Click2learn Expands ToolBook for Learning-Enabled Software Simulations
BELLEVUE, Wash.–March 6, 2002–Click2learn (Nasdaq:CLKS) today introduced
new tools for learning-enabled software simulations in the latest edition of
its highly acclaimed ToolBook™ desktop authoring software.ToolBook Instructor
8.5 allows learning content developers to easily create software simulations
that can automatically assess and record user performance, without the need
for special programming skills. The new technology provides assessment capabilities
beyond other software simulation production tools on the market today, which
automate the process of capturing and demonstrating software. With ToolBook
8.5, learning content developers gain a simple point-and-click interface to
create interactive simulations and customize how performance is tracked. Simulations
can be set to provide simple demonstrations, practice sessions that offer user
feedback, or even formal certifications, in which users’ performance is fully
tracked and recorded.
Simulations created using ToolBook integrate well with Click2learn’s Aspen
Enterprise Learning Platform™, allowing content developers to manage simulation
objects as part of their learning content management (LCMS) program, and allowing
learning management system (LMS) administrators to track skills acquired through
simulated sessions.Because ToolBook supports the industry’s latest learning
standards, including SCORM 1.2, these simulations can be delivered and tracked
via any standards-compliant learning management server. "ToolBook 8.5 is
an important advance for the interactive authoring of e-Learning content,"
said ToolBook user John Chapman, president of On-line Training Corporation.
"Click2learn has made software simulation authoring capabilities accessible
to training managers and instructional designers, making it quick and easy to
create software simulations without special programming skills. This is important
to any training developer managing today’s rapid product rollout cycles."
In recent Click2learn surveys of the e-Learning authoring market, 80 percent
of e-Learning developers were tasked with creating simulations, and nearly 90
percent predicted that this element would prove critical for future learning
"Creating software simulations is one of the most frequently required tasks
in learning content development today. Because of its complexity, it has also
been one of the most time-consuming tasks. This is especially true for companies
that are looking to go beyond simple product demonstrations to find out how
well their customers or employees understand and use their software," said
Srinivas Chandrasekar, Click2learn’s senior vice president of technology.
"ToolBook 8.5 allows you to dramatically reduce the time it takes to create
performance-based software simulations; and with Aspen LCMS, you can manage
them like any other learning object or asset you have." Click2learn’s ToolBook
has been named one of the best desktop authoring software packages on the market
today by e-Learning analysts, training and human resource publications. Thousands
of companies and organizations – representing more than 120,000 licensed users
– rely upon ToolBook for their creation of SCORM – and AICC-compliant content.
This long-term user base includes 13,000 major global corporations, hundreds
of military and government organizations, and more than 500 colleges, universities
and K-12 schools.
Pricing and Availability
ToolBook Instructor 8.5 will begin shipping March 15 and is available for purchase
today. The desktop authoring software is priced at $2,599 for first-time purchases;
upgrade prices start at $695. Discounts are available for quantity purchases
and education and government customers. ToolBook may be purchased directly through
Click2learn or through Click2learn’s global network of value-added resellers
serving 22 regions in Europe, Japan, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Please
contact the company at 800/448-6543 from North America, or 425/462-0501 from
outside the United States or online at www.click2learn.com/sales/.
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.,
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