Class Keeps Students Tuned In

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2004-04-05 Print this article Print

Intense School's online training program proved to be a decent alternative to in-person lessons.

I took an introduction to Intense Schools live-over-the-Internet boot camp training program and found that its a decent alternative to in-person lessons. The program re-created nearly everything a real classroom would have—except the coffee-break chatter and networking that often occurs during in-person classroom instruction.

During my test run with instructor Julia Hull, we used interactive voice, instant chat and shared-screen applications to walk through the "classroom" experience.

Although the voice link was sometimes choppy, my overall experience with the system was satis-factory. It was easy to stay focused on the course materials with the instructor talking about the concepts live. Students work in interactive labs and have Internet access to real machines at Intense Schools physical facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Intense School offers Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Certified Systems Administrator courses, as well as Cisco Certified Network Associate training classes.

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Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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