SOURCE: Schwartz Communications

March 20, 2006 10:00 ET

The Argyll Centre Increases Student Achievement Levels With Elluminate

Virtual Collaboration Environment Also Enables Instructor Professional Development and Remote Help Desk Support

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 20, 2006 -- Elluminate, Inc., a leading provider of live eLearning and Web collaboration solutions for the real-time organization, announced today that the Argyll Centre has implemented Elluminate Live! Academic Edition™ to add synchronous interaction to scheduled online classes and one-on-one tutoring sessions. In addition, Argyll Centre uses Elluminate Live! for collaborative group sessions, enabling instructors and staff in remote satellite locations to participate in meetings, pursue professional development, create instructional materials, and facilitate help desk activities, such as the remote troubleshooting of student computer problems.

The mandate of the Argyll Centre is to support all forms of home-based learning, including LearnNet, its online program that supports 550 students at a distance. "We found that the no-cost application we were using for our online delivery didn't work well for us," said Ray Lautt, technology department head for the Argyll Centre. "There were many technical issues, and we wanted to make the material more engaging for our online students. Synchronous technology better enables instructors to respond to students. Once we saw Elluminate Live! it became clear that the product was superior in terms of technology, and the reliability was much better. When you set up a session, it just happens, without any technical issues getting in the way."

"From the instructor and staff perspective, there is a new enthusiasm for teaching over distance, and while there is a high level of motivation and satisfaction, there is also great anticipation about where we can take this next," said Argyll Centre Principal Ron Bradley. "Looking at the business of education, which is student achievement, we conducted two internal research projects. The results showed that when young people are interacting on Elluminate Live! with an instructor or one another, achievement goes up higher than if students were in a text-based or asynchronous environment."

"We are excited that the Argyll Centre has implemented Elluminate Live! in a such a wide variety of areas, including live eLearning, meeting, collaboration, professional development, and help desk," said Maurice Heiblum, Elluminate's vice president of sales and marketing. "Our clients, like the Argyll Centre, have found that the more they experience Elluminate Live! the more uses they discover. The potential is almost unlimited. Most importantly, the increase they have seen in student achievement is exciting."

About the Argyll Centre

Because today's families want more educational choices that address how their children learn, the Argyll Centre was established in 1997 to support all forms of home-based education. One of 210 schools in the Edmonton public school system, the Argyll Centre offers over 5,000 students in grades 1 through 12 a variety of programs that operate outside the traditional structure of a classroom environment. With its main campus located in Edmonton, the school also has four satellite locations throughout Alberta. For more information, visit http://argyll.epsb.ca.

About Elluminate, Inc.

Elluminate, Inc. provides proven, award-winning solutions for real-time online learning and collaboration that enhance the learning experience, increase retention and completion rates, and remove traditional barriers to knowledge. Delivering best-in-class performance, Elluminate features high-quality VoIP, robust interactive functionality for participants and moderators, and unique No User Left Behind technology regardless of platform or Internet connection speed. Elluminate delivers exceptional outcomes with lower Total Cost of Ownership and higher ROI. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Elluminate is the trusted choice of prominent corporate and academic organizations such as ADP, DeVry University, Georgia State University, Johns Hopkins University, PA Department of Education, Sun Microsystems, T-Mobile, and many more. For more information, visit www.elluminate.com.

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

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