DigitalThink Preps E-Learning Service Update

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-01-08 Print this article Print

DigitalThink will bump up capacity, speeds performance and adds more reporting capabilities in a new version of its hosted L5 Learning Delivery System to be launched on Friday.

E-learning vendor DigitalThink Inc. on Friday plans to announce a new version of its service for delivering courses that can handle more content, more quickly. Version 2.1 of the San Francisco companys L5 Learning Delivery System, available on Friday, features a 300 percent increase in the amount of content it can deliver and a 40 percent improvement in processing speed, DigitalThink will announce. The latest release also includes new reporting capabilities that DigitalThink incorporated from its acquisition in April of Horn Interactive, a provider of simulation for e-learning. L5 already could assess the performance of users as they worked through e-learning coursework, but Version 2.1 extends those reporting capabilities to simulations as well, said Todd Clyde, DigitalThinks vice president of products.
"It really opens up a world of being able to use simulations for assessment," he said.
The L5 system is offered as a hosted service and acts largely as an add-on to traditional learning management systems. Learning management systems focus on connecting users to the right courses, while DigitalThinks content-delivery system lets enterprises integrate content from multiple vendors and across multiple systems, personalize content and manage it more centrally, Clyde said. Mazda North American Operations this week began using the L5 system, along with its internal learning management system, in the training of sales, parts and service people at its 700 dealerships in the United States. Erik Radle, manager of sales operations for the Irvine, Calif.-based company said that the systems reporting capabilities will be important as Mazda expands e-learning globally. "Were going to be able to design better courseware and use simulations more effectively based on being able to see how people are performing," Radle said. Pricing for the L5 Learning Delivery System, based on a subscription, varies depending on the volume of content, number of users and functionality selected, Clyde said.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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