SOURCE: Echo360

September 11, 2008 09:00 ET

Echo360 Unveils Web-Based Editor

Browser-Based Solution Provides Multi-Platform Access for Instructors to Edit Lectures

DULLES, VA--(Marketwire - September 11, 2008) - Echo360, higher education's first choice for allowing students to relive the classroom experience on demand, today announced product enhancements to the EchoSystem platform that fuel the adoption of lecture capture across an entire university. Foremost is a web-based editor that gives instructors the option to quickly tailor their rich media lectures.

The web-based EchoSystem editor requires no software installation on the part of faculty -- providing ubiquitous access to edit and publish lectures without assistance from technology staff. Users simply select content from their lecture library and trim content as needed. Master lecture files are preserved so faculty can rollback to the original presentation at any time. As an integrated piece of the EchoSystem platform, a single edit can be universally applied to EchoSystem podcasts, vodcasts and rich media lectures.

Also new to the EchoSystem are feature enhancements that address the needs of system and campus administrators as they scale to campus-wide deployments:

--  Campus-wide Confidence Monitoring: Centralized monitoring of the
    capture process - including the status of audio, video and VGA feeds -
    gives administrators real-time health of capture operations across campus.
--  Enhanced Usage Reporting: CIOs, provosts, deans and faculty can track
    most popular lectures and spikes in system usage, providing valuable
    insight into student usage patterns.
--  Increased Content Security: Using LDAP/Active Directory system
    integration, lecture access can be limited to authenticated users,
    preventing viewing of links forwarded to students not enrolled in a
    particular class.

This announcement comes on the heels of the June delivery of the EchoSystem platform. "Echo360 continues to eliminate the obstacles universities face when scaling lecture capture to more than just a few classrooms. First we delivered the EchoSystem, an enterprise-class solution for automating the scheduling, production and publishing of rich media lectures and podcasts campus wide. We reduced the total cost of ownership with the introduction of site licensing and the EchoSystem capture appliance," said Mark Jones, president of Echo360. "And staying true to our philosophy, our new features like web-based editing and proactive confidence monitoring are designed to facilitate broad deployments without taxing faculty or staff."

About Echo360

Echo360 envisions a time when all students are 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 Echo360, helping colleges and universities engage students on their terms with full and unbounded access to their classroom-based content through multiplatform replay. Developed in partnership with the University of Western Australia, Echo360 offers scalable and affordable lecture capture solutions that empower institutions of any size to provide universal availability of lecture content to their students. From New York to Newcastle, Melbourne to Mexico City, Echo360 touches the lives of more students in over than 1,000 higher education classrooms around the globe. For more information, visit

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