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gbennett 12/5/2012 | 12:49:40 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open Comrade spont,

DE is a pretty standard job title in the industry. I know it's used by Cisco and Juniper as well as Marconi to indicate a technical person at the VP level in the hierarchy. It's normally given to folks who are too valuable technically to leave un-promoted, but who are probably wasted in a management position (this is a paraphrase of what my boss told me when I was promoted).

What do you have to do to earn it? Ask your boss.

Does it prevent you being laid off? Why would it? Have you seen the calibre of some of the folks who are being laid off? When big companies EOL entire product lines there's nowhere to hide. It's not personal, it's just business.

Remember, once upon a time "DE" stood for "discard eligable".

Cheers,
Geoff
lastmile 12/5/2012 | 12:49:39 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open To the best of my knowledge the term "University" is used by those institutions that impart considerable knowledge to individuals which helps them get degrees. A degree from a reputable institution enhances the job prospects of the individual.
Then, we have so many other courses that help in updating day-to-day skills. Most of these courses are paid by the company in which he/she works. I am sure that LRU will be a good investment for companies that are looking to benifit from quality updated information that their workers need to be aware of.
If JDSU or CIEN call the unpaid lectures/presentations a "University" it does not matter one bit but if LR needs to get paid for a course that enhances the knowledge of people who are interested, then the term "University" should not be used.
I am not here to say that the quality of the content in the LRU, is or ever will be bad. But I dislike the term LR"University".
As always Strands555 will disagree.
PS:Strands555. This has nothing to do with piggyback and the RBOC's.
Belzebutt 12/5/2012 | 12:49:38 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open I dunno, Geoff. I think Oasis is greatness. Not many legit (guitar) rock bands have charted so often in the past few years.

Translation: I have a crush on Liam and he makes me want to thurst my hips back and forth.
firstmile 12/5/2012 | 12:49:34 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open I like the frat house idea! But let's not forget the sororities! We have enough fat ugly guy activities in this industry as it is.
-first
Oakster 12/5/2012 | 12:49:29 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open spont wrote...

I like the term. "Distinguished engineer" - how does one become one, and does it prevent one from being laid of (sic)?

No, but from the sound of it, it probably would prevent one from getting laid.
mbledug 12/5/2012 | 12:49:27 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open
Are there also an exam and grading system like
at a real distant-learning university?

mbledug 12/5/2012 | 12:49:27 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open >There's a limit to how many times you can view
>the course. It's six.

Don`t get me wrong. The reason I wrote such a
message is that because I see a potential abuse
and wonder if LR has made some preventions for
such an abuse (I'm not that stupid. If I did have
such an intention, I would not asked LR opinion
about it and about whether it is against the laws.
I would just announce that I had created a Yahoo
Board for the purpose and invite other to join
the Board).

It's good that LR already put an access limit.

By the way, is there certificates for those who
take a course? If so, this would add more value
to the course and another reason for people to
take course themselves, not as a free rider.

Mbledug
mbledug 12/5/2012 | 12:49:26 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open
By face to face lectures and courses (in a
classroom or in a hotelroom), Q & A is possible.
Even at a real distant-learning university,
the students could ask questions (directly when
it's using sometype of teleconference, or using
email). Now, how about with LRU?

Mbledug
mbledug 12/5/2012 | 12:49:26 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open
Which of these cases break copyright laws?

1. I enroll for a LRU course, pay it with my own
money, but when I listen to it, I do it together
with my friends.

2. I and my friends collect our money together
and one of us enroll for a LRU course (let's say
the enrollment is under my name). When we listen
to the course, we do it together.

3. I enroll for a LRU course, pay it with my own
money, but I give my access code to my friends
(e.g., because I could finish listening to all
the material in only one or two online-access,
I give my friends the permission to use my access
code as my access code valid for a period of
times --let's say 6 months-- or a certain amount
of accesses --let'S say 6 times--).

4. I and my friends collect our money together
and one of us enroll for a LRU course (let's say
the enrollment is under my name). Then, each of
us accesses the LRU course using the given access code.

5. I buy a DVD of LRU course material, pay it with
my own money, and I let my friends listen and
wathc the DVD.

6. I and my friends collect money together, buy
a DVD of LRU course material, and share the DVD.

Because it seems you know a lot about
copyright laws(don't you?!), please help my understanding about the laws (because as one of
the investors in ITRU, I just understand only a
litle bit about DRM and copyright laws)

Mbledug
gbennett 12/5/2012 | 12:49:22 AM
re: Light Reading University Is Now Open Comrade mbledug,

Another good question.

In the course we're offering a basic test included with the price. Rather than a traditional "multiple guess" test, which I've always found deeply unsatisfying, I've written a set of essay-style questions.

In the basic test I also provide a set of sample answers with suggested marks. The student completes the test and marks their own answers.

This is not a certification, and the test mark accuracy depends on the honesty of the student. But since the objective of the basic test is just to find out how much you've absorbed from the course I think this is quite acceptable. Most courses I've been on use multiple-guess questions anyway, which quite frankly are pretty useless.

But as you say, a proper certification is vital both for the confidence of the student, and the credibility of the course. So we also offer a much longer, essay-style test (40 questions). This takes about a half day to complete.

Students send us their answers and they're individually marked. To cover the admin overhead of doing this we charge $40, which I suspect works out to be just above minimum wage!

If a student achieves a pass mark they will receive an official LRU certificate. If they fail they can re-take the test at an additional fee, but they'll receive a different set of questions.

By the way, I am aware of more complex certification testing that's used in specific "mass market" certification courses like MCIE, and other popular certifications from folks like Cisco. But check out the cost of these certifications, it's an apples for oranges comparison.

Cheers,
Geoff
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