SOURCE: Civitas Learning; Echo360

Civitas Learning; Echo360

Civitas Learning; Echo360

October 28, 2015 10:30 ET

Ed Tech Leaders Partner to Bridge Data Gap on College Campuses

Integration Between Civitas Learning and Echo360 Will Provide Colleges and Universities With Actionable Analytics About How Students Are Engaging in and Outside of Class

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwired - Oct 28, 2015) - Civitas Learning and Echo360 announced, today, a partnership that will allow colleges and universities to create a more complete picture of student success on campus.

Increasingly, higher ed institutions are using historic and predictive data to identify student challenges or opportunities to accelerate, intervene or inspire effectively, to improve learning and completion. Civitas Learning is helping colleges and universities better anticipate student needs and improve outcomes by using leading-edge data science to build institution-specific predictive models for student intake, persistence and graduation. Many schools, however, lack real-time information about whether a student is engaged and learning in class.

Echo360's teaching and learning platform is used by over 3 million college students to take time-synched lecture notes, ask questions in class, review lectures, build study guides, flag confusing content, and collaborate with peers and faculty during and after class. Echo360 captures this previously unavailable data on student learning and behaviors and provides real-time classroom insights to instructors.

Through the partnership, institutions will be able to integrate these classroom insights surfaced by Echo360 into Civitas Learning's pioneering analytics ecosystem, providing a more complete understanding of student engagement and other indicators of student success.

"Classroom engagement is a critical component of learning analytics," said Dr. Mark Milliron, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning. "The insights generated through the Echo360 platform allow institutions to better understand student behaviors, including note-taking, participation in class discussion, or whether students reviewed materials after class."

"We're entering a new phase of sophistication in data analytics in higher education. Combining historic and student profile data with real-time classroom activity, gives institutions more actionable insights to help each individual student on their path to success," said Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360. "By partnering with Civitas Learning, the leader in education data science, we're able to ensure that institutional leaders and advisors can deliver even more meaningful student support."

About Civitas Learning®
By building a community of forward-thinking higher education institutions, Civitas Learning brings together the best of leading-edge technology, design thinking, and data science in its mission to help a million more college students learn well and finish strong. Using a cloud-based, predictive analytics platform and engaging applications, Civitas Learning helps partner institutions bring deep insights to decision makers, and personalized, real-time recommendations directly to the front lines for students, faculty, and advisors to measurably improve student learning, persistence, and graduation. The reach of Civitas Learning's partners includes more than 850 campuses reaching more than 2.9 million students. Civitas Learning is based in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit: www.civitaslearning.com 

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 the Echo360 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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