Press Release: Immersive e-Classrooms Boost Engagement and ROI for ILT: VenueGen to Discuss at eLearning DEVCON and ICELW

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VenueGen CEO and President will explore how virtual environments can make distance education as powerful as face-to-face instruction

(Research Triangle Park, NC: June 3, 2011) “Virtual instructor-led training (ILT) and distance education programs are only as powerful as their ability to truly engage dispersed teams,” says David Gardner, CEO and creator of VenueGen (, an immersive virtual classroom and collaboration lab. “If learners are less involved, engaged, and present in the e-classroom than they are in the physical classroom, then where’s the ROI of going virtual? Even if you reduce travel and time out-of-field, a disengaged workforce is less effective and more costly over time.”

eLearning DEVCON 2011Gardner and VenueGen President Jeff Crown will explore this gap between face-to-face and virtual ILT, as well as the potential of new immersive e-classroom platforms to finally bridge it, with a presentation titled “Making Virtual Environments Work for Distance Education” at two June 2011 conferences.

Gardner will speak Thursday, June 9 at the International Conference for eLearning in the Workplace (ICELW) 2011, from 2 – 3 pm EDT at Columbia University in New York, NY. To learn more about the Conference or to register to attend, please visit

ICELW 2011Crown’s presentation will take place at eLearning DEVCON 2011 in Salt Lake City, UT Wednesday, June 15 from 11:30 am – 12:15 pm as part of the conference’s Project Management track. Conference and registration information is available at

Making Virtual Environments Work for Distance Education will explore the following topics:

  • The value of immersive virtual training environments—beyond simply reducing travel costs—to enterprise organizations;
  • The strengths and weaknesses of currently available immersive technologies;
  • How to utilize these technologies to demonstrate measurable impact on learning;
  • Common mistakes and pitfalls encountered when adopting virtual environments for ILT;
  • Risks and critical success factors that should be considered when planning online learning strategies.

For more information, or to schedule an interview or meeting with Gardner or Crown at the events, please contact Kate Hendrick by phone at 919-727-9089, by email at, or via Twitter at

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