SOURCE: Echo360

Echo360

June 17, 2010 06:00 ET

ASU Cronkite School Educates the Backpack Journalist With Echo360

LANSDOWNE, VA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2010) -  Echo360 Community Conference -- Echo360, higher education's first choice for allowing students to relive the classroom experience on demand, today announced that the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has selected the EchoSystem to power lecture capture, training and professional education initiatives throughout the school. 

As the journalism profession has experienced a shift to online video and social networking, the Cronkite School enhanced its curriculum by including the very technology future journalists need to succeed. Echo360 allows Cronkite students to access engaging rich media course materials on campus from their computers or while on assignment from mobile devices.

"Journalists today interact with a story as it unfolds, so they must be dexterous in a multitude of skills, including writing, editing, video and production. These backpack journalists need a different type of training than their predecessors, one that embraces their own love of technology," said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School. "Echo360 lecture capture is a natural fit for the digital journalist of the 21st Century."

The Cronkite School selected Echo360 because of an automated classroom capture model that includes the purpose-built EchoSystem capture appliance. The capture appliance easily integrated with the Cronkite School's existing classroom technology, and created a highly reliable environment to record the School's faculty and guest speakers.

"We were amazed at the seamless audio/visual integration with the EchoSystem. Set up was a snap. We simply schedule the EchoSystem and forget it," said Sasan Poureetezadi, director of computer services at the Cronkite School. "Because the EchoSystem capture appliance can operate during a network outage, we trust we aren't going to miss any captures."

ASU Cronkite has also used Echo360 to extend the influence of the The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. The technology records professional journalism workshops which are then made available online. Enrollment at the Center, once limited to those able to travel, is now open to any and all journalists interested in the free continuing education courses.

"We are thrilled to be an integral part of the technology vision at one of the world's premier journalism schools," said Mark Jones, president of Echo360. "The Cronkite School's use of Echo360 is a perfect example of how lecture capture is used to prepare students for a constantly changing, technology-driven world."

To learn more about how the ASU Cronkite School is using Echo360, visit www.echo360.com/ASUCronkite.

About Echo360
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.

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