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Manor College Launches Academic Video Platform to Enable a More Seamless, Engaging Learning Experience for Students

Private, nonprofit Pennsylvania college partners with Echo360 to deliver high-quality hybrid learning programs designed to support a more engaging learning experience

Manor College, an Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree granting institution outside of Philadelphia, announced a new hybrid learning initiative that provides faculty with evidence-based tools to deliver a more intuitive learning experience for students, in the classroom and online. Through a partnership with award-winning higher education video platform Echo360, Manor College faculty can now easily record, stream, and share video content, and students can use the platform’s tools to engage more deeply with their course material.

“Even before COVID-19, there was growing demand among both our faculty and students to create a more flexible, personalized learning experience that enabled students to access course content in a variety of formats. COVID-19, of course, has accelerated the need for meaningful learning experiences outside the traditional classroom,” said Marc Minnick, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Manor College. “The Echo360 platform makes it easier for faculty to intentionally teach online — or in whatever environment possible in the midst of the pandemic — and provides our students with 24/7 access to course materials, videos, and faculty insights.”

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The platform enables active learning, a pedagogical approach which research shows leads to improved student outcomes. When students participate in class and watch recorded learning content, they can notify instructors when they are confused, take notes that are automatically time-synched to the lecture, discuss course content and collaborate with their peers, and test their comprehension of the content by responding to quizzes and polls from instructors.

With the Echo360 platform’s Universal Capture tool, Manor College faculty can easily record lectures and other learning content whether they are at home or on campus using a single application and interface, regardless of whether they use a Windows or Mac device. Additionally, faculty can use the platform’s analytics to identify students that may be struggling and at risk of falling behind by measuring students’ engagement with course content.

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“Many of the same issues that colleges and universities are grappling with now about how to best deliver course content will linger even after COVID-19 has been eradicated. Forward-thinking institutions are putting in place technology and policies that will continue to benefit students and faculty after reaching our new normal,” said Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360. “Manor College is an example of this type of forward-thinking institution and will serve as an important example as higher education charts its path forward.”

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