New Survey Reveals That Workers Rank Human Interaction and On-Demand Video Highest Among Workplace Learning Methods

WATERLOO, ON—(Marketwired – February 13, 2018) – Global learning technology leader D2L today announced the results of a survey conducted by Wainhouse Research, which uncovered workplace learning preferences among 2,000 of today's knowledge workers. The survey reveals that, in some areas, youngest and oldest workers surprisingly have similar preferences when it comes to workplace learning.

The study found that out of nine different learning methods,[1] coaching and mentoring appeals most to the oldest (50+ years old) and youngest learners (21–25 years old) out of all age groups. In fact, a substantial proportion of the youngest group value human interactions even more highly than some of their older colleagues, which runs contrary to the prevailing view that younger workers prefer to do everything online. Learners of all ages also expressed interest in all nine learning methods surveyed, which reinforces the necessity of offering a blended learning approach as part of Learning and Development programs.

“This study reveals what methods are best across different age groups, but ultimately shows that using a mix of learning methods will benefit organizations the most,” said Charles Denault, Senior Analyst at Wainhouse Research. “Organizations can benefit from offering both in–person training and online learning with modern tools like D2L's Brightspace, and should begin to strategize how to leverage the preferences and skills of each age group to create the right programs for their employees.”

Finding the right blend of learning methods in the workplace

Out of nine possible learning methods, instructor–led training (ILT), short–clip video, and coaching and mentoring are the top three learning approaches cited by respondents. Younger workers (aged between 21 and 32) rate live ILT, short–clip videos, coaching or mentoring and conversations with SMEs as their top preferences. However, in general, respondents under 50 score ILT significantly lower than those 50 and over. Short–clip video ranks similarly across all age groups, though older learners demonstrate slightly less interest. Informal conversations with SMEs ranks highest with youngest learners (21 to 32 years old).

“Organizations have much to gain by finding the right mix of online learning and in–person interaction in their learning programs,” said Jeremy Auger, CSO of D2L. “Brightspace Capture is a standout tool in this regard, helping organizations facilitate the range of methods workplace learners say they prefer the most. By making it simple to capture, edit and share live or on–demand video of learning sessions and presentations, organizations can provide access to learning materials according to workers' preferences with ease – helping to create a more engaging, convenient and flexible learning experience that supports improved productivity and performance.”

Other key findings of the report include:

  • As age increases, informal conversation with an SME becomes less of a top priority. Yet counter to expectations, the 50+ group shows greater interest in informal conversation with SMEs than those in mid–career.
  • Short–clip video is the second–most preferred approach to learning for those who are mid–career (33 to 49), behind only ILT.
  • Nearly half of the youngest workers (21 to 32) strongly agree that they have the skills to create a video good enough to share with others at work, while 12 percent of those aged 50 or above rate their own skills in this way.

Wainhouse Research conducted the survey of 2,004 knowledge workers in October 2017 to gauge use, deployment, and perceptions of web communications and learning technology platforms. Within that survey, Wainhouse fielded a set of questions specifically related to the preference for learning methods as well as specific applications within enterprise learning.

Additional Information

  • To learn more about the study, visit https://www.d2l.com/resources/webinars/employees–want–build–strategy–modern–learning/.
  • Find out more about how D2L transforms learning at https://www.d2l.com/enterprise/.

ABOUT BRIGHTSPACE

D2L's Brightspace is a cloud–based learning platform that makes learning easy, flexible and smart. Brightspace is not like a traditional Learning Management System (LMS) – it is easy to create engaging courses and content, integrate video, personalize learning, capture and share expertise across the organization, and supports all mobile devices. Plus, Brightspace enables the future of learning with adaptive learning, intelligent agents, course interactives, full support for competency–based learning and world–leading learning analytics. Our clients report improved productivity, performance growth, lower turnover of employees, greater engagement and ultimately better business outcomes.

ABOUT D2L
D2L believes learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests. Working closely with organizations globally, D2L has transformed the way millions of people learn online and in the classroom. Learn more about D2L for schools, higher education and businesses at www.D2L.com.

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[1] Live Instructor–led Class/In–Person or Virtual Classroom; Coaching or Mentoring in–person or via video or web; On–demand short clip videos; Self–directed (Online search or browse); Simulations or computer–based training; Informal conversation with a subject–matter expert; Online collaborative workspaces including discussions and sharing of documents/videos; On–demand recording of class; Books, trade journals or written materials.

Darwin Deason, Xerox's Third-Largest Shareholder, Seeks, for the Benefit of All Xerox Shareholders, to Enjoin Xerox/Fuji Transaction and Joint Venture on the Basis of Fraud and Breaches of Fiduciary Duties

NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwired – February 13, 2018) – Darwin Deason, a long–term and third–largest shareholder of Xerox Corp. (“Xerox”), has filed a lawsuit against Fujifilm Holdings Corp. (“Fuji”), Xerox, current Xerox board members and Ursula M. Burns, Xerox's former Chairman and CEO. The complaint was filed on February 13, 2018, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County.

In the complaint, Mr. Deason alleges the following:

  • The Xerox/Fuji transaction is the result of an improper and fraudulently concealed “crown jewel” lock–up agreement that Xerox entered into with Fuji 17 years ago, that was never disclosed to Xerox's shareholders before the signing of the Xerox/Fuji transaction;
  • The “crown jewel” lock–up agreement precludes a transparent and fair process for the potential sale of Xerox;
  • Despite its duty to do so, Xerox's board fraudulently never disclosed the “crown jewel” lock–up;
  • Fuji and Fuji Xerox participated in a “WorldCom”–like accounting scandal that was uncovered in 2017 and gave Xerox the right to terminate the crown jewel lock–up provision, but the Xerox Board failed to terminate the provision;
  • Xerox publicly admitted that the lock up “limit[ed] Xerox's strategic flexibility”, which caused the Xerox board to sell 50.1% of Xerox to Fuji;
  • Xerox/Fuji deal is extremely off–market:
  • —No control premium for Xerox shareholders
  • —50.1%/49.9% Fuji control
  • —Xerox CEO and board members retain jobs
  • —No Xerox market check or sale process
  • —Xerox share price has declined 2.4% since the unaffected date (1/10) to Friday's close (date prior to issuance of Icahn/Deason letter); and
  • Deason seeks to enjoin the transaction, terminate the Xerox/Fuji joint venture lock–up and joint venture agreements and pursue strategic alternatives for Xerox.

King & Spalding LLP is representing Mr. Deason in this matter.

SECURITY HOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE SOLICITATION OF PROXIES BY CARL ICAHN, DARWIN DEASON AND THEIR RESPECTIVE AFFILIATES FROM THE SHAREHOLDERS OF XEROX CORPORATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN XEROX CORPORATION AND FUJIFILM HOLDINGS CORPORATION (THE “TRANSACTION”) AND/OR FOR USE AT THE 2018 ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS OF XEROX CORPORATION (THE “ANNUAL MEETING”) WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION, INCLUDING INFORMATION RELATING TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN SUCH PROXY SOLICITATION. WHEN COMPLETED, A DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT AND A FORM OF PROXY RELATED TO THE TRANSACTION AND/OR THE ANNUAL MEETING WILL BE MAILED TO SHAREHOLDERS OF XEROX CORPORATION AND WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE AT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION'S WEBSITE AT HTTP://WWW.SEC.GOV. INFORMATION RELATING TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN SUCH PROXY SOLICITATION IS CONTAINED IN THE SCHEDULE 14A FILED BY CARL ICAHN, DARWIN DEASON AND THEIR RESPECTIVE AFFILIATES WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ON JANUARY 22, 2018.

Virgin Pulse Unveils 2018 Thrive Summit Agenda; Announces Serena Williams as Keynote Speaker

PROVIDENCE, RI—(Marketwired – February 13, 2018) – Virgin Pulse, the leading global provider of digital employee health and wellbeing engagement solutions that members love to use, today announced that Serena Williams, one of the greatest living athletes, will keynote the company's annual Thrive Conference, April 9 – 11 at the Eden Roc hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.

Virgin Pulse's Thrive Summit is the premier conference on employee wellbeing and engagement, bringing together HR leaders, industry experts, and renowned researchers to explore how workplace wellbeing is shaping today's employee experience and how organizations are building wellbeing into the DNA of their organizations. Thrive Summit offers two and a half days of interactive workshops, dynamic breakout sessions, powerful keynote presentations and access to onsite wellbeing activities — all designed to inspire attendees around this year's conference theme: “Color Your Culture Yours.”

“Each year, Thrive Summit provides our clients and partners with valuable opportunities to learn from one another,” said David Osborne, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Pulse. “We know that wellbeing and engagement are directly tied to business performance, and this year's agenda is specifically designed to help HR and benefits leaders bring real results back to their companies by learning how employee wellbeing can drive stronger culture, engagement, and productivity.”

As the event's keynote speaker, Serena Williams will share her journey to becoming one of the world's greatest tennis players, including the ways she's used wellbeing practices to optimize her performance and balance her rigorous training schedule with new motherhood. With twenty–three career Grand Slam titles, sixty–six singles championship titles, and four Olympic gold medals, Williams is one of the greatest athletes of our time. Williams is also a successful entrepreneur and devoted philanthropist, focused on creating equity through education and assisting victims of senseless violence. Her talk will take place from 10:45 – 11:45 AM on Tuesday, April 10.

In addition to hearing from Williams, Thrive Summit attendees will experience the creative genius of graffiti artist and best–selling author, Erik Wahl, and will have the opportunity to attend client presentations and hands–on workshops as well as meet and network with industry thought leaders, Virgin Pulse executives, Science Advisory Board members, and key clients.

2018 Thrive Summit agenda highlights include:

  • David Osborne, Virgin Pulse CEO, and Ron Hildebrandt, Chief Product Officer, will unveil the latest technology innovations for employee wellbeing, including new applications of Virgin Pulse's proven behavior change platform and a preview of the company's product roadmap.
  • Dr. Ron Goetzel, Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, will share the latest research on the efficacy of wellness programs, addressing the controversial question of whether they really work to drive outcomes.
  • Dr. BJ Fogg, Director of the Persuasive Technology Lab, Stanford University, will teach attendees how to inspire long–term behavior change, driving better habits both in and outside of work.
  • Virgin Pulse clients, including Northwell Health, Movement Mortgage, and Argonne National Laboratory, will present the results of their employee wellbeing and engagement programs, which have led to improved culture, health outcomes, and employee retention.
  • Joseph Burton, CEO of Whil Concepts will lead a “Mindful Leaders” pre–conference workshop on April 9 from 3–5 pm. This highly interactive workshop will teach attendees techniques to apply mindfulness and emotional intelligence training to their daily lives and company culture.
  • Global employee rewards recognition leader, O.C. Tanner, will present its latest research on how delivering an integrated employee recognition and wellbeing experience can help organizations build healthier, more engaged workforces.
  • Virgin Pulse Partners, including O.C. Tanner, Whil, InfoTech, LandIt, MeQuilibrium, Sleepio, Wellness Corporate Solutions, and Zipongo, will demo their wellbeing software and solutions in The Hub Partner Pavilion, designed to showcase the power of a fully integrated, personalized wellbeing and engagement program.

This year's conference will also feature a special track for attendees who would like to bring a spouse, partner or friend to attend the opening day sessions with Serena Williams and Erik Wahl, as well as the Tuesday evening reception and morning activities (Yoga, 5K). For information on the Virgin Pulse Friendly Fare track, please visit: www.thrivesummit.com/register–now.

Thrive Summit early bird registration pricing of $795 has been extended until February 20, 2018. Join the conference to learn how you can make a measurable impact on company culture through wellbeing and engagement programs that empower, inspire, and engage. Register today at www.thrivesummit.com.

About Virgin Pulse
Virgin Pulse, a leading provider of technology solutions that promote employee and wellbeing and engagement, helps employers create workforces that are happier, healthier and more productive. The company's modern, mobile–first platform delivers personalized user experiences that utilize gamification to engage users in building habits that inspire measurable and sustainable change across individuals and organizations. By helping employees thrive at work and in all aspects of life, Virgin Pulse is helping change lives and businesses around the world for good. More than 3,000 global organizations representing many of the Fortune 500 and Best Places to Work, have selected Virgin Pulse's solutions to engage their workforces and drive their businesses forward. To learn more, visit www.virginpulse.com.

Virgin Pulse Unveils 2018 Thrive Summit Agenda; Announces Serena Williams as Keynote Speaker

PROVIDENCE, RI—(Marketwired – February 13, 2018) – Virgin Pulse, the leading global provider of digital employee health and wellbeing engagement solutions that members love to use, today announced that Serena Williams, one of the greatest living athletes, will keynote the company's annual Thrive Conference, April 9 – 11 at the Eden Roc hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.

Virgin Pulse's Thrive Summit is the premier conference on employee wellbeing and engagement, bringing together HR leaders, industry experts, and renowned researchers to explore how workplace wellbeing is shaping today's employee experience and how organizations are building wellbeing into the DNA of their organizations. Thrive Summit offers two and a half days of interactive workshops, dynamic breakout sessions, powerful keynote presentations and access to onsite wellbeing activities — all designed to inspire attendees around this year's conference theme: “Color Your Culture Yours.”

“Each year, Thrive Summit provides our clients and partners with valuable opportunities to learn from one another,” said David Osborne, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Pulse. “We know that wellbeing and engagement are directly tied to business performance, and this year's agenda is specifically designed to help HR and benefits leaders bring real results back to their companies by learning how employee wellbeing can drive stronger culture, engagement, and productivity.”

As the event's keynote speaker, Serena Williams will share her journey to becoming one of the world's greatest tennis players, including the ways she's used wellbeing practices to optimize her performance and balance her rigorous training schedule with new motherhood. With twenty–three career Grand Slam titles, sixty–six singles championship titles, and four Olympic gold medals, Williams is one of the greatest athletes of our time. Williams is also a successful entrepreneur and devoted philanthropist, focused on creating equity through education and assisting victims of senseless violence. Her talk will take place from 10:45 – 11:45 AM on Tuesday, April 10.

In addition to hearing from Williams, Thrive Summit attendees will experience the creative genius of graffiti artist and best–selling author, Erik Wahl, and will have the opportunity to attend client presentations and hands–on workshops as well as meet and network with industry thought leaders, Virgin Pulse executives, Science Advisory Board members, and key clients.

2018 Thrive Summit agenda highlights include:

  • David Osborne, Virgin Pulse CEO, and Ron Hildebrandt, Chief Product Officer, will unveil the latest technology innovations for employee wellbeing, including new applications of Virgin Pulse's proven behavior change platform and a preview of the company's product roadmap.
  • Dr. Ron Goetzel, Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, will share the latest research on the efficacy of wellness programs, addressing the controversial question of whether they really work to drive outcomes.
  • Dr. BJ Fogg, Director of the Persuasive Technology Lab, Stanford University, will teach attendees how to inspire long–term behavior change, driving better habits both in and outside of work.
  • Virgin Pulse clients, including Northwell Health, Movement Mortgage, and Argonne National Laboratory, will present the results of their employee wellbeing and engagement programs, which have led to improved culture, health outcomes, and employee retention.
  • Joseph Burton, CEO of Whil Concepts will lead a “Mindful Leaders” pre–conference workshop on April 9 from 3–5 pm. This highly interactive workshop will teach attendees techniques to apply mindfulness and emotional intelligence training to their daily lives and company culture.
  • Global employee rewards recognition leader, O.C. Tanner, will present its latest research on how delivering an integrated employee recognition and wellbeing experience can help organizations build healthier, more engaged workforces.
  • Virgin Pulse Partners, including O.C. Tanner, Whil, InfoTech, LandIt, MeQuilibrium, Sleepio, Wellness Corporate Solutions, and Zipongo, will demo their wellbeing software and solutions in The Hub Partner Pavilion, designed to showcase the power of a fully integrated, personalized wellbeing and engagement program.

This year's conference will also feature a special track for attendees who would like to bring a spouse, partner or friend to attend the opening day sessions with Serena Williams and Erik Wahl, as well as the Tuesday evening reception and morning activities (Yoga, 5K). For information on the Virgin Pulse Friendly Fare track, please visit: www.thrivesummit.com/register–now.

Thrive Summit early bird registration pricing of $795 has been extended until February 20, 2018. Join the conference to learn how you can make a measurable impact on company culture through wellbeing and engagement programs that empower, inspire, and engage. Register today at www.thrivesummit.com.

About Virgin Pulse
Virgin Pulse, a leading provider of technology solutions that promote employee and wellbeing and engagement, helps employers create workforces that are happier, healthier and more productive. The company's modern, mobile–first platform delivers personalized user experiences that utilize gamification to engage users in building habits that inspire measurable and sustainable change across individuals and organizations. By helping employees thrive at work and in all aspects of life, Virgin Pulse is helping change lives and businesses around the world for good. More than 3,000 global organizations representing many of the Fortune 500 and Best Places to Work, have selected Virgin Pulse's solutions to engage their workforces and drive their businesses forward. To learn more, visit www.virginpulse.com.

Solid State System Co., Ltd. selects Andes AndesCore(TM) N9 For Its SSS6131 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Flash Controller Highly Demand for Storage Application

HSINCHU, TAIWAN—(Marketwired – February 13, 2018) – Andes Technology Corporation, the leading Asia–based supplier of small, low–power, high performance 32/64–bit embedded CPU cores, today announced that Solid State System Co., Ltd. (3S) has licensed the mid–range AndesCore™ N903A for the SSS6131 USB 3.1 Gen 1 flash controller chip. The chip is being designed into USB flash drives now. USB 3.1 Gen 1 is capable of data transfer speeding up to 5Gbps. The 5–stage pipeline N9 is ideal for providing USB 3.1 Gen 1 flash control functions such as read, write, erase, and static and dynamic wear–leveling functions unique to managing flash.

“Andes N9 provided the flexibility and performance required for our industry leading SSS6131 USB 3.1 Gen 1 controller,” said Cheng Liou R&D Vice President Solid State System Co., Ltd. “It allows our design to exploit the performance enhancements of the USB 3.1 Gen1 standard including an interface bandwidth increase up to 5Gbps. USB 3.1 Gen1 flash drives have seen considerably increased demand, especially in Asia. Our SSS6131 USB 3.1 Gen 1 controller has benefitted from this demand.”

“3S is a longtime Andes customer and we value their business.” said Andes Technology Corp. CTO and Senior Vice President Charlie Hong–Men Su. “We are extremely pleased that Andes N9 CPU core, which is more power efficient (DMIPS/mW) than our major competitor, contributes to the success of 3S SSS6131 USB 3.1 Gen 1 flash controller chip in the market place.”

In the Transparency Market Research ReportUSB 3.0 Flash Drives Market (Manufacturing Process – Conventional and Chip–on–Board; Capacity – Below 4 GB, 4 GB to 16 GB, 16 GB to 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB and Above) – Global (The U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific) Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2016 – 2020,” the flash drive market is expected to grow 23.5 percent from 2016 to 2020, reaching over $3B by 2020. “Asia Pacific had been the leading region in the global USB 3.0 flash drives market in terms of production volume as well as demand volume,” the report declared. (USB 3.0, the third major revision to the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard, has been renamed USB 3.1 Gen 1 by the USB Implementers Forum).

About Solid State System Co., Ltd. (3S)

Founded in 1998, 3S is well known for its NAND flash knowledge and experiences in storage. 3S has pioneered NAND–based controller solutions and is expanding its product portfolios. Headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, with branch offices located in Taipei and Shenzhen, China; 3S was listed for Taipei Exchange trading in Year 2007 (TSE: 3259). 3S has an international reputation for providing high performance IC solutions with high reliability and on–time delivery. In 2010, 3S successfully developed and launched its CMOS MEMS microphone. With a critical patent portfolio, 3S is the first Taiwan IC design house to offer advanced microphone solutions easily integrated into customer designs. For more information, visit http://www.3system.com.tw

About Andes

Andes Technology Corporation was founded in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan in 2005 to develop innovative high–performance/low–power 32/64–bit processor cores and associated development environment to serve worldwide rapidly growing embedded system applications. The company delivers the best super low power CPU cores with integrated development environment and associated software and hardware solutions for efficient SoC design.

To meet demanding requirements of today's electronic devices, Andes Technology delivers configurable software/hardware IP and scalable platforms to respond to customers' needs for quality products and faster time–to–market. Andes Technology's comprehensive CPU includes entry–level, mid–range, high–end, extensible and security families to address the full range of embedded electronics products, especially for connected, smart and green applications.

For more information about Andes Technology, please visit http://www.andestech.com/