Learning Network Launches Learning Network for Professional Development

Internet's Premier Consumer-Education Source Offers Online Resources for Working Professionals

Today, Learning Network, the Internet's premier consumer-education source (www.LearningNetwork.com; America Online Keyword: Learning Network), launched Learning Network for Professional Development, the latest addition to Learning Network's vertically integrated networks offering an unmatched array of online education tools, content, resources and communities that enable learning without limits. Learning Network for Professional Development is designed for individuals to enhance professional skills, continue education or further career growth, either on their own or with the support of an employer. Learning Network for Professional Development joins existing offerings including: Learning Network for K-12, Learning Network for Lifelong Learning, Learning Network for Reference and Learning Network Store. Resources for the College market will be introduced later in 2001.

"Learning Network is committed to building an online learning environment where individuals of all ages turn for education guidance and practical tools," said Mark Nieker, president, Learning Network. "Our new professional development initiative opens the e-learning door to an adult audience, providing information technology (IT) professionals, human resources professionals, education professionals and individual professionals with an exciting array of career growth opportunities."

In order to stay current and competent, professionals in today's workforce find continued education and skill development crucial to sustaining and excelling in a career. Learning Network for Professional Development provides adult professionals with an easily accessible and valuable resource for news, industry articles, course and degree programs, organizational training and general career resources. This content is developed both by Learning Network and by its set of industry-leading partners.

Learning Network is part of Pearson plc, the international media company and the world's leading integrated education business. Key to Learning Network is its breadth of content and resource alliances built on a strong foundation of Pearson imprints including: Prentice Hall Press, Addison-Wesley, FT Knowledge, FT Dynamo, FT.com, Macmillan and SkyLight. Other key providers to Learning Network for Professional Development include InformIT, ScreamingMedia and Virtual Learn.

"Online learning is no longer a novelty. Web-based e-learning has become both a convenient way to enhance education and, now, a crucial means for professionals to stay competitive in today's fast-paced workplace," said Bob Woodbury, publisher, Learning Network for Professional Development. "Individuals will come to Learning Network for Professional Development to flourish in their current jobs, to prepare for new responsibility and to excel in their professions."

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A Closer Look at Learning Network for Professional Development

Learning Network for Professional Development now offers resources in four key career categories: Business Managers, IT Professionals, Teachers and Human Resource Professionals. Professional Development resources include industry news, expert articles, online courses and career information. As the Learning Network for Professional Development continues to grow, new resources for the following professionals will be added: Lawyers, Nurses, Accountants and Health Care Professionals. Additional resources will also be offered, including a learning management system for individual "free agent" learners and companies, access to personalized news and special subscriptions to professional services.

Business Management resources enable business owners, managers and entrepreneurs to:
? Get details on current and relevant events.
? Subscribe for specialized business services and communication tools.
? Get valued career and executive advice.
? Expand their knowledge through online courses such as "Brokerage Operations," an introductory course offering an examination of all phases of securities processing within a typical brokerage firm.

IT/Computing resources enable information technology professionals to:
? Access premier information technology sites and draw on IT resources and instruction from the world's most popular computer books, such as Access 2000 Essentials Basic.
? Access current IT trade magazines and an online marketplace of books and hard goods.
? Review articles from authors, alliances and expert advice options.
? Get valuable advice for career development.

Education Training/Development resources enable educators, K-12 through graduate to:
? Extend their careers through courses such as "Collaboration and Communication," which illustrates how to build a collaborative team and assess and monitor the development of essential skills to enhance the effectiveness of the inclusive classroom.
? Collaborate with colleagues in an online community.

Human Resources/Corporate Training resources enable human resources managers to:
? Review and select employee training services, products and tools.
? Subscribe to customized services and communication tools.
? Get valuable advice for career development.
? Gain insight into issues such as "Do you have a good employee who seems to have gone bad?"

Learning Network Store
A subset of the content offered on Learning Network for Professional Development are accessible in the Learning Network Store. This e-commerce section provides a safe, secure shopping environment that supports each "sub-Network" and from which one can buy learning and educational products in a variety of media - including online subscriptions, books, software, videos, games, and music - all within a single, easy-to-navigate interface. A selection of professional development resources are currently available in the Learning Network Store, and includes everything from career-building guidance to industry-specific training tools. The products and resources available through the Store will expand to complement new career markets that are added to Learning Network for Professional Development in 2001.

About Learning Network
Learning Network, the Internet's premier consumer-education source, currently offers an unmatched array of online educational tools, content, resources, and communities serving the K-12, Professional Development, and Lifelong Learning markets - offerings for the College market will roll out later in 2001. Each of the four vertically integrated networks is supported by the Learning Network Store (which hosts both online and offline education products related to Learning Network services) and Learning Network for Reference (a comprehensive database of almanacs, encyclopedia articles, dictionary definitions, and an interactive atlas, which provides interactive reference material for all Learning Network visitors). Learning Network is built on a strong foundation of assets from international media company Pearson plc, as well as educational properties from leading technology companies. Learning Network has business offices in San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Chicago and Paramus, NJ. For more information call 1-888-816-1999, or visit www.LearningNetwork.com on the Internet and America Online Keyword: Learning Network.

About Pearson plc
Learning Network is a part of Pearson plc, the international media company. Its major business operations are: The Financial Times Group, which has an international network of business and financial newspapers and online services that are read by millions of business executives and investors every day; Pearson Education, the world's leading education business, which helps teachers teach and students learn at every stage and in every part of the world; Penguin Putnam, which is one of the pre-eminent names in consumer publishing, with an unrivalled range of fiction and non-fiction, bestsellers, and classic titles; and Recoletos, one of the top media companies in Spain. Pearson also owns a 22% stake in the RTL Group, Europe's leading integrated broadcasting and communications group. For more information, go to www.pearson.com.

For further information
Porter Novelli Convergence Group

Susie Spellman/Ruth Ann Burns
617-450-4300
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Learning Network

Patrice Paul
415-615-5664
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