(Fort Lauderdale, Florida–August 9, 2006)–Elluminate, Inc., a leading provider of live eLearning and web collaboration solutions for the real-time organization, announced today that the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), a worldwide partnership of independent learning centers established by the World Bank, will use Elluminate Live!® Academic EditionT on an experimental basis for training and collaboration among GDLN Affiliates in selected countries around the world. By applying distance learning tools and services, GDLN Affiliates enable organizations, teams, and individuals around the world to communicate, share knowledge, and learn from each other’s experiences in a timely and cost-effective manner.
The GDLN will start using Elluminate Live!to train over 100 affiliates located in 80 countries worldwide on its new Activity Management System, an application used to schedule and coordinate knowledge sharing and learning activities across the network. In addition, the GDLN network is being used in conjunction with Elluminate’s live eLearning and web collaboration environment to enable dynamic interaction for constituents taking part in initiatives such as those provided by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Fellowship. The organization recently coordinated a program that used Elluminate Live!to augment existing videoconferencing technology, enabling Afghan government officials to interact online with coaches and mentors in five countries to help build leadership and management skills.
“Most of our affiliates are located in developing countries, where high-speed Internet connectivity is not always available, said Atem Ramsundersingh, Head of the GDLN Secretariat of the World Bank in Washington DC. We want to learn more about the extent to which Elluminate provides a reliable low-bandwidth, platform-independent solution that enables GDLN Affiliates and clients to communicate and collaborate with each other, even those in the most remote areas or secondary cities and towns that only have access to dial-up connections.”
“This is the first time that we enhanced the videoconferences with an online tool,” said Humaira Kamal, Special Fellow at UNITAR. “The audio-web conference has proved to be a most wonderful and flexible tool that I think will become more and more important to the function of the Fellowship.”
“We are extremely proud that the World Bank Global Distance Learning Network is using Elluminate Live!to increase communication, knowledge sharing, and collaboration on a global level,” said Maurice Heiblum, President of Elluminate USA, Inc. “Elluminate Live!is designed to ensure that no user is left behind, even those in remote, rural areas or third-world countries where Internet connectivity is less than optimal.”
About the World Bank Global Distance Learning Network
One of the largest sources of funding for the developing world, the World Bank uses its financial resources, staff, and extensive experience and knowledge to help developing countries reduce poverty, fight corruption, promote good governance, increase economic growth through better infrastructure, and improve their quality of life. Launched by the World Bank in 2000, the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) now comprises more than 120 centers around the world. The GDLN makes use of state-of-the-art Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to enable cost-effective knowledge sharing and collaboration free from geographical constraints. For more information, visit www.gdln.org.
About Elluminate, Inc.
Elluminate, Inc. provides proven, best-in-class solutions for real-time online learning and collaboration. Elluminate delivers exceptional outcomes that enhance the learning experience, and increase retention and completion rates with lower Total Cost of Ownership and higher ROI. 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 has won several prestigious industry awards, including Network Computing magazine’s Editor’s Choice for Web Conferencing software, and is rated by Forrester Research as a “Strong Performer” in Web Conferencing. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Elluminate is the trusted choice of prominent corporations and academic institutions such as ADP, the University of Calgary, 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.