Lecture Capture Emerges as Key Resource for University Business Continuity Planning

Echo360 Sponsors October 1st Business Continuity Planning Webinar for Higher Education

DULLES, VA--(Marketwire - September 23, 2009) - Echo360, higher education's first choice for allowing students to relive the classroom experience on demand, announced that colleges and universities around the world are turning to its industry-leading lecture capture platform to support learning and teaching activities in preparation for emergencies, pandemics and other events that result in the suspension of academic operations.

Lecture capture has traditionally been used as a review tool for students to improve retention and mastery of their course materials. The applications for lecture capture have expanded beyond the classroom to support students with physical and learning disabilities, increase institution enrollment via distance learning, capture student study groups, and now, business continuity planning.

"Business continuity planning is a top priority for CIOs in higher education. Tools like lecture capture give us an alternative that keeps our students learning in the unfortunate circumstance that we need to suspend some or all of NYU Stern's face-to-face teaching activities," said Anand Padmanabahn, CIO of New York University Stern School of Business.

With the well-publicized concerns about a potential swine flu (H1N1 virus) outbreak, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Education have issued guidance that calls on institutions of higher education to "plan now for ways to continue educating students who stay home through distance learning methods."(1)

Echo360 allows instructors to record lecture and other learning materials on their personal computer from anywhere in the world. The recorded content -- available to students as podcasts and rich media -- can be viewed on computers and portable media devices. Used alone or alongside other teaching technologies, Echo360 clients can quickly institute remote learning options consistent with the government recommendations.

"By pairing lecture capture with our course management system, we have a powerful, end-to-end method to create, publish and provide student access to academic content in an interface already familiar to our faculty," Padmanabahn continues.

Academics interested in learning more about the use of lecture capture as part of business continuity planning are invited to attend an educational webinar titled "Thinking Ahead: Preparing for a Potential Swine Flu Outbreak." The London School of Economics and Australia's Curtin University will join Echo360 to discuss uses of lecture capture technology as part of a comprehensive university response plan to swine flu and other emergencies.

Date:           October 1, 2009
Time:           11 AM Eastern Time
Speakers:       Steve Ryan, Director, Centre for Learning Technology, LSE
                Martin Hill, iLecture Systems Manager, Curtin University
                Mark Jones, President, Echo360

To register for the webinar, which is hosted by "The Chronicle of Higher Education," please visit http://chronicle.com/webinars/echo360.

(1) Center for "Technical Report on CDC Guidance for Responses to Influenza for Institutions of Higher Education during the 2009-2010 Academic Year"; Centers for Disease Control; Available at www.flu.gov

About Echo360

Echo360, http://www.echo360.com, envisions an opportunity for every student to be freed from traditional barriers to learning with an on-demand education experience. Full-time, part-time, distance, continuing, and online all describe today's student living in a 24/7 world. On-demand media and education converge at the newly formed Echo360, helping colleges and universities engage students on the students' terms with full and unbounded access to classroom-based content via multiplatform replay. Developed in partnership with the University of Western Australia, Echo360 means scalable and affordable lecture capture solutions that can provide institutions of all sizes with universal availability of lecture content.

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