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Online Learning 2001 Reflects
- Clinton Underscores E-learning's Global Role
- IDC/Online Learning Magazine Study Attests to Growth of E-learning
Former President Bill Clinton urged e-learning practitioners
to "spread the benefits of the digital revolution" to help combat
terrorism in a keynote address to thousands of attendees at the OnLine
Learning 2001 Conference and Expo, held at the Los Angeles Convention
Center September 30 - October 3. Clinton underscored that e-learning can
and must give the poor a stake in productive cultures worldwide lest poverty
breed more terror. Terrorism and e-learning both bear on rising global
interdependence, he said, and e-learning helps to determine "whether
on balance this increasing interdependence will be positive or negative."
Clinton's address kicked off the world's largest
e-learning event, presented by Online Learning Magazine and co-produced
by VNU Business Media and VNU Expositions Inc. Despite the recent terrorist
attacks and sluggish economy, the event drew more than 5,000 attendees
- exceeding the expectations of conference management and attendees alike.
Kevin Oakes, president and CEO of Click2learn said,
" . . . we all felt attendance was higher than anticipated. Aside
from sheer numbers, those who did attend were focused on e-learning as
a strategic business imperative. Overall, the show was very productive."
"Given the number of committed learners and buyers
in attendance and the unrivaled roster of industry presenters, the show
proved an unqualified success," said Philip Jones, vice president
and conference director, VNU Business Media. "The show continues
to reflect and define an industry that is no longer an offshoot of traditional
training, but a phenomenon in its own right, as exemplified in President
In addition to Clinton's comments, evidence attesting
to the industry's continued strength surrounded the conference, including
- 'The State of the Industry 2001." The findings were presented
from a joint study of the state of the e-learning industry conducted
by Online Learning Magazine and the research firm, International Data
Corporation (IDC). According to the study findings, e-learning is taking
root in organizations of all sizes - and so far, the people responsible
for its implementation are pleased with the results. More than 80 percent
of respondents reported using some form of e-learning; more than 40
percent of those respondents whose employers haven't adopted e-learning
plan to do so within the next two years. And 82 percent of respondents
were satisfied with their companies' initiatives. Visit www.onlinelearningmag.com for more details
on the study.
- "The Excellence in E-Learning Awards." Winners of the expanded
program, which recognizes outstanding examples of e-learning throughout
the industry, were announced at a Sunday evening banquet. Brandon-hall.com
and Online Learning Magazine joined forces this year to offer new categories
and to raise the bar in response to an industry that is expanding its
horizons. For information on award recipients, visit www.onlinelearningmag.com or www.brandon-hall.com.
- According to the Hambrecht Report published October 8, the decision
to hold the OnLine Learning 2001 Conference and Expo despite worries
stemming from recent terrorist attacks had a positive impact on the
industry at large: "E-learning stocks rallied around the OnLine
Learning show, rising 23 percent versus a 9.4 percent rise in the NASDAQ,"
said the report. "The recovery was market-driven, but e-learning
stocks continued to outpace their broader, tech peer group, demonstrating
investors" underlying faith in the sector's potential."
- Free Webcasts of former President Clinton's address and of the
State of the Industry 2001 Report are available at www.vnulearning.com.
About OnLine Learning 2001
OnLine Learning Conference and Expo is co-produced
by VNU Business Media and VNU Expositions Inc. Both are subsidiaries of
VNU Inc., publisher of such business-to-business publications as Online
Learning Magazine, Training magazine and Presentations magazine; OnLine
Learning News, OnLine Learning Reviews and TDF e-Net e-newsletters; and
Creative Training Techniques newsletter. VNU Inc. is a subsidiary of Netherlands-based
VNU, N.V., one of the world's leading media and information companies.
For additional information visit www.vnulearning.com.