Pathlore Releases New Learning-Management System, Compliance Tools and 'Blended Learning' Top List of Features

Mar 15, 2004, 00:00 ET from Pathlore Software Corporation

    COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Pathlore Software Corporation has
 released Pathlore Learning Management System (LMS) 6.0.  Release 6.0 is a
 major upgrade to Pathlore's existing enterprise LMS suite.  LMS 6.0 offers
 customers a set of high-powered tools to meet a host of regulations.  And the
 new LMS also delivers "blended learning," a mix of classroom instruction,
 Internet-based training, virtual classes and online assessments.  Pathlore's
 LMS suite will also measure the level of employee know-how across an
 organization, which executives say aligns training with a business's goals.
     "Compliance with federal regulations is essential to our bank, and we've
 relied on the Pathlore LMS to help us track and report on our level of
 readiness," says Paul Dickerson, e-learning manager at PNC Bank.  "Pathlore
 LMS 6.0 ought to make what is already an industry-leading product even
     "Banks, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and airlines ask us to serve
 up training on an array of industry standards," notes Steve Thomas, president
 and chief executive officer of Pathlore.  "They also want an ironclad system
 in place for proving that workers have acquired the skills to do their jobs."
     Thomas says the Pathlore LMS 6.0 suite gives customers more than 50 new
 features to do these sorts of things.  Among these are a bevy of security and
 compliance tools.  For example, LMS 6.0 includes components that:
      * Construct audit trails and electronic signatures, which meet the code
        of federal regulations for electronic records (FDA 21 CFR Part 11).
      * Measure, analyze and track employee know-how.
      * Meet Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which sets standards for
        making information technology available to people with disabilities.
      * Arm administrators with new ways to monitor and control access to the
      * Alert workers when they need to take training.
     According to Gartner, an LMS can be a compliance officer's best tool for
 disseminating information.  In an October 9, 2003, report titled, "Use an E-
 Learning LMS to Ensure Regulation Compliance," Gartner Analysts James Lundy
 and Debra Logan say, "To enable easier compliance with industry regulations,
 enterprises without an LMS should consider deploying one."
     Along with tools for complying with government regulations, Pathlore
 packed LMS 6.0 with cutting-edge features for blended learning.  One example
 is a content management capability that, among other things, allows customers
 to draw together different modes of training such as classroom instruction,
 online courses and virtual classes.
     "Our content management feature allows trainers to deliver only what
 workers need in terms of education," says Leonard Greenberg, chief technology
 officer for Pathlore. "With our LMS, employees won't have to wade through
 unnecessary training to reach the topics they care most about."
     According to Greenberg, electronically tailoring education to suit
 employees' needs cuts the time spent taking -- and creating -- training.
     "A long-standing goal of those who make and use learning technology has
 been to create reusable 'learning objects,' which are building blocks like
 lectures, lessons or tests," Greenberg says.  "LMS 6.0 offers a supercharged
 capability for reusing these building blocks in different ways for different
     For instance, training staff can tap LMS 6.0 to build, say, a targeted
 manager trainee program.   After that has been built, trainers can draw on
 Pathlore's blended-learning tools to easily pull learning objects from the
 program and assemble, for example, a 45-minute report-writing course.  With
 the LMS 6.0 content management features, trainers can stack and sort these
 objects to design education that fits each worker's needs as well as style of
     "Pathlore's LMS played a part in helping us increase sales and improve
 customer satisfaction," adds Bob Allen, president of Brink's Home Security.
 "It's a good bet that any tools Pathlore adds to its product will put a punch
 in your corporate training programs."
     About Pathlore
     Founded in 1995, Columbus, Ohio-headquartered Pathlore develops software
 that delivers, tracks and reports on corporate training over the Internet.
 Customers use Pathlore's products to increase sales, comply with government
 regulations and adhere to quality initiatives.  The privately held company's
 client roster includes Delta Air Lines, NEC America Inc., Novartis, PNC Bank,
 Southwest Airlines, more than 100 hospitals and health care providers and
 government agencies in over 30 states including California, Ohio and Texas.
 Pathlore also has offices in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
 For more information, go to .
     Pathlore is a registered trademark of Pathlore Software Corporation.  All
 other registered and unregistered trademarks and trade names are the property
 of their respective owners.
     Contact:  Bill Perry, Pathlore Software Corp.
               (614) 781-7271

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