September 2004 Course Release Enhancements and Changes Instructional Audio With the latest course release, learners accessing courses within the Project 2003 will have the option to hear instructional audio on every course page. The instructional audio track for each course page consists of the text displayed on the course page. Courses with instructional audio will have new “speaker icon” and “replay” buttons in the course navigation bar. To access the audio within the courses, learners need to have Flash installed. Learners also need to have a sound card installed and speakers connected in order to hear instructional audio. An “Enable instructional audio” checkbox will appear on the My Preferences page with the default setting ON. Audio preferences save upon exiting. Simulation Conversions All course and Skill Assessment simulations will be either be converted from Authorware to Flash, or removed. Replacing Authorware simulations with Flash simulations in all courses will eliminate the need for clients to download and install the Authorware Web Player. This conversion will be complete by January 2005. Scores for courses requiring simulation deletion will be unaffected; simulations within the course are never scored, and Skill Assessments will be recreated for these courses ensuring no deleted simulation is included in a Skill Assessment. Existing Skill Assessment scores will still be valid. Some simulations cannot be converted to Flash; these simulations will be deleted. Simulation content may be slightly different in the final Flash-converted simulations. For example, Authorware simulations that used the Windows drag-and-drop feature were modified, as this action cannot be simulated with Flash. Existing learners who have access to these courses will be required to install the Flash plug-in in order to view the new Flash simulations. In most cases, however, learners will have already installed the Flash plug-in to view other of our Flash course components. Oracle Series Name Change The Oracle9i Database Fundamentals 1Z1-031 series title will be updated to Oracle9i Database Fundamentals 1Z0-031 as a result of the Oracle exam being changed from its beta name New Courses The table below indicates the series of courses being released, along with the number of new courses included in these series. # Series Title Courses Cisco Related Series by MindLeaders: BCMSN 642-811 11 Cisco Related Series by MindLeaders: BCRAN 642-821 9 Cisco Related Series by MindLeaders: CIT 642-831 9 Microsoft .NET Applications MCSD/MCAD/MCDBA 70-316 3 Microsoft .NET Architectures MCP/MCSD 70-300 2 Project 2003 7 SQL Server 2000 Admin MCDBA MCSA MCSE 70-228 7 WebSphere Studio Application Developer and J2EE 7 Windows Server 2003 Active Directory MCSE 70-294 7 Windows Server 2003 Network Planning MCSE 70-293 6 Total 68 = series includes full audio End User Desktop Computing Project 2003 New Series The Project 2003 series is designed to help learners with the basics of Microsoft Office Project 2003. This series explains how to set up a project, manage project files, create a task list, schedule tasks, view a schedule, define and assign resources and costs, track a project, and analyze progress and revise a schedule. Technical General Cisco Related Series: BCMSN 642-811 New Series, Series Complete This series is designed to help learners prepare and take the qualifying exam for the Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNP® as well as the Cisco Certified Design Professional CCDP® certifications. The BCMSN exam (642- 811) will test materials covered under the new Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN) CCNP course. The exam will certify that the successful candidate has important knowledge and skills necessary to build scalable multilayer switched networks, create and deploy a global intranet, and implement basic troubleshooting techniques in environments that use Cisco multilayer switches for client hosts and services. The exam covers topics on switching technology, implementation and operation, planning and design, and troubleshooting. Cisco Related Series: BCRAN 642-821 New Series, Series Complete This series is designed to help learners prepare and take the qualifying exam for the Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNP® certification. The BCRAN exam (642-821) certifies that students have acquired the understanding and skills necessary to successfully design, develop, configure, operate, and troubleshoot remote access solutions. Cisco Related Series: CIT 642-831 New Series, Series Complete This series is designed to help learners prepare for and take the qualifying exam for the Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNP® certification. The series covers all the topics needed to meet the exam objectives, including identifying and troubleshooting problems, and using commands and monitoring tools to diagnose and repair issues. Technical Microsoft Microsoft .NET Applications MCSD/MCAD/MCDBA 70-316 New Series This series provides the learner with an overview of the .NET framework with Visual C# .NET and Visual Studio .NET. It also covers how to use the framework to build applications with forms, components, assemblies, and Web Services. In addition to covering these foundational elements, the series of courses also includes information on data access, manipulation, and binding, along with user assistance and accessibility to complete a .NET application. The final steps of the development process, testing and deployment, are covered, including tracing, debugging code, Setup project, installation of components, and security measures. Microsoft .NET Architectures MCP/MCSD 70-300 New Series This series helps a learner prepare for the MCP/MCSD 70-300 exam by covering how to break down a case study to expose pertinent facts, create meaningful requirements and specifications for a solution, and develop a .NET solution architecture that is secure and stable. It teaches the development of a solid database model, including normalization, relationships, and Object Role Modeling (ORM). It also covers the tradeoffs between a Windows application, a Web application, and a Web Service-based application. SQL Server 2000 Admin MCDBA MCSA MCSE 70-228 New Series, Series Complete The SQL Server 2000 Admin MCDBA MCSA MCSE 70- 228 series is designed to help learners prepare to take and pass Microsoft's exam number 70-228: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition. This series teaches learners how to install SQL Server 2000 and configure advanced options. The series also teaches learners how to manage databases and objects, create a disaster recovery plan, troubleshoot data integrity issues, extract and secure data, automate tasks, and optimize performance. Windows Server 2003 Network Planning MCSE 70-293 Existing Series, Series Complete The Windows Server 2003 Network Planning MCSE 70-293 series is designed to help learners prepare to take and pass Microsoft's exam number 70-293: Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure. This series teaches learners how to plan and implement server roles, server security, network infrastructure, routing, remote access, server availability, network security, and security infrastructure. The series also teaches learners how to maintain the network infrastructure once it is in place. Windows Server 2003 Active Directory MCSE 70-294 Existing Series, Series Complete Microsoft's Active Directory is the foundation of an enterprise-level Windows network, and Windows Server 2003 includes a number of improvements and enhancements to its directory services that will make a network administrator’s job easier. This series will teach learners the basics of how directory services work and the role they play in the network. It will also cover specifically how the directory services concept is implemented in Microsoft’s Active Directory. The goal of this series is to prepare the learner for the MCSE 70-294 exam. Technical Web Development WebSphere Studio Application Developer and J2EE New Series The WebSphere Studio Application Developer and J2EE series is designed to introduce learners to Web based application development using IBM's WebSphere Studio Application Developer and related J2EE technologies. This series provides a general overview of software development, J2EE, and the WebSphere product line. This series also teaches learners how to design and develop user interfaces with both HTTP and XML/XSL, servlets, and JavaServer Pages (JSPs) for Web-based deployment. Finally, this series teaches learners about the Struts framework, layered architecture design principles, and both functional and user testing. End User Desktop Computing Project 2003 New Series The Project 2003 series is designed to help learners with the basics of Microsoft Office Project 2003. This series explains how to set up a project, manage project files, create a task list, schedule tasks, view a schedule, define and assign resources and costs, track a project, and analyze progress and revise a schedule.