and 130,000 members connects each member institution with other learning-oriented groups and provides unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. For more information, contact John Walber at 215-884-7321 or info@learningtimes.net. Visit LearningTimes on the Web at http://www.learningtimes.net.

About InSync Training, LLC

InSync Training offers a variety of consulting, development and delivery services to support synchronous training initiatives. InSync combines specialized instructional design, Internet broadcasting techniques, and media development to deliver the most effective training for the live online environment. InSync Training is committed to supporting the entire synchronous training community by providing related resources through the free online community, InSync Center. InSync's training team is led by Jennifer Hofmann and supported by an established network of trainers, instructional designers, community producers, and education experts. Visit InSync Training at www.insynctraining.com and InSync Center at http://home.learningtimes.net/insync

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