Echo360, formerly known as MediaVision Courseware, creates an integrated learning environment on the web for select classes and enables students to watch streaming video of previous lectures or review sessions, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students can replay an entire lecture or view only the portions of the lecture they would like to see based on the results of a keyword search.
Originally, MediaVision Courseware was launched in the fall of 2003 to support a single freshman chemistry course. Today, 50-70 courses utilize recording services each semester. We attribute this growth to the value that Echo360 adds both to the faculty in their delivery of teaching and to the students in their consumption of learning.
About MediaVision Courseware/Echo360
Originally, MediaVision Courseware was a home-grown advanced research and learning outcomes project produced and supported by University Technology, [U]Tech, at Case Western Reserve University. MediaVision Courseware has evolved many times since its start in 2003; most recently, the service utilizes Echo360 to support learning success and enhance teaching in large, introductory, and lecture-style undergraduate courses.
Elements of a typical Echo360 course include:
- Digital video recordings or lectures, review sessions, and guest speakers
- Optional MP3 audio recordings
- Interactive tools, such as notes and Q&A features
Echo360 is primarily accessed by students and instructors from within Canvas. Students and instructors can choose to replay an entire lecture or view only the portions of the lecture they would like to review.
Based off of feedback, linking video to text, review, and online reference materials, as well as providing reusable and retrievable examples of key concepts and terms, has helped students succeed in key undergraduate courses. Evaluations of both learning outcomes and student satisfaction have been consistently positive and deemed valuable by students and faculty alike.