Generation21 Wins Bronze in
Innovative Technology Category of
Excellence in E-Learning Award
Golden, CO, September 25, 2002 - Generation21 announced
today that its Universal Knowledge Object(tm) functionality won the Bronze Excellence
in E-Learning Award in the Innovative Technology category. Universal Knowledge
Objects are nuggets of information that the Generation21 Enterprise system presents
to a learner according to his or her individual needs and in the most relevant
context possible. They can be endlessly re-used and ensure that information
is current, consistent, and readily available.
Multiple developers from various locations work on the same
Universal Knowledge Objects in real time. They can map out courses and make
adjustments by simply dragging and dropping objects and moving them around within
the course hierarchy. The graphical representation promotes collaborative development
and facilitates problem solving.
Universal Knowledge Objects can be linked to as many courses
as necessary. Because information for all delivery methods comes from one development
effort, consistent, up-to-date information is always presented across multiple
delivery platforms to varying audiences. Developers can find existing content
by searching by keyword or object type.
This functionality supports the system's ability to support
online and classroom-based learning, and to provide employees with critical
knowledge when they need it most-on the job. Employees can search the database
for a particular procedure or piece of information and the Universal Knowledge
Objects associated with the query are delivered right to their desktops or wireless
devices. In fact, the system's wireless performance support functionality won
the Silver in the Innovative Technology category of the 2001 Excellence in e-Learning
In addition, Generation21 Enterprise pre-tests students to
determine what they already know. The system then dynamically constructs a tailored
tutorial consisting of only the Universal Knowledge Objects the learner needs.
As a result, learners don't have to return to information they already understand.
"In an environment of continuous change and improvement,
learning requirements change continuously as well. Thanks to Universal Knowledge
Object technology, Generation21 Enterprise responds instantaneously to changing
business models and allows organizations to easily create new business models,"
said Dale Zwart, Generation21 CTO and Founder. "The Excellence in E-Learning
Award reaffirms the importance of our system's ability to address this critical
The Excellence in E-Learning Awards are presented by brandon-hall.com,
a leading e-Learning research and consulting firm, and Online Learning Magazine.
Now in its sixth year (formerly the Brandon Hall of Fame Awards), the awards
program showcases exceptional work in the e-Learning industry by providing feedback
and benchmarking to entrants in an overall effort to help advance the e-Learning
"As they have each year, the winning entries have raised
the bar higher than the year before to propel the industry forward," says
Brandon Hall, Ph.D., CEO of brandon-hall.com and chairman of the Excellence
in E-Learning Awards program. This year, 142 entries were submitted in four
"It's our goal to celebrate and share these ground-breaking
efforts and best practices to enlighten the industry as a whole," says
About Generation21 Learning Systems
The Generation21 Enterprise system improves a company's profitability
by delivering the right information to the right people at the right time and
in the right format.
Generation21 Enterprise can be installed in two days and
up and running in as little as two weeks. Most learners don't require any training
to begin using the system immediately. In addition, Generation21 Enterprise
is a 100% Web-based solution that doesn't require any programming skills to
use. Any authorized user can maintain the system and its full functionality
can be utilized without burdening an organization's IT staff.
Generation21 is a Renaissance Learning Inc. (Nasdaq: RLRN)
company. Learn more at www.gen21.com.
The Excellence in E-Learning Awards program is chaired by
a leading authority on e-Learning, Brandon Hall, Ph.D. Dr. Hall is the CEO of
brandon-hall.com and author of the groundbreaking Web-Based Training Cookbook.
Since 1992, brandon-hall.com has been providing independent expert advice in
the form of published reports and phone consultations on the tools of e-Learning:
LMS, LCMS, authoring tools, content providers, and any other tool that helps
organizations develop successful e-Learning solutions. Dr. Hall participates
regularly as a featured speaker in conferences such as ASTD and the Online Learning
Conference & Expo. He earned his doctorate in educational psychology and
has served on the faculty of San Francisco State University's Multimedia Studies
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This press release contains forward-looking statements made
pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995, including statements regarding the introduction of new products
and services. Any such forward-looking statements may involve risk and uncertainties
that could cause actual results to differ materially from any future results
encompassed within the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause
or contribute to such differences include those matters disclosed in the Renaissance
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© September 2002 Renaissance Learning, Inc. All rights
reserved. Generation21, Total Knowledge Management, TKM, Instant Knowledge,
and Dynamic Learning Objects are trademarks of Renaissance Learning, Inc.