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:
- Daniel Awduche, the father of traffic engineering
- Professor David Payne, Director of the Optical Research Centre at the University of Southampton and inventor of Erbium Doped-Fiber Amplifiers (EDFAs), which led to the DWDM revolution
- Dr. Larry Roberts, founder and CTO of Caspian Networks and one of the fathers of the Internet
- Professor Nick Doran of Marconi Solstis, a pioneer in the field of ultra-long-haul optical transmission
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