SOURCE: Elluminate, Inc.

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 program.

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 http://www.elluminate.com/community/center_of_excellence.jsp.

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
    school experience.
--  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 the globe."

"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, Alberta, Canada.

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