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Lubrication industry is offered new online courses

July 16, 2001 -- The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and the Independent Lubricant Manufac...


July 16, 2001 — The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) have launched the first three courses of LubeLearn, a comprehensive online education effort.

This joint venture initiative by the two associations is aimed at providing new educational opportunities to the worldwide membership of both organizations and the lubrication industry in general.

Users can access an initial series of three courses on fundamental theories of lubrication at www.lubelearn.org. Plans for additional site content are being developed through the combined efforts of STLE and ILMA.

In describing plans for the new joint program, ILMA executive director Michael Metallo and STLE executive director Edward Salek said, “STLE and ILMA believe the Internet is the education delivery tool of the future. The LubeLearn site will offer companies that supply or use lubricants a convenient and cost-effective option for employee education and training.

“These e-learning courses will enable lubrication professionals from around the world to access educational opportunities 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via their computers. Industry sources predict 50 per cent of all continuing professional education will be delivered online by 2004, so STLE and ILMA are helping lead the way for the lubrication industry.”

This new education initiative is supported with technical assistance provided by CertiLearn of Falls Church, Va., a provider of e-learning solutions for associations. Its turnkey solution allows associations to deliver knowledge content to targeted audiences in a convenient and cost-effective way. Users are able to register, pay for and access courses online.

After entering an online course, students can study the content material, communicate with each other, participate in group sessions and take tests online.

The first online offerings contain three segments that are based on the highly regarded “Basic Lubrication” course taught at STLE’s annual meeting and around the world at a variety of conferences.

There is a fee for accessing the courses. At this time, members of STLE and ILMA will be charged US$150 per learning segment. Non-member fees will be US$200 per learning segment.

STLE is an engineering and technical society headquartered in Park Ridge, Ill. For further information on STLE, phone 847-825-5536, e-mail information@stle.org, or visit the website www.stle.org. ILMA is a trade association of independent compounders and blenders of lubricants and metalworking fluids, headquartered in Alexandria, Va. For further information visitwww.ilma.org.