Global Knowledge Introduces New Generation of E-Learning Courseware

-- Global Knowledge leverages experience and feedback of over one million

students to deploy powerful new format that provides corporations

unparalleled flexibility in the design of worldwide IT training

programs

-- Introduction of 18 new courses and 66 new titles serves as cornerstone

for company's new Blended Learning Solutions(TM) supported with $40

million re-branding campaign



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Global Knowledge, Inc.

    CARY, N.C., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Knowledge, Inc., the world's
 largest independent provider of integrated IT education solutions, today
 unveiled a new generation of IT training courseware designed to provide
 corporations with unparalleled flexibility and customization in the design and
 execution of their worldwide IT training programs.
     (Photo:   http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010417/NETU016LOGO)
     Global Knowledge's new Blended Learning Solutions(TM) draw from the
 experience of more than one million students to provide corporations with the
 ability to execute highly integrated IT training programs that deliver
 consistent, high-quality content among multiple delivery methods, including
 virtual classroom learning and new e-learning technologies.
     The new initiative is powered by the introduction of this first wave of
 courseware that includes 18 new courses and 66 new titles, all of which have
 been re-designed from the ground up to enable companies to fully capitalize on
 the power of e-learning.  The use of new design methodologies by Global
 Knowledge allows the development and deployment of content to be delivered
 through both traditional classroom and new e-learning formats.  Additionally,
 this allows Global Knowledge's customers to effortlessly blend training
 delivery methodologies between e-learning, virtual classroom or traditional
 classroom venues with full consistency and no sacrifice to the depth of the
 content.  By year-end 2001, Global Knowledge will have introduced 33 new
 courses and 120 new titles.  The program and courseware are being promoted
 through a $40 million corporate re-branding campaign (announced today) that
 includes the introduction of a new corporate identity platform, corporate
 messaging, logo and branding.
     "Learners should not be limited to any one training delivery medium - the
 choice should be based upon individual preferences, access to the medium, and
 type of content," says Michael Brennan, senior analyst with IDC.  "By
 developing content that is not tied to a single training modality, Global
 Knowledge is opening its doors to a larger audience.  This initiative is a
 reflection of where the IT education industry is headed."
     "This new courseware represents the first wave in the re-engineering of
 our entire catalog for the e-learning market," begins Duncan Anderson, CEO of
 Global Knowledge.  "At the same time, however, our customers are asking for
 Global Knowledge content to be delivered through a range of formats-a blending
 of training solutions that meets their employees' work and lifestyle needs.
 To meet that need, Global Knowledge has invested more than a year of
 development to optimize the new courseware so that it simultaneously meets the
 unique protocols of online learning while still serving as the backbone of
 instructor-led courses."
     For companies, Blended Learning Solutions affords a first-of-a-kind
 opportunity to provide consistent learning regardless of the delivery method.
 Employees, for instance, can choose between e-learning and instructor-led
 programs-toggling between the two formats while receiving a continuity of
 content designed to advance their understanding and competency in either
 environment.
 
     The Power of Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs)
     Allowing for such consistency is Global Knowledge's development of more
 than 650 Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs) and 3,385 Reusable Information
 Objects (RIOs).  Long considered the Holy Grails of online learning, RLOs and
 RIOs provide corporations with the means to identify discrete learning
 challenges, train and assess specifically to them and provide supplemental
 training.  Plans call for Global Knowledge to develop 1,155 RLOs and 6,200
 RIOs by year-end 2001.  Working with RLOs and RIOs, content can be easily re-
 purposed and deployed between delivery formats to assure a consistent learning
 experience, regardless of whether the user is online or in a more traditional
 instructor-led classroom setting.
     "The real power of RLOs and RIOs is derived from their ability to assess a
 learner's precise needs and prescribe only the necessary training, allowing
 corporations to save costs," says Anderson.
     To deliver this new courseware, Global Knowledge is relying on its newly
 enhanced version of Knowledge Pathways(TM) 3.0, a comprehensive online Content
 Management System (CMS).   Knowledge Pathways offers corporations a highly
 flexible Web-based e-learning solution that allows for the quick development
 and deployment of training material and serves as an all-in-one tool for
 designing, delivering, monitoring, tracking and reporting and assessing online
 training.
     In re-engineering its courseware, Global Knowledge leveraged Macromedia
 Flash(TM) technology, streaming audio and video, fully searchable databases
 and modular design to create a consistent learning environment designed to
 advance students' familiarity.
     An array of easy-to-access icons, embedded throughout the content, allow
 learners to augment their understanding by clicking a mouse to see and hear
 from Global Knowledge's internationally-acclaimed Subject Matter Experts,
 discover the real-world application of a technology or even understand the
 international implications of a topic or issue.
 
     Technology Is Not Enough
     Yet, technology alone is not the defining essence of Global Knowledge's
 new courseware and its commitment to Blended Learning Solutions.   "The
 winning advantage of our new courseware is that it represents the first wave
 in how content must be consistently delivered and applied if e-learning is to
 realize its promise of becoming quicker, less expensive and more effective,"
 says Anderson.  "In this respect, no other company stands as well positioned
 as Global Knowledge.  Our deep and worldwide experience in content
 development, coupled with our ability to offer it over a range of formats in a
 way that optimizes and integrates each, meets the precise needs of our global
 customer base.  They demand choice and safety - choice as seen through a
 variety of delivery formats, all of which are available through a single
 provider, and safety through consistent, time-tested content.  This is content
 not simply adapted to e-learning; rather, it is content optimized for each
 learning environment and synchronized so that learners can receive the exact
 training they need, anytime and anywhere."
 
     Global Knowledge's new courseware includes:
 
     -- Introduction to TCP/IP                -- Networking Fundamentals
     -- Troubleshooting TCP/IP
     -- Telecom Fundamentals I                -- Secure Communications and VPNs
     -- Telecom Fundamentals II               -- IP over Wireless Broadband
     -- OSPF Design and Configuration         -- Building a Website
     -- Converging Voice & Data Networks      -- MS Frontpage 2000
     -- ATM Essentials                        -- Web Graphics Construction
     -- ATM Internetworking                   -- Network Management Essentials
     -- Network Security
     -- Voice over IP
     -- Understanding DSL
 
     About Global Knowledge, Inc.
     Global Knowledge, Inc., the world's largest independent provider of
 integrated IT education solutions, is dedicated to improving the way companies
 and individuals learn, use, and master technology.  The company's educational
 solutions empower customers with choice, allowing them to determine when,
 where, and how they want their IT education programs to be designed and
 delivered.  Global Knowledge's blended IT education solutions combine vender-
 authorized content with Global Knowledge developed curricula and deliver this
 through the right mix of intensive hands-on classroom training and interactive
 e-learning.  Global Knowledge has a large, growing portfolio of e-learning
 content, products, and services.  For large businesses, the company offers
 complete program management including enrollment, assessment, progress
 tracking and certification.
     Global Knowledge is the world's largest provider of IT certification
 programs and offers more than 700 courses in 70 international locations and in
 15 languages every day for leading IT companies such as: Cisco, Microsoft,
 Nortel, Oracle, Enterasys, and Red Hat.  Additionally, the company's software
 products division offers an extensive portfolio of education products,
 including OnDemand Personal Navigator(TM) for SAP, Siebel, and PeopleSoft; and
 Knowledge Pathways, a leading content management system that delivers custom
 enterprise solutions.
     Global Knowledge has corporate headquarters in Cary, NC, and international
 headquarters in London, Tokyo, and Singapore.  For more information, visit
 Global Knowledge at http://am.globalknowledge.com/wire.
     Trademarks:  Products mentioned herein are trademarks or registered marks
 of their respective owners.
 
     From: Gregory FCA Communications, Inc.
     Contact: Gregory Matusky
     Amy Martin Quinn
     Phone: 610-642-8253
     e-mail: greg@gregoryfca.com
 
     For: Global Knowledge, Inc.
     Contact: Rick Thompson
     Vice President, Corporate Marketing
     Phone: 919-463-7231
     e-mail: rick.thompson@globalknowledge.com
 
 

SOURCE Global Knowledge, Inc.
    CARY, N.C., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Knowledge, Inc., the world's
 largest independent provider of integrated IT education solutions, today
 unveiled a new generation of IT training courseware designed to provide
 corporations with unparalleled flexibility and customization in the design and
 execution of their worldwide IT training programs.
     (Photo:   http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010417/NETU016LOGO)
     Global Knowledge's new Blended Learning Solutions(TM) draw from the
 experience of more than one million students to provide corporations with the
 ability to execute highly integrated IT training programs that deliver
 consistent, high-quality content among multiple delivery methods, including
 virtual classroom learning and new e-learning technologies.
     The new initiative is powered by the introduction of this first wave of
 courseware that includes 18 new courses and 66 new titles, all of which have
 been re-designed from the ground up to enable companies to fully capitalize on
 the power of e-learning.  The use of new design methodologies by Global
 Knowledge allows the development and deployment of content to be delivered
 through both traditional classroom and new e-learning formats.  Additionally,
 this allows Global Knowledge's customers to effortlessly blend training
 delivery methodologies between e-learning, virtual classroom or traditional
 classroom venues with full consistency and no sacrifice to the depth of the
 content.  By year-end 2001, Global Knowledge will have introduced 33 new
 courses and 120 new titles.  The program and courseware are being promoted
 through a $40 million corporate re-branding campaign (announced today) that
 includes the introduction of a new corporate identity platform, corporate
 messaging, logo and branding.
     "Learners should not be limited to any one training delivery medium - the
 choice should be based upon individual preferences, access to the medium, and
 type of content," says Michael Brennan, senior analyst with IDC.  "By
 developing content that is not tied to a single training modality, Global
 Knowledge is opening its doors to a larger audience.  This initiative is a
 reflection of where the IT education industry is headed."
     "This new courseware represents the first wave in the re-engineering of
 our entire catalog for the e-learning market," begins Duncan Anderson, CEO of
 Global Knowledge.  "At the same time, however, our customers are asking for
 Global Knowledge content to be delivered through a range of formats-a blending
 of training solutions that meets their employees' work and lifestyle needs.
 To meet that need, Global Knowledge has invested more than a year of
 development to optimize the new courseware so that it simultaneously meets the
 unique protocols of online learning while still serving as the backbone of
 instructor-led courses."
     For companies, Blended Learning Solutions affords a first-of-a-kind
 opportunity to provide consistent learning regardless of the delivery method.
 Employees, for instance, can choose between e-learning and instructor-led
 programs-toggling between the two formats while receiving a continuity of
 content designed to advance their understanding and competency in either
 environment.
 
     The Power of Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs)
     Allowing for such consistency is Global Knowledge's development of more
 than 650 Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs) and 3,385 Reusable Information
 Objects (RIOs).  Long considered the Holy Grails of online learning, RLOs and
 RIOs provide corporations with the means to identify discrete learning
 challenges, train and assess specifically to them and provide supplemental
 training.  Plans call for Global Knowledge to develop 1,155 RLOs and 6,200
 RIOs by year-end 2001.  Working with RLOs and RIOs, content can be easily re-
 purposed and deployed between delivery formats to assure a consistent learning
 experience, regardless of whether the user is online or in a more traditional
 instructor-led classroom setting.
     "The real power of RLOs and RIOs is derived from their ability to assess a
 learner's precise needs and prescribe only the necessary training, allowing
 corporations to save costs," says Anderson.
     To deliver this new courseware, Global Knowledge is relying on its newly
 enhanced version of Knowledge Pathways(TM) 3.0, a comprehensive online Content
 Management System (CMS).   Knowledge Pathways offers corporations a highly
 flexible Web-based e-learning solution that allows for the quick development
 and deployment of training material and serves as an all-in-one tool for
 designing, delivering, monitoring, tracking and reporting and assessing online
 training.
     In re-engineering its courseware, Global Knowledge leveraged Macromedia
 Flash(TM) technology, streaming audio and video, fully searchable databases
 and modular design to create a consistent learning environment designed to
 advance students' familiarity.
     An array of easy-to-access icons, embedded throughout the content, allow
 learners to augment their understanding by clicking a mouse to see and hear
 from Global Knowledge's internationally-acclaimed Subject Matter Experts,
 discover the real-world application of a technology or even understand the
 international implications of a topic or issue.
 
     Technology Is Not Enough
     Yet, technology alone is not the defining essence of Global Knowledge's
 new courseware and its commitment to Blended Learning Solutions.   "The
 winning advantage of our new courseware is that it represents the first wave
 in how content must be consistently delivered and applied if e-learning is to
 realize its promise of becoming quicker, less expensive and more effective,"
 says Anderson.  "In this respect, no other company stands as well positioned
 as Global Knowledge.  Our deep and worldwide experience in content
 development, coupled with our ability to offer it over a range of formats in a
 way that optimizes and integrates each, meets the precise needs of our global
 customer base.  They demand choice and safety - choice as seen through a
 variety of delivery formats, all of which are available through a single
 provider, and safety through consistent, time-tested content.  This is content
 not simply adapted to e-learning; rather, it is content optimized for each
 learning environment and synchronized so that learners can receive the exact
 training they need, anytime and anywhere."
 
     Global Knowledge's new courseware includes:
 
     -- Introduction to TCP/IP                -- Networking Fundamentals
     -- Troubleshooting TCP/IP
     -- Telecom Fundamentals I                -- Secure Communications and VPNs
     -- Telecom Fundamentals II               -- IP over Wireless Broadband
     -- OSPF Design and Configuration         -- Building a Website
     -- Converging Voice & Data Networks      -- MS Frontpage 2000
     -- ATM Essentials                        -- Web Graphics Construction
     -- ATM Internetworking                   -- Network Management Essentials
     -- Network Security
     -- Voice over IP
     -- Understanding DSL
 
     About Global Knowledge, Inc.
     Global Knowledge, Inc., the world's largest independent provider of
 integrated IT education solutions, is dedicated to improving the way companies
 and individuals learn, use, and master technology.  The company's educational
 solutions empower customers with choice, allowing them to determine when,
 where, and how they want their IT education programs to be designed and
 delivered.  Global Knowledge's blended IT education solutions combine vender-
 authorized content with Global Knowledge developed curricula and deliver this
 through the right mix of intensive hands-on classroom training and interactive
 e-learning.  Global Knowledge has a large, growing portfolio of e-learning
 content, products, and services.  For large businesses, the company offers
 complete program management including enrollment, assessment, progress
 tracking and certification.
     Global Knowledge is the world's largest provider of IT certification
 programs and offers more than 700 courses in 70 international locations and in
 15 languages every day for leading IT companies such as: Cisco, Microsoft,
 Nortel, Oracle, Enterasys, and Red Hat.  Additionally, the company's software
 products division offers an extensive portfolio of education products,
 including OnDemand Personal Navigator(TM) for SAP, Siebel, and PeopleSoft; and
 Knowledge Pathways, a leading content management system that delivers custom
 enterprise solutions.
     Global Knowledge has corporate headquarters in Cary, NC, and international
 headquarters in London, Tokyo, and Singapore.  For more information, visit
 Global Knowledge at http://am.globalknowledge.com/wire.
     Trademarks:  Products mentioned herein are trademarks or registered marks
 of their respective owners.
 
     From: Gregory FCA Communications, Inc.
     Contact: Gregory Matusky
     Amy Martin Quinn
     Phone: 610-642-8253
     e-mail: greg@gregoryfca.com
 
     For: Global Knowledge, Inc.
     Contact: Rick Thompson
     Vice President, Corporate Marketing
     Phone: 919-463-7231
     e-mail: rick.thompson@globalknowledge.com
 
 SOURCE  Global Knowledge, Inc.