Does Satellite Technology Have a Place In The Future of Distance Learning?

How Two 'Satellite' Distance-Learning Brands are Transforming Themselves

Into E-Learning Powerhouses



Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Technological University from ,PBS The Business & Technology

    FORT COLLINS, Colo., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 National Technological University and PBS The Business & Technology Network
 have been known for many years for their superlative distance learning courses
 delivered via satellite.  When the two merged their operations in 1999, one
 critical challenge was to expand into the brave new world of e-learning.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010220/SLSLOGO )
     In the process of making that transformation, a fascinating technological
 opportunity has emerged for them -- using their private satellite network as a
 "satellite backbone around the Internet."
     Suddenly, owning your own digital satellite network adds new competitive
 strength.  The private satellite network owned by Stratys Learning Solutions,
 the corporate umbrella company for NTU and PBS The Business & Technology
 Network, can be used to bypass many of the capacity constraints involving the
 Internet.
     Getting high-quality video to the computer desktop from remote locations
 usually results in the recipient looking at images about the size of a
 Polaroid snapshot.  A digital satellite network lets you "leapfrog" that
 problem and send broadband video directly to receive locations that have
 downlink equipment.  On the receiving end, small satellite receive antennas
 can route the digital signal into processing equipment that delivers full-
 screen, high-bandwidth video to any and all desktop computers on the network.
 (Satellite receiving equipment can cost as little as a laptop computer.)
     "Not only can we get great video training and academic courses to the
 desktop," said Patrick Partridge, Vice President of Marketing for NTU and PBS
 The Business & Technology Network, "we can also get around computer firewall
 problems."  Because of computer firewall constraints, many large corporations
 won't allow employees to receive video signals over the Internet.  Partridge
 said that their satellite signals work with network storage and routing
 equipment from Cisco Systems and other network vendors.  "Our ongoing work
 with Cisco puts us at the forefront of broadband training solutions," he
 noted.
     NTU and PBS The Business & Technology Network have a lot at stake.  NTU, a
 non-profit university, delivers over 1,300 different courses each year from
 53 U.S. universities, the largest distance-learning consortium in the world.
 NTU now offers 19 Master's Degree programs in engineering, information
 technology, and management.  Founded in 1984, NTU is fully accredited by The
 Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association,
 which also accredits institutions such as Northwestern University and the
 universities of Illinois, Colorado and Michigan.  The NTU consortium includes
 technical education powerhouses such as MIT, Georgia Tech, University of
 California Berkeley, Columbia University, and the University of Illinois at
 Urbana-Champaign.
     PBS The Business & Technology Network each year offers over
 400 professional development programs in business and management, information
 technology, and engineering and manufacturing.  Many feature the leading gurus
 in leadership and change management, including such "stars" as Tom Peters,
 James Champy, Eli Goldratt, Spencer Johnson, and Stephen Covey.
     Both NTU and PBS The Business & Technology Network have been busy
 developing courses that can be delivered over the Internet on demand, much
 like other e-learning companies.  Combined, well over 150 courses are
 available via the Web, and the number grows each week.  However, their private
 digital satellite network creates a unique distribution system that will take
 them well into the 21st century.
     "We've been both a content and technology leader for a long time,"
 Partridge said.  "We plan to stay that way."
 
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SOURCE National Technological University; PBS The Business & Technology
    FORT COLLINS, Colo., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 National Technological University and PBS The Business & Technology Network
 have been known for many years for their superlative distance learning courses
 delivered via satellite.  When the two merged their operations in 1999, one
 critical challenge was to expand into the brave new world of e-learning.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010220/SLSLOGO )
     In the process of making that transformation, a fascinating technological
 opportunity has emerged for them -- using their private satellite network as a
 "satellite backbone around the Internet."
     Suddenly, owning your own digital satellite network adds new competitive
 strength.  The private satellite network owned by Stratys Learning Solutions,
 the corporate umbrella company for NTU and PBS The Business & Technology
 Network, can be used to bypass many of the capacity constraints involving the
 Internet.
     Getting high-quality video to the computer desktop from remote locations
 usually results in the recipient looking at images about the size of a
 Polaroid snapshot.  A digital satellite network lets you "leapfrog" that
 problem and send broadband video directly to receive locations that have
 downlink equipment.  On the receiving end, small satellite receive antennas
 can route the digital signal into processing equipment that delivers full-
 screen, high-bandwidth video to any and all desktop computers on the network.
 (Satellite receiving equipment can cost as little as a laptop computer.)
     "Not only can we get great video training and academic courses to the
 desktop," said Patrick Partridge, Vice President of Marketing for NTU and PBS
 The Business & Technology Network, "we can also get around computer firewall
 problems."  Because of computer firewall constraints, many large corporations
 won't allow employees to receive video signals over the Internet.  Partridge
 said that their satellite signals work with network storage and routing
 equipment from Cisco Systems and other network vendors.  "Our ongoing work
 with Cisco puts us at the forefront of broadband training solutions," he
 noted.
     NTU and PBS The Business & Technology Network have a lot at stake.  NTU, a
 non-profit university, delivers over 1,300 different courses each year from
 53 U.S. universities, the largest distance-learning consortium in the world.
 NTU now offers 19 Master's Degree programs in engineering, information
 technology, and management.  Founded in 1984, NTU is fully accredited by The
 Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association,
 which also accredits institutions such as Northwestern University and the
 universities of Illinois, Colorado and Michigan.  The NTU consortium includes
 technical education powerhouses such as MIT, Georgia Tech, University of
 California Berkeley, Columbia University, and the University of Illinois at
 Urbana-Champaign.
     PBS The Business & Technology Network each year offers over
 400 professional development programs in business and management, information
 technology, and engineering and manufacturing.  Many feature the leading gurus
 in leadership and change management, including such "stars" as Tom Peters,
 James Champy, Eli Goldratt, Spencer Johnson, and Stephen Covey.
     Both NTU and PBS The Business & Technology Network have been busy
 developing courses that can be delivered over the Internet on demand, much
 like other e-learning companies.  Combined, well over 150 courses are
 available via the Web, and the number grows each week.  However, their private
 digital satellite network creates a unique distribution system that will take
 them well into the 21st century.
     "We've been both a content and technology leader for a long time,"
 Partridge said.  "We plan to stay that way."
 
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