Saba, a source of people-centric enterprise solutions, announced that Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) is using Saba’s (News - Alert) Real-time Collaboration Suite, including Saba Meeting and Saba Classroom. This will provide a rich, interactive online community for pre-collegiate students.
Saba Classroom facilitates seminar-style classes, serving more than 60,000 EPGY students since 1996.
SU has created the Online High School (OHS) in 2005 using Saba’s solutions, for 409 academically talented students in grades 7 through 12 from around the world for online Saba’s Classroom. Students from 41 states and 27 countries currently attend the Online High School.
“Saba Classroom is fundamental and enabling,” said Raymond Ravaglia, executive director and co-founder, Stanford University EPGY. “Without it, there would be no way that we could put the school together.”
“We view Saba as a utility like electricity,” he added. “We wanted the highest possible reliability and availability, and we’d much rather call the experts than pretend we’re experts. Saba’s Cloud has enabled us to avoid the substantial infrastructure cost plus the added expense of training our IT staff.”
Business benefits include Powerful Global Learning Community to participate in discussions and work on project teams; Enhanced Online Learning Capabilities for highly scalable integrated, voice-over-IP (VOIP) and content sharing for instant real-time virtual classes; Interactive Workspaces, supporting student life activities including club meetings, assemblies, homerooms and parent-teacher conferences; Anytime/Anywhere Access; Sharable Classroom Content, simplifying the process of capturing, sharing and accessing valuable knowledge; and Easy and Intuitive User Interface, allowing users to conduct classrooms activities across any platform including Mac, Linux, Windows and several mobile devices.
“As a leader in Web conferencing and collaboration, Saba’s goal is to provide customers with the most seamless and reliable online experience for learning and development,” said Karen Steele, senior vice president of corporate marketing, Saba. “Saba’s solutions are helping to engage, develop and inspire the students of Stanford’s EPGY program through unique multi-layered communication that is not available in a traditional classroom environment.”
Edited by Braden Becker