Click2learn Announces Synchronous Addition to Aspen Suite

April 10, 2002

Click2learn (Nasdaq:CLKS) announced today

that the next version of its award-winning Aspen Enterprise Learning Platform™

will include a full-featured synchronous module that will provide companies

with virtual classroom, Web conferencing and instant messaging capabilities

as an integrated component to the Aspen suite.

These capabilities, married with Aspen’s learning content development and management

system (LCMS) and learning management system (LMS) modules, will allow organizations

to offer a truly blended approach to technology-delivered learning by being

the first to combine synchronous (live, Web-based, instructor-led learning)

and asynchronous (pre-developed, online coursework) capabilities in a common


Aspen’s new synchronous module — which will be available this summer as a component

of Aspen 2.0 — will not only enable instructors to deliver a compelling virtual

classroom experience to remote students via the Web, but also will provide users

with other common synchronous applications such as Web-delivered conferences

and meetings. Aspen’s synchronous technology will be significantly more robust

than other synchronous products in the marketplace because of its ability to

blend features of a traditional LMS and LCMS and thread these capabilities throughout

the product suite.

"We have recognized for some time that our customers want a truly integrated,

common platform for their e-Learning initiatives," said Kevin Oakes, chairman

and CEO of Click2learn. "Most LMS or LCMS vendors have tried to address

the synchronous needs of their customers by asking them to pay for integration

with an external synchronous product, or by private-labeling third party products

they don’t control. Our synchronous offering is built into the Aspen platform,

minimizing integration costs. We expect it to be highly competitive in comparison

to other products on the market today."

"By integrating synchronous functionality with Aspen’s LMS and LCMS, we

will provide our customers with new and innovative ways to deliver knowledge

to their end users, and to maximize the return on the organization’s e-Learning

investment," added Oakes. "The addition of this technology to Aspen

marks a significant milestone in our efforts to offer the most comprehensive

end-to-end e-Learning platform on the market."

The synchronous module for Aspen was made possible through a previously unannounced

technology acquisition Click2learn made in February 2002. Since then, Click2learn

has been integrating the technology into the newest version of Aspen. Similar

to other components of Aspen, the synchronous component can be purchased and

deployed as a stand-alone product, or in combination with the Aspen LMS and

LCMS components. When deployed together, all the Aspen components work in unison

as a single application sharing a common database, single sign-on, security

model, user management, course management, administration, registration, tracking,

reporting and consistent user interface.

Companies have the option to externally host their synchronous solution with

Click2learn, or deploy it on their corporate networks. The Aspen synchronous

product will support multiple languages and will connect to either SQL or Oracle


Detailed Capabilities

Aspen’s new synchronous product offers a rich set of functionalities to uniquely

address synchronous learning and collaboration. Some features include:

  • Application sharing, which can be used to share and

    collaborate on any software application

  • Live video and audio broadcasting, audio conferencing and

    pre-recorded audio and video streaming

  • Support for Word, PowerPoint, HTML and numerous other file

    formats for uploading as presentation material

  • Shared digital whiteboard, whose contents can be saved for

    later reuse

  • Chat and instant messaging functionality to facilitate

    participant collaboration and peer interaction

  • "On the fly" polling by instructors to seek instant feedback

    and comments

  • Ability to record, archive, and redeliver synchronous sessions

    for future use

  • Separate break-out rooms to facilitate communication and

    collaboration between subgroups of participants

Unique Benefits

The combination of synchronous and asynchronous technologies integrated within

the Aspen platform enables several other unique blended learning capabilities

not found in most of today’s e-Learning offerings. For example:

  • Archived synchronous sessions can be made available through

    Aspen’s LCMS, segmented into "learning objects," or nuggets of

    information, edited and enhanced with additional content and

    assessments and added to the learning catalog as personalized

    asynchronous learning experiences, saving time and money in

    asynchronous content development.

  • Users of synchronous courses delivered through Aspen can take

    advantage of the personalization and expert community features

    available through the Aspen. Besides enriching the overall

    learning experience, this also contributes to the overall

    knowledge base in the organization by capturing tacit and

    implicit knowledge into a tangible, reusable asset base.

  • Instructors can design and create assessments for students to

    complete prior to, during or after a synchronous session.

    Results are stored in the participant’s training history.

    Instructors can then review the individual results, as well as

    aggregate results of the assessments anytime before, during or

    after the session.

  • Asynchronous courses can be launched, delivered, and tracked

    as part of the agenda in the middle of a synchronous session.

  • Components of the synchronous technology will be available in

    other parts of the Aspen suite to enable informal live

    collaboration between users anytime.

Pricing and Availability

Aspen’s synchronous capabilities will be available in the next major version

of the Aspen platform, Version 2.0, which will ship this summer. Full pricing

information will be available prior to the shipment of this new version. Demonstrations

of this new technology are available today by contacting the company at 800/448-6543

from North America, or 425/462-0501 from outside the United States, or online


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 to improve workforce performance, educate customers,

and publish large volumes of learning content. Click2learn’s clients include

Accenture, Albertsons, American Airlines, AstraZeneca, Century 21, Fidelity

Investments, Fujitsu, Microsoft, Pfizer, Symantec, and Towers Perrin. Based

in Bellevue, Wash., Click2learn (,

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

CONTACT: Click2learn

Karen Peck,



Jeff Howlett, 425/637-1514

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