e-learning, the Future is Now – Conference and Expo Takes Shape to Bring Industry Together in Washington, DC in April

March 16, 2001

SANTA ANA, Calif. — According to industry reports, companies are flocking to e-learning as a cost-saving solution for corporate education and to help employees develop strong learning habits that the new economy requires. Attendees to the 11th annual e-learning Conference & Expo will learn methods that enhance motivation, performance, collaboration and innovation to help their employees pursue a commitment to lifelong learning.

“Managing the learning process from any location at any given time through the use of technology is how the industry is defining e-learning,” said Joe Flynn, general manager for Advanstar Communications’ Collaboration & e-learning Group. “Investors are interested because they have an opportunity to associate with an economic boom while providing a positive and cost effective way for consumers to educate and be educated.”

The 11th annual e-learning Conference & Expo (formerly TeleCon East/IDLCON) is where the corporate, academic and government & military markets join together to find the solutions, the strategies and the methods that make e-learning possible. The tradeshow and conference, which will be held April 17-20, 2001 at the Washington DC Convention Center, will offer services, content, resources and technology toward accomplishing an organization’s e-learning strategy.

Wall Street investment bank WR Hambrecht estimated that the e-learning market will grow to $11.5 billion by 2003. The editors of e-learning magazine said in a recent article, “Corporations are excited about the promise of e-learning, because they expect to dramatically lower the cost of administering training and education programs. Moving classroom training to the Web will enable companies to realize millions of dollars in cost savings, and it is for this reason that 42% of companies have already implemented an e-learning initiative.”

The hundreds of vendors that will be participating in the upcoming trade show will be showcasing 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 and VCampus will be demonstrating their latest technologies for the attendees in the corporate, academic and military fields.

“e-learning is the future, the questions being asked are which vendors to partner with and what knowledge do traditional educators and trainers need to excel and be profitable,” added Mr. Flynn. “The thousands of attendees that take part in this conference and trade show will gain this knowledge to bring back to their school and/or businesses.”

Dennis Bonilla, vice president at Oracle University, has been added to the list of keynote presenters and will address the attendees on Friday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Bonilla joins the Governor of South Dakota, the director from the Office of the Secretary of Defense as well as executives from Cisco Systems, IBM Mindspan Solutions, and Pathlore who were named earlier as keynote speakers. Mr. Bonilla will discuss why e-learning is imperative to e-Business and how Oracle University, the second largest provider of IT education, has undergone a large e-learning transformation over the last year.

The e-learning conference program is 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 will be equipped with end-to-end solutions. Corporate training sessions include such topics as knowledge management, integrating e-learning strategies, using streaming media, preparing trainers to teach online, designing interactive web-based training sites, and working with multiple tools and technologies.

The academic track will include case studies from the JASON Academy, California State University Fullerton and the Florida State School System as well as sessions on K-12 applications in e-learning, distance learning, distributed technologies and content strategies for distance learning. In addition, the National Education Association will showcase their TECH: Making the Grade, an interactive exhibition highlighting the importance of technology in today’s classroom. This self-guided hands-on exhibition at the association’s headquarters will showcase how technology is changing education.

The GovLearn Sessions will focus on e-laws, university-military partnerships, managing cultural issues in e-learning implementation, rapid procurement options, and Web-based learning environments in the Department of Defense. There will also be case studies presented by executives from the U.S. General Accounting Office, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Rensselar Polytechnic Institute, the Total Army Distance Learning Program and the Air Command and Staff College.

Sponsoring associations of the e-learning Conference & Expo include 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 Consortium. To attend, exhibit or speak at e-learning 2001, 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, healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and processing. The company has more than 1,400 employees and currently operates from multiple offices North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. For more information on Advanstar Communications, visit www.advanstar.com.

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