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    Cary, NC - March 30, 2017 - Relias Learning, a trusted partner in online analytics, assessments, and learning for the healthcare market, announced today a new strategic partnership with PointClickCare, the leading cloud-based software platform for the senior care continuum. This partnership will provide PointClickCare customers with access to Relias Learning’s wide range of education and training solutions, all of which have been designed specifically for providers across the long-term and post-acute care market. “We constantly solicit feedback from our clients, and greater integration is a frequent request,” explained Mark Belles, COO of Relias Learning. “Partnering with an existing client such as PointClickCare offers a wealth of benefits for users of both systems.” Additionally, effective April 3, 2017, PointClickCare’s online training solution - SmartZone, will adopt Relias as their new learning management system (LMS) hosting provider. Existing customers, who are already subscribed to Relias and PointClickCare SmartPath, will have the ability to activate SmartZone within existing Relias libraries of online training. This new option will allow joint customers greater flexibility to: access and distribute any combination of PointClickCare’s comprehensive suite of over 200 clinical and financial eCourses and instructor-led training sessions add or remove eCourses from our recommended bundle of training remove the need to separately manage users in SmartZone obtain reporting in the Relias LMS on course completion and course activity allow administrators to distribute and permission training to their own specified staffing groups (by shift, facility, team, role, etc.) “The Relias-PointClickCare partnership means we’ll have our PointClickCare training modules integrated directly into the Relias Learning Management System,” explained Michele Self, Vice President of Clinical Reimbursement, at Illinois-based Villa Healthcare, a company that uses both Relias and PointClickCare services. “This will allow us to assign and track Relias and PointClickCare courses together based on job role significantly quicker than we were previously able.” ### About Relias Learning Relias Learning provides online analytics, assessments, and learning for approximately 6,000 healthcare providers across the continuum of care, covering both physical and mental health needs, as well as public safety organizations. Relias offers unrivaled content, provides the ability for customers to create their own content, and allows for the demonstration of skill and performance, all in a singular, powerful learning management system. Learn more about Relias Learning at http://www.reliaslearning.com.

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    Westwood, MA - March 31, 2017 - Predictive Index, LLC which conducts business as The Predictive Index (PI), an award-winning workforce assessment company, announced today that its subsidiary, PI Southeast, LLC, has acquired S.A. Greenwood Mgmt Resources, LLC (S.A. Greenwood), a management consulting firm and value-added PI reseller headquartered in Concord, New Hampshire.  PI Southeast, LLC is a PI Certified Partner that currently operates under the trade name "Predictive Results." As a PI Certified Partner, S.A. Greenwood offers human capital management consulting, training, and other professional services, including The Predictive Index workforce assessment software and management workshops, to clients across New England. S.A. Greenwood was founded by entrepreneur, Scott Greenwood.  Before S.A. Greenwood, Scott ran his family's financial services business and grew it by nearly $16 million in revenue during his tenure. He was introduced to the power of PI while running the business, for which he attributes much of his success. His use of PI's workforce assessment platform also helped him discover his deep passion for helping businesses navigate human capital challenges. Since founding S.A. Greenwood in 2001, he has helped hundreds of businesses and impacted the lives of thousands of people as a consultant and PI Certified Partner. "PI made a tremendous impact on my life and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to use the PI platform to have the same impact on others," said Greenwood. "I'm really glad PI was there to make this transition work for me and my family." Greenwood will retire to Florida with his wife where he plans to continue to work with PI Southeast, LLC. "Scott has a tremendous knowledge of products and services offered by PI. While I know he wants to slow down and enjoy life a bit more, it is great that our clients can still learn from him through his continued involvement with the Predictive Results team. I'm glad to have him aboard," said Brett Unzicker, VP of Business Development at PI and President of PI Southeast, LLC. All clients of S.A. Greenwood will now be serviced by PI Southeast, LLC, operating under the trade name "Predictive Results." About The Predictive Index The Predictive Index (PI) is an award-winning workforce assessment platform. 60 years of proven science, assessment software, and our curriculum of management workshops make PI the perfect option for any company looking to assess, predict, and better manage their people anywhere in the world. Over 6,000 clients use PI to define behavioral and cognitive job requirements, hire the best-fitting candidates, and keep them engaged. AT&T, DocuSign, the LA Clippers, Hugo Boss, and Subway are just a few of our notable clients. Learn more at http://www.predictiveindex.com/.

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    Woburn, MA - March 31, 2017 - HealthcareSource®, the leading provider of talent management solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced it has finalized its acquisition of Centricity™ Contingent Staffing, formerly API Healthcare’s Clearview Staffing Software, from GE Healthcare. Now known as HealthcareSource Contingent Talent ManagementSM the product group has long been the technology gold standard for healthcare staffing agencies. Mike Wejrowski joins HealthcareSource as Vice President and General Manager of the product suite. Before joining HealthcareSource, Mike served as the Vice President and General Manager of Agency Sales at API Healthcare from GE Healthcare, formerly known as Clearview Staffing Software. “Achieving the highest quality of patient-centered care requires a talent management technology platform aimed at identifying and preparing caregivers to meet the specialized needs of individual patients,” said HealthcareSource President and CEO J.P. Fingado. “The acquisition of Centricity Contingent Staffing has strengthened our portfolio of solutions to enable our clients to attract and retain the best available talent, either through contingent workers or direct hires.” The HealthcareSource Contingent Talent Management suite enables healthcare-specific staffing agencies to operate their entire business, from onboarding to invoicing. HealthcareSource now has more than 3,300 healthcare clients, serving the talent management needs of more than 50 percent of the registered hospitals in the U.S., and managing contingent placements for 40 percent of all healthcare shift staffing and 12 percent of all contract staffing placements. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. About HealthcareSource With more than 3,000 healthcare customers, HealthcareSource® offers the only comprehensive talent management suite designed specifically to help healthcare systems grow and thrive in an ever changing industry. The HealthcareSource Quality Talent SuiteSM offers talent acquisition, performance and compensation, behavioral assessments, learning software, and advisory services to enable hiring and retaining quality talent for your organization to provide quality care. Several HealthcareSource talent management solutions have earned the exclusive endorsement of the American Hospital Association. The company is privately held and consistently earns high marks for client satisfaction and retention. HealthcareSource has been recognized in Healthcare Informatics 100, Modern Healthcare’s “Healthcare’s Hottest,” Inc. 500|5000, Deloitte Technology Fast 500, and Becker’s “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” list. To learn more about HealthcareSource visit: www.healthcaresource.com.

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    New Delhi, India - April 3, 2017 - Bertelsmann is strengthening its activities in India with a strategic investment in the higher education sector. The international media, services and education company is acquiring a stake in Eruditus Executive Education – a company that develops executive education programs in partnership with prestigious universities such as Columbia, Harvard, INSEAD, MIT, Tuck and Wharton, and markets and administers them currently in India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The company also offers online learning programs in association with the Emeritus Institute of Management. The parties have agreed to keep the financial details of this investment deal via Bertelsmann India Investments (BII) confidential. Shobhna Mohn, Executive Vice President Growth Regions at Bertelsmann, said: “India is a market where we want to further strengthen our presence and education is a strategic growth segment for Bertelsmann. Accordingly, the investment in Eruditus is a perfect fit for our ‘growth regions’ strategy. Beyond Eruditus, Bertelsmann is already an active player in the Indian education market through its investments in iNurture, WizIQ and Udacity. This gives us a good basis for further expanding our presence in the higher-education sector globally.” Pankaj Makkar, Managing Director at Bertelsmann India Investments, added: “Demand for high-quality educational services – particularly in the business sector – is growing fast in India and South East Asia. Eruditus meets this demand with classroom, online and blended-learning offers, thus giving more people access to global business education. Its partnership with top Ivy League universities guarantees highest quality standards. As Bertelsmann, we look forward to actively advancing the further development of Eruditus.” Ashwin Damera, Co-founder Eruditus, said: “Making world-class professional education accessible and affordable to the entire world is the mission of Eruditus. Our team of 100 people are based across Singapore, Dubai, India and the United States. Our 5,000 students are located in 50 countries making us a truly global education provider. Bertelsmann is a great partner given its global footprint, its expertise in education and its success in scaling business by working closely with the founding team. We look forward to working with them in building a great company.” The Bertelsmann India Investments (BII) portfolio now consists of investments in ten start-up companies with a focus on digital content, e-commerce services, fintech and higher education. At the same time, several Bertelsmann divisions have business activities in India: RTL Group, via its production arm Fremantle Media, is successful in India with formats such as “Confessions - It's Complicated,” “Indian Idol,” “The X Factor,” and “Got Talent.” RTL Group also acquired a majority stake in YoBoHo, a producer of children's programing distributed via YouTube and other online outlets. Penguin Random House is the country’s largest English-language publisher, and Arvato offers international customers a wide range of Customer Relationship Management services. About BertelsmannBertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. It includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. The company has 116,000 employees and generated revenues of €17.0 billion in the 2016 financial year. Bertelsmann stands for creativity and entrepreneurship. This combination promotes first-class media content and innovative service solutions that inspire customers around the world. About Bertelsmann InvestmentsBertelsmann Investments unites Bertelsmann’s start-up investments around the world. The focus of its activities are the strategic growth regions of Brazil, China and India, as well as the United States and Europe. Shareholdings are acquired through the strategic investment funds Bertelsmann Brazil Investments (BBI), Bertelsmann Asia Investments (BAI), Bertelsmann India Investments (BII) and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI). Bertelsmann owns stakes in more than 130 innovative companies via these funds.

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    Madrid, Spain - March 3, 2017 - Training Express, Spain’s leading provider of blended language learning with more than half the IBEX35 among its clients, today announces its merger with Learnlight, an innovative force in the EdTech market with an award-winning blended learning platform and a range of virtual training services. Training Express has been a partner and pioneer of the Learnlight platform for more than ten years and brings huge experience and expertise to the Group in the areas of global program management, business development, and strategic client management. Benjamin Joseph, Co-founder and CEO of Learnlight added: “We are delighted for Training Express to join the Learnlight family.  Our long-standing strategic relationship and collaboration over the years has allowed both companies to form a deep understanding of each other’s business. The merger of the two companies under the Learnlight brand will further enhance the offering and service we provide to clients in more than 150 countries.”  About Learnlight  Learnlight is an EdTech company that provides language and skills training to learners in more than 150 countries. The company has developed an award-winning learning platform to deliver blended virtual, face-to-face, and digital training programs to employees of regional and global businesses. Clients include blue-chip companies such as Deutsche Telecom, Ericsson, PWC, GlobalEnglish, Coca-Cola, Siemens, Oxford University Press, SEAT, Ricoh, Orange, and Inditex. Learnlight employs 220+ staff and 1000+ trainers worldwide. More information can be found at www.learnlight.com About Training Express  Training Express is a leading language consultancy that specializes in the design, implementation and management of regional and global training programs for companies. More than half the IBEX 35 and prestigious educational organizations such as ESADE and Oxford University Press entrust Training Express with their language and skills training. More information can be found at www.trainingexpress.com

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    Columbia, MD and Chennai, India - April 4, 2017 - Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) announced that effective April 1, 2017 it has completed the acquisition of certain assets and the business of Emantras, an innovative digital education company that provides engaging learning experiences and effective knowledge delivery through award-winning digital and mobile solutions. Emantras highlights: Founded in 2000 with offices in Fremont, California and Chennai, India As an expert eLearning content development provider, creates learning material for publishing on mobile phones, tablets, widgets, gaming devices and portals Holds a diverse customer base including K-12, Higher Education, Global 500 and other commercial companies Generated revenues of approximately $3M in its most recent fiscal year Employs approximately 130 people in Chennai, India This acquisition strengthens GP Strategies' eLearning development capabilities, allowing it to better serve its customer base with the latest digital learning solutions. Emantras will operate as part of GP Strategies' Learning Solutions segment. Sesh Kumar, Emantras' Founder and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are very delighted that our mission to create innovative learning experiences is now going to be delivered to a larger global audience. Being part of GP Strategies allows us to expand and offer their wide range of services along with our award-winning services and solutions to Emantras' existing client base and their global clients." Scott Greenberg, GP Strategies' Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The acquisition of Emantras brings us greater technical expertise in the eLearning arena, allowing us to leverage lower cost resources while also enhancing our service offerings to our global customer base. We are delighted to have Emantras, an inventive solutions provider, as part of our company." Additional information may be found at http://www.emantras.com/. About GP StrategiesGP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies' solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services, customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers.

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  • 04/05/17--01:04: VitalSource Acquires Verba
  • Raleigh, NC - April 3, 2017 - VitalSource Technologies LLC, Ingram Content Group’s global leader in digital education content delivery, has acquired Verba Software, Inc., a San Francisco-based company dedicated to using technology to support campus stores and help students save money on course materials. “We are happy to welcome the people, technology and ideas of Verba to Ingram,” said Shawn Morin, CEO and President, Ingram Content Group. “They’ve accomplished much on behalf of students, and we look forward to what they will continue to do for higher education as part of VitalSource.” Founded in 2008 by Jared Pearlman, Ryan Petersen, and Michael Ragalie, Verba grew as a start-up from a student government project at Harvard and later began collaborating with independent college stores to tackle textbook affordability through radical transparency. Currently Verba works with 350 colleges and universities in the United States, serving 3.1 million students each term. “The Verba team has built an incredible following,” said VitalSource COO Pep Carrera. “They’ve worked with us for years, and are one of the few companies that I see consistently delivering high value technology products to colleges, stores, faculty and students alike.” VitalSource and Verba have collaborated through Verba’s Connect service to help institutions implement inclusive-access programs that ensure first-day access to learning materials at more affordable prices. Verba’s adoptions management will showcase affordability and e-texts to faculty. Together, VitalSource and Verba will create a complete solution for implementing and managing inclusive-access programs that put campus stores at the center of the experience. “For nine years, we’ve pushed our company to the limits to deliver more affordable textbooks to students,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of Verba, “and, with the VitalSource merger, the effort remains the same, it’s the limits that we’ve redefined.” In February, Ingram Content Group and VitalSource announced their intent to have VitalSource acquire Verba at the Independent College Bookstore Association conference. About VitalSource | www.vitalsource.com VitalSource Technologies LLC, part of Ingram Content Group LLC, is improving the learning experience by making it easier to create and deliver effective and affordable content. The preferred choice among educational institutions and companies for digital learning materials, VitalSource® helps over 1,000 educational content providers create and deliver seamless interactive learning experiences through its exclusive Bookshelf® platform to millions of learners at 7,000 institutions. Bookshelf users opened more than 18 million digital textbooks last year and read more than 2.4 billion pages. Follow VitalSource on Twitter at @VitalSource. About Verba | www.verbasoftware.com Founded in 2008, Verba is a San Francisco-based company that works with colleges and universities to reduce the cost of course materials by elevating transparency and access. Verba offers web-based tools for faculty to select course materials, bookstores to acquire low-cost learning materials and for students to easily compare prices and gain on-time access. Verba’s inclusive-access management tools, including Verba Connect, leverage Verba’s proprietary pricing analysis model to alleviate administrative manual processes and ensure every student has digital access to course materials at a low price on the first day of classes. Verba works with more than 350 institutions of varying sizes to reach over 3.1 million students each term.

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    Salt Lake City, UT - April 4, 2017 - BoomStartup will begin the first ever online accelerator program focused on EdTech startups on May 1, 2017. The new program is designed to allow more flexibility than a typical accelerator. Much of the content is delivered online through a new platform BoomStartup has been beta testing over the past several months, which allows companies to move through the curriculum and milestones at a more personalized pace. With rolling monthly start dates, startups will have more chances during the year to join a cohort, and, unlike most accelerators, the online EdTech accelerator will accept companies from anywhere in the world. "The most innovative part of the new program is the tiered structure," said Shaun Cunningham, Managing Director. "With the traditional accelerator program, BoomStartup used to be able to accept only about two percent of the companies who applied. Now we can offer at least some portion the online program to nearly all the startups who apply." Startups accepted into a cohort receive seed funding based on their tier in exchange for equity. They also receive free and deeply discounted business services, such as hosting, marketing, legal, and financial services. During the program, founders hone their business models and create minimal viable products, with the goal of securing funding from private investors, angel groups, venture capitalists, banks, and others. "We are extending the online program to other vertical focuses," said founder/CEO Robb Kunz, "however, EdTech is an area where we have deep expertise." Participating startups are supported by an extensive mentor network of investors, serial entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, and EdTech advisors, including key executives from big names in education, such as Pearson, McGraw Hill, Instructure, and Western Governors University. Much of this expertise is in BoomStartup's backyard, as Utah is home to a healthy ecosystem of successful EdTech companies, including Pluralsight, Instructure, Mastery Connect, True North Logic, School Improvement Network, Agilix, Kimono, Western Governors University, and Degreed. BoomStartup is a lean startup accelerator and mentorship-driven seed-stage investment program for technology-based startups, and a founding member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN). BoomStartup was named the #12 accelerator in the US by TechCrunch, and has helped raise over $25 million in investment for its companies.

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    London, U.K. - April 3, 2017 - Communicaid, one of the world’s leading culture and communication skills consultancies, today announces its acquisition by Learnlight, a leading provider of blended language and skills training and an innovative force in the EdTech market. The acquisition forms part of Learnlight’s strategy to become the global leader in blended language and skills training. The addition of Communicaid with its extensive global footprint, international client base and suite of training solutions is an important step in this journey.   Rupert Hillier, Co-founder and COO of Learnlight said “We are delighted to be working with the Communicaid team. They bring significant expertise and more than 25 years’ experience in delivering language, intercultural and communication skills training of the highest quality. This will be key in extending our portfolio of soft skills training courses.” “Learnlight is a perfect fit for Communicaid. Both companies are committed to providing language and skills training of the highest quality to our clients across the globe.” said Stuart Fraser, CEO of Communicaid. “Joining the Learnlight family will allow Communicaid to offer its clients access to an award-winning platform and a suite of innovative learning solutions.” About Learnlight Learnlight is an EdTech company that provides language and skills training to learners in more than 150 countries. The company has developed an award-winning learning platform to deliver blended virtual, face-to-face, and digital training programs to employees of regional and global businesses. Clients include blue-chip companies such as Deutsche Telecom, Ericsson, PWC, GlobalEnglish, Coca-Cola, Siemens, Oxford University Press, SEAT, Ricoh, Orange, and Inditex. Learnlight employs 220+ staff and 1000+ trainers worldwide. More information can be found at www.learnlight.com About Communicaid Communicaid is a global culture and communication skills consultancy that assists the world’s leading organisations to mitigate the risks and maximise the opportunities of working in a complex and ever-changing international environment. It provides a complete suite of consultancy services as well as targeted intercultural, global leadership, language and communication skills training. With training centres in London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt and New York, combined with a worldwide network of trainers, consultants and partner organisations, Communicaid is uniquely placed to help you develop the global competence of your organisation and its employees. More information can be found at www.communicaid.com  

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    Valencia, Spain and Hong Kong - April 5, 2017 - NetDimensions, a global provider of performance, knowledge, and learning management systems, and protOS, a leading provider of education technology and services, announce that they have signed a reseller agreement to provide talent and learning management solutions for high-consequence industries in Spain protOS provides face-to-face training strategies as well as online training and professional development programs to medium-size businesses, companies in the public sector, and higher education organizations. “In addition to the higher education and corporate sectors, we will also focus on healthcare, pharmaceutical and financial services industries where regulatory requirements are becoming more complex and mandatory training and certification are needed,” said Pablo Cervera, CEO of protOS, Education. With more stringent regulations and a continuously changing regulatory environment, protOS sees a potential market opportunity in the next couple of years in terms of  providing solutions and services that will address high-stakes regulatory compliance training management needs. “We chose to partner with NetDimensions because their flagship product, NetDimensions Talent Suite, will enable us to deliver enterprise learning and performance management solutions to customers in high-consequence industries,” explained Cervera. “We are pleased to work with protOS. This partnership will further strengthen our position in the EU market,” commented Jay Shaw, CEO of NetDimensions. “We are happy to welcome protOS to our global reseller network.” About protOS protOS is the leading provider of education technology in Spain, with a focus on innovative and secure online training environments. protOS works with customers and partners to help them design, develop and deploy innovative education initiatives powered by technology. protOS has experience working both with public listed companies and medium-size businesses in Spain. protOS technical services include backend integrations, platform hosting and maintenance, technical office, functional management, support and content creation. The multi-disciplinary team at protOS supports face-to-face training strategies, as well as 100% online training and professional development programs. protOS invests time and resources in research, innovation and collaborative projects with other leading institutions throughout Europe. For more information, visit www.prot-os.com or follow @protOSeducation on Twitter. About NetDimensions Established in 1999, NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY) is a global provider of learning, knowledge and performance management solutions to highly regulated industries. NetDimensions provides companies, government agencies and other organizations with talent management solutions to personalize learning, share knowledge, enhance performance, and manage compliance programs for employees, customers, partners, and suppliers. NetDimensions' solutions also include custom content and learning portal development services, as well as off-the-shelf course libraries and regulatory compliance courseware developed by NetDimensions' subject matter experts and content partners. NetDimensions' award-winning solutions have been chosen by leading organizations worldwide including ING, Cathay Pacific, Chicago Police Department, Geely Automotive, Norton Healthcare, and Fresenius Medical Care. NetDimensions is ISO 9001 certified and NetDimensions' Secure SaaS practices are ISO 27001 certified. NetDimensions is part of Learning Technologies Group plc (LTG). For more information, visit www.NetDimensions.com or follow @netdimensions on Twitter.

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    Raleigh, NC - April 6, 2017 - Training Industry has announced its Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies list, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. View the 2017 Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies Selection to the 2017 Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies list was based on the following criteria: Industry visibility, innovation and impact Capability to deliver multiple types of training services Company size and growth potential Strength of clients Geographic reach “As the demand for sourced training services has changed, the companies selected for this year’s Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies list have responded,” said Ken Taylor, President, Training Industry, Inc. “These companies have adapted to the needs of the training industry, with capabilities in delivery, content, administrative services and learning technology that align with buyers’ needs.” “As experts in business process outsourcing, the companies named to the Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies list are able to support a broad range of an organization’s training initiatives, from large-scale roll-outs to specific training technology or delivery needs,” said Doug Harward, CEO, Training Industry, Inc. Please provide any thoughts or feedback on this list by emailing info@trainingindustry.com. View the 2017 Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies About Training Industry, Inc. Training Industry spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry, and publishes annual Top 20 and Watch List reports covering many sectors of interest to the corporate training function. Our focus is on helping dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    Boston, MA - April 6, 2017 - HT2 Labs, the R&D Company for workplace digital learning, is the latest company to receive investment from the City & Guilds Group’s New Venture Fund. The Fund was set up to support technology-driven companies with the potential to make a significant impact in global skills and workforce development. HT2 Labs’ products include Learning Locker, the Open Source Learning Record Store, and Curatr, the Social Learning Platform. Using big data and large-scale text analytics, these systems create powerful online learning environments that allow organizations to measure the extent of behavior change achieved during learning programs. As a leader in its field, Learning Locker was recognized as the leading Open Source innovation at the 2016 MongoDB Innovation Awards. Curatr is used by HR specialists to create onboarding and leadership programs through a social learning environment. It has been used by organizations such as Xerox, AstraZeneca and InterContinental Hotel Group. The Series A round has been led by City & Guilds Group's New Venture Fund who will invest an undisclosed cash amount immediately, with a commitment to further growth funding in the near future, for a minority equity stake. HT2 Labs will use the funding to bring intelligent, informal learning to mainstream corporate use through a new product, Red Panda, and to expand operations in the USA and UK. Ben Betts, CEO of HT2 Labs, says that job creation will be a major feature of the investment plan: ‘The success and growth of our products has attracted a great deal of investor attention, but it has been with the team at the New Venture Fund that we’ve seen the greatest synergies. We stand to inherit a range of wonderful secondary benefits from working with the City & Guilds Group. We will expand our UK headquarters in Oxford, from 15 to more than 30 people over the next 18 months, whilst also doubling down on our new US office in Boston, which has been a great success for us since opening in January.’ John Yates, New Ventures Director, City & Guilds Group added: ‘City & Guilds Group colleagues have been working with HT2 Labs for some time. We share a common real-life research agenda to create solutions that businesses need to improve the performance of their staff and teams. We’re delighted to be able to formalise our collaboration.’

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    Columbia, MD - April 6, 2017 - Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation and EdCast, provider of a workforce learning experience content aggregation and curation platform, have partnered to offer EdCast's premier learning platform to GP Strategies' clients. With the EdCast platform, learning and development (L&D) teams empower today's learners to personalize their learning experience while improving organizational learning as a whole through a real-time view of the flow of knowledge. The demand by learners to modernize their experience with comprehensive, targeted search and impactful social connectivity has been difficult to appease.  With its strong, machine-based aggregation and curation features and elegant interface, EdCast allows L&D teams to create a seamless experience for learners to find what they need as well as easily contribute their insights. Through its detailed analytics, EdCast quickly allows business leaders to address and identify learning needs. Deborah Ung, Executive Vice President for GP Strategies, stated, "EdCast's exciting interface and cutting-edge discovery engine will help GP Strategies move the needle with our learning customers. Through our performance-centered consulting approach, we are able to guide our customers in creating impactful learning environments to equip the workforce with intelligently curated knowledge, provide expert insights that drive business outcomes and foster learning collaboration across the organization." "We are excited to partner with GP Strategies to deliver world-class learning solutions that significantly increase human capital efficiency and employee engagement with their training programs," says Daniel McKelvey, Vice President, Partner Solutions for EdCast. "GP Strategies and EdCast are already seeing a great response to our joint work to meet demanding corporate knowledge management needs and long-term growth strategies for Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies." About GP StrategiesGP Strategies Corporation is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies' solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services, customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. About EdCastEdCast turns knowledge into performance by powering informal and formal learning initiatives with industry-leading social, mobile and cloud-based technology for institutions, enterprises, governments and nonprofits of all sizes to enable millions to become lifelong learners. EdCast establishes knowledge networks built to inspire, empower and educate individuals, teams and organizations with personalized curated content, microlearning insights (SmartBitesTM) and easy-to-use live streaming video. It provides direct access to internal and external industry-specific experts to capture experiential knowledge to benefit everyone. The EdCast executive team has a track record of building large-scale transformational technology; all are passionate about the global impact of mobile and online knowledge-sharing. EdCast is based in Mountain View, CA, in the heart of Silicon Valley, with offices worldwide.

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    Bellevue, WA - April 5, 2017 - Coding Dojo, a pioneer in the coding bootcamp space, today announced the addition of the Java and Spring web stacks to its curriculum, and the launch of a corporate training program which will offer intensive one-week immersion courses for experienced developers. The addition of Java and Spring in summer 2017 will make Coding Dojo the only coding school in the world that teaches all major web stacks, the components required for web development, and mobile stacks, the components required for Android and iOS device development. With this addition, Coding Dojo will offer C#, Java, MEAN, PHP, Python, Ruby and Spring web development, and Android and iOS mobile stack courses. Also beginning this summer, experienced developers can attend a one-week intensive training course to learn a new stack in a single week. By continuously learning and expanding skill sets, developers remain nimble in a competitive job market. Additionally, employers that incorporate such training into a comprehensive benefits package can offer current employees and prospective job candidates a more enticing environment, as well as expand the capabilities of existing teams. This program will be available at all Coding Dojo campuses; course options will vary by location based on popularity within the local job market. Courses will include Angular, C# (including .net), Java, MEAN, Python, React, Ruby and Spring. To lead this growth, Coding Dojo welcomes back its founder Michael Choi. After attending Stanford University's MSx Program, Choi now rejoins the company as CEO, helping Coding Dojo get ready for further expansions and product innovations. "In only five years, Coding Dojo has helped transform the lives of thousands of individuals from all backgrounds and skill levels, and become a premier coding school," said Choi. "I fundamentally believe that anyone can learn to code, as long as they have the right resources and motivation. I'm proud of what the Coding Dojo team has accomplished and am eager to jump in with the team to take us to the next level during this exciting growth phase for the company." Coding Dojo has added four new campuses since early 2015. Nearly two thousand students have graduated from Coding Dojo's onsite and online programs since its founding in 2012 with more than 30 percent having no previous coding experience before attending. More than 20,000 people have taken Coding Dojo's online courses. Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft are the largest employers of Coding Dojo graduates. About Coding Dojo Coding Dojo, a premier coding school, believes anyone can learn to code with the right resources and motivation. Through more than ten years of curriculum refinement, it is the only coding bootcamp to teach three full technology stacks in a single 14-week program. Since 2012, thousands of Coding Dojo students from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels have been transformed into professional developers who go on to be hired by startups and world-class companies. Coding Dojo has campuses in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington D.C. It is one of the fastest growing startups with recognition in rankings like the GeekWire 200. Go to codingdojo.com to learn more.

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    Sunnyvale, CA - April 4, 2017 - Whatfix, a software platform that helps enterprises accelerate product adoption and user performance, today announced it has successfully completed a $3.5 million Series A financing. Stellaris Venture Partners led the investment round with participation from existing VC investors Helion Venture Partners, Powerhouse Ventures and Marquee Angels Gokul Rajaram, Girish Mathrubootham, Aneesh Reddy and Vispi Daver. The investment brings the total funding in Whatfix to $5 million. Alok Goyal from Stellaris Venture Partners will join the Whatfix Board of Directors. Whatfix, a game-changing Performance Support platform will use the funding to strengthen its R&D and aggressively expand its global footprint. Commenting on the close, Khadim Batti, CEO and Co-Founder, Whatfix said, “At Whatfix, we are building a solution that provides just-in-time contextual help for any web application.”“We are one of the top contenders in this space, serving enterprises and businesses alike to reduce their training and support efforts. This round of funding will take us a step closer to our vision in providing businesses with a next-gen Performance Support solution.” he added. The Series A funding follows on an exceptional year for Whatfix, which saw a substantial 8x growth. Whatfix has been regularly adding Fortune 500 enterprises globally, and plans to triple their enterprise customer base over the next 12 months. Whatfix’s platform, has been adopted by hundreds of businesses, including enterprises like HP, AAA, Booking.com (The Priceline Group), NASA, CNA Financial and Wyndham Worldwide. Whatfix is also actively involved in partnerships with ISVs and SIs to take its cutting edge technology to enterprise software market. “User onboarding, training, and support are challenges faced by pretty much all enterprises, who spend $500Bn+ on software every year. Whatfix’s product is a quantum leap improvement to the current approach of user help through static articles and manuals. We are very excited to partner with Khadim and Vara Kumar, a world class SaaS team.” said Alok Goyal, Partner, Stellaris Venture Partners. Whatfix’s platform is built with real-time interactive guidance technology at its core. The solution, helps users achieve optimal performance by providing them quick and easy access to contextual information, needed at the time a task is being performed. With Whatfix, enterprises enable their users to quickly adopt any software application thereby eliminating the time spent in referring multiple resources for help and support. The customers of Whatfix are excited about the reduction in their training efforts and support costs. Being one of the early investors of Whatfix, Helion has been consistently backing Whatfix’s philosophy. Speaking about the investment and growth opportunity with Whatfix, Dr. Ashish Gupta, Senior Managing Director, Helion Venture Partners says, “Whatfix delivers a differentiated technology solution to global customers. The team has grown the business steadily in revenue, quality of customers, a growing partner network, and very high customer satisfaction.” Whatfix Technology evangelist, Vara Kumar, CTO and Co-Founder says, “The biggest advantage of Whatfix is that it accelerates adoption of enterprise softwares like CRM, ERP, ITSM and others. Our main focus is on enhancing the product capability to further reduce decision complexity for users. To achieve this we are channeling the development efforts for predicting user behavior to improve help contextualization.” About Whatfix Whatfix represents an evolution in product adoption, where experiences are dictated by how users interact with the product right from onboarding to training to providing them support in real-time. Whatfix, is a B2B SaaS based Performance Support platform founded by Khadim Batti and Vara Kumar having its offices in India and USA. The idea for Whatfix originated from their practical problem of hand holding users in their first undertaking. The solution, paved the way to create Whatfix, which now helps companies accelerate user performance and product adoption globally. To learn more about Whatfix, visit https://whatfix.com For any further media queries, you can reach us at: press@whatfix.com For more information, please visit our press page About Stellaris Venture Partners Stellaris Venture Partners is an early stage, technology focused venture capital firm with offices in Bangalore and Delhi NCR. Alok Goyal, Rahul Chowdhri and Ritesh Banglani, the founding partners of the firm, are seasoned venture professionals who have previously led global technology businesses. In the past, the partners have invested in market leaders such as Taxiforsure, Bigbasket, Shopclues, Axtria, Lifecell and Simplilearn. Stellaris will back bold entrepreneurs who leverage technology to solve large problems. Stellaris has created a network of successful founders and business professionals to help identify promising investments, advise portfolio companies and selectively co-invest with the fund. For more information on Stellaris Venture Partners, visit http://www.stellarisvp.com About Helion Venture Partners Helion Venture Partners is a multi-stage, technology focused venture fund with $600 million under management for investing in India. Helion invests in technology-enabled businesses such MakeMyTrip, Bigbasket, Redbus, TaxiForSure, and others.For more information on Helion Venture Partners, visit http://www.helionvc.com/

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    London, U.K. - April 5, 2017 - Learnlight, the leading provider of blended language and skills training, today announces that it has received a major growth equity investment from Beech Tree Private Equity, a leading high-growth private equity fund. The investment will help accelerate its international expansion and fund further development of its award-winning blended learning platform. As part of the transaction, Learnlight has appointed Charles McIntyre, CEO of EdTechX and IBIS Capital, as Chairman of the Board. “We have been extremely impressed with the digital learning platform that the team have created and their very strong competitive position in the market. We are backing a team that has the genuine ambition and ability to build a market-leading business in a very large and growing global market for language and skills training.” said Andy Marsh, Managing Partner at Beech Tree Private Equity. Benjamin Joseph, Co-founder and CEO of Learnlight added: “We are delighted that Beech Tree are on board to support our growth plans, both organically and through acquisition. We believe we have found the ideal investment partners as they understand the sector, share our strategic ambitions, and have already contributed huge value to the business.” The investment by Beech Tree Private Equity also facilitated two important transactions: Merger with Training Express Learnlight has merged with Training Express, Spain’s leading provider of blended language learning with more than 50% of the IBEX35 among its clients. Training Express has been a partner and pioneer of the Learnlight platform for more than ten years and brings huge experience and expertise to the Group in the areas of global program management, business development, and strategic client management. Acquisition of Communicaid Learnlight has also acquired Communicaid, one of Europe’s leading language, intercultural and communication skills training companies with offices in London, Paris and Brussels and clients in more than 60 countries. Communicaid’s portfolio of clients includes: the European Central Bank, BAE Systems, Tesco and Jaguar Land Rover. Rupert Hillier, Co-founder and COO of Learnlight said “We are thrilled to be working with the Communicaid team. They bring significant expertise and more than 25 years’ experience in delivering language, intercultural and communication skills training of the highest quality. This will be key in extending our portfolio of soft skills training courses.” About Learnlight Learnlight is an EdTech company that provides language and skills training to learners in more than 150 countries. The company has developed an award-winning learning platform to deliver blended virtual, face-to-face, and digital training programs to employees of regional and global businesses. Clients include blue-chip companies such as Deutsche Telecom, Ericsson, PWC, GlobalEnglish, Coca-Cola, Siemens, Oxford University Press, SEAT, Ricoh, Orange, and Inditex. Learnlight employs 220+ staff and 1000+ trainers worldwide. More information can be found at http://www.learnlight.com About Beech Tree Private Equity Beech Tree Private Equity (BTPE) is a private equity firm providing capital and expertise to fast-growing businesses. BTPE invest £10-30 million into high-growth companies typically valued at between £10-75 million. Beech Tree Private Equity specializes in disruptive business models which, with additional capital and expertise, can take advantage of the dynamics of an attractive business model and an expanding market. More information can be found at http://www.beechtreepe.com

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    Toronto, ON - April 10, 2017 - NIIT Limited, a leading global skills and talent development company announced today that the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) has selected NIIT Learning Solutions (Canada) Limited (NIIT Canada) in partnership with Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Canada as the Exclusive Designate to redesign, deliver, and maintain its flagship real estate education programs for professionals in the province of Ontario for a period of 5 years. RECO is a not-for-profit corporation that is delegated the authority by the Ontario government to regulate the real estate profession in the province of Ontario, protecting the public interest through a fair, safe and informed marketplace. It oversees the day-to-day regulation of Ontario’s more than 76,000 real estate registrants. Ontario is the most populated province in Canada and its capital, Toronto, hosts the largest real estate market in the country. One of RECO’s responsibilities is establishing education requirements to become a salesperson or broker in the province of Ontario, or to maintain registration (continuing education). Any person who wants to become a registered real estate salesperson or broker in Ontario must complete RECO’s Registration Education Program and obtain their registration. The current programs have been in operation for many years and delivered by the current incumbent education provider. Historical data from the past five years detail that approximately 12,000 new Students begin the program each year with an annual individual course enrolment that exceeds 55,000. The last 5 years have seen a significant growth in the number of students enrolling in these programs, as more and more individuals join the real state profession to cater to the rapid growth in the real estate market in Ontario.  Student fees for 2016 exceeded CAD 30M, and cumulative fees over the last 5 years have been over CAD 100M. RECO followed a two-phased extensive strategic review of its Registration Education Program and Continuing Education Program. Both phases involved significant stakeholder outreach and research. The second phase of the research conducted indicated that while the content of the current program was sound, there was scope to leverage advancements in technology and adult learning methodologies to rebuild the programs to emphasize experiential instruction through practical simulations at critical points in the learning process. RECO therefore initiated the selection process of a Designate provider to design and deliver a new program that addresses the need for aspiring real estate professionals to be more practice-ready upon entry, and in turn enhance consumer protection. The new program would maximize experiential instruction opportunities for practical, real life skill application of the theory learned, accessible to students across Ontario. Following a competitive and comprehensive selection process, RECO selected NIIT Canada in partnership with Humber College as the exclusive Designate to design, develop, administer and deliver a New Registration Education Program to be launched on July 1, 2019. NIIT Canada will deliver the New Program for a full five-year term under the Designate Agreement. The agreement is extendable for a period of three years. In the new program structure, NIIT Canada will be a prime member in the Consortium, and will be accountable for the development and delivery of the entire program, while utilizing the strengths of Humber College’s presence and expertise for accredited program and assessment delivery in Ontario. To ensure streamlined operations, NIIT Canada and Humber will operate in seamlessly linked technology platforms powered by a robust governance model and an integrated issue handling process. NIIT Canada’s solution incorporates experiential learning and award-winning pedagogical methodologies with a practical, hands-on approach to reduce the time to proficiency so that learners who complete the program are job-ready as they begin their careers. NIIT Canada will invest in creating a best-in-class real estate curriculum delivered on a state-of-the-art eLearning platform to provide learners with intense practice and a real world, immersive learning experience through the extensive use of cutting-edge, virtualized simulations and the convenience of multiple modalities. The changes to the structure and delivery of the program will help aspiring real estate professionals to practice skills in a real-world, interactive environment thereby improving their time to proficiency and enhancing consumer protection. NIIT Canada’s partnership with Humber College will ensure accredited and accessible training delivery in not just the Greater Toronto area but also the most remote parts of Ontario. NIIT Canada will also manage RECO’s Knowledge Management Systems platform to provide real-time, on demand performance support for registered salespersons and brokers. While developing this curriculum, NIIT Canada will also factor for the continuing growth in the Ontario real estate market and the increasing trend in course enrolments. According to National Statistics stated by the Canadian Real Estate Association, home sales over Canadian MLS® Systems rose by 5.2% month-over-month in February 2017 to reach the highest level since April 2016. While February sales were up from the previous month in about 70% of all local markets, the national increase was overwhelmingly driven by an increase in activity across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and environs. “We’re pleased to announce that the New Program will be developed by this partnership of two innovative leaders in professional education,” said RECO Registrar, Joseph Richer. “The New Program will bring together the best in local real estate knowledge and education delivery, and leading edge expertise in program development. It will help ensure that students are practice-ready when they begin their real estate careers.” “NIIT Canada is truly honored to have been selected as the provider of real estate professional training programs to RECO. We are looking forward to developing the highest quality of training programs for Ontario’s real estate professionals. Canada is a very important market for us and we are committed to expanding our operations in Canada, specifically Ontario, through our Toronto office to better serve the needs of our Canadian customers,” said Sapnesh Lalla, CEO Designate, NIIT Ltd. “Humber has a strong industry reputation for credential testing and delivery of professional designation programs says,” Alister Mathieson, vice-president Advancement and External Affairs. “Further, Humber is closely connected with our local and provincial communities, and the opportunity to deliver specialized education and skills to real estate salespersons and brokers will help contribute to Ontario’s economy as newly trained professionals enter the workforce.” About RECO The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) is committed to protecting the public interest and enhancing consumer confidence in the real estate profession. We work to fulfill this goal through the day-to-day regulation of Ontario’s more than 76,000 real estate registrants. The Ontario government sets the rules that real estate salespersons, brokers and brokerages must follow. Those rules are contained in the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 (REBBA 2002) and its associated regulations. RECO enforces these on behalf of the government. RECO was established in 1997 as a delegated administrative authority (DAA) to enhance professionalism in the real estate industry, increase consumer protection and provide an effective and responsive regulatory framework. About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning Established in 1967, Humber is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions. Committed to student success through excellence in teaching and learning, Humber serves 29,200 full-time students, 23,000 part-time, and continuing education students. With an internationally recognized reputation for quality learning, Humber offers a wide-range of career-focused opportunities for students to personalize their educational path, including 180 full-time programs across more than 40 fields of study, 200 part-time and 400 online programs or courses. More than four out of five of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca About NIIT Learning Solutions (Canada) Limited NIIT Learning Solutions (Canada) Limited is a subsidiary of NIIT Limited, a global leader in skills and talent development, established in 1981. NIIT Limited offers multi-disciplinary learning management and training delivery solutions to institutions, individuals, and corporations in over 40 countries. NIIT’s comprehensive suite of Managed Training Services includes custom curriculum design and content development, learning administration and delivery, strategic sourcing, learning technology, and advisory services. NIIT’s global customers include leading global energy and petrochemical companies headquartered in Europe; some of the largest multi-national banks, insurance, and financial services companies in North America; and market-leading global technology companies. The Learning and Performance Institute, UK has internationally accredited NIIT as a forward-thinking, reputable provider, committed to learner outcomes, performance development, and customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.niit.com or write to us at businessimpact@niit.com. Follow us on twitter @NIITMTS.

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    Washington, D.C. - April 10, 2017 - Blackboard today announced the availability of its flagship learning management system (LMS), Blackboard Learn, on Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US), an isolated AWS region designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud. Government agencies, the military and state and local governments can now continue to deliver their mission-critical online learning programs within a more secure cloud environment. The availability of Learn on AWS GovCloud (US) marks a critical step forward in Blackboard's journey to full Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) accreditation, further helping the company's customers support their U.S. government compliance requirements. AWS is one of the first cloud service providers to meet the FedRAMP High baseline, a U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. FedRAMP High gives U.S. government agencies the ability to leverage the AWS Cloud for highly sensitive workloads, including Personal Identifiable Information (PII), sensitive patient records, financial data, law enforcement data, Federal tax information, and other Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). "For over 10 years, Blackboard Learn has played a crucial role in the Army's efforts to provide excellent support in education and training for soldiers, anytime and anywhere," said Helen A. Remily, Director, TRADOC Capability Manager at The Army Distributed Learning Program. "Having the ability to deploy this invaluable capability on the FedRAMP-certified AWS GovCloud (US) gives us the added confidence that our most sensitive data is safe and secure at all times." "Blackboard is committed to helping government agencies deliver timely, mission-critical training and advanced educational opportunities to ensure success," said Alex Kissal, Vice President of Blackboard Government Solutions. "Having our leading learning management system available on the AWS GovCloud (US) region will further support our customers in building engaging, secure learning environments for training and development." "Blackboard's increasing use of the cloud, specifically AWS GovCloud (US), means more lifelong learning opportunities for U.S. government personnel," said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS. "Education and government need secure solutions to protect personal information and research data, and this is a great example of how the AWS Cloud helps Blackboard achieve these goals." The Blackboard Learn platform offers a continuous virtual learning solution designed to be agile and flexible enough to adapt to today's learning challenges and those that may arise in the future. In contrast to many other learning management systems, which only deliver content to learners, the Blackboard Learn platform uses extensive collaboration and interactivity to fully engage learners with activities like group projects and discussions, wikis, blogs, and the ability to incorporate a wide range of multimedia content. These elements facilitate continuous and social learning, which further heighten learner engagement. The Blackboard Learn platform has demonstrated its pedagogical expertise in the government environment for more than a decade and is a critical part of learning programs for organizations demanding the utmost in performance and security, including those in the defense and civilian community. For additional information on Blackboard solutions for government agencies, visit  www.blackboard.com/gov.  About Blackboard Inc.Our mission is to partner with the global education community to enable learner and institutional success, leveraging innovative technologies and services. With an unmatched understanding of the world of the learner, the most comprehensive student-success solutions, and the greatest capacity for innovation, Blackboard is education's partner in change.

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    Raleigh, NC - April 11, 2017 - Training Industry recently announced its 2017 Readership and Editors’ Awards at the Training Industry Conference & Expo in Raleigh, NC. The Training Industry Readership Award recognizes the most-read articles published on TrainingIndustry.com and Training Industry Magazine from the past year. The winners were selected based on readership appeal and attention. Here are the 2017 Readership Award recipients from TrainingIndustry.com: “Managing Employees through Motivation” By JP George, consultant “5 Character Traits of Effective Leaders and How to Recognize Them” By Jocelyn Davis, Author “Gamification: The Training Trend for 2016” By Ruby Spencer, PulseLearning “5 Best-in-Class Corporate Training Approaches that Meet Today’s New Business Norms” By Carol Leaman, Axonify “The Key to Employee Engagement Isn’t What You Think” By Kevin Cope, Acumen Learning “8 Tips for Creating Effective Microlearning Courses” By Sudarshana Ghosh, InfoPro Learning “The Future of Corporate Training in a Changing World” By Caroline Brant, Zoomi “10 Insights from Interviews with L&D Leaders” By Luke Kempski, JPL “The Good, Bad and Ugly of Employee Training” By Brigg Patten, Author “5 Top Leadership Skills to Cultivate for the Future” By Roz Bahrami, Skyprep.com Here are the 2017 Readership Award recipients from Training Industry Magazine: “How to Turn Highly Technical Content into an Engaging Learner Experience” By Michele Graham, Diana Benyaminy, Lauren Fregonese & Joy Gross, KPMG “Universal Design for Learning: Out of the Classroom and into the Corporate World” By Debby McNichols, SAP “Using Technology to Amplify Leadership Development” By Sanjay Advani, Intrepid Learning “Mindfulness: A Critical Success Factor” By George Pitagorsky, NYC DOE “Dispelling the Five Myths of Microlearning” By John Eades & Christina Wilder, LearnLoft “Blowing Your Millennial Mindset” By Julie Winkle Giulioni & Olivia Gamber, Authors “Next Generation Classroom: Providing the Ultimate Learning Experience” By Hugh McMullen, MicroTek “Training versus Performance: It Isn't Always a Training Issue” By Angela Wilson, Avista Utilities “Why Yesterday's Skills Aren't Enough to Survive Today's Digital Transformation” By Jason Hathaway, CrossKnowledge “Memory: The Critical Bottleneck to Learning” By Brian McGowan, ArcheMedX The Training Industry Editors’ Award recognizes two articles that captured the attention of both the readership and the Training Industry editorial team, had a unique perspective on the topic area and displayed diligent research and quality writing. Here are the 2017 Editors’ Award recipients: “The Future of Corporate Training in a Changing World” By Caroline Brant, Zoomi “Training versus Performance: It Isn't Always a Training Issue” By Angela Wilson, Avista Utilities “This group of articles represent some of the best contributions to TrainingIndustry.com and Training Industry Magazine this past year,” said Michelle Eggleston, editorial director, Training Industry, Inc. “It’s great to see the range of topics that resonate with our audience, and we’re pleased to formally recognize our top contributors with an editorial award.” “We are proud of the quality of the content that Training Industry continues to publish,” said Ken Taylor, editor in chief and president, Training Industry, Inc. “Our congratulations go out to all the winners for sharing their perspective on the business of learning.” About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is on helping dedicated business and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    San Francisco, CA - April 11, 2017 - Smart Sparrow today announced $4 million in new funding to support the expansion of its popular instructional design and courseware platform. This funding round adds Moelis Australia Asset Management ("MAAM"), part of Moelis Australia and the NYSE-listed Moelis & Company (together "Moelis"), as a significant investor in the deal structured by leading VC firm, and returning investor, OneVentures. Uniseed also participated as a returning investor. The number of U.S. students taking college courses online has grown to nearly six million in 2016. More than a quarter of all students now take at least one course online, and technology is being embedded into face-to-face courses at a similar rate. The growth of online learning is driving unprecedented demand for so-called "smart" course content, which blends adaptive technologies and sophisticated analytics to engage learners and track student progress. In response, colleges and universities are hiring more instructional designers to keep pace with the demand; the field is expected to grow by as much as 20 percent in the next decade. "Education technology is, for the first time, borrowing concepts familiar from consumer apps to simplify the process for faculty to create high-quality, engaging courses that draw upon the best of pedagogy and practice," said Dror Ben-Naim, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Smart Sparrow. "Just like PowerPoint and Photoshop made it possible for anyone to create an engaging presentation or graphic, our platform enables the development of courses that taps the best of technology to engage students -- without sacrificing pedagogy." Conceived by Ben-Naim while he was an Intelligent Tutoring Systems researcher at the University of New South Wales, the Smart Sparrow platform has drawn interest from a cross section of investors and philanthropists, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which awarded the company a $4.5 million grant. Ben-Naim was named a Top Innovator of 2016 by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Instructors use the Smart Sparrow platform to create their own course content, incorporating simulations and adaptive tutorials to ensure maximum student engagement. The digital format enables both faculty and instructional designers to access real-time insight into student progress and identify areas for improvements to the course. "Smart Sparrow technology presents an exciting opportunity to re-imagine the way we learn," said Ben Wong, a Managing Director of Moelis Australia. "We see broad-based applications for the technology, and we're excited to support their work to inspire the next generation of students." To date, Smart Sparrow has helped over 8,000 educators worldwide create more than 20,000 simulations, digital lessons, and blended courses. Just two years into its expansion in the U.S., Smart Sparrow has been embraced by the nation's most innovative universities and organizations, such as Arizona State University, Columbia University, Stanford University, and Achieving the Dream. Smart Sparrow has also received grants from both NASA and the Department of Defense, which are using the platform to develop cutting-edge courses that provide students with hands-on learning experiences in fields like medicine, science, and social and emotional learning. About Smart SparrowSmart Sparrow is an educational technology company that helps higher education institutions and companies create better courses by making them more active and adaptive. Working with Smart Sparrow, anyone can create amazingly engaging and adaptive learning experiences and then continuously improve them using learner analytics. Learners are better supported and more motivated to succeed. Smart Sparrow believes in designing tools that support great teaching and learning solutions that excite learners. Visit us at www.smartsparrow.com. About Moelis Australia Asset Management (MAAM)Founded in 2012, MAAM is a market leader in providing access to alternative investment opportunities, including real estate, infrastructure, technology and public and private equity to investors via its fund platform and direct mandates. Moelis is also the pioneer of the Significant Investment Visa ("SIV") program in Australia, and offers a comprehensive range of SIV investment migration compliant funds to high net worth investors, particularly from China and Southeast Asia. MAAM currently has approximately $1.5 billion of assets under management and commitments.

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