Microsoft Learning announces distance learning at TechEd

You can check out this Virtual Side interview with our group’s general manager, Lutz Ziob, (who, to my discomfiture, is always nice enough to try and speak German with me when we run into each other in the lunchroom…) about Microsoft Learning’s new distance learning product called MODL:

“As part of the Microsoft Learning Customer Readiness Promise, the company expects to train more than 1 million customers on Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System and Exchange Server 2007. Click on this video to learn more about how to learn more.”

Also on the Virtual Side, and a teensy bit more amusing is the “Your hosts for ‘The Virtual Side'” James and Steve intro video.

Comments (1)

  1. Ben Watson says:

    As I have shared with Lutz and Sanjay, I think  it is great to see Microsoft finally recognize the power of live online learning. On the other hand it is disappointing to see that MODL is essentially replicating the classroom experience rather than taking advantage of the benefits of the Internet to create a solution that combines the best of the traditional classroom (the instructors) combined with the ability to enable continuous learning.

    At Thomson NETg, we have doing live online classes for several years with hundreds of thousands of hours of online classes having been delivered (we acquired the market leader KnowledgeNet back in 2004). Probably the most unique aspect of what we do is that we use a team of two dual instructors in every online class allowing us to teach the equivalent of a 5 day ILT course in 6 3hr sessions spread out over 3 weeks (plus we never cancel a class!). Recordings of each class are available for review or self-paced learning along with 24×7 access to online mentors to answer any questions you may have outside of class.

    What I find interesting is that the cost of the Microsoft kits for their online classes is HIGHER than the equivalent ILT kit – that’s nuts – online classes should be able to take advantage of the cost savings inherent in using the Internet and pass those savings along to the learner. Heck, even with 2 top gun instructors in every class Thomson NETg sells it’s online classes at $1295 (SRP)! In any case I can’t even find anyone providing MODL classes.

    But in the end the quality of the live learning experience will speak for itself – check out a recording of a live NETg online class at

    and view the video bios of our instructors



    Ben Watson

    VP, Collaboration

    Thomson NETg