E-Learning Conference and Expo Draws More Than 5,000 Government, Academic and Corporate Professionals To Event in Washington, D.C.

April 25, 2001

SANTA ANA, Calif.– Dozens

of New Products Introduced and Thousands Network with Nearly 130 Exhibiting


Last week, more than 5,000

corporate, academic and government professionals looking for the newest information

and products for e-learning solutions packed the meeting rooms and the exhibit

floor of the Washington, D.C. Convention Center during the 11th annual e-learning

Conference & Expo (formerly TeleCon East/IDLCON).

The event is produced by

Advanstar Communications and drew nearly 130 exhibiting companies showcasing

the latest equipment, technologies, applications and services for decision-makers

involved in e-learning.

“There is a lot of excitement

about e-learning and what the technology can provide for corporations, academic

institutions and the government and by focusing our efforts on this space we

attracted nearly 1,200 conference participants, more than double from last year,”

said Joe Flynn, general manager for Advanstar Communications’ Collaboration

& e-learning Group.

“We are thrilled that with

many technology events waning, we were able to evolve the TeleCon East event

and receive very positive and enthusiastic feedback from both attendees and


Nearly 130 exhibiting companies

spanned more than 35,000 square feet of exhibit space, the largest in the event’s

history. The vendors that participated showcased the latest in Web-based content,

technology and services — from state-of-the-art learning management services

(LMS), portals and collaborative software, to complex multimedia simulations

and learning-specific hardware and delivery systems.

Such companies as Astound

Inc., Click2learn, Mentergy, DigitalThink, Element K, Instruction Set, SmartForce

Oracle, THINQ, and VCampus demonstrated their latest technologies for the attendees

in the corporate, academic and military fields.

One of the highlights of

the event was the stellar line-up of keynote speakers, all of which drew standing-room

only crowds to hear their ideas and insights on e-learning.

The event kicked off with

William J. Janklow, governor of South Dakota who spoke about the importance

of technology in education, followed by Tom Kelly, CLO, Cisco Systems, who discussed

the new world learning challenge: keeping pace in the Internet era.

On Thursday Andrew Sadler,

vice president, Strategy and Alliances, IBM Mindspan Solutions, talked about

the new economy transformation: the knowledge economy; followed by Steve Thomas,

CEO, Pathlore who talked about e-learning’s next challenge: management.

On Friday, Robert E. Downes,

executive secretary of the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative, Readiness

and Training Policies and Programs for the Office of the Secretary of Defense,

talked about collaborating across the public and private sectors to create the

future learning environment.

His speech was followed

by Dennis Bonilla, vice president at Oracle University, who discussed e-learning

— an imperative when becoming an e-business.

Following the keynote address

on Thursday the e-learning industry (ELLI) Awards and the United States Distance

Learning Association (USDLA) Awards were announced.

The ELLI Award was presented

by Gene Smarte, editor-in-chief of e-learning magazine to the Advanced Distributed

Learning (ADL) Initiative, which was developed on a presidential directive to

develop a federal plan for using learning technologies to improve education

and training and to lower costs.

The USDLA Awards were presented

by the board of directors of the USDLA, and acknowledged the efforts made in

distance learning, highlighting those instructors, programs and distance learning

professionals who have achieved excellence in the field. Winners in each of

the categories were:


for Excellence in Distance Teaching

  • Dr.

    Paul Resta, The University of Texas at Austin, Higher Education

  • Melodee Mercer,

    Department of Veterans Affairs, Government

  • Mary S. Ellsworth,

    Model Secondary School for the Deaf, Gallaudet University, K-12 Education


for Excellence in Distance Learning Programming

  • MBA Online,

    UT TeleCampus, The University of Texas System,Higher Education

  • Defense Acquisition

    University, Fort Belvoir, Virginia,Government

  • NASA Connect,

    Office of Education, NASA Langley Research Center, K-12 Education

  • BeST, IntuMed,

    Health-Care and Telemedicine

  • Pensare Knowledge

    Community, Corporate/Business

  • Aurum Technology,



for Most Outstanding Achievement by an Individual

  • J.

    Stephen Lytle, University of Central Florida, Higher Education

  • Steve

    Larkin, Internal Revenue Service, Government

  • Julius

    Edlavitch, M.D., International Pediatric Chat, Health-Care and Telemedicine

  • Bryan

    Polivka, Caliber Learning Networks, Corporate/Business

The e-learning conference

program was designed to provide corporate professionals, educators, and government

personnel with the full spectrum of e-learning solutions, from networks to hardware

to applications as well as from software to content, attendees were equipped

with end-to-end solutions.

The sessions were divided

into the three tracks: Corporate Training Sessions, the Academic Track, and

the GovLearn Sessions.

Sponsoring associations

of the e-learning Conference & Expo included the American Management Association,

the United States Distance Learning Association, the Federal Government Distance

Learning Association, the Washington Metro Distance Learning Association, the

Instruction Management Association, the Information Technology Training Association,

the Digital Learning Association, the International Multimedia Collaborative

Communications Alliance and the International Multimedia Telecommunications


Upcoming e-learning and

collaboration events produced by Advanstar Communications include The Wainhouse

Research Summit to be held July 26-27 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston;

TeleCon 2001 Conference & Expo to be held Oct. 22-25 at the Anaheim Convention

Center in Anaheim, Calif.; e-learning Chicago to be held Nov. 7-8, 2001 at the

Chicago Marriott O’Hare; and The 12th annual e-learning Conference & Expo which

will be held April 8-11, 2002 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center.

For additional information

about exhibiting and/or attending the future events, visit www.elearningexpos.com.

About Advanstar Communications

Advanstar Communications

Inc. is a worldwide business information company serving specialized markets

with high-quality information resources and integrated marketing solutions.

Advanstar has 106 top business and professional publications, 108 exhibitions

and conferences, 79 Web sites, and a wide range of direct marketing, database

and reference products and services.

Advanstar serves targeted

market sectors in such industries as telecommunications, CRM/call center, e-commerce,

retail, travel, hospitality, beauty, fashion, health-care, pharmaceutical, manufacturing

and processing. The company has more than 1,400 employees and currently operates

from multiple offices in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

For more information on

Advanstar Communications, visit


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