SOURCE: Elluminate

November 06, 2007 09:30 ET

Northampton Community College Enhances Instruction, Student Services, Faculty Professional Development With Elluminate Live!

Live eLearning and Web Collaboration Environment Connects Students and Faculty On and Off Campus

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - November 6, 2007) - Elluminate, Inc., a leading provider of live eLearning and Web collaboration solutions for the real-time organization, today announced that Northampton Community College has implemented Elluminate Live!® to add synchronous content to asynchronous distance learning and provide real-time, online tutoring for math, writing, Spanish, accounting, psychology, biology, and chemistry. The College also uses the live eLearning environment in a wide variety of other applications, including student orientations, virtual open houses, virtual office hours, academic advising, faculty meetings, and faculty professional development.

"We didn't have a real-time, synchronous way for students to ask for tutoring assistance that simulated the tutoring experience we have here on campus at the Learning Center," said Kelvin Bentley, PhD, director of Distance Learning at Northampton Community College. "We purchased an unlimited-seat license that allows us to use Elluminate Live! for tutoring and in additional ways. This tool enables us to enhance our instruction and student services, as well as close a big communications gap with our distance learners to build a stronger sense of community."

"I found that many of my students develop a 'block' to the astronomy concepts simply because they find the math problems formidable," said William J. Gibney, astronomy instructor at Northampton Community College. "Now that we have Elluminate, I conduct weekly tutoring sessions to go over the problems and address any other issues or questions that students have. I record each session and post a link to it in our course site so students can review it at their convenience. Students really do like the sessions and get quite a bit of benefit. Homework grades have improved substantially, and the dropout rate has plummeted."

"We are extremely pleased that Northampton Community College has implemented Elluminate Live! in so many exciting ways, from online tutoring and virtual office hours to student orientation and faculty professional development," said Maurice Heiblum, president of Elluminate, Inc. "Elluminate Live! enables academic institutions of all levels to integrate online interaction into all campus activities, not just distance learning."

About Northampton Community College

Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Northampton Community College offers more than 100 degree and transfer programs as well as leadership and technical training for business and industry, high tech manufacturing support, and a wealth of opportunities for professional development and personal growth for children and adults. The College serves more than 32,000 students a year at the main campus in Bethlehem, a branch campus in Tannersville, an educational center on the Southside of Bethlehem, and 52 satellite sites in Northampton, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne counties in northeastern Pennsylvania. Close to 13,000 students are enrolled in credit programs, with more than 4,500 students enrolled in at least one online or hybrid course per year. For more information visit: www.northampton.edu.

About Elluminate, Inc.

Elluminate, Inc. provides proven, best-in-class solutions for real-time online learning and collaboration that deliver exceptional outcomes, including enhanced learning experiences, increased retention and completion rates, and higher ROI. Elluminate Live! features high-quality voice over the Internet, robust interactive functionality, and unique No User Left Behind™ technology that supports multiple platforms and low-bandwidth connectivity. Elluminate has served more than 200 million web-collaboration minutes to over 3 million teachers and students located in 184 different countries.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Elluminate is the trusted choice of prominent academic institutions and corporations, including ADP, Apple Computer, California State University, Duke University, Florida Virtual School, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, K12 Inc., London Knowledge Lab, Los Angeles Unified School District, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Novell, Queen's University, Royal Veterinary College, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, and many more. The winner of several prestigious awards, the company is also one of Deloitte's 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies and is positioned in the Visionaries Quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing, 2007. For more information, visit http://www.elluminate.com.

Elluminate Live! is a registered trademark of Elluminate, Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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