R/com Networks’ MediaSchool, the online digital learning campus, is introducing several new classes, including ones on Mac OS X. MediaSchool offers online education and full university certification.
One new course track, Mac OS X for Developers, premiers at this week’s Macworld New York with the introduction of three courses, Application Development for Mac OS X, Cocoa: The Object-Oriented Application Solution, and Carbon Development for Mac OS X. All classes were developed in collaboration with Apple.
“These courses offer practical knowledge, audio lectures from Mac OS X experts, and the ability to build real, original Mac OS X applications,” said David Barrett, R/com Networks’ president and CEO and the creator of MediaSchool. “The courses also integrate the latest Mac OS X books, most notably ‘Learning Cocoa’ and ‘Learning Carbon’ published by O’Reilly. If you own one of those books, you’ll want to take these courses to round out your education.”
The first three classes will be priced between US$100-$300. Members of the Apple Developer Connection are eligible for discounts of up to 50 percent.
“Mac OS X offers a rare opportunity for application developers,” said M.H. Cameron, R/com Networks’ vice president of Education. “For the first time in more than a decade, there’s room for new developers to make a mark in this industry and create an application for Apple’s new operating system, that could really take the industry and Mac users by storm. We’re intent on helping that next application developer make it big.”
Additional classes for Mac OS X developers will be released through the end of the year. Class titles will include Learning Project Builder and Interface Builder, Aqua and the User Experience, and Coding with Java for Mac OS X.
MediaSchool is also introducing a new series of courses for the business professional called Business Tools, which includes classes in popular Internet browsers, e-mail programs, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, and many other applications and technologies.
“These courses offer practical knowledge about tools that many of us use everyday,” said Cameron. “After taking these classes, students won’t just know how to use something like Microsoft Excel, they’ll be able to create useful spreadsheets with the program.”
The first group of Business Tools classes will be released the first week in August. Titles include Microsoft Word: Format Changes and Web Pages, Advanced Preferences in Internet Explorer and an Introduction to AppleWorks. Audio lectures include special tools and tips. Classes also include interactive exercises, test results as you wait, and hundreds of illustrated, step by step training.
Each business tools class lasts about an hour. MediaSchool will charge between $15 and $50 for each class. For more info on any of the courses stop by the MediaSchool booth at Macworld New York or visit the
MediaSchool Web site.