Leading teaching and research university partners with active learning innovator to deepen and extend the academic impact of video while surfacing meaningful insights to inform instruction
EDINBURGH, Scotland, Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Echo360, the academic video platform used by over three million students in 30 countries, announced today a new, long-term partnership with the University of Edinburgh, one of the leading universities in the world, to improve the student experience by leveraging technology to drive deeper engagement with learning content.
Following a rigorous evaluation process, the University of Edinburgh selected Echo360 to enhance the academic experience for all learners. The cloud-based solution supports automated recording of lectures at scale, keeping the administrative burden and barriers to staff participation low. In addition to watching lecture recordings on demand, students can ask questions, bookmark important content, take time-synced notes during lectures and engage with lecturers and peers, all from a mobile device, tablet or computer.
"Every day, our students and academic colleagues push boundaries through world-class teaching and cutting-edge research," said Anne-Marie Scott, Deputy Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services at University of Edinburgh. "Similarly, we at the University seek to constantly evolve the academic experience for students. Echo360's innovative approach to lecture capture pairs sound teaching practice with high quality video and analytics, creating new opportunities for meaningful learning experiences."
Data generated from students' usage of Echo360 provides instructors with better insight into how students are engaging with the course content and progressing through the class. Recent research found that students using Echo360's video platform and active learning strategies saw a positive increase in engagement and course grades.
"Video is a fundamental aspect of today's post-secondary experience, and forward thinking universities are recognising its importance in shaping the future of teaching and learning," said Fred Singer, CEO and founder of Echo360. "We're excited to partner with the University of Edinburgh, one of the most innovative universities in the world, to deploy a next-generation learning capture system that will serve as the go-to model for academic video for years to come."
Use of the new solution, which will be fully integrated within the University's two existing virtual learning environment platforms, will begin in September 2017, with campus-wide implementation to be completed by September 2019.
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 academic video 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 11,000 classrooms at 750 schools across 30 countries. Echo360 is backed by Revolution Growth led by Steve Case, Ted Leonsis and Donn Davis.
About the University of Edinburgh Lecture Recording Programme
The University is investing in the student digital experience by providing a new lecture recording service. A three-year lecture recording programme has been initiated to roll out the new service. The aim is to enhance student satisfaction with learning resources and academic support by recording lectures at scale. The first stage of the roll-out will replace and upgrade existing software and audio-visual kit in 114 rooms by the start of the 2017/18 academic year. Around 300 rooms will be equipped by the start of the 2018/19 academic year and, when roll-out is complete, 400 rooms will be enabled to deliver lecture recording.