Podcasts give Carolina law students flexibility to listen to lectures anytime, anywhere


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Posted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 5:33pm

DULLES, VA--(Marketwire - August 04, 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 10 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-ad 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 percent 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."

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