SkillSoft Introduces Additional KnowledgeCenter(TM) Portals and Increases Impact with the KnowledgeCenter Editor

New Offering Allows Customers to Dramatically Enhance Targeted Learning Portals Through Customer Branding and Customization


SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small- to medium-sized businesses, today announced the availability of the KnowledgeCenter Editor and the expansion of its KnowledgeCenter Portals offering.

SkillSoft currently offers 17 KnowledgeCenters, which are pre-packaged, user-friendly targeted learning portals that allow learners instant access to trusted, targeted content. SkillSoft's learning innovations have proven highly effective for mastering new skills. For example, the Java Learning Center includes CodeJudger, offering one-click feedback on users' Java program code created as part of the KnowledgeCenter Project Center tasks. Its Business Impact Series features concise, scenario-based vignettes while its Challenge Series features interactive case studies designed to enable problem analysis and solution definition.

"We're very pleased with the positive response we've received from customers since the launch of KnowledgeCenters in 2006," said John Ambrose, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Corporate Development and Emerging Business at SkillSoft. "With the launch of the KnowledgeCenter Editor, our customers can take this targeted learning asset to the next level with highly customized content and experiences for their users."

Each KnowledgeCenter is a product of the SkillSoft Innovation Labs that includes material specifically chosen to help learners build knowledge around a targeted subject as quickly and efficiently as possible. Assets include Books24x7; access to SkillSoft courseware, organized into Learning Roadmaps that make it easy for learners to locate the most appropriate courses; simulations (through SkillSim simulations, practice labs, or the Project Center); expert mentoring services (for IT KnowledgeCenters and the PMI KnowledgeCenter); and featured topic spotlights, refreshed regularly, to provide an in-depth focus on particular topical areas.

"We're always seeking ways to maximize learning by placing corporate initiatives in the context of the needs of individual employees," said Dan Nelson, Sales Manager, Packaging Corporation of America. "We take advantage of a wealth of SkillSoft prepackaged learning portals to hone skill sets and enhance career development in a stimulating environment. We're excited to apply KnowledgeCenter Editor to further personalize and enhance the learning experience of users across our organization."

SkillSoft's KnowledgeCenter Editor is an intuitive tool that allows organizations to brand and customize KnowledgeCenters. Learning and business professionals alike can easily add or remove roadmaps, pages or blocks within a page; add branding and color schemes; and then preview and publish the new KnowledgeCenters. Users can create and share multiple versions of a KnowledgeCenter to engage a variety of diverse audiences. This desktop application was designed to be used by subject matter experts or learning program developers without requiring technical expertise.

KnowledgeCenters are available for business skills subjects including Project Management, Leadership, Management, Finance/Accounting, Six Sigma, HR Professional, Sales Professional, and Call Center, and also for IT professional and desktop technology subjects including Visual Basic, IT Security, Java Developers, Cisco, Oracle, Microsoft MCSA/MCSE, Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Office 2007. Leadership and Sales are also available in UK English.

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About SkillSoft

SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) is a leading SAS provider of on-demand e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses. SkillSoft enables business organizations to maximize business performance through a combination of comprehensive e- learning content, online information resources, flexible learning technologies and support services.

Content offerings include business, IT, desktop, compliance and consumer/SMB courseware collections, as well as complementary content assets such as Leadership Development Channel video products, KnowledgeCenter(TM) portals, virtual instructor-led training services and online mentoring services. The Books24x7(R) division offers online access to more than 15,000 digitized IT and business books, as well as book summaries and executive reports. Technology offerings include the SkillPort(R) learning management system, Search-and-Learn(R), SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM) and virtual classroom.

SkillSoft, the SkillSoft logo, SkillPort, Search-and-Learn, SkillChoice, Books24x7, ITPro, BusinessPro, OfficeEssentials, GovEssentials, EngineeringPro, FinancePro, AnalystPerspectives ExecSummaries, ExecBlueprints, Express Guide and Dialogue are trademarks or registered trademarks of SkillSoft PLC in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Source: SkillSoft PLC