Aspen LMS and LCMS Platforms Pass New SCORM 1.2 Compliance Tests

February 21, 2002

Click2learn (Nasdaq:CLKS) today became the first vendor to prove its technology is fully

compliant with the Advanced Distributed Learning Sharable Content Object Reference

Model (SCORM(TM)) 1.2. standard.

The final version of the SCORM 1.2 conformance test suite was released on February

15, 2002. Within one business day, Click2learn’s quality assurance team verified

the Aspen Enterprise Learning

Platform(TM) met test requirements for both learning management (LMS) and learning

content management (LCMS) technologies.

"Working code trumps all theories," says Philip Dodds, ADL’s Chief

Technical Architect. "Click2learn should be commended for its leadership

role in the development of key learning technology specifications in SCORM that

enable advanced web-based learning experiences. Even more important, Click2learn

is rapidly embracing and implementing these capabilities and bringing them to

market. Hats off for transforming theory to practice."

With SCORM 1.2, learning technology providers move to an XML-based packaging

of content, providing truly robust portability and interoperability between

learning content and learning management systems. The update incorporates LCMS

standards previously developed and outlined by the IMS Global Learning Consortium,

Inc. With the consolidation of these two key industry standards, the learning

technology industry comes considerably closer to a single, unified technology


This consolidation will make it easier for clients to evaluate interoperability

between vendors, boost industry-wide development of personalized learning programs,

and accelerate growth of the enterprise platform market. Support for interoperability

is critical to Click2learn’s corporate clients. As enterprises embark on larger,

global learning deployments, technology interoperability allows them to reduce

the cost of creating, delivering and managing learning content. In addition,

standards support protects clients’ long-term investments in learning technology,

ensuring they aren’t locked into a single provider for learning content or technology.

"SCORM is as significant for learning infrastructure as HTML and XML are

for the growth of the Internet. When it comes to investment protection, support

for interoperability is the key," said Claude Ostyn, Click2learn’s learning

standards strategist. "With these improved standards, learning content

developers don’t have to create different content versions for different delivery

systems, and learning management systems don’t have to be tweaked to run content

from each different vendor. This reduces the time and costs associated with

improving global learning programs, for a direct, positive impact on our customers’

return on their investments."

With support for SCORM 1.2, customers will be able to use Aspen’s LCMS technology

to create, aggregate and package content that is automatically managed and delivered

by SCORM-compliant learning management systems. This compatibility provides

special advantages to publishers producing e-Learning content for widespread

markets, where deployment across multiple learning management systems is critical.

In addition, Click2learn’s Aspen Learning Management Server (LMS) will deliver

SCORM 1.2 content. The new standard will expand Aspen LMS’ ability to "plug

and play" content from an ever-wider variety of SCORM-conforming content

vendors. Also, content developers will be able to take advantage of a wider

variety of SCORM-conforming authoring tools to create content for the Aspen


Click2learn actively participates in all of the national standards evaluation

committees and is part of an elite think tank driving the next generation of

learning standards. The Customized Learning Experience Online (CLEO) Lab —

a joint effort of the IEEE, U.S. Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL),

Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, NETg and Click2learn — is researching standards for

interoperable content that will enable more powerful, personal and interactive

learning experiences.

Described by industry analysts as the new model for enterprise learning technology,

Click2learn’s Aspen platform is designed to facilitate the capture, management

and dissemination of corporate knowledge to improve productivity and business


The platform has an open architecture and is made up of three modular but independent

components that are designed to work as an integrated system. The Aspen Learning

Management Server (LMS) is used for competency management, skills-gap analysis,

tracking of assessments and resource management for either e-Learning or instructor-led

training. The Aspen Content Development Server (CDS) is used to rapidly author

highly effective e-Learning content and manage large, team-based content development

projects. And the Aspen Learning Experience Server (LXS) delivers a personalized

learning experience to improve knowledge transfer and facilitate knowledge exchange

with a community of peers and experts.

About Click2learn

Click2learn (Nasdaq:CLKS) is a provider of enterprise software for Global 2000

organizations seeking to capture, manage and disseminate knowledge throughout

their extended enterprise. Using Click2learn’s Aspen Enterprise Learning Platform,

organizations can deploy highly interactive, personalized learning initiatives

to achieve strategic business objectives. Many of the world’s best-known corporations

use Click2learn’s technology and award-winning content development services

to improve workforce performance, educate customers, and publish large volumes

of learning content. Click2learn’s clients include Microsoft, Fidelity Investments,

Wells Fargo, Symantec, Prudential, American Airlines, ADC Telecommunications,

Ernst & Young and the New York Stock Exchange.

Based in Bellevue, Wash., Click2learn (,

800/448-6543) operates offices in the United States and Europe.

CONTACT: Click2learn

Sara Britton, 425/637-5872


Jeff Howlett, 425/637-1514

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