Fathom Chooses Wide Learning for First Non-Academic Financial Coursework

June 26, 2001

Wide Learning, a leading supplier of e-learning solutions to the finance industry, has been selected to provide financial coursework at Fathom, the unique knowledge and education website.

Wide Learning will make a library of high-quality finance courses available for enrollment through the Fathom Web site, which also features courses from universities such as Columbia University, the University of Washington, and Iowa State.

“Our selection indicates that we have created coursework of the highest quality,” said Luke Montagu, President of Wide Learning. “Our selection by Fathom only reaffirms what our customers already know: that our content is well-designed, easily accessible to a wide audience of learners, and extremely effective.”

“Our decision to welcome WideLearning to Fathom was due in part to Wide Learning’s reputation for quality,” said Ryan Craig, Vice President of Business Initiatives at Fathom. “Wide Learning has demonstrated that, when it comes to e-learning, universities will not be the only high quality source of courses. Thanks in part to our success with Wide Learning, we will be expanding our selection of high quality courses to our worldwide audience.”

Currently, Wide Learning courses offered through Fathom include Introduction to Derivatives, Pricing Derivatives, Derivative Markets, Futures & Options and Derivative Strategies. Future coursework will include instruction on effective budgeting and financial decision making.

About Wide Learning

Founded in March 1997, Wide Learning is the leading European supplier of financial e-Learning solutions for employees and customers of financial institutions and Global 2000 companies. With staff in London and New York, the company has produced an award-winning range of engaging multimedia content that can be delivered over the Internet and through partner Web sites. Wide Learning’s e-learning solutions range from 2-3 minute modules

(“Quicksights”) for use on customer portals to comprehensive courses on core finance topics. Content is almost exclusively developed and created internally by a specialist team of ex-City and Wall Street practitioners, instructional designers and web media experts. The company is backed by a top-quality investment group, including GE Equity, Reuters, J.P. Morgan, Arts Alliance and Forman Hardy Holdings.

About Fathom

Fathom is the leading source for online learning for professional development and lifelong learning. Fathom brings together lectures, interviews, articles, and exhibits by faculty and experts from some of the world’s leading universities, libraries, museums, and disseminators of research. Online courses and seminars representing the best in online education are available through Fathom, as well as books and other products. Unique reference content spans all disciplines and fields of study. Fathom’s member institutions include Columbia University, London School of Economics and Political Science, Cambridge University Press, The British Library, The New York Public Library, The University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, American Film Institute (AFI), RAND, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum (UK), and The Natural History Museum (UK).