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Light Reading University Is Now Open

Light Reading today announced the opening of Light Reading University (LRU), an online academy that aims to make learning about the latest Internet technologies a lot easier and less expensive.

LRU offers training courses that are segmented into strings of 20- to 30-minute presentations that can be viewed over the Internet in much the same way as Light Reading's Webinars. This means students can take courses while still at their desks, and can do this at their own pace -- something that ensures their full attention and avoids disrupting their normal work.

Another key aspect of LRU is that courses can be taken anywhere, at any time. This means student numbers are limitless, making it possible for LRU to invest heavily in producing the best-quality course material. This also helps reduce the cost of LRU courses to a fraction of the price of typical in-person events.

LRU is being led by Geoff Bennett, who previously served as a Distinguished Engineer with Marconi plc (Nasdaq/London: MONI).

Bennett is teaching the first LRU course, titled, "Integrating IP and Optical Technology," along with four guest lecturers: Bennett says other confirmed guest lecturers for future courses include: Dr. Yakov Rekhter, Distinguished Engineer at Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR); Vach Kompella of Timetra Networks; Lou Berger of Movaz Networks Inc.; and many others. "This is like getting the Beatles, the Stones, U2, Pink Floyd, and Oasis all together at the same concert," says Bennett, while holding a cigarette lighter in the air. "It's truly mind blowing."

Since this is a new venture, Light Reading is making it as easy as possible for telecom workers to give LRU a try. Case and point: LRU is offering the first module in each course for free so students can make sure the course meets their expectations before they plunk down their credit cards. Click on this link to start playing it now.

The first course -- Integrating IP and Optical Technology -- costs $299, which affords access to all the course modules for six months, including guest lectures. Students who enroll by January 31st qualify for a $50 discount and a free Light Reading University T-shirt.

— Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading
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opticalweenie 12/5/2012 | 12:50:00 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open To call yourself a university don't you need some
sort of accredation by either a State or Federal
Department of Education? Or can I just hang a shingle outside of my house declaring my space
to be Optical Weenie U?

Actually, don't you need to be accredited so that people who pay to take your course and want to deduct that cost from their taxes can do so?

Weenie (of Whatsamatta U)
boson 12/5/2012 | 12:50:00 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open Test
fiber_to_toilet 12/5/2012 | 12:49:53 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open
Kudos to LR!
Peter Heywood 12/5/2012 | 12:49:52 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open "To call yourself a university don't you need some
sort of accredation by either a State or Federal
Department of Education?"

Short answer: no

Long answer: The word "university" has already been exploited by numerous companies. See Ciena's Optical University. See JDSU's JDSUniversity
lastmile 12/5/2012 | 12:49:50 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open The first course -- Integrating IP and Optical Technology -- costs $299, which affords access to all the course modules for six months, including guest lectures. Students who enroll by January 31st qualify for a $50 discount and a free Light Reading University T-shirt.

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Short answer:
JDSUniversity and Ciena's Optical University are free! except for the T-shirt.
lighthearted37 12/5/2012 | 12:49:50 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open
I hardly think having a bunch of Internet geeks in the same school compares to the list of rock legends mentioned (and how the hell did *Oasis* get in there? some Lightreading editor must have caught a glimpse of his 9 year old kid's music collection 7 years ago, when that band had one quarter-original release).

The LR self-promotion machine rolls on, and we eat it up.
strands555 12/5/2012 | 12:49:50 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open lastmile says : JDSUniversity and Ciena's Optical University are free!


Well, well, you bitch about those pesky customers allegedly wanting everything for free; you bellow in favor of RBOCs and against what you ignorantly call a 'free ride' on 'their' networks, and now you have the gall to criticize through inuendo, the fact that LR is going to charge for classes??? Unbelievable.

Why don't you give LRU a chance ferchrisssakes! Industry experts aren't free and have day jobs; preparing, organizing, and creating the graphics for classes is time-consuming. What they are doing has valuable potential.

Is it that RBOCs are the only ones in your book that are allowed to charge money??? To use your words, how many times have you been a free-rider, piggybacking on LR's free content and services??

porn starr 12/5/2012 | 12:49:49 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open Will there be athletic scholarships? A Greek system? I've got a hazing idea - make pledges listen to a two hour Movaz lecture about the benefits of GMPLS.
Belzebutt 12/5/2012 | 12:49:47 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open So if Oasis is the wannabe-Beatles in your analogy, who's the wannabe-Yakov in your lineup? Come on, be honest, who's the filler...
Peter Heywood 12/5/2012 | 12:49:46 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open Thanks Hyperunner. We will be selling the guest lectures as separate entities.

Peter
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