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SkillSoft Seminar Series Addresses the Use of Blended Learning for Formal and Informal Employee Training

Free Seminars in 35 U.S. and Canadian Cities Designed to Help Companies Develop Learning Models for Highest Impact on Employee Performance

Nashua, NH – April 1, 2003 – SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of e-learning courseware and referenceware for business and IT professionals, today announced a seminar series designed to assist human resources and training executives in the development of blended learning strategies for immediate impact on employee performance and demonstrated return on investment. The seminar series will be delivered in 35 major cities throughout the United States and Canada from April through June. The seminars, titled “Blended Learning for High Performance Impact,” are targeted to directors and managers seeking to address the formal and informal learning needs of technical and business employees through the integrated use of a variety of learning resources.

The free seminars cover a variety of topics, including how to determine where blended learning has the highest impact potential, proven methods for measuring value, the role of instructional design, and different blended learning models. Detailed case studies demonstrate how companies such as Bechtel, IBM, Cargill, and Unisys have implemented similar models to support employees’ long-term development goals, as well as just-in-time information needs

All seminar attendees will receive supplemental resources, including detailed templates for a variety of practical blended learning models and an index of articles, books, and other research on blended learning. Attendees will also receive a white paper, titled “Blended Learning Strategies: Selecting the Best Instructional Method.” The paper details the advantages and disadvantages of 20 different synchronous and asynchronous instructional methods and offers specific considerations and recommendations for effective use in blended learning initiatives.

“A recent Department of Labor study shows that 70 percent of employee learning takes place informally and on a day-to-day basis – through books, mentoring, talking with peers, and other activities,” said Dorman Woodall, director of e-learning strategies for SkillSoft and a seminar presenter. “Yet many organizations continue to focus solely on formal training activities, such as classes, seminars, and structured courses.

“A blended learning approach – incorporating all types of learning resources – can be very effective in meeting both formal and informal training needs and gives employees more choice,” continued Woodall. “Furthermore, organizations can utilize learning resources to solve on-the-job problems and daily information needs.”

“Corporate learning is in a time of transformation,” said Karen Petersack, associate dean of technology for Unisys University. “We’re moving to training programs that promote ongoing learning as opposed to isolated learning activities. Furthermore, most training executives are focusing increasingly on performance and productivity impact and other bottom-line business measurements, in addition to cost savings.” Unisys University currently includes more than 200 active blended learning curricula paths encompassing both technical and business skills development. More than 7,000 employees worldwide are currently enrolled in Unisys University, and more than 3,500 have completed one or more curricula paths.

Seminar Schedule

On-site registration for the free seminars is from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The seminar program begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at noon. To make reservations and get details on specific seminar locations, call 800 327 6960, extension 4283, or go to

About SkillSoft
SkillSoft is a leading provider of e-learning courseware and referenceware for business and IT professionals. SkillSoft products and services are designed to accelerate the ability of today’s workforce to master the business and technology skills required for competitive success. The company currently has more than 2,800 corporate customers worldwide and more than 4.5 million licensed users.
SkillSoft focuses on meeting the comprehensive business skills and information technology learning needs of professionals in Global 5000 organizations through a comprehensive range of content-focused, e-learning solutions, including:

Business Skills Library: More than 1,600 courseware and simulation titles encompassing professional effectiveness, management/leadership, project management, sales & customer-facing skills, business strategy/operations, finance, human resources, safety/health and financial services industry. Courses feature strong visual design; a focus on instructional objectives at the application and analysis levels; learner interactivity and reinforcement through RolePlays, SkillSimulations, and case studies; and pre- and post-course assessments with prescriptive learning capabilities.

IT Skills and Certification Library: More than 2,800 course titles encompassing software development, operating systems and server technologies, Internet and network technologies, enterprise database systems, web design, and desktop computer skills. The IT library also supports more than 40 certification programs.

ITPro and Business Pro Referenceware: More than 2,500 unabridged IT and business books and reports are available to online subscribers through SkillSoft’s subsidiary, Books24x7. A unique, patent-pending search engine gives subscribers the ability to perform multi-level searches.

SkillSoft customers include organizations such as: First Union, Clarica (Canada), Fluor Corporation, Verizon, U.S. Army, Deloitte Consulting, Raytheon, IBM, Internal Revenue Service, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Army National Guard, Dell Computers, Qwest, Department of Transportation, NEC America, British Telecom and Wells Fargo.

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