I think using Elluminate is a great way to engage the 21st century learner. The technology involved allows for discussion, lectures, presentations, and group work....however, it does not suit the traditional hands on lab classroom. In a lecture based class such as history or english, this type of software is great. But, when it comes to actually performing a task or activity, it is difficult to achieve the same level of involvement / results as compared to using elluminate.
If I were to design a course for elluminate for my program...it would have to be one that included a lot of videos or live feed of my screen for my learners to follow. If I was to teach an intro to drawing course, I would need to be able to actually demonstrate the task to the students via webcam. The whiteboard and communication tools would not be beneficial other than to ask questions. So, when setting up the course, I would make power points with the objectives and steps, show those, then have a class session where I demonstrate the task, followed by a review session or "parking lot" session to solve any issues. I would have to consider that not all students would have access to a computer with a webcam, nor would they be able to utilize the software (drafting) at home unless the county provided it to them. So, elluiminate would only work for me if I were performing a lecture such as great architects, house styles, etc. I would also have to consider that students are very good at sharing information, especially digitally, so I would have to devise projects that would not be easy to cheat.
Elluminate has been great and I enjoy using it. Its fun, interactive, and adds another tool to the box. Thanks!! Have a great week.