Contributed by: Courtney L. Brooks, Corporate Communications Coordinator, Cengage Learning

Clifton Park, NY, February 23, 2012
– NetLearning, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of online courses and e-learning software for healthcare workers and hospital administrators, today announced that the NetLearning Learning Management System (LMS) has been presented with a Silver Award by Brandon Hall for Technology Excellence in the Best Advance in Learning Management Technology category.

Over 600 facilities nationwide are able to efficiently manage the educational requirements of their staff using the NetLearning LMS. Striving to provide its customers with maximum flexibility, the NetLearning LMS is fully customizable and can be tailored specifically to each facility’s internal branding and requirements.  While the NetLearning LMS continues to boast a fully web-based Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery model, pre-assessment by course and curriculum and a customizable portal-based end user interface, the LMS also boasts additional breakthrough features, including:

NetManagerPlus – delegates administrative privileges to the department level making front-line and mid-level managers more efficient while administrators retain overall control. CourseManagerPlus – designed to streamline managing a healthcare institution’s course licenses. This tool provides reporting on course licenses and expirations, usage and enrollments for all courseware used through NetLearning.

  • e-Commerce – online storefront for computer-based learning courses. Allows learners to browse course titles and descriptions, make online purchases and access those purchased courses within the NetLearning LMS.

“We are honored to be recognized by Brandon Hall with this Silver Award for Best Advance in Learning Management Technology,” said Will Passano, vice president, NetLearning. “This award is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to providing the healthcare community with products that increase the ease and efficacy of staff training. With extensive customer input, we were able to design an LMS that continues to evolve with the needs of our customers and with the ever-changing healthcare industry. When facilities are able to train their staff efficiently the end result is better, more thorough patient care.”

Said Mike Cooke, chief executive officer, Brandon Hall Group, “2011 provided us with a unique viewpoint of how organizations are driving business results and performance improvement through technology. This was the year in which technology providers and their clients have been able to transform the power of mobile, social, talent, learning, sales and marketing technologies, with proven, validated results.  Most impressive to our judges was an underlying theme around collaborative relationships, a deep understanding of client needs and how technology can be leveraged to create opportunities and operating efficiencies for organizations of all sizes.  I am proud to announce these first-rate solution providers as award winners in the most competitive year yet.”

The Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Technology Awards are presented by Brandon Hall Group, a leading research firm in training and development. The Learning Technology awards program showcases innovations in the products in the marketplace for creating and managing learning, talent and performance. A panel of veteran, independent senior judges evaluated the entries along with Brandon Hall Group’s industry expert analysts and leadership.

For more information on NetLearning and the award-winning NetLearning LMS, please visit www.netlearning.cengage.com or www.cengage.com.

About NetLearning and Cengage Learning
Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. NetLearning, part of Cengage Learning, is an elearning solutions provider developing products specifically for the healthcare industry since 1995. The

NetLearning product suite allows for the deployment, management, and reporting of training-related activities. For more information about NetLearning, please visit www.netlearning.cengage.com.

About Brandon Hall Group

Having worked with more than 10,000 clients globally and after 20 years of delivering world-class solutions, Brandon Hall Group is the preeminent research and analyst organization focused on developing research-driven solutions to drive organizational performance for emerging and large organizations.  Brandon Hall Group has an extensive repository of thought leadership, research, data and expertise in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Sales Effectiveness, Marketing Impact, and Executive Management. (www.brandonhall.com)

Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management. Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions. Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.

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