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Knoodle: New Cloud-Based Platform for Small-Medium Businesses

April 18, 2011 10:46 by jllorens

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Knoodle announced the availability of its hosted presentation, training and learning platform for small and mid-sized enterprises.  With Knoodle you can easily provide effective company pitches, training sessions or educational curriculum within a matter of minutes. Knoodle delivers the complexity of content creation and presentation software, enterprise-class Learning Management Systems (LMS), and testing and surveying tools, into a single, easy-to-use, drag and drop, cloud-based solution.  Now marketers, executives, instructors, trainers and teachers can focus on connecting, educating and engaging with their audiences in the way that best suits them.

Knoodle delivers:
Easy Content Creation in a Single or Dual Panel Display – Use existing assets such as video, audio, PowerPoint slides, images, etc., to create and deliver a multimedia presentation in either a single or dual panel display within minutes.
Portable Presentations – Export your Knoodle presentation so that it can be downloaded for viewing offline or on a mobile device.
Virtual Classrooms & Groups – Create an online learning environment for your viewers to promote interactivity between group members and provide access to additional materials.
Social Features – Engage with your audience through chat, comments, notes and annotations within each presentation or course.
Testing, Administration & Reporting Analytics – Know how effective your presentation or training is in real-time with built-in testing functionality as well as real-time analytics and reporting that track each trainee and course.

Quotes
"A key part of helping startups is providing them with a G/SCORE that measures a company on the path to sustainability.  We score companies from around the world and use Knoodle so they can easily sync video and presentations together for a more effective pitch. We send these pitches to judges all around the world and it's critical that we have a flexible tool that is easy to create, easy to deliver, and effective at letting audiences understand the entrepreneur and their innovation." - Chris Shipley, CEO of Guidewire Group.
"Knoodle's unique modular design and its ability to synchronize moving images with still images on two screens makes it an ideal learning management system for multimedia learning. Microsoft PowerPoint can be used for rapid authoring, and video and animations are becoming easier to produce as personal media technologies advance. Synching the two types of media in Knoodle is a cinch." - Gary Woodill, Ed.D., Senior Analyst, Brandon Hall Group.

Links:
Pricing and Availability
http://www.knoodle.com/pricing

Product Features
http://www.knoodle.com/tour

ABOUT KNOODLE
Founded in 2009, Knoodle is an SK Telecom Americas portfolio company. Knoodle brings the power of a Learning Management System (LMS) in a cloud-based, easy-to-use online platform designed for small and mid-size enterprises. With Knoodle, you can leverage PowerPoint, video and/or audio to deliver effective online training, corporate presentations, how-to's, and certification programs in just a few minutes.  Knoodle requires no IT, no complex content creation and no heavy integration to provide effective online training for customers, partners and employees.  Our customers include Guidewire Group and UCSD.  For more information please visit us at www.knoodle.com.


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Inscape Publishing: New Feedback Solution Especially for Leaders

April 11, 2011 10:27 by jllorens

MINNEAPOLIS, MN— Inscape Publishing, a leading provider of assessment-driven classroom learning solutions, has launched Everything DiSC® 363™ for Leaders, the first 360 for DiSC® users. Everything DiSC 363 for Leaders is designed for organizations that want to use 360° feedback as part of its leadership development, whether they’re developing the bench strength of emerging leaders or honing the skills of experienced executives.

For many leaders, 360s can be frustrating. Open-ended comments can be unfocused, unhelpful, and may even derail the learning process. Everything DiSC 363 for Leaders uses CommentSmart, an innovative and proprietary selectable comments feature that takes the sting out of the 360 experience by giving leaders focused, balanced feedback they can actually use.

“Anyone who has done a 360 with open-ended comments has either been burned or puzzled by rater comments,” said Jeffrey Sugerman, CEO of Inscape Publishing. “Everything DiSC 363 for Leaders eliminates that; leaders get relevant, actionable feedback.”

Everything DiSC 363 for Leaders is the fourth installment in the Everything DiSC Application Library. These programs feature personalized reports, customizable facilitation with engaging video, and access to unlimited follow-up reports. Other programs include Everything DiSC Workplace®, Everything DiSC Management and Everything DiSC Sales. For more information, or to try a free Everything DiSC 363 for Leaders Profile, contact Jidana James (media@inscapepublishing.com or 763-765-2263), or go to www.everythingdisc.com.

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About Inscape Publishing

Inscape Publishing, Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a leading developer and provider of content-rich, technology-enabled corporate training solutions that develop employee interpersonal skills such as leadership, teamwork,  communications, and time management. With a global network of over 2,000 distributors, Inscape’s solution-focused products have been used in thousands of organizations, including major government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Every year, more than a million people worldwide learn how to work more effectively with others using Inscape products. Inscape products have been translated into 25 different languages and are used in 50 countries.


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DDI Introduces Virtual Classrooms for Leaders

April 6, 2011 11:11 by jllorens

Classroom learning joins the ranks of the technology-enabled with Development Dimensions International’s (DDI) introduction of its virtual classroom development experience. To increase the convenience and lower the cost of training and development in a more global workplace where employees are often geographically separated and are unable to meet in one physical location, DDI is introducing its leadership development program Interaction Management: Exceptional Leaders . . . Extraordinary Results® to learners through its approach to virtual learning.

For almost 40 years, DDI has been delivering quality leadership development content to organizations and leaders around the world, and will now provide that same award-winning development program to leaders through widely available web conferencing technology.

“We’ve developed an engaging program that simulates the classroom experience with skill practices, case studies and active discussion to meet the same learning objectives as the rest of our leadership development program,” Mark Phelps, Practice Leader and Manager, Employee Engagement, said. “This will transcend the passive experience most people have grown accustomed to whenever they attend a session delivered over typical web conferencing software.”

Specially selected and trained facilitators will use classroom techniques that have been carefully integrated into the program, including breakout rooms for skill practice and discussion groups, participant commenting and hand-raising, engaging video segments, polling, virtual flipcharts for brainstorming, plus other learning features.

DDI is offering eight of its most popular leadership development courses with the introduction of its virtual classrooms, including coaching for success and improvement, delegating, leading change, resolving conflict, consensus building plus core leadership skills.

Listen to a podcast from Mark Phelps on virtual learning or read his blog.

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Changing the Assessment Industry FOREVER: EQ-i 2.0 Launch Events

April 5, 2011 11:26 by jllorens

BIG STATEMENT? IT SURE IS.
How do we know? We talked to over 700 consultants, coaches and HR professionals…people just like you. They told us what they wanted and we listened. Introducing the new EQ-i 2.0 Experience—making you the authority in emotional intelligence.

BE AMONG THE FIRST TO EXPERIENCE THE NEW EQ-i 2.0
For an exclusive sneak peek, be among the first to experience the new EQ-i 2.0 at a prelaunch event near you. Please book early as space is limited.

Find more information, or to sign up, go to:
www.mhs.com/LaunchEvents


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Blackboard ProEd: Platinum Sponsor at the 2011 ASTD conference

April 5, 2011 10:22 by jllorens

Blackboard ProEd is a Platinum Sponsor at the ASTD conference this year. We will present two theater sessions and will have a 20x20 booth space. Come visit us in booth #1103 for a demo!

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Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia


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Blackboard Offers Solution for Corporate Learning through Salesforce.com's Enterprise Cloud Platform

March 30, 2011 11:55 by jllorens

Dreamforce 2010 -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB), a global leader in education technology, today announced plans for an improved learning management solution for corporations and other learning focused organizations that will emphasize training for sales teams. The announcement will be made today at Dreamforce 2010, the cloud computing event of the year.

To support the improved solution, Blackboard will develop a new application on Force.com, salesforce.com's enterprise cloud computing platform that will add a range of administrative capabilities to its flagship learning platform, Blackboard Learn(TM).

Already noted for its flexibility, ease of use and low cost of ownership, Blackboard Learn will gain stronger certification, reporting and tracking abilities commonly associated with more complex and costly corporate learning management systems. As a result, customers will be able to more closely align employee learning and development programs with key corporate initiatives and priorities and ensure that they have a larger, more measureable impact on employee behavior, business goals and company performance.

"This new application combines the strengths of leaders in education and cloud computing to provide an improved solution for corporate learning and training that better supports business goals," said Michael Chasen, president and chief executive officer at Blackboard.

"Force.com provides the fastest way to bring Blackboard's leading learning and training platform to the cloud. Now Blackboard's customers will be armed with the tools and capabilities of the next generation of cloud-based learning and training," said Kendall Collins, chief marketing officer, salesforce.com.

Blackboard Learn is currently used by thousands of institutions worldwide including hundreds of corporations of all sizes, government agencies, nonprofits and associations. The platform includes a range of powerful capabilities, social learning tools and web 2.0 innovations to more effectively engage and develop learners, and can be enabled for use on mobile devices with a range of native applications for smartphones and other devices including the Apple(R) iPad(TM).

"Blackboard offers a flexible option for corporate learning that is highly focused on ease of use and learner engagement," said Josh Bersin, president and chief executive officer, Bersin & Associates. "Combining the strengths of Blackboard and salesforce.com will give sales and service teams an easy to use learning platform designed for both formal and informal learning.Training is one of the largest segments of corporate learning and this solution will greatly expand the availability of training offerings for small and mid-sized businesses."

"With deep roots in education, our understanding of how knowledge is acquired and shared in support of business goals has helped us grow quickly in corporate and professional learning in the last few years," said Tim Hill, president of Blackboard's Professional Education group. "Working with salesforce.com, we can quickly bring a more robust offering to a wider range of organizations, departments and teams that seek a more flexible solution."

Chasen will join salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff on stage today at Dreamforce 2010. The keynote will be available online at www.salesforce.com/live beginning at approximately 9 a.m. Pacific time.

For more information about Blackboard's work to support corporate learning, please visit http://blackboard.com/Solutions-by-Market/Corporate.aspx.
About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia


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Learning Tree International Introduces First Online-Only Course via Learning Tree AnyWare™

March 24, 2011 10:11 by jllorens

RESTON, VA (March 1, 2011) Learning Tree International (NASDAQ NGM: LTRE) has announced the introduction of a new course titled Time Management Essentials: Getting the Most from Every Minute. Available only online via Learning Tree AnyWare, this live, instructor-led two-day course provides participants with the strategies, tools, techniques and tips to set priorities and manage the daily pressures of meeting important and urgent commitments associated with their job.

AnyWare enables participants to fully interact with their instructors and classmates through a media-rich interface that integrates live classroom video, audio and chat features, as well as the ability to view instructor demos. In addition, participants collaborate with their peers and perform hands-on course exercises.

During the Time Management Essentials course, participants are immersed in extensive individual and group activities, empowering them to take control of their unique time management challenges. This course incorporates the following tools and technologies:

  • Chat pods to maximize individual contributions
  • Custom-made streamed video
  • Virtual whiteboard for sharing ideas with peers
  • Online audio breakout rooms for team collaboration
  • Technology-based job aids
  • Interactive live surveys
  • Real-time instructor feedback
  • Virtual time management toolkit

“We specifically designed this course with Learning Tree AnyWare in mind, as being able to participate regardless of your location is an important first step in gaining the full benefits of many time-management techniques we teach,” said Jennifer Urick, Vice President of Product Development, Learning Tree International. “We will continue to leverage the power of online, instructor-led training to maximize our course offerings and meet customers’ growing demands for multiple training delivery options.”

As part of Learning Tree International’s management curriculum, Time Management Essentials: Getting the Most from Every Minute is valuable for those who want to increase productivity through live, online training by proactively choosing how to invest their time as well as those wanting to develop more balance and control in their lives. Additional instructor-led courses scheduled at Learning Tree’s Education Centers that would complement this course include the following:

For further information and the latest course dates and locations, call

1-888-THE-TREE (1-888-843-8733) or visit www.learningtree.com/3251.

About Learning Tree International
Learning Tree International is a leading global provider of highly effective, hands-on training to managers and information technology professionals. Since 1974, over 65,000 organizations have relied on Learning Tree to enhance the professional skills of more than 2 million employees. Learning Tree develops, markets and delivers a broad, proprietary library of instructor-led courses focused on people and project management, leadership and business skills, Web development, operating systems, databases, networking, IT security, and software development. Courses are presented at Learning Tree Education Centers, located globally, on site at client facilities, and are available via Learning Tree AnyWare™ (patent pending), the Company's proprietary live, online instructor-led training delivery option, which connects online participants to the actual classroom. For more information about our products and services, call 1-888-THE-TREE (1-888-843-8733), visit www.learningtree.com, follow @LearningTree on Twitter or visit Learning Tree International’s Facebook fan page.

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Learning Tree International Receives Honorable Mention in the Bersin & Associates 2011 Learning Leaders® Program

March 15, 2011 09:57 by jllorens

RESTON, VA (February 23, 2011) Learning Tree International (NASDAQ:LTRE) today announced it received an honorable mention in the Bersin & Associates 2011 Learning Leaders® Program for Learning Tree AnyWare™, a live, online instructor-led training delivery solution that connects individuals at any location to an actual classroom training event. Learning Tree AnyWare was recognized in the Vendor Innovation in Learning and Talent Management category, which evaluates innovative vendor solutions that are proven to drive business results.

Learning Tree AnyWare enables online participants to fully engage with instructors and interact with classmates through a media-rich interface, which integrates live classroom video, audio and chat features. It also allows participants to view instructor demos and perform hands-on course exercises in real time with one-on-one instructor guidance. AnyWare delivers the benefits of classroom training while also providing online participants the flexibility to access a wide range of course titles regardless of where the course is being held.

“Last year, Learning Tree AnyWare achieved several milestones, including nearly 7,000 enrollments of online participants from 41 countries, an expansion of AnyWare course offerings to more than 160 titles, and the launch of Learning Tree AnyWare training solution in Sweden, thus furthering our reach to those who want to stay ahead of the learning curve,” said Nick Schacht, president and CEO of Learning Tree International. “It’s a win-win situation for organizations, particularly those with multiple offices and dispersed staff, who need to continue investing in quality staff development during these challenging times when travel budgets have been cut or eliminated. We are honored to receive this recognition from Bersin & Associates for our efforts to provide customers with the ability to obtain the training they need, when they need it, from wherever they are located.”
Bersin & Associates’ annual Learning Leaders Program recognizes organizations that drive significant business improvement with innovative and effective approaches to employee learning and talent management. In addition to the honorable mention acclaim, Learning Tree AnyWare was featured in the Bersin & Associates Learning Leaders® 2011: Lessons from the Best report that provides a detailed look at the winners and honorable mentions.

To learn more about AnyWare visit: www.LearningTree.com/AnyWare

To sign up for a free, 30-minute AnyWare demonstration, visit: www.LearningTree.com/Demo

About Learning Tree International
Learning Tree International is a leading global provider of highly effective, hands-on training to managers and information technology professionals. Since 1974, over 65,000 organizations have relied on Learning Tree to enhance the professional skills of more than 2 million employees. Learning Tree develops, markets and delivers a broad, proprietary library of instructor-led courses focused on people and project management, leadership and business skills, Web development, operating systems, databases, networking, IT security, and software development. Courses are presented at Learning Tree Education Centers, located globally, on site at client facilities, and are available via Learning Tree AnyWare™ (patent pending), the Company's proprietary live, online instructor-led training delivery option, which connects online participants to the actual classroom. For more information about our products and services, call 1-888-THE-TREE (1-888-843-8733), visit www.learningtree.com, follow @LearningTree on Twitter or visit Learning Tree International’s Facebook fan page.


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DDI Announces Online Assessment System Manager Ready

March 8, 2011 09:43 by jllorens

Development Dimensions International (DDI) announces the launch of Manager ReadySM, an online frontline leader assessment that combines the efficiency of a technology-driven process with insights of live assessors—leading to a realistic participant experience and in-depth insight into leadership capability and performance. This real world simulation provides organizations with critical information used to make decisions about who is ready for frontline leader roles and how people can develop in those roles to be more effective.

Through the use of a computer-based simulation that utilizes streaming audio and video, candidates experience a ‘day-in-the-life’ of a frontline leader and are given the opportunity to respond to problems and inquiries presented through open-ended emails, video voicemails, planning activities and problem-solving exercises.

These various data points contribute to a high-quality diagnosis of an individual’s leadership capabilities, giving companies more than 900 participant performance data points that roll up to 9 critical core leadership competencies that determine how a global leader will perform on the job.

“Frontline leaders are more critical today than ever. They make the day-to-day decisions that make or break the business,” Scott Erker, Senior Vice President of Selection Solutions at DDI said. “We hear more and more that they’re not ready for the job the organizations needs them to do. Our goal, with this innovation, is to identify the gaps between what skills leaders have—and what skills they need to be successful.”

Manager Ready incorporates the high-touch method of extracting real behaviors through simulations and trained assessors scoring those behaviors. In the past, this type of information would require a significant investment—Manager Ready provides high-value diagnosis at a fraction of the cost.

Unlike multiple choice tests where participants choose actions from a static list, Manager Ready participants respond in open-ended formats, allowing candidates to reply exactly as they would on the job. The advantage is that it is more realistic to participants and the responses are more reflective of how they handle challenges in the real world.

“This data has some teeth, which in an organization like ours is hugely important,” said Tim Toterhi, senior director of global organizational design for Quintiles. “Part of the reason we like Manager Ready is that it gives us robust, fact-based data to help enhance the decision-making process for selecting people—either for promotions or for hiring them into the organization.”

Manager Ready participants are scored on how they resolve conflicts with customers and coworkers or how they coach a direct report through a difficult situation. In turn, organizations receive insight into how the candidates perform in these tasks, and measure a participant’s readiness for leadership across nine critical managerial competencies: Coaching for Success, Coaching for Improvement, Managing Relationships, Guiding Interactions, Problem Analysis, Judgment, Delegation & Empowerment, Gaining Commitment, and Planning & Organizing. These competencies were chosen based on more than 700 frontline leader job analysis studies conducted by DDI across the world as well as the millions of leaders trained and assessed by DDI over the last 40 years.

“Manager Ready gives organizations deeper insight into the strengths and development needs of their current and future frontline leaders, ensuring better hiring and promotion decisions and improved diagnosis for accelerating development,” Erker said. “The bottom line is that organizations need to find leaders who are ready to take-on the challenges of the new economy.”

About DDI
Founded in 1970, Development Dimensions International, a global talent management expert, works with organizations worldwide to apply best practices to hiring/promotion, leadership development, performance management and succession management. With 1,000 associates in 42 offices in 26 countries, the firm advises half of the Fortune 500. For more information about DDI visit http://www.ddiworld.com/aboutddi


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LEARNING TREE INTRODUCES NEW COURSE – iPHONE® AND iPAD™ PROGRAMMING

January 27, 2011 15:07 by jllorens

RESTON, VA (December 16, 2010) Learning Tree International (NASDAQ NGM: LTRE) has announced the introduction of a new course entitled iPhone® and iPad™ Programming: A Comprehensive Introduction. In this four-day course, our expert instructors will teach attendees how to create professional iPhone and iPad applications using Objective-C and the iPhone Software Development Kit. Attendees gain the skills to design and test user interfaces with Interface Builder and the iOS Simulator, display data effectively with interactive table views, and apply navigation tools and techniques to improve user experience.

In this course, attendees gain hands-on experience building iPhone® and iPad™ applications through exercises that include:
    * Building applications with Xcode
    * Designing the user interface with Interface Builder
    * Writing Objective-C code to support application functionality
    * Incorporating Cocoa Touch Frameworks
    * Displaying data with table views
    * Implementing drill down with the Navigation Controller
    * Enhancing the user experience with animation and autorotation

“We're thrilled to offer this comprehensive introduction to iPhone and iPad application programming,” said Jennifer Urick, Vice President of Product Development for Learning Tree International. “This course is ideal for programmers and technical managers who want to develop in-house and client applications to improve the services they provide and to maintain their competitive edge.”

Attendees have three ways to attend this course:
1. Learning Tree will begin presenting iPhone® and iPad™ Programming: A Comprehensive Introduction at its Education Centers in January 2011.
The current schedule includes the following:
    * Washington, DC (Rockville, MD) — January 4-7
    * New York, NY — January 18-21
    * Chicago, IL (Schaumburg) — February 15-18
    * Washington, DC (Reston, VA) — February 22-25
This schedule is subject to change.

2. This course can also be attended via Learning Tree AnyWare™—our live, online instructor-led training platform that allows attendees to join this course from their home or office.

3. iPhone® and iPad™ Programming: A Comprehensive Introduction can also be delivered on site at a client facility as a private, customized event.
For further information and the latest course dates and locations, call 1-888-THE-TREE (1-888-843-8733) or visit http://www.learningtree.com/2761.
iPhone® and iPad™ Programming: A Comprehensive Introduction is valuable for programmers and tech managers who are new to iPhone and iPad development and who need to create professional applications. Previous programming experience and knowledge of either C or an object-oriented programming language are assumed.

iPhone® and iPad™ Programming: A Comprehensive Introduction augments existing Learning Tree courses, including the following:
    * Modern Object-Oriented Software Design: Hands-On
    * Practical User Interface Design and Prototyping
    * Software Engineering Best Practices: A Comprehensive Hands-On Introduction
    * Software Quality Assurance: Delivering Consistent Quality

About Learning Tree International
Learning Tree International is a leading global provider of highly effective hands-on training to managers and information technology professionals. Since 1974, over 65,000 organizations have relied on Learning Tree to enhance the professional skills of more than 2 million employees. Learning Tree develops, markets and delivers a broad, proprietary library of instructor-led courses focused on people and project management, leadership and business skills, Web development, operating systems, databases, networking, IT security and software development. Courses are presented at Learning Tree Education Centers, located globally, on site at client facilities, and are available via Learning Tree AnyWare™ (patent pending), our proprietary live, online instructor-led training delivery option that connects online participants to actual classrooms. For more information about our products and services, call 1-888-THE-TREE (1-888-843-8733), visit www.learningtree.com, follow @LearningTree on Twitter or visit Learning Tree International’s Facebook fan page.


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