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Echo360

September 10, 2013 08:00 ET

Echo360 Awards Six New Research Grants to Higher Education Institutions Studying Active Learning

Successful Grants Will Study the Impact of Active Learning Technology on Topics Including Accessibility, Flipped Classrooms and Student Engagement

DULLES, VA--(Marketwired - Sep 10, 2013) - Echo360, the global leader in active and distance learning solutions, today announced recipients of its annual grants program. The Echo360 Active Learning Grants Program is celebrating its fifth anniversary and has collectively awarded more than a quarter of a million dollars to institutions to study the impact of active learning technology on teaching and learning.

A record 32 applications were submitted from institutions across the globe, covering a broad spectrum of topics from flipping the classroom to distance learning. Ultimately, six proposals were selected to receive a $10,000 grant to generate findings that will help forge the future of active learning.

The following institutions received a grant in the 2013 program:

  • Indiana University School of Public Health - Bloomington: Evaluating the Impact of Personal Response Systems with Lecture Capture on Student Learning Outcomes
  • LeMoyne College: The Flipped Classroom at a Small, Liberal Arts College: In Support of the Culture
  • University of Birmingham Medical School (UK): Evaluating the Impact of Lecture Capture on Learning Outcomes in Dyslexic Students
  • University of Kentucky: Creating an Active Learning Environment in Undergraduate Medical Education: Integrating LectureTools into a Second-Year Clinical Skills Course
  • University of Michigan: Effects of Image-Based and Text-Based Activities on Student Learning Outcomes
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas: Investigating Student Engagement in Hospitality Learners: A Cross-Cultural Study of Lecture Software in the Large Classes

The focus of the 2013 program, "Create, Engage and Assess: Using Active Learning to Evolve Teaching and Learning," seeks to better understand how active learning solutions are transforming higher education campuses.

"The Echo360 Research Grant Program is delivering world-class insight into the positive impact active learning is having on higher education," said Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360. "The results from previous programs have shifted perceptions and allowed us to calibrate our products to the immediate need of students everywhere. We're very excited to review findings from these top research projects. The commitment we're seeing from our clients to explore the depths of active learning is simply inspirational."

For more information on Echo360's Research Grants Program and to read the winning research proposals, please visit: www.echo360.com.

About Echo360:
Nearly 2M students in 6,000 classrooms at 600 institutions across 30 countries rely on Echo360's active learning technology to enhance their educational experience before, during and after class. Developed for educators by educators, Echo360 increases in-class participation with digital polling, provides a rich out-of-class experience by recording and publishing course instruction and delivers deep usage analytics to help instructors respond to student progress. Students watch lectures, collaborate with peers and participate in class on smartphones, tablets and laptops, wherever, whenever they choose. Echo360 was recognized with the Product Line Strategy of the Year Award from Frost & Sullivan, is CSIA-certified for outstanding customer service and was named a Visionary Vendor in Educational Technology by IT research firm Basex. Echo360 is backed by Revolution Growth led by Steve Case, Ted Leonsis and Donn Davis.

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