March 11, 2008 11:38 ET
Elluminate Announces 2008 Center of Excellence Winners for Achievement in Live eLearning
Program Highlights Best Practices, Recognizes Innovative Elluminate Live! Implementations
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) - Elluminate, Inc., a leading provider of
live eLearning and web collaboration solutions for the real-time
organization, today announced the 2008 winners of its Center of Excellence
(CoE) program, which highlights best practices and recognizes academic
institutions and businesses that are at the leading edge of adopting
synchronous pedagogies for teaching, learning, and related business
processes. The program also recognizes Elluminate Heroes, individuals or
teams who are responsible for their institutions being accepted into the
Elluminate Heroes and Centers of Excellence
The Elluminate Center of Excellence program highlights best practices and
recognizes academic institutions and corporations that have implemented
Elluminate Live! in creative ways to improve classroom or distance learning
programs, corporate training, faculty or staff communication and
collaboration, or administrative operations. Winners must have
demonstrated real-world results, such as increased student achievement or
retention. For more information, visit
For 2008, those institutions named to the Elluminate CoE and their
respective Elluminate Heroes are:
-- Argyll Centre - Alison Hancox. Using Elluminate Live! as an integral
communication tool to motivate, animate, support, and inform students,
staff, and parents with the ultimate goal of student achievement.
-- Broward County Public Schools - Claudia Dilgen. Implementing the
latest innovations in instruction technology to recapture students and
provide an alternative to face-to-face instruction and a more personal form
of online instruction.
-- CCC Confer - Catherine McKenzie, Blaine Morrow, Michelle Taramasco.
Providing high-quality web conferencing services for the world's largest
higher education system.
-- Gwinnett County Online Campus - Cheryl Mitchell, Matt Waymack.
Individualizing and customizing eLearning to make staff more productive and
students more successful with higher completion rates, increased state test
scores, and improved attitudes towards learning.
-- Insight Schools, Inc. - Insight Instructional Team. Implementing
Elluminate technologies in innovative and creative ways to bring people
together to make learning happen for those seeking a more successful high
-- Northampton Community College - Kelvin Bentley. Enhancing instruction
and student services, helping distance learners build strong sense of
community, and connecting adjunct faculty.
-- San Jose State University - Debbie Faires. Providing live eLearning
support and training for the largest accredited library and information
science program in the world, including an innovative peer mentor program
that drives technology adoption for students and instructors.
-- Southern Cross University - Stephen Rowe. Reinvigorating teaching and
actively engaging students in learning across multiple campuses by
providing the same high-quality education and enabling interaction for
students, regardless of location.
-- University of Alberta - Online Program Support Group. Providing a
mechanism to increase both social and teaching presence as a catalyst for
building community and connecting students, instructors, researchers, and
staff in collaborative and engaging academic endeavors.
-- University of Illinois Springfield - Sharon McCurdy. Bridging
together online and on-campus initiatives to save time and resources while
increasing synergy in teaching methodology, staff practices, and student
views to effect powerful cultural change.
-- University of Pittsburgh Center for Injury Research & Control - Hank
Weiss. Increasingly pushing the envelope to adapt real-time web
collaboration technology for research, information dissemination, and
training for health professionals on injuries and injury control issues.
"While we are pleased with our accomplishments, we believe that we are only
at the beginning of this endeavor," said Hank Weiss, Director, University
of Pittsburgh Center for Injury Research & Control. "Large and dynamic
macro forces, such as increasing travel costs, improved Internet access,
decreased computer costs, and globalization of professional interaction,
will continue to drive others in a similar direction. We aim to meet them
there as a leader. Ultimately our goal is to promote the understanding of
ideas in our field and to learn how to reach out with these ideas further
and faster, to existing and new audiences, within the University and around
"My students left high school defeated and with only a certificate of
completion because they did not pass the FCAT reading subtest," said
Claudia Dilgen, Broward County Public Schools. "Elluminate Live! enabled
me to motivate them to try again. The virtual classroom experience created
life-long learners in the students as well as with me. The students
realized that they were successful in this learning environment and are
seeking other academic courses offered in this format."
"Our Elluminate Center of Excellence program showcases those institutions
and individuals who are the best of the best in developing live eLearning
programs that provide significant benefit to their respective organizations
and constituencies," said Maurice Heiblum, President of Elluminate, Inc.
"We are excited by the creative and innovative use of Elluminate Live! by
our winners and are honored to play a part in the outstanding results they
continue to achieve."
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,