Gatlin Education

Discussion in 'MCSE' started by John Bartley K7AAY, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. My Workforce program advisor has discussed Gatlin Education, who
    partners with colleges to provide MCSE training. The home BBB office
    for Gatlin shows them with a Satisfactory (as good as it gets) rating.

    http://www.gatlineducation.com/mcsecertification.html

    Any experience with the Gatlin courses?

    With no MCSE classroom program taught locally for < $10,000
    (since PSU has cancelled their MCSE course four times since
    September)
    and knowking I don't do well with 'bootcamp' style instruction
    this appears to be the best choice for a slower paced instructional
    program.

    Your on-topic, smoke-free expeience is appreciated.
     
    John Bartley K7AAY, Jan 18, 2008
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  2. John Bartley K7AAY

    Chris Lobban Guest

    Hey John,

    As a disclaimer: I'm a fairly biased vote here. ;-)

    Gatlin Education is partnered with Academy of Learning (a Canadian
    company), who provides them will all of their IT training materials and
    support. And I'm one of the main instructors for Academy of Learning...
    so as I say, I'm less than neutral on this matter. ;-)

    That said, before I started working here I did review all of the
    courseware and textbooks for all of the MCSE courses, to familiarize
    myself with how it's all laid out and everything. For the most part, I
    found the textbooks to be fairly straightforward and easy to read. The
    online audio lectures are pretty easy to follow along as well, I would
    often just have them playing in the background while I was flipping
    through the textbook and in general it's fairly easy listening (a couple
    courses are narrated in a different speaking style that some people have
    trouble with, but those are mostly the A+ materials).

    Although I don't directly support the Gatlin students myself (I mostly
    take care of Canadian students), I know the woman who does and she's a
    very competent instructor (she has a B.Ed and was a classroom teacher
    for years before starting here). She's knowledgeable about the material
    and happy to help anyway she can.

    If you want anymore details or have specific questions about it, please
    email me directly and I'll be happy to help you anyway I can.

    Chris

    John Bartley K7AAY wrote:
    > My Workforce program advisor has discussed Gatlin Education, who
    > partners with colleges to provide MCSE training. The home BBB office
    > for Gatlin shows them with a Satisfactory (as good as it gets) rating.
    >
    > http://www.gatlineducation.com/mcsecertification.html
    >
    > Any experience with the Gatlin courses?
    >
    > With no MCSE classroom program taught locally for < $10,000
    > (since PSU has cancelled their MCSE course four times since
    > September)
    > and knowking I don't do well with 'bootcamp' style instruction
    > this appears to be the best choice for a slower paced instructional
    > program.
    >
    > Your on-topic, smoke-free expeience is appreciated.
    >
    >
    >
     
    Chris Lobban, Jan 18, 2008
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  3. On Jan 18, 7:06 am, Chris Lobban <>
    wrote:
    > Hey John,
    >
    > As a disclaimer: I'm a fairly biased vote here. ;-)


    Full disclosure = goodness.

    > Gatlin Education is partnered with Academy of Learning (a Canadian
    > company), who provides them will all of their IT training materials and
    > support. And I'm one of the main instructors for Academy of Learning...
    > so as I say, I'm less than neutral on this matter. ;-)
    >
    > That said, before I started working here I did review all of the
    > courseware and textbooks for all of the MCSE courses, to familiarize
    > myself with how it's all laid out and everything. For the most part, I
    > found the textbooks to be fairly straightforward and easy to read. The
    > online audio lectures are pretty easy to follow along as well, I would
    > often just have them playing in the background while I was flipping
    > through the textbook and in general it's fairly easy listening (a couple
    > courses are narrated in a different speaking style that some people have
    > trouble with, but those are mostly the A+ materials).


    's OK, I can understand Canadian (Did I leave the serviettes on the
    chesterfield? I need to mop up this litre of poutine...)

    > Although I don't directly support the Gatlin students myself (I mostly
    > take care of Canadian students), I know the woman who does and she's a
    > very competent instructor (she has a B.Ed and was a classroom teacher
    > for years before starting here). She's knowledgeable about the material
    > and happy to help anyway she can.


    Those who can... well, I wish there was participation by folks who'd
    engineered systems as well as from educators.

    > If you want any more details or have specific questions about it, please
    > email me directly and I'll be happy to help you anyway I can.
    >
    > Chris


    Thank you. I'll try to keep this short.

    1) Pacing. The website mentions an expectation of a year to complete.
    Is it practical to spend more time and accelerate the process?

    2) Content. What's the mix of audio-only to video to book larnin'?

    3) What, pray tell, is an "Honours Gerontology Degree", earned by the
    Senior Trainer and Online Support Specialist/Mentor?

    4) And, is Academy of Learning (i.e., the content developer) Certified
    or Authorized by Microsoft?

    Thank you very kindly for your willingness to help me ascertain this
    is a good investment, of time as well as funds.
     
    John Bartley K7AAY, Jan 18, 2008
    #3
  4. Thank you kindly, Chris, for the offline response; all good?
     
    John Bartley K7AAY, Jan 21, 2008
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