SOURCE: Elluminate, Inc.

March 13, 2007 09:00 ET

Elluminate Launches Blackboard Building Block 2.0 for Seamless Integration With Virtual Classroom

Provides One-Click Access to Powerful, Interactive Teaching and Learning Environment

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 13, 2007 -- Elluminate, Inc., a leading provider of live eLearning and web collaboration solutions for the real-time organization, announced today the release of version 2 of the Elluminate Live® Building Block application for the Blackboard Academic Suite™, which includes the Blackboard Learning System™, Blackboard Community System™ and the Blackboard Content System™. Elluminate introduced its new Blackboard Building Block™ release at BbWorld™ Europe in Nice, France. More information is available at http://www.elluminate.com/blackboard_building_block.jsp

The Elluminate Live! Blackboard Building Block enables academic institutions using Blackboard Learning System version 6 or higher to easily and seamlessly integrate live, synchronous distance learning and collaboration into their coursework. This latest integration includes new functionality that allows instructors to:

-- Enable Blackboard Building Block for all or selected courses
-- Create Elluminate Live! sessions for live classroom delivery
-- Include recordings of live classroom sessions for students who miss
   class or wish to review a session again
-- Create recorded tutorials and assign as part of course requirements
-- Create virtual rooms students can use to work together without an
   instructor
-- Invite remote guest speakers to attend or even moderate sessions
-- Create virtual offices and share with all courses
"The University of Calgary adopted a fully integrated use of Elluminate Live! with our Blackboard Learning System campus-wide in Fall 2005," said Joanne Carruthers, e-learning consultant at the University of Calgary's Teaching & Learning Center. "With the ease of single-point sign on, the integration of both a live and asynchronous platform allows our campus to increase the quality and quantity of interaction between students and instructors, promotes active learning and respects different learning styles. From small group student project discussions online, to live presentations by researchers globally and virtual office hours, creating Elluminate sessions within the Blackboard platform allows for many opportunities to improve the teaching and learning process."

"Having Elluminate plugged into the Blackboard platform has expanded the use of Elluminate at Babson immensely," said Tova Garcia Duby, interim co-director of the Curriculum Innovation and Technology Group at Babson College. "Elluminate has gone from a tool faculty needed assistance to set up to a self-service tool. Faculty can now create sessions on their own using the Blackboard control panel, an interface and format they are familiar with. In addition, faculty are secure knowing that only registered students can access and attend their course Elluminate sessions as the building block supports the Blackboard course enrollment. Another major benefit is that faculty can now create sessions for student groups to use, and the students can use these sessions without any faculty involvement."

"We are extremely pleased to continue our partnership with Blackboard to extend the company's popular e-Education platform to include live eLearning and web collaboration," said Maurice Heiblum, president of Elluminate USA, Inc. "Many customers, such as the University of Calgary and Babson College, have been using Elluminate Live! to enhance online interactivity between teachers and students. With this new Blackboard Building Block, the process to access a virtual classroom will be easier than ever."

About Elluminate, Inc.

Elluminate, Inc. provides proven, best-in-class solutions for real-time online learning and collaboration. The company delivers exceptional outcomes, including enhanced learning experiences, increased retention and completion rates, lower Total Cost of Ownership, and higher ROI. Elluminate Live! features high-quality voice over the Internet, robust interactive functionality for participants and moderators, and unique No User Left Behind™ technology, regardless of platform or Internet connection speed. Elluminate is one of Deloitte's 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies, the winner of several prestigious industry awards (including a Top Training Product award from Human Resource Executive magazine and Network Computing magazine's Editor's Choice Award for web conferencing software), and rated by Forrester Research as a "strong performer" in web conferencing. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Elluminate is the trusted choice of prominent academic institutions and corporations, such as ADP, DeVry University, Duke University, Georgia State University, Johns Hopkins University, Novell, PA Department of Education, Queen's University, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, and many more. For more information, visit www.elluminate.com.

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

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