DULLES, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/31/12 -- Loughborough University has selected Echo360 to support both on-campus and remote students access with blended learning and lecture capture, the company announced today. Burgeoning demand from students and over 100 presenters is prompting expansion of the EchoSystem, branded the ReVIEW system on campus, to cover all of the institution's teaching spaces.
"Echo360 has earned high marks from students who will increasingly expect access to course content on demand as standard given the rising costs of education in the United Kingdom," said Charles Shields, Head of e-Learning at Loughborough University. "Our students are voting with their mice -- blended learning and lecture review help them with their studies and particularly with revision."
In a survey of students through a joint History Honors course, 89% of the respondents strongly agreed "capturing lectures and placing them online was a good idea," while 74% percent said that they would be "using the streamed lectures as part of their coursework revision."
In addition to using the system to improve learning outcomes, the institution has also employed Echo360 for staff development workshops, meetings and conferences and to pre-record informational sessions for more than 2,000 international students before they arrived in the UK.
"With rising tuition costs and ever-evolving student expectations for technology, blended learning solutions are one way institutions can increase value to help attract top talent," said Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360. "Loughborough University is a stellar example of how to integrate Echo360 technology to create a solid competitive edge for their institution."
More than 50 institutions in the United Kingdom use Echo360 solutions, making it the region's top solution for blended learning and lecture capture. Clients include the London School of Economics and Political Science, University College London, University of Sussex and Coventry University.
As a global leader in blended learning and lecture capture products, Echo360 helps higher education institutions keep pace with modern students' learning needs through products that digitally record and upload learning content. Echo360 has been recognized with a Product Line Strategy of the Year Award from Frost & Sullivan and named a Visionary Vendor in Educational Technology by IT research firm Basex. Echo360's products facilitate better instruction for large collections of students, lower costs and enrich learning experiences by enabling students to easily access and share multimedia content. Through Echo360's platform, students can replay recorded sessions and review information from instructors online; at their convenience and across various devices. Echo360's products are used by 500 institutions in 28 countries.
About Loughborough University
Loughborough is one of the United Kingdom's leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the United Kingdom, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK's Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
Loughborough is also the UK's premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best-integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country's leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country's largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.
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