DULLES, VA--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) -  Echo360, the global leader in campus-wide blended learning and lecture capture solutions, today announced the appointment of education pioneer John T. Casteen to its independent Board of Directors. President Casteen joins forces with technology innovator Echo360 to accelerate higher education's use of blended learning solutions and leverage technology to dramatically improve learning outcomes.

"Echo360 is honored that President Casteen is bringing his visionary leadership to our board as we prepare for another year of growth and expansion," said Echo360 CEO Fred Singer. "Over the past twenty years, President Casteen has been a pioneer in education at the University of Virginia. Now, his guidance will help us develop innovative blended learning solutions to solve the pressing problems facing higher education institutions worldwide."

After more than 20 years as the University of Virginia's President, Dr. Casteen, now the university's President Emeritus, carries a lifetime of executive leadership experience and has earned a wealth of top honors. Among those distinctions, a gold medal from the National Institute of Social Science, UVA's Thomas Jefferson Award, election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Virginia Commonwealth University's Excellence in Virginia Government Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently, President Obama appointed Casteen to the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars.

"With technology playing a larger role in shaping education, I'm captivated by the possibilities that Echo360 blended learning solutions enable," said John Casteen. "Modern students are demanding their institutions keep pace with their digitally connected world. Echo360's blended learning solutions do just that while advancing where and how students learn."

With the economy constricting resources and shrinking budgets on campuses around the globe, Echo360 provides solutions to some of education's most difficult challenges. Echo360's blended learning and lecture capture solutions ease over enrollment, increase course availability and lower operational costs by delivering high-quality instruction in an engaging, digital environment.

As a global leader in blended learning and lecture capture solutions, Echo360 helps higher education institutions keep pace with modern students' learning needs through products that digitally record instructional content. Echo360 has been recognized with the 2010 Product Line Strategy of the Year Award from Frost & Sullivan and named a Visionary Vendor in Educational Technology by IT research firm Basex. Echo360's products facilitate a better instruction for large collections of students, lower costs and enrich learning experiences by enabling students to easily access and share multimedia content. Through Echo360's platform, students can replay recorded sessions and review additional information from instructors online; at their convenience and across various devices. Echo360's products are used by 400 colleges and universities in 28 countries, including Purdue University, New York University, the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and many others.

For additional information, visit www.echo360.com

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