SkillSoft and Docent Host Joint Seminars on Developing Blended Learning Strategies

October 16, 2001

Nashua, NH and Mountain View, CA – October 15, 2001 – SkillSoft Corp.

(NASDAQ: SKIL), a leading provider of critical business skills courseware for eLearning solutions, and Docent, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCNT), the premier provider of eLearning software for Global 2000 companies, today announced a 16-city seminar program. The seminars, titled “How to Put Blended Learning into Practice,” are designed for human resource managers and training professionals seeking to capitalize on the cost efficiencies and learning benefits gained through blended learning.

The free seminars will offer attendees a practical methodology for developing blended learning strategies. The methodology encompasses factors such as delivery alternatives, technical infrastructure requirements, content architecture, and learning management needs. Discussion will also cover trends in learning, such as the emerging role of learning events and objects, in employee development and training.

“Blended learning is emerging as a powerful component of organizations overall eLearning initiatives,” said Malcolm Hobbs, senior vice president of marketing of Docent. “Through these seminars, Docent and SkillSoft will provide customers with proven blended learning strategies to personalize workforce development and achieve measurable business results.”

“We’ve found that while many companies immediately recognize the benefits of blended learning, there’s much confusion about how to actually put it into practice,” said Bryan Austin, general manager of SkillSoft’s Client Services. “Since blended learning is relatively new, there are few best practices to follow. To further complicate the planning process, blended learning encompasses so many variables that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. The methodology and consultative approach we’ve developed has proven to be a valuable roadmap for companies looking to make this evolution.”

Seminar Schedule

On-site registration for the free seminars is from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 and ends at 11:30 a.m. and includes a question-and-answer session. To make reservations and get details on specific seminar locations, call 800 327 6960, ext. 283 or go to

Scheduled seminars include:

  • Birmingham Tuesday, October 23

  • Washington, D.C. Wednesday, October 24

  • Philadelphia Thursday, October 25

  • Boston Tuesday, November 6

  • Hartford, CT Wednesday, November 7

  • Greenwich, CT Thursday, November 8

  • Newark Tuesday, November 13

  • Minneapolis Wednesday, November 14

  • Chicago Thursday, November 15

  • Atlanta Wednesday, November 28

  • Charlotte Thursday, November 29

  • San Francisco Tuesday, December 4

  • Los Angeles Wednesday, December 5

  • Orange County, CA Thursday, December 6

  • Kansas City Wednesday, December 11

  • Phoenix Thursday, December 13

About Docent, Inc.

Docent, Inc. (Nasdaq: DCNT) is the premier provider of eLearning software and services for Global 2000 companies. Docent creates business advantage for organizations by delivering the right knowledge to the right people at the right time. Docent provides a complete infrastructure for developing, delivering, managing, and measuring eLearning. Docent’s eLearning suite Docent Enterprise™ includes the award-winning Docent Learning Management Server™, Docent Content Delivery Server™, Docent Outliner™, and Docent Mobile™. Docent’s customer list features more than 250 companies, including 50 of the Fortune Global 500. Among global systems integration firms with which Docent has alliances are Accenture, Deloitte Consulting, Hewlett-Packard, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Docent is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with other offices throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. For more information, visit us at, or call (650) 934-9500.

About Skillsoft

With more than 1.5 million user seats, SkillSoft is a leading provider of e-Learning solutions for Global 2000 companies. Customers receive comprehensive learning and performance support solutions for their workforce through the SkillSoft library, comprised of more than 850 courses for global business markets, more than 525 of which target the United States. The SkillSoft library, which also includes more than 10,000 learning objects and 1,750 job aids, encompasses a wide array of business skills, such as management, leadership, communication, project management and customer service, as well as business subjects such as e-commerce, finance, marketing, sales, and strategy. SkillSoft recently introduced SkillSimulations, Web-based simulations designed to reinforce skills newly acquired through SkillSoft courses.

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