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Wake Forest Class Taps Recordant for Web-Based Search and Playback of Course Materials

Venture Capital course does away with traditional note-taking

ALPHARETTA, Ga., June 24 /PRNewswire/ --- Students taking a special course in Venture Capital at Wake Forest University have, over the last semester, benefited from the use of Recordant audio-capture technology that allows web- based archiving, searching and playback of course lectures.

The course, Venture Capital: From an Entrepreneur's Perspective, was taught by J. Bren Varner, Program Director of the Wake Forest University Center for Entrepreneurship, and John Abraham, General Partner at Kodiak Venture Partners (a Recordant investor). Abraham identified early-on the possible academic use for Recordant's technology, which was originally designed to provide meaningful and actionable customer intelligence through audio-capture in a retail-store environment.

The course utilized every aspect of Recordant's solution, digitally recording the audio from each lecture and guest presentation on a single Personal Recording Device (PRD) before uploading to Recordant's secure server which provides permission-based user access via the World Wide Web. Students were able to log-on and review the audio from each presentation and even search for key-words and concepts.

Varner and Abraham's intention was to allow a new type of teaching environment in which the need for real-time note-taking was minimized, requiring notes only of key words and concepts that could be used during study to 'search' lectures online. The technology also allowed students who missed lectures for compelling personal reasons, to catch-up on course materials.

"It was immediately apparent to us that this commercial solution had enormous potential in the academic environment," said Bren Varner. "We used it to reduce the pressure that students feel to take accurate notes during lectures and presentations, asking them to close their laptops and concentrate on comprehension of the lecture material. They can do this safe in the knowledge that the lecture is available in searchable form, online," he continued. "Feedback from our students has been particularly positive and it has been a pleasure to allow those who, through no fault of their own, have missed a lecture, to review it online and submit papers with their fellow students."

Chris Etter, CEO of Recordant observed, "This is an entirely new application of our technology, and one that we are particularly excited about. The utility for university students is immense and we look forward to investigating the adoption of Recordant audio-capture solutions by universities across the country."

About Recordant: Recordant is the first firm to develop and market technology and consulting services that generate meaningful and actionable feedback from organizations' face-to-face and telephonic interactions with the public. Recordant allows retail stores, automotive dealerships, car rental companies, hotel lobbies or military recruiters --indeed, anywhere where employees seek a sales or commitment decision from members of the public -- to improve processes, levels of service and compliance standards while training their workforces in the very best practices. Based in Alpharetta, Georgia, Recordant is a privately-held company.

About WFU Entrepreneurship Program: The Wake Forest University program in Entrepreneurship & Liberal Arts was established in 2003 to create an environment that fosters entrepreneurial thinking and action on the Wake Forest campus. The program, which is open to any student regardless of discipline or major, offers a minor in Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise, hosts programs in creativity and innovation, and provides resources, including seed funding and mentoring, to student entrepreneurs interested in launching ventures. The program encourages individuals and groups to take advantage of their knowledge and resources to identify and pursue opportunities, initiate change, and create sustainable value in their lives and the lives of others.

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