SOURCE: Echo360

December 18, 2007 16:00 ET

Lectopia® Captures the Carrick Award

STERLING, VA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2007) - Echo360, higher education's first choice for letting students relive the classroom experience on demand, announced that Lectopia, a pioneer in lecture capture and delivery, has been given the prestigious Carrick Program Award by the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. This award is in recognition of Lectopia's support of student learning across the Australian university sector, including the University of Western Australia, where the system captures more than 2,400 lectures per month.

The Lectopia project, which was recently acquired by Echo360 (echo360.tv), created a system to capture and publish lectures for on-demand student replay. Such recordings are invaluable for students needing to review classroom material to build comprehension or unable to attend lectures. Lectopia records over 3,000 lectures per week at 20 colleges and universities worldwide.

"This prestigious acknowledgement is the culmination of a decade long commitment between the University of Western Australia and Lectopia to expand and enhance learning opportunities for students," explained Mike Fardon, founder of Lectopia, who is Vice President of Product Management at Echo360. "Students demand access to Lectopia, often selecting their courses based on its availability. Teachers value the 'hands-off' operation and recognize the benefits for their students."

The Carrick Award recognizes exemplary programs and services making an outstanding contribution to the quality of higher education. These are granted to programs and services where impressive effectiveness has been demonstrated after strenuous evaluation.

Award recipients have a history of setting benchmarks for activities in other institutions. Previous winners have included Australian National University, University of Tasmania, University of Queensland, Deakin University, Curtin University of Technology, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and University of Technology, Sydney.

"Lectopia's selection as a 2007 Carrick award winner underscores their dedication and commitment to innovation and leadership in higher education," said Denise Chalmers, Director of Awards, Fellowships and International Links at the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

The Carrick Awards for Services Supporting Student Learning were presented at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia on November 27th.

About Echo360

Echo360 envisions a time when every student is 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 the newly-formed 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 so that institutions of all sizes can provide universal availability of lecture content. For more information, log on to echo360.tv.

About the Carrick Institute

The Carrick Institute was launched in August 2004 as The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. During a long and distinguished career, Sir John Carrick KCMG served as the Commonwealth Minister for Education between 1975 and 1979. His important contributions to education have been widely recognized, including by the recent award of a Centenary Medal for outstanding leadership and service to the Australian community. For more information, log on to carrickinstitute.edu.au.

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