DDI Awards Click2learn $1.3 Million to Convert Landmark Leadership Curriculum for Web Delivery

March 7, 2001

BELLEVUE, WA, March 6, 2001 – Development Dimensions International, Inc. (DDI), a global provider of management training, has awarded Click2learn (NASDAQ: CLKS) a $1.3 million contract to convert its world-renowned leadership curriculum into robust, multimedia-enabled e-Learning courses.

As part of the partnership, Click2learn will electronically deliver DDIs market-leading management training over its e-Learning Network to selected Click2learn corporate partners, DDIs own Global 1000 clients, as well as virtually any company with Internet access.

At DDI, we firmly believe that the power of e-Learning lies not in choosing between classroom training and online training, but in skillfully mixing platforms to deliver knowledge in a better way. By combining instructor-led courses, self-study, electronic performance support and online learning we can create training programs that are more powerful than any single delivery method, said Pete Weaver, senior vice-president and Chief Technology Officer of DDI.

Click2learns proven technology and processes, combined with DDI’s award-winning content will provide our customers with a tremendously effective e-Learning experience, and prove that the magic of eLearning is really in the mix of delivery modes.

Over the next few years, DDI plans to incorporate online learning segments into most of its management, front-line, service, and executive training courses.

During the first phase of development, Click2learn and DDI analyzed DDIs course offerings and prioritized 24 core courses to convert into a top-quality training series optimized for electronic delivery.

To speed the development process, the web-based courses are being developed using Click2learn’s Rapid e-Learning Development System (ReDS) – an ASP-based, collaborative, and scaleable platform for web-based course development. By enabling developers to work on projects concurrently from remote locations, Click2learn’s ReDS speeds the process of creating fully interactive, data-rich courses optimized for an online environment.

The first series of modules will be from DDIs two leading learning systems – Techniques for a High-Performance WorkforceSM and Interaction Management®: Tactics and Strategies for Effective Leadership®. These two systems have been used to train over three million leaders worldwide and will soon be available via Click2learns e-Learning Network. Concurrent with the development of these courses, DDI has created several methods by which learners can practice the skills learned in the web-based content. These practice wraparound options will enable DDIs clients to build blended learning solutions that will ensure transference of the learning to the work environment.

The courses are also supported by and linkable to DDIs groundbreaking electronic performance support system called OPAL™, Online Performance and Learning. OPAL provides instant access to hundreds of online job-aids that support and extend the content in the web-based courses being developed by Click2Learn. OPAL will be an option for integration in the e-Learning Networks created for DDIs clients.

Click2learns partnership with DDI underscores the value of market-leading content being combined with award-winning eLearning technologies and expertise, said Kevin Oakes, President and CEO of Click2learn.

Outsourced e-Learning is growing quickly in large part because of the rapid time frames required to create market-ready, quality e-Learning content. Click2learn dramatically simplifies this process by providing companies with the strategic expertise, development and delivery technologies to transform intellectual property for electronic distribution, while maintaining the quality of the learning experience itself, Oakes said.

For years, weve been noting that the growth of high-quality e-Learning content will ultimately fuel the growth of our entire industry. With the tools and partnerships were putting together today at Click2learn, were making sure that happens.

About DDI

Since 1970, DDI has helped thousands of organizations achieve superior business performance through selecting, developing and retaining extraordinary people.

DDIs two major areas of expertise include:

    Helping companies find and hire better people faster.

    Building leadership capacity and capability, enabling organizations to meet their current and emerging business needs

DDI’s innovative solutions, including Web-based technologies, are customized to the needs of each client by a team of 1,000 experienced associates in 70 locations around the world. For more information about DDI, visit www.ddiworld.com.

About Click2learn

Click2learn (NASDAQ: CLKS) is the leading integrated e-Learning solutions provider to Global 2000 organizations. The company provides comprehensive solutions that include content creation services and tools, integrated learning management and delivery systems, and e-Learning design and delivery expertise to improve workforce performance and commercialize intellectual property. Click2learn is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, with offices in other U.S. cities, Europe and Japan. The companys customers represent a wide variety of industries, and include Microsoft, Fidelity Investments, Wells Fargo, Morningstar, American Airlines, ADC Telecommunications, Deloitte and Touche and GE. For more information about Click2learns e-Learning solutions, call (800) 448-6543 or (425) 462-0501 or visit www.click2learn.com.

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