SOURCE: Echo360

October 22, 2007 15:36 ET

Echo360 Launches Next Generation Lecture Capture Platform

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - October 22, 2007) - Echo360 (www.echo360.tv), higher education's first-choice for letting students relive the classroom experience on demand, today unveiled the new Echo360System for campus-wide lecture capture at EDUCAUSE 2007.

The Echo360System results from Anystream Apreso's acquisition of Lectopia, a pioneer in the lecture capture market. The organizations' combined technologies create the most advanced system for simplifying the campus-wide scheduling, capture, management and publishing of rich media lectures and podcasts for on-demand student replay.

Institutions using the Echo360System, which is currently in beta at 25 universities, give it high marks for ease of use and scalability. The platform features a second-generation management server with web-based scheduling, creating a centralized control center for lecture capture operations across multiple classrooms, buildings, and campuses.

"We've captured more than 300,000 minutes of classroom-based content in 30-plus classrooms and have firsthand experience with the challenges of rolling out lecture capture across a university," said John DeAngelo, associate dean for information technology at Temple University's Fox School of Business. "The Echo360System makes campus-wide lecture capture a reality. With this platform, we deliver on-demand lectures effortlessly."

Also included in the beta is the much-anticipated Echo360System capture appliance, the first non-PC device designed specifically for the needs of fixed classroom deployments. Along with its software capture capabilities, the Echo360System provides colleges and universities with maximum flexibility to capture lectures in fixed classroom and mobile environments, including faculty laptops.

Differing learning styles and the evolving student demographic are transforming the traditional classroom-centered delivery model. "Full-time, part-time, distance, ESL and lifelong learners all describe today's student. These students require access to classroom content around-the-clock," explained Mark Jones, senior vice president and general manager of Echo360. "On-demand lecture review is a must have learning tool, which Echo360 enables institutions of all shapes and sizes to deliver reliably and cost-effectively."

The Echo360System will be commercially available in the first quarter of 2008. EDUCAUSE conference participants can "test-drive" the Echo360System at Booth 2415 in the South Hall of Washington State Convention & Trade Center. EDUCAUSE will run from Tuesday, October 23 through Thursday, October 25.

About Echo360

Echo360 envisions a time when every student is freed from traditional barriers to learning with an education on demand 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 so that institutions of all sizes can provide universal availability of lecture content. From New York to Newcastle, Melbourne to Mexico City, Echo360 improves the lives of more students in over than 1,000 higher education institutions. For more information, log on to echo360.tv.

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