Who is Platte Canyon?

A Company Profile in Words

Platte Canyon’s motto is "Improving the Lives of Training Developers." This focus means that we develop products, tools, training, and books aimed at non-programmers as well as ToolBook, HTML/JavaScript, Flash, and .NET developers.

Learning Management

Our flagship product is our Tracker.Net™ Learning Management System. It tracks any SCORM-compliant content. For native ToolBook or HTML/Training Studio/Exam Engine deployment, our TBK Tracker™ product is the tool of choice.

Database-Driven Training and Assessments

Our Training Studio™ makes it easy to create and deploy database driven e-Learning. We pioneered database- driven assessments by non-programmers with Exam Engine™. Both Training Studio and Exam Engine are 100% HTML and JavaScript and thus work with any browser or mobile device.


We create the popular Learning & Mastering ToolBook series on CD-ROM that provides in-depth, professional training on ToolBook. This training is used by developers around the world.


Our Platte Canyon® Plug-In Pro is a big hit because it gives ToolBook developers 150+ power tools to improve their efficiency. The ToolBook Translation System brings the power of database storage to ToolBook content. Our other commercial products include Hotword Connection™, Media Connection™, Answer Key™, TB Start™, FTS Pro™, and Resources Plus™.

Platte Canyon was the first company in the world to advance the vision and bring products to market that exploit the power of Microsoft®'s .NET for e-Learning. This spawned Tracker.Net, Exam Engine, and other products. Please go to vbtrain.net for details.

Platte Canyon created SCORM Watch in 2005 and it is still used by developers around the world to help "create the perfect SCORM" content. We have a similar product for the AICC standard, AICC Watch under development.


As Platte Canyon Press, we published Programming for e-Learning Developers: ToolBook®, Flash®, JavaScript™, and Silverlight™ in 2009, VBTrain.Net™: Creating Computer and Web Based Training with Visual Basic®.NET in 2002, and The ToolBook® Companion: Solutions, Techniques, Expert Information, and OpenScript® Tips in 2001. The former two were written by Jeff Rhodes while The ToolBook Companion was written by Jeff Rhodes and Chris Bell.

ToolBook® Reseller

We are the leading Gold Value Added Reseller of SumTotal Systems for ToolBook.


We have some limited availability to help organizations create software in .NET, jQuery, SQL Server, ToolBook, and related technologies.

Company History

Jeff Rhodes and Chris Bell founded Platte Canyon in 1996. The original Platte Canyon team was completed in 1998 with the addition of Cindy Kessler. Chris left in 2006 to become IT Director at the University of Colorado Law School. He still helps out as a consultant. Prior to Platte Canyon, Jeff, Chris, and Cindy were key members of Titan Corporation's Multimedia Training Division, where they spent many years developing sophisticated CBT programs for major telecommunications companies, the Utah Court System, the Alaska Court System, and other customers.


We don't update it very often, but you can click to see the most recent version of Jeff's resume.