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Echo360 Opens Grant Program

Echo360 is now accepting applications for its 2011-2012 blended learning grants program. Up to $10,000 will be awarded to a maximum of four successful applicants.

The theme for this year's program is "Breaking New Ground: Outcomes, Retention, and Recruitment," though "all blended learning and lecture capture research topics will be considered," according to information released by the company.

To be successful applications should:

  • Show a significant and original contribution to the field of blended learning and lecture capture research;
  • Build upon previous research into lecture capture and blended learning technologies;
  • Consider the effects of lecture capture and blended learning technologies across entire institutions;
  • Show an understanding of lecture capture and blended learning within the learning technology field; and
  • Seek to promote collaboration within and outside the individual institution.

The judging panel will consist of University of Kentucky Senior Associate Dean C. Darrell Jennings, University of Virginia President Emeritus John Casteen III, Murdoch University Associate Professor Rob Phillips, and one member of the Echo360 management team.

"Sponsoring research is critical to the advancement and innovation of the education market," said Echo360 CEO Fred Singer. "As blended learning platforms mature and the applications for the solutions evolve, measuring student and institutional results is essential to understanding the technology’s impact on teaching and learning."

Applications should be submitted in the form of Microsoft Word documents at echo360.com by September 16, 2011. Winners will be determined and notified no later than October 18, according to the company's Web site.

For more information, or to submit an application, visit echo360.com.

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