Institution Enlists Echo360 to Reinforce Classroom Lectures and Power Distance Learning Programs
DULLES, VA--(Marketwire - October 26, 2010) - Echo360, www.echo360.com, the recognized leader in campus-wide solutions that enable universities to record, manage and share rich media course content for lecture capture and distance learning, today announced that the University of Arkansas has signed an enterprise-wide site license agreement for Echo360's lecture capture software and hardware appliances. The University has deployed Echo360 across five schools and colleges including the College of Engineering and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.
The top 100 ranked College of Engineering uses Echo360 to supplement its distance learning program. Lower division mechanical and electrical engineering courses are taught at both the Fayetteville main campus and the Fort Smith campus 55 miles away. Advanced or upper division courses taught only at the Fayetteville campus are recorded using Echo360. Engineering students enrolled at the Fort Smith campus are able to access Echo360 recordings without travelling to the Fayetteville campus, saving them hours of travel time daily.
"With our college's split-campus model, Echo360 allows us to be flexible with our curriculum delivery while enhancing the student learning experience," said Dr. Terry Martin, professor and associate dean for academic programs, University of Arkansas, College of Engineering. "Echo360 gives us the kind of scalability and administrative control needed to support our distance learning program and better serve all of our students."
The Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences was the first college at the University to deploy Echo360 and is now using lecture capture across nearly half of its classrooms. Echo360's seamless integration with an instructor's normal classroom routine, and the ability for students to review lecture material at their convenience have led to Echo360's growing popularity among instructors and students. The College also recently rolled out Echo360's personal capture software, which allows instructors to record and publish lectures from any PC outside of the classroom, turning an instructor's office, home or any other location into an instant educational studio.
"Licensing Echo360 across multiple colleges on campus has allowed us to increase the number of classrooms and learning spaces that are outfitted with Echo360 in a cost-effective manner," said Brenda Wideman, technology coordinator for Bumpers College, University of Arkansas. "By expanding our use of Echo360, we're enabling more students to reap the learning benefits of lecture capture and giving instructors more options for delivering their classroom material."
"For universities looking to deploy lecture capture across their enterprises, Echo360 provides them with flexible product deployment and pricing options that ultimately achieve greater economies of scale," said Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360. "The University of Arkansas is a great example of how institutions can use this model to their advantage by having departments work together to provide the broadest possible access to this crucial and proven learning resource."
Echo360 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 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. Learn more at www.echo360.com.