SOURCE: Elluminate, Inc.

October 22, 2007 09:00 ET

Elluminate and Unicon Announce Technology Alliance to Integrate Elluminate Live! With Sakai

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

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - October 22, 2007) - Elluminate, Inc., a leading provider of live eLearning and Web-collaboration solutions for the real-time organization, and Unicon, Inc., the open source services company for education, today announced a strategic technology alliance to integrate Elluminate Live! with the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment. As part of the development partnership, Elluminate and Unicon will develop and contribute the new technology to the open source community. The companies are actively seeking additional sponsors and contributors for this project to participate in the development, testing, and implementation, and to help accelerate the delivery of this important application. The Elluminate/Sakai integration is targeted for completion and general availability to the public in spring 2008.

The Elluminate Live! interface will enable academic institutions using the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment to easily and seamlessly integrate live, synchronous distance learning and collaboration into their coursework. This latest integration includes new functionality that allows instructors to:

--  Add synchronous content to distance learning
--  Create Elluminate Live! sessions for live classroom delivery
--  Include recordings of live classroom sessions for students who miss
    class or wish to review
--  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
    

"Higher ed institutions gain the greatest flexibility and receive the highest value by utilizing both commercial and open source applications, and integrating them together," said John C. Blakley, CEO of Unicon, Inc. "This integration between Elluminate and Sakai is a great example for this and represents the best of both worlds."

"At Elluminate, we respect our customers' choices, including those who have chosen Sakai and open source," said Maurice Heiblum, president of Elluminate, Inc. "We are happy to work with Unicon to provide access to a real-time instruction delivery solution that easily duplicates any learning activity, from lectures and presentations to small group discussions and debates."

About Sakai

The Sakai software is a community source effort to develop a platform for innovation in collaboration, teaching and learning, and research support software. The Sakai Project's primary goal is to deliver the Sakai application framework and associated course management software (CMS) tools and components that are designed to work together. These components are for course development, delivery, management, and, as an augmentation of the original CMS model, they also support classroom and research collaboration. The software is being designed to be competitive with the best CMSs available. For more information visit: www.sakaiproject.org.

About Unicon

Unicon, Inc. is the leading independent provider of open-source frameworks, applications and professional services for the online campus. Unicon delivers enterprise portal, collaboration, learning and integration technology for higher education institutions worldwide. The company is a Sakai Commercial Affiliate for the community source Collaboration and Learning Environment and also a commercial affiliate of the uPortal open source Web portal initiative. Unicon strives to base its solutions on open-source technology for increased productivity and reduced costs. Unicon also provides a full complement of professional consulting, training and support services. More information about Unicon, Inc. is available at www.unicon.net.

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.