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Leading LMS provider continues work with DoD Standards Group to Minimize Technology Challenges and Enhance Learner Experience


THINQ Learning Solutions, Inc. today reinforced its commitment to supporting industry standards for interoperability by achieving Adopter status of the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM). Generated by the U.S. Department of Defenses Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) organization, SCORM specifications are reflected in the THINQ TrainingServer. Learning Management System (LMS) and serve to minimize challenges associated with e-learning content delivery.

SCORM Adopters are organizations that embrace SCORM-related specifications and practices through the design and development of SCORM Version 1.2 (or higher) conformant products and services. THINQ is also considered by ADL to be a partner, as referenced by their SCORM Adopter program, working with the Department of Defense to ensure successful implementation of the SCORM initiative.

Over the last several years, learning-focused organizations in a variety of industries have benefited from the great strides made in e-learning technology, said Ray Maskell, president and CEO of THINQ. THINQ is pleased to work closely with ADL to ensure the quality of the learner experience and its ability to impact company performance. SCORM standards will drive the e-learning industry forward and help our customers realize even more value from the THINQ LMS.

The objective of SCORM is to provide capabilities that enable interoperability, accessibility and reusability of Web-based learning content. THINQ customers, such as the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, are expected to reap the long-term benefits of THINQs participation in the SCORM Adopter program by way of seamless custom and off-the-shelf content delivery over their LMS platform. SCORM recommendations are based on AICC, IMS, IEEE, ARIADNE and other industry standards, and are designed to synthesize specifications into a single model.

"The ADL Co-Lab supports THINQ's commitment in adopting SCORM and industry e-learning standards and their hard work in developing content interoperability," said Paul Jesukiewicz, director, ADL Co-Laboratory. "We look forward to continuing a collaboration with THINQ to ensure successful implementation of current and future versions of SCORM."

SCORM adoption further expands THINQs relationship with ADL. In 2002, THINQ participated in the ADL Plugfest meetings to test conformance and improve the SCORM specification. The company also provides its Courseware Compatibility Center ("C3") technology to the Joint ADL Co-Lab, allowing courseware developers, content providers, authoring tool vendors and military staff to help ensure that content works seamlessly with the THINQ LMS. This is achieved by testing content directly and providing diagnostics to resolve errors. C3 is now available through the ADL Co-Lab at the Learning Lab, at Wolverhampton University in the UK and through Co-Labs in the United States in Alexandria, Va., Orlando, Fla., Madison, Wis. THINQs commitment to content interoperability also carries through to its close relationships with leading content providers, such as NETg and SkillSoft, offering seamless integration and level-one support for joint customers.

About ADL

The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative is a collaborative effort between government, industry and academia to establish a new distributed learning environment that permits the interoperability of learning tools and course content on a global scale. ADL's vision is to provide access to the highest quality education and training, tailored to individual needs, delivered cost-effectively anywhere and anytime. For more information, visit http://www.adlnet.org

About THINQ

THINQ Learning Solutions, Inc. is the leading provider of enterprise software for learning management with more large-scale deployments than any other LMS vendor, including 24 customers with more than 20,000 learners and nine customers with more than 100,000. More than 200 global organizations and government agencies use the THINQ TrainingServer Learning Management System (LMS) to manage the registration, planning, scheduling, delivery, resource allocation and outcomes of their organization's enterprise learning activities. Customers can further advance their long-term learning strategies using the THINQ Learning Management Maturity Model (LM3) and promote seamless e-learning delivery with the THINQ Courseware Compatibility Center (C3). THINQ customers include the U.S. Navy, Citigroup and Lockheed Martin. THINQ is a private company headquartered in Baltimore, with operations in the United States, Canada and the U.K. For more information, contact THINQ at (800) 869-9461, or visit http://www.THINQ.com

THINQ and TrainingServer are registered trademarks, and C3 and LM3 are trademarks, of THINQ Learning Solutions, Inc. All other company or product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

For further information:

Bena Blakeslee, THINQ

001 513-871-3546

Bena.Blakeslee@THINQ.com

Or

Casey Balkham, Brodeur Worldwide

Tel: +44 (0)20 7298 7043

Email: cbalkham@uk.brodeur.com


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