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New Elluminate Learning Suite Supports Complete Instructional Cycle for Online Learning
Jun 09, 2008 (10:06 AM EDT)


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Elluminate, Inc. announced today that its role as the leading vendor for live, online communication, collaboration, and education for the academic market has expanded to address the entire instructional cycle of planning, presenting, recording, and publishing. The Elluminate Learning Suite includes Elluminate Live!(R) and the Elluminate Next> bundle, which combines the new Elluminate Plan!(TM) and the recently released Elluminate Publish!(TM). All are unique solutions that support what happens before, during, and after a live online session.

The company's comprehensive eLearning solution also includes a growing list of Elluminate Bridges that intelligently connect Elluminate offerings to standard commercial and open-source learning and course management systems, portals, and directories. In addition, new Elluminate vOffice(TM) and Elluminate vClass(TM) provide affordable, single-room solutions for 10 to 200 users.

"Live interaction in the virtual classroom is key to transforming teaching and learning on a global level, but we understand that the eLearning landscape is evolving," said Maurice Heiblum, President of Elluminate, Inc. "With today's announcement, Elluminate's 'learning-edge' solutions take educators beyond the virtual classroom with tools for session planning and post-session content distribution."

"Our solutions address activities across the entire instructional cycle, integrate with existing applications in the academic infrastructure, and scale easily from the department or campus level to complex, multi-campus enterprise-wide deployments," added Heiblum. "The support of the instructional cycle and infrastructure-wide implementation bring the brick-and-mortar classroom into what we think of as the EDU 2.0 world."

Elluminate Learning Suite Addresses Before, During, After Live Online Session

The Elluminate Learning Suite is composed of three products that enable educators to pre-package content and activities ahead of time, deliver these interactive plans online in real time, and provide interactive recordings as post-session portable, reusable learning content.

Elluminate's flagship product Elluminate Live! allows instructors and students to interact and collaborate in real time, adding synchronous content to asynchronous distance learning or combining blended onsite/online learning activities. Elluminate Live! engages more people in more ways to promote active learning and improve student performance.

The Elluminate Next> bundle combines Elluminate Plan! and Elluminate Publish!

-- New Elluminate Plan! organizes and packages content and activities before the live, online session, automating routine tasks and allowing instructors to focus on delivering material, facilitating interaction, and optimizing the eLearning experience. Elluminate Plan! expands the use of real-time interaction to more instructors and leverages content created by others. -- Recently available Elluminate Publish! creates portable, reusable learning content from Elluminate Live! session recordings. With Elluminate Publish! users can playback industry-standard audio files on any MP3 player or view standalone Elluminate Unplugged! multimedia recordings when their computer is not connected to the Internet.

New Elluminate Plan! Facilitates Delivery, Interaction in Live, Online Session

Unlike other products designed for self-paced exploration, Elluminate Plan! was specifically developed for use in a multi-user, instructor-led, real-time eLearning environment. Instructors or course designers plan content and activities ahead of time. Then during the Elluminate Live! session, each action, like advancing to the next slide, creating breakout rooms, loading and presenting a quiz, web touring, or playing a multimedia file, is triggered with a single click of the next button.

Elluminate Plan! ensures that content is delivered consistently across multiple instances of a session by multiple presenters. Institutions can package content and methodologies for real-time delivery by a wider group of instructors to facilitate the use of live eLearning and collaboration system wide. Elluminate Plan! makes its debut at NECC 2008 on June 29 to July 2 in San Antonio, Texas, where it will be available combined with Elluminate Publish! in the Elluminate Next> bundle.

Elluminate Live! and Elluminate Publish! Show Continued Momentum at Leading Institutions

As Elluminate recently announced in two related press releases, the company continues to demonstrate strong performance in both the K-12 and Higher Education markets with flagship product Elluminate Live! For more information, visit http://www.elluminate.com/press/press_releases.jsp .

In addition, a wide variety of leading academic institutions have already deployed Elluminate Publish! These include Argyll Center, Athabasca University, Florida Virtual School, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit, http://www.elluminate.com/publish/ , the Open University Netherlands, , Southern Cross University, , , and Virtual High School. For more information, visit .

Elluminate Bridges Integrate Virtual Classroom into Academic Infrastructure

A growing list of Elluminate Bridges seamlessly integrate Elluminate Live! with popular learning or course management systems, including Blackboard Learning System -- Enterprise, Blackboard Learning System -- CE/Vista Enterprise, eCollege, and Moodle CMS. Upcoming integrations include the ANGEL Learning Management Suite. The Elluminate Bridge SDK allows organizations to develop custom integrations into educational portals and academic directories. For more information, visit http://www.elluminate.com/seamless_integration.jsp .

Elluminate vOffice and Elluminate vClass Offer Entry-level Configurations

Two fully functional, starter products enable deployment of Elluminate Live! in economical, single-room settings. Subscriptions for Elluminate vOffice, a personal virtual meeting room for 10 to 50 simultaneous users, and Elluminate vClass, an online classroom for 10 to 200 simultaneous participants, are available now starting at an annual cost of $999. For more information, visit http://www.elluminate.com/buy_now.jsp .

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(TM) technology that supports multiple platforms and low-bandwidth connectivity. Elluminate has served more than 300 million web-collaboration minutes to over 3 million teachers and students located in 185 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, http://www.elluminate.com , , Florida Virtual School, , 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 .

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

CONTACT: Alisa Valudes or Shahed Ahmed, both of Merritt Group for pr@elluminate.comElluminate, Inc., +1-703-390-1500,

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