Echo360 Acquires LectureTools

Echo360 has acquired LectureTools Inc., a maker of interactive in-class educational tools. Terms of the deal were not released. Echo360 makes products that digitally record and share learning content.

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Echo360 announced today that it has acquired LectureTools, Inc., a learning technology company that enables professors to engage students and improve learning outcomes with interactive in-class tools. LectureTools digital polling, chat and assessment dashboards will be integrated into the award-winning Echo360 blended learning technology, ushering a new era of heightened student/professor engagement using active learning technology. As education’s first active learning platform, the Echo360 solution provides students with interactive learning tools that empowers instructors to engage and assess students before, during and after class.

“The Echo360 active learning platform makes sense out of the chaos facing institutions today. It allows them to experiment with MOOCs, launch distance learning courses, flip their classrooms, and even reach students on their mobile devices,” said Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360. “LectureTools only enhances their options by creating a 360 degree learning experience where students and instructors are connected, interacting virtually as well as in class. We are thrilled that LectureTools is joining the Echo360 family.”

The Echo360 Active Learning Platform introduces teaching and learning opportunities before, during and after traditional class time. Instructors can create and share lecture videos for students to watch before class. During class, professors can broadcast classes live, answer questions, conduct polling and even integrate student response capabilities into presentations. Students have the freedom to ask confidential questions or participate in a digital Q&A. Classroom recordings are available after class. The student’s personal notes are synced with the lecture on a computer or via the LectureTools app for the Apple® iPad™ resulting in improve study time efficiency. The professor manages the entire experience with automated dashboards that track participation and aggregate student activities, providing a comprehensive view of student performance.

LectureTools was created by educator Dr. Perry Samson, a Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Michigan, to improve teaching and learning experience through technology. Independent studies from the University of Michigan Center for Research in Learning and Teaching validated this approach, finding that students in courses using LectureTools technology demonstrate higher levels of engagement than in those without. Dr. Samson will continue teaching at University of Michigan while serving as head of Education Innovation at Echo360.

“LectureTools was founded on the principle that boosting interaction in the classroom will positively impact the student and professor,” said Dr. Perry Samson. “Our vision of providing pedagogically sound digital teaching tools has been realized and now it is time to share the benefits with more institutions. By joining Echo360, we can deliver the benefits of LectureTools technology to more than 500 universities around the globe quickly and easily.”

LectureTools is available to universities, instructors and students and can be integrated with any learning management system. Every LectureTools client will continue to leverage the solution uninterrupted.

The financial terms of the deal were not released.

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About Echo360
As a global leader in blended learning and lecture capture solutions, Echo360 helps higher education institutions keep pace with modern students’ learning needs through products that digitally record and share 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, 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 course information online at their convenience and across various devices. More than 500 colleges and universities in 29 countries use Echo360’s solution.

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