SOURCE: Echo360

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August 04, 2009 07:00 ET

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Uses Echo360 to Complement School of Law Pedagogy

Podcasts Created With Echo360 Give Carolina Law Students the Flexibility to Listen to Lectures Anytime, Anywhere

DULLES, VA--(Marketwire - August 4, 2009) - Echo360 today announced that the UNC School of Law is enhancing its legal education program with podcasts created with industry-leading lecture capture technology from Echo360. To date, Echo360 has been deployed in ten classrooms at the UNC School of Law, allowing the school to automatically, affordably, and reliably capture class lectures and convert them into podcasts for playback virtually anywhere.

"Classroom podcasting with Echo360 is a good example of a value-add technology for students, faculty and the university," said Doug Edmunds, assistant dean for information technology at the UNC School of Law. "Whether it's large lectures or smaller, seminar-style classes, Echo360's lecture capture technology is transparent and works across the institution."

"We're thrilled to work with Carolina Law to implement an innovative lecture capturing solution that supports their long tradition of graduating distinguished practitioners, scholars and leaders," said Mark Jones, president of Echo360. "Echo360 gives UNC School of Law a competitive edge for helping students achieve their academic goals."

In an era when many academic disciplines are transitioning to online delivery models, the American Bar Association emphasizes in-class attendance and the Socratic Method to best prepare future attorneys. A 2007 survey conducted by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction found that podcasts complement this approach as more than 85% of students continue to attend class with the same or greater frequency than classes without podcasts.

With Echo360, the UNC School of Law generates podcasts with both audio-only and slide-enhanced lectures, enabling students to go back and refer to a lecture and study difficult concepts on demand. Lecture capture has also enhanced the classroom experience, allowing professors more time to practice the Socratic Method of teaching rather than having to repeat material that students can now review on their own via the captures.

Edmunds added: "The favorable response from students has encouraged more faculty to use Echo360. With students wanting to take their learning experience beyond the classroom, more and more professors are recording their classes."

About Echo360

Echo360, http://www.echo360.com, envisions an opportunity for every student to be freed from traditional barriers to learning with an on-demand education 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 that can provide institutions of all sizes with universal availability of lecture content.

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