SOURCE: Echo360

Echo360

October 22, 2015 09:00 ET

Echo360 Launches Analytics Platform to Address Data Gap in Predictive Analytics

University of Kentucky System Will Work With Ed Tech Firm to Better Understand Critical Student Behaviors in Real-Time

RESTON, VA--(Marketwired - Oct 22, 2015) - Today, Echo360 announced the launch of its new analytics platform, designed to help colleges and universities better understand, and improve student engagement. The University of Kentucky will utilize the platform to improve predictive analytics and support both student advising and institutional decision making.

Under increasing pressure to improve retention and completion rates, colleges and universities are making unprecedented investments in big data and predictive analytics efforts designed to improve student outcomes. Often missing, however, is access to classroom-level data that allows institutions to more accurately and quickly support students who may be struggling. To address that gap, University of Kentucky is working with Echo360 to pioneer a new predictive analytics model that takes into account real-time student engagement indicators.

"While colleges and universities are today analyzing historic institutional data, we have a data gap when it comes to understanding student engagement," said Vince Kellen, Senior Vice Provost of Analytics and Technologies at University of Kentucky. "With real-time information collected through Echo360, we can create a more complete and timely picture of student success on our campus, which helps our faculty and advisors with actionable learning analytics that are critical to retention and completion."

University of Kentucky is using the Echo360 toolset to help faculty identify challenges and intervene with students who may be falling behind. When faculty upload course materials into the Echo360 active learning platform, they are able to gather insights on aspects of student engagement, including student confusion on specific topics, note taking, class participation and even peer-to-peer collaboration. 

"Institutional leaders like University of Kentucky are telling us that they need more data on what is happening right now to link with historic grades or other information used to construct a complete picture for institutions," said Echo360 CEO Frederick Singer. "To date, predictive analytics in higher education has been driven by analysis of student profile. While valuable, we are entering a second stage where profile data is mixed with real-time data on learning, and Echo360 is committed to helping institutions advance their data strategies." 

This announcement comes on the heels of recent collaborations between Echo360 and Achieving the Dream and the Jefferson Education Accelerator, as part of a broader effort to understand the correlation between student behaviors, success, and persistence.

About Echo360
Echo360 believes that improved outcomes start with great moments in the classroom. Developed by educators, Echo360 helps instructors capture and extend those moments to improve student engagement before, during and after class. Through our Active Learning Platform, students have 24/7 access to classroom discussion, presentation materials, and the lecture itself. We generate data that helps instructors and institutions identify problems early and take action. Today, Echo360 technologies are used by over 3 million students in 8,000 classrooms at 600 institutions across 30 countries. Echo360 is backed by Revolution Growth led by Steve Case, Ted Leonsis and Donn Davis. For more information about Echo360, visit: www.Echo360.com.

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