More Elluminate resources

As well as being an excellent ‘lecture capture system’, the DEECD’s Elluminate website  hosts a number of very interesting presentations that have been saved for access at a later date.

One of these presentations is Steve Hargadon’s Web 2.0 is the future of education. (You must have Elluminate installed, Victorian educators can download this for free from here. Elluminate lite is also available to other schools free for one year; for the free program click here.) This presentation gives a great outline of Web 2.0 in education and why it is necessary for 21st Century learning.

Steve Hargadon's
Steve Hargadon’s Web 2.0 is the future of education presentation
Access is available to other Web 2.0 presentations, click here for them. Elluminate is a fantastic tool that allows archiving of presentations and so access at a later date for people who couldn’t attend or those who want to revisit the presentation is open and easy.

Elluminate Masterclasses – Developing Virtual Classroom Experts

Thanks to Tamara Carpenter and Kate Jeffrey, from the DEECD Knowledge Bank Online Conferencing Team for the following information:

Elluminate Masterclass – Developing Virtual Classroom Experts

What is it?

The Innovations and Next Practice Division Online Events team are running a series of Elluminate Masterclasses to Victorian educators who are interested in developing the skills to extend their teaching and learning into virtual classrooms and becoming “masters and mentors” for others. The program is being offered as a series of four Masterclasses available from February through May 2009. If you have used Elluminate before as a participant or moderator and would like to:

  • Develop your online facilitation skills
  • Learn how to use virtual classrooms in different teaching and learning contexts
  • Understand how to adapt different teaching and learning styles to the virtual classroom
  • Experiment with the use of multiple tools in an online session
  • Become part of a network of virtual classroom leaders

These sessions will offer you a chance to work with a highly skilled e-facilitation expert and become part of a network of virtual classroom experts. Carole McCulloch will lead the program. Carole is a skilled virtual moderator, e-coach and e-mentor who has been involved in education throughout her working life. Carole has worked as a secondary school teacher, a lecturer and coordinator in TAFE (community colleges), then as an instructional designer, flexible learning manager and senior project officer for TAFE frontiers in Melbourne. Since 2005 she has worked as an independent e-learning consultant working on national and state based e-learning projects.

Who is eligible?

This program for Victorian teachers and educators (both government and non government schools), education policy officers and researchers with some experience of using and/or participating in virtual classrooms in their professional life. Applicants will nominate how they plan to use their virtual classroom skills on completion of the program.

When will it be held?

The program is being offered as series of four Masterclasses. Participants will attend a series of four sessions. Each session will start at 3.30pm and run for 1.5 hours. Each series will be offered over four weeks. Applicants are invited to nominate one series only:

Series 1: Feb/March 2009 (Feb 19, 24, 27, March 2)

Series 2: March 2009 (Mar 4, 10, 16, 23)

Series 3: April 2009 (Apr 21, 24, 27, 30)

Series 4: May 2009 (May 1, 13, 22, 27)

Where will it be held?

The program is offered online in Elluminate. You don’t need to leave your desk – the program comes to you. We expect that you commit to attend all sessions but in the case of unforeseen circumstances, session recordings will be available.

How to sign-up

Places for Masterclasses are strictly limited. If you are interested in attending a series of the Masterclasses, please email the following information to by the closing dates indicated. Your registration information will be reviewed and we will notify selected applicants within a few days of the closing date.

Application: Elluminate Masterclasses – developing virtual classroom experts.


Job title


Which Masterclass Series are you applying for?

Series 1: Feb/March 2009 (Feb 19, 24, 27, March 2) – applications close Tuesday 17 February 2009

Series 2: March 2009 (Mar 4, 10, 16, 23) – applications close Wednesday 18 February 2009

Series 3: April 2009 (Apr 21, 24, 27, 30) – applications close Tuesday 7 April 2009

Series 4: May 2009 (May 1, 13, 22, 27) – applications close Friday 17 April 2009

Are you online? Your blog, wiki, website etc. address

Where did you hear about the program?

Do you have previous experience with virtual classrooms? (eg have run own Elluminate sessions, attended events, etc.)

How do you plan to use virtual classrooms in your professional setting? (<100 words)

More information

For more information, contact Tamara Carpenter (03 9637 3010) or Kate Jeffrey (03 9637 1820) or email


Elluminate is an online ‘lecture capture’ application that is currently available free of charge to all Victorian educators (State, Independent and Catholic schools are all included) through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s Knowledge Bank.

Elluminate lets people communicate in real time via their Internet connection. People who schedule an Elluminate session meet in a ‘room’. They are able to speak to each other via a headset with microphone, use the chat function, raise their hand to ask a question, draw on a whiteboard amongst other things. The moderator or person running the session is able to upload powerpoint style slides to give the session a focus. At the end, sessions can be saved and archived for access at a later time.

Once Elluminate is installed via the Knowledge Bank page, users are able to access demonstrations, archived sessions and participate in online training sessions. There are two sessions on how to use Elluminate coming up in the next few weeks; Tuesday 13th January at 3.30pm  and Tuesday 27th January at 3.30pm. To participate in these very useful sessions, click on the date/s above to register. (Please be aware that you will need a headset with microphone and have downloaded Elluminate prior to the session.) Once users are confident using Elluminate, rooms can be booked to run your own online sessions.

A view of an Elluminate room

Elluminate has so many possibilities in regard to educational applications; staff can capture professional development sessions or staff meetings for part-timers or those who are absent. Those schools who find attending professional development sessions difficult due to distance or funding can access Elluminate sessions easily and for free. And archived sessions mean that you can revisit a session at anytime. Elluminate also has uses to work with students in a virtual enviroment. Once you become confident using Elluminate, the rest is up to your imagination. 

For examples of previous Elluminate sessions, click here. A previous Bright Ideas post on Professor Stephen Heppell linked to his Knowledge Bank visit. To access it, click here.

For more information on Elluminate, see the Knowledge Bank Elluminate site or contact:

Tamara Carpenter
Senior Project Officer
Knowledge Bank Online Events
Innovation and Next Practice Division
Office for Policy, Research and Innovation
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Ph. 03 9637 3010

If you do use Elluminate, please leave a comment to let everyone know what you think of it and how you used it in your school.

Thanks to Tamara for her assistance.