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LearningTimes Selected to Power First Illinois Online Conference

Leading Creator of Virtual Communities for Education to Produce Premiere 3-Day Online Event


NEW YORK, NY -- January 21, 2003 -- Illinois Online Conference (IOC) today announced the selection of LearningTimes, a leading provider of virtual communities for education, as Executive Producer of its 2003 Online Conference for Teaching and Learning to be held February 26-28, 2003 (8:00 a.m. CST).

Held entirely on the Internet, the 2003 Online Conference for Teaching and Learning features interactive webcasts with 3 keynote speakers, over 80 presentations and discussions based on the topics of: Innovation, Technology, Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Current Issues in Illinois Education.

LearningTimes will collaborate with the IOC to create a community experience with a full spectrum of real-time and on-demand communications tools, including its hallmark "voice debates," asynchronous voice-based discussion boards on timely learning-related topics. Other features include traditional discussion boards moderated by presenters, instant messaging; group calendars and event listings; team working areas; surveys; and places to upload, annotate, collaborate on and publish documents, images and applications specific to the conference.

"The best learning moments happen when people connect with other people. That's what LearningTimes is all about,” said Jonathan Finkelstein, founder and Executive Producer of LearningTimes. " Virtual classrooms and interactive webcasts will play a key role in the Illinois Online Conference, providing for many live and recorded special events. And our IOC community will allow the discussions that begin and the relationships that are formed over the three days to continue throughout the year."

“The IOC Educational Team set high standards for our first online event,” said Deborah L.G. Hutti, Associate VP for Educational Services at Lake Land College. “This conference will provide K-20 practitioners with an opportunity to share real-life experiences, learn about new technology to support instruction, and express our dreams about how the Internet and other distance delivery will enhance learning. LearningTimes not only offers our unique community a wide range of state-of-the-art tools, it also brings the years of experience in producing high-quality interactive webcasts that are critical to the training and support of over 80 presenters and 1000 attendees.”

For more information, and registration for the 2003 Online Conference for Teaching and Learning, go to www.ilonlineconf.org. For a first hand look at a LearningTimes community in action visit www.learningtimes.org, a free site for education professionals.

About LearningTimes

LearningTimes designs and produces online learning communities, programs and events, for educational and cultural institutions, non-profit organizations, associations, and membership groups. LearningTimes also provides the platforms and promotional expertise that ensure success. Clients and partners: New York City Board of Education, The League for Innovation in the Community College, the World Education Market, New Visions for Public Schools, New York Transit Museum, Academy of American Poets, ULiveandLearn, Wimba, Philadelphia's PBS/NPR affiliate WHYY, and Columbia University Teachers College. For more information contact LearningTimes at 212-420-6052 or visit www.learningtimes.net.

About the Illinois Online Conference

The 2003 Online Conference for Teaching and Learning emerged due to the efforts of the Illinois Online Conference Advisory Board. The advisory board includes a wide range of state educational agencies including the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Century Network, the Illinois Virtual Campus, the Illinois Online Network, the Illinois Community Colleges Online, the Illinois Math and Science Academy, the Illinois Digital Academic Library, the Regional Board of Education, the Regional Consortia Directors, and Lake Land College. For more information and to register for the 2003 Online Conference for Teaching and Learning, go to www.ilonlineconf.org.

Contact: Jonathan Finkelstein
Organization: LearningTimes
Phone: 212-420-6052
Email: info@learningtimes.net


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