LeadingWay Launches Web Site for Education on eLearning and Knowledge Management

September 20, 2001

LeadingWay Knowledge Systems, a provider of integrated eLearning and knowledge management solutions that change the way people learn, work and share knowledge, today announced the launch of KnowledgeOne.com (www.knowledgeone.com), a community Web site for learning about and discussing the latest developments in eLearning (Web-based training) and knowledge management.

This site will feature a full catalog of courses, as well as forums for discussion and learner feedback.

To develop the initial KnowledgeOne.com course offerings, LeadingWay teamed up with Minneapolis-based VNU Business Media, a leading provider of events, e-newsletters and online courses that focus on training and education. The jointly developed courses — “Introduction to Online Learning” and “Introduction to Knowledge Management for Training and Performance Support Professionals” — are based on VNU Business Media White Papers by Saul Carliner, an assistant professor of information design at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass.

These two inaugural courses, and a previously released course entitled “Integrating Learning and Knowledge Management,” are currently offered free of charge to the public both through LeadingWay’s KnowledgeOne.com site and the VNU Business Media Web site (www.vnulearning.com).

LeadingWay created the online courses using the same proprietary Knowledge System Design (KSD™) methodology that the company’s customers use for converting large amounts of information into content for online delivery. Content created with KSD™ methodology can be delivered as eLearning courses, online help and performance support, and for knowledge management purposes, all from a single content database.

“KnowledgeOne.com offers an opportunity for people to learn about cutting-edge theory and practice in the field of eLearning and knowledge management, while experiencing those methodologies first-hand,” said James Z. Li, Ph.D., president and CEO of LeadingWay. “We are pleased to be able to leverage the expertise of VNU Business Media, an eLearning education leader, to provide content for these courses, and are delighted that nearly 1,600 people have already registered to take the courses since their release this past summer.”

Phil Jones, vice president and conference director at VNU Business Media, concurred: “These co-developed online courses are a welcome addition to the VNU Business Media Web site in that they allow us to provide additional value to the thousands of training, eLearning and knowledge management professionals who look to us as a resource for their continuing education and professional development needs,” he said. “Furthermore, the courses bring us even closer to achieving our longstanding goal of turning the VNU Business Media Web site into the premier online resource for those charged with increasing human performance in the workplace.”

About VNU Business Media

VNU Business Media (www.vnulearning.com) is a leading provider of conferences, expositions, e-newsletters and courses that focus on job-related, employer-sponsored training and education in the working world — from the latest developments in training, online learning and knowledge management to the most cutting-edge tools and techniques in performance support and presentation design and delivery.

VNU Business Media events include, among others, OnLine Learning 2001 Conference and Expo (Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in Los Angeles); the co-located Training and Presentations 2002 Conferences and Expos (Feb. 18-20, in Atlanta); and Training Directors’ Forum 2002 (June 9-12, in Las Vegas).

About LeadingWay

Established in 1991, LeadingWay (www.leadingway.com) develops knowledge systems that shorten the path to productivity for organizations by giving people better ways to learn, work and share knowledge. LeadingWay KnowledgeOne™ solutions tightly integrate the previously separate functions of eLearning, performance support, and knowledge management to provide people with the information they need, when they need it.

LeadingWay has helped Global 2000 companies such as Toyota, IBM, General Motors, Ericsson and Caterpillar to reduce training costs, improve productivity, build customer loyalty and increase the value of their corporate knowledge. LeadingWay has headquarters in Irvine.