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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Holly Sagues, Chief Strategist and Policy Officer, Florida Virtual School to Facilitate Desire2Learn and Elluminate Roundtable at NECC

Desire2Learn and Elluminate host roundtable on the economic benefits and viability of online learning

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, will co-host a roundtable on The Economic Benefits of Online Learning with Desire2Learn Select ISV Partner Elluminate at the 30th Annual National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Washington, D.C., June 28 – July 1. This event will provide visibility into the Florida Virtual School’s evolved model and share insight into how to fund a K-12 eLearning program.

Keynote speaker Holly Sagues, Chief Strategist and Policy Officer, Florida Virtual School will showcase in-depth information about how to fund online learning. The recent findings of the Florida Tax Watch report evaluating Florida Virtual School’s value to Florida taxpayers will be shared. Since 1998, Ms. Sagues has lived the mission and core values of Florida Virtual School. She provides data backed analysis and insights to her school’s decision makers regarding growth initiatives, strategies for achieving school goals, and tactical procedures for day-to-day operations.

This roundtable meeting will:

  • provide an overview of current US models for funding virtual K-12 educational programs
  • share an in-depth review of Florida Virtual School funding structure and evolution
  • discuss challenges facing all funding models
  • articulate key data points for validation of funding requests and
  • review of Total Cost of Ownership concept

A co-authored white paper will continue the dialogue about funding and the potential for eLearning and how to maximize funding opportunities.

“K-12 virtual education is making huge inroads as a viable, accountable supplement to traditional classroom education,” says John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn and host of the roundtable. “It is imperative to understand how to adequately fund these programs to accommodate the demand and make them sustainable. Florida Virtual School has developed a model that works. Through forums such as this roundtable we bring together the practitioners to further the understanding and identify opportunities to further enable K-12 virtual education to succeed and continue to grow.”

To learn more about the Desire2Learn Roundtable sessions and participate in upcoming events, contact Kristie Clements at Kristie.Clements@Desire2Learn.com; call 1.888.772.0325 or email Info@Desire2Learn.com for details.

About Elluminate

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 serves over 600 million web-collaboration minutes annually to over 7 million teachers and students located in over 170 different countries.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Pleasanton, California, Elluminate is the trusted choice of prominent academic institutions and corporations, including ADP, Apple Computer, California State University, Florida Virtual School, Georgetown 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, 2008.

About Desire2Learn Incorporated

Desire2Learn Incorporated is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, values, goals, pedagogical approaches and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than five million learners worldwide and clients include higher education, K-12, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn is headquartered in Kitchener, ON, Canada with personnel located in North America, the U.K. and Australia.
For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), 0808.234.6744 (for the U.K.) and 1.800.778.631 (for Australia).

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John McLeod
Director of Marketing
Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325 ext. 378
PR@Desire2Learn.com