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SkillSoft Earns ASTD Institute Certification for e-Learning Course

"Developing Fundamental Critical Thinking Skills" Is Awarded e-Learning Courseware Certification

NASHUA, NH - May 30, 2002 - SkillSoft Corporation (NASDAQ: SKIL), a leading provider of e-learning courseware and ReferenceWare for business and IT professionals, today announced that its course "Developing Fundamental Critical Thinking Skills" was awarded e-Learning Courseware Certification by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). Courseware certification is earned after rigorous evaluation of a course's usability and instructional design.

To achieve certification, courses must meet rigorous standards for learner interface, production quality, and adherence to instructional design elements such as learning objectives, feedback and assessment. These standards were developed by the ASTD Certification Institute Standards Committee, composed of e-learning experts, academicians, ISD practitioners, and other industry leaders.

"We're pleased that our course meets the ASTD Institute's certification standards. Since the critical thinking skills course is exemplary of SkillSoft's general development guidelines for all courseware, we believe this certification further validates our instructional design and development methodology," said Lee Ritze, vice president of marketing and professional services. "The SkillSoft methodology has been key to the acceptance of our courseware by more than 500 corporate clients worldwide."

"This certification provides a valuable selection tool for trainers and suppliers when they're faced with the overwhelming array of e-courseware," said Tom Kelly, chair of ASTD's Certification Institute Board of Directors. "Courses that bear the certification seal demonstrate the characteristics associated with excellent instruction."

About ASTD and the Certification Institute

ASTD is the world's leading association of workplace learning and performance professionals, forming a world-class community of practice. ASTD's 70,000 members come from more than 100 countries and 15,000 organizations - multinational corporations, medium-sized and small businesses, government, academia, consulting firms, and product and service suppliers. Founded in 1944, ASTD is now a global force, widening the industry's focus to connect learning and performance to measurable results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues.

ASTD has formed the ASTD Certification Institute to take the lead and set professional standards/industry standards for courseware development. Courseware must meet rigorous standards based on criteria established by ASTD's Certification Standards Committee composed of e-learning experts, academicians, ISD practitioners, and other industry leaders. The program will also help training professionals choose the right courseware from among the 650,000 e-learning courses available today. For more information, visit

About SkillSoft

With more than 500 corporate customers and 2.5 million licensed user seats, SkillSoft is a leading provider of comprehensive, integrated e-learning solutions for Global 2000 companies and government organizations. Customers receive comprehensive learning and performance support solutions for their workforce through SkillSoft's business skills library, comprised of more than 1,500 courses and simulations for global business markets, of which more than 650 are in U.S. English. The library, which includes more than 4,000 hours of interactive instruction, encompasses a wide array of business skills, such as management, leadership, communication, project management and customer service, as well as business subjects such as e-commerce, finance, marketing, sales, and strategy. The library also includes more than 12,000 learning objects, 3,000 job aids, 3,500 SkillBriefs.

SkillSoft complements SkillSoft courses with SkillSimulations, Web-based simulations designed to reinforce skills newly acquired through specific courses. SkillSoft courses can be managed and tracked through SkillPort, an e-learning management platform that offers rapid implementation at a cost-efficient price point, or through third-party learning management systems.

SkillSoft's subsidiary, Books 24x7, offers subscription clients detailed online searches to more than 2,000 unabridged IT and business titles and 300,000 knowledge objects. Books24x7's patent-pending technology platform gives users the ability to perform multi-tier searches of the company's ReferenceWare: ITPro, BusinessPro and OfficeEssentials. The Books 24x7 ReferenceWare libraries include offerings from more than 80 publishers, including AMACOM, ASTD, Harvard Business School Publishing, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and Sybex and Wiley.

For more information call SkillSoft at (603) 324-3000

SkillSoft, SkillPort, RolePlay, Search-and-Learn, e-Learning for the Knowledge Economy, NetUniversity, and Accelerated Path are trademarks and/or servicemarks of SkillSoft Corporation. and ReferenceWare are servicemarks of Books24x7, Inc. All brand names, trademarks, or registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.


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