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Wake Forest Class Taps Recordant for Web-Based Search and Playback of Course Materials
Date:6/23/2008

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
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