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Live Webinar – Recession-Proof Lecture Capture: Turn Your Classroom into Cash with Mediasite


MADISON, Wis. - Not long ago Villanova University’s College of Engineering faced mounting expenses, stagnant enrollment and the changing tide to offer degrees online. Sean O’Donnell, director of distance education, saw an opportunity to use course capture to transform what was originally a small, regional graduate program into a national online success.

Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, will host a webinar in which O’Donnell discusses how launching an online lecture program via Mediasite helped the college increase graduate enrollment by 50 percent and expand their offerings. Now there are four fully online Master’s degrees with students in 35 states and four countries. The program that started with a $3,000 grant is now transformed into an educational system that generates over $1 million in gross tuition, all without a single tuition or fee increase.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Central
WHERE: To register for this complimentary webinar, visit

Join O’Donnell as he presents:

* Strategies he used to propel this US News & World Report top 10-ranked program into a recession proof, revenue-generating machine
* Methods to launch online courses that not only contribute to the bottom line, but also improve student achievement by raising GPAs, lowering the class dropout rate and reducing failures
* Best practices for using incremental revenue to finance enhanced learning facilities for campus-wide use

Sean O’Donnell is the director of distance education for the College of Engineering at Villanova University. Beyond the technical design of the distance and enhanced education facilities, Sean brought validity to distance education through on-going metrics and studies showing that the technologies of today not only improve the way distance learners receive their courses, but also improve the way the traditional in-class student learns as well. O’Donnell grew up in Philadelphia and now lives in Valley Forge, PA. Outside of work, he is an accomplished musician, athlete, public speaker, traveler and pilot.

Sean Brown, Sonic Foundry’s vice president of education


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