Echo360, an active learning platform, has acquired ThinkBinder, a social collaboration tool that enables peer-to-peer functionality within centralized online study groups. Echo360 is backed by Revolution Growth led by Steve Case, Ted Leonsis and Donn Davis.
Echo360, the market leading active and distance learning solution, just announced the acquisition of ThinkBinder, a social collaboration tool that enables peer-to-peer functionality within centralized online study groups. Students at Echo360 institutions will be able to digitally share notes, gain insight and solve complex problems within invite-only teams for an enhanced learning experience ignited by collective knowledge. ThinkBinder will integrate directly into the Echo360 technology, complementing the existing lecture capture and student engagement features for the industry’s only robust active learning solution.
With ThinkBinder, students collaborate and complete group projects with familiar social tools such as discussion feeds, collaborative whiteboards, file management directories and text/video chat services within a secure and private cloud solution.
“The acquisition of ThinkBinder brings the best of social collaboration to the Echo360 active learning solution. Students benefit with crowd sourced learning while instructors can participate and monitor conversations as needed,” said Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360. “This new level of full-circle interaction drastically improves the experience of on-campus, distance and even MOOC students by creating a connected and collaborative online learning solution.”
Echo360 fuels teaching and learning moments before, during and after the class via a propriety blend of digitally native technologies. Instructors submit questions and poll students via smart devices during class to increase engagement while the platform simultaneously records, broadcasts and archives traditional lectures and instructional material. These materials are then available after class on virtually any function phone, tablet or computer so students may revisit difficult content during study time. With the addition of ThinkBinder, communication is pushed beyond the traditional classroom or face-to-face study sessions by driving instant and continuous communication between peers and the instructor at all hours.
“Colleges and universities are realizing the significant value of distributing their course material online and Echo360 enables the creation of that content at scale,” said Greg Golkin, Founder of ThinkBinder and now Head of Platform Innovation at Echo360. “Together, Echo360 and ThinkBinder add a contextual conversation to classroom material, transforming the once passive viewing experience into a dynamic, social and engaging learning environment.”
Launched in 2012, ThinkBinder’s entire New York City team will transition into roles at Echo360 while maintaining a focus on product expansion. Six months earlier in November of 2012, Echo360 also acquired student response platform, LectureTools to complete education technology’s first ‘active learning platform.’ Financial terms for either acquisition were not disclosed.
For more information on Echo360’s complete suite of products, please visit: www.echo360.com
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More than 1M students in 6,000 classrooms at 600 institutions across 30 countries rely on Echo360’s active learning technology to enhance their educational experience before, during and after class. Developed for educators by educators, Echo360 increases in-class participation with digital polling, provides a rich out-of-class experience by recording and publishing course instruction and delivers deep usage analytics to help instructors respond to student progress. Students watch lectures, collaborate with peers and participate in class on smartphones, tablets and laptops, wherever, whenever they choose. Echo360 was recognized with the Product Line Strategy of the Year Award from Frost & Sullivan, is CSIA-certified for outstanding customer service and was named a Visionary Vendor in Educational Technology by IT research firm Basex. Echo360 is backed by Revolution Growth led by Steve Case, Ted Leonsis and Donn Davis.