IBM Demonstrates Early Support of Emerging E-Learning Standard

July 31, 2002

FORT BELVOIR, Va., July 31, 2002 — IBM Corporation today exhibited its e-learning standards leadership with the demonstration of a sequencing engine, built to support the upcoming SCORM 1.3 specification. SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) is a set of e-learning specifications compiled by the U.S. government’s Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative to support interoperability. SCORM is the de facto standard specification for e-learning content interoperability.

SCORM 1.3 will incorporate the Simple Sequencing specification currently under development by the IMS Global Learning Consortium. This specification provides an open format for defining how a learner progresses based on his/her performance. SCORM provides guidance to learning content vendors on how to design courses that interoperate with a variety of learning management systems as well as other courses — this interoperability ultimately provides learners with a personalized learning experience.

IBM actively participates in the ADL initiative, and is a founding member of the IMS Global Learning Consortium developing the Simple Sequencing Specification. Today, at the ADL SCORM Plugfest event in Fort Belvoir, Va., IBM is demonstrating its sequencing engine on its LearningSpace e-learning platform, with sequenced content from NETg, a worldwide leader in corporate education and training and part of The Thomson Corporation (TSX:TOC). The engine, which will be launched with IBM’s next generation e-learning platform later this year, is designed to manipulate all SCORM 1.3-conformant content.

“IBM is committed to bringing to bear the e-learning standards that will one day make all learning content and learning management systems interoperable,” said Mark Harris, manager at IBM Lotus LearningSpace Development. “As a member of the major global standards bodies, we are contributing to the technologies that will shape the future of e-learning.”

“Since 1996, Netg’s e-learning content has been based on the sequenced-learning concept because it creates a superior learning experience and provides unprecedented flexibility for the learner,” said Joe Dougherty, president of NETg. “The advancements demonstrated here at Plugfest underscore NETg’s long-term commitment to advancing learning standards.”

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About The Thomson Corporation and NETg

The Thomson Corporation (, with 2001 revenues of $7.2 billion, is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. Thomson provides value-added information, software applications and tools to more than 20 million users in the fields of corporate and professional training, assessment and testing, higher education, reference information, law, tax, accounting, financial services, and scientific research and healthcare. The Corporation’s common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC). Its learning businesses and brands serve the needs of individuals, learning institutions, corporations and government agencies with products and services for both traditional and distributed learning.

As part of The Thomson Corporation, NETg ( is a global leader in blended learning with a complete solution of content, technology and services. NETg’s offering is comprised of its award-winning e-Learning courseware, Course Technology books, CourseCards and instructor-led training manuals and Wave accelerated IT Boot Camps and self-study kits.

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