El Segundo, Calif.–October 5, 2006–Lehigh University, a nationally ranked teaching
and research institution located in Bethlehem, Pa., has teamed up with Accordent
Technologies, a leading provider of solutions for creating, publishing and managing
online rich media presentations, to deliver multimedia recordings of daily classes for
students to review online.

The Office of Distance Education at Lehigh University began offering online courses in
January 2000 using lectures derived from its satellite broadcast system. Within a few
years, students were demanding higher quality online presentations and Lehigh staff
began investigating products that could automate the process of incorporating video,
instructor visuals, PowerPoint elements and supporting documents in high-impact
presentations, as well as ensure that archived materials could be easily managed, and
monitored. It was also important to Lehigh that the capture devices in the classrooms
could be scheduled remotely, taking into account semester dates and exam periods.
Following a rigorous evaluation process led by University Distance Education and IT
staff, Lehigh chose Accordent’s all-in-one Capture Station and Media Management
solutions to solve their needs.

“We looked at a number of options and the Accordent solution was the only one that met
all of our requirements, including supporting both Real and Windows media as well as
complete post-production editing capabilities,” said Peggy Kane, senior instructional
technologist at Lehigh. “Accordent’s solution also offered clear benefits in terms of
affordability, ease of use, flexibility and overall functionality and student feedback on the
quality of the integrated course materials has been positive.”

Another very important factor in Lehigh’s decision was reliability. The fact that over 450
educational institutions rely on Accordent solutions to create and integrate dynamic, rich
media content with key distance learning, certification and subscription initiatives and that
the Accordent Capture Station ships on the latest IBM/Lenovo hardware (with its
standard three-year onsite warranty) gives extra peace of mind to the Lehigh staff.
The Accordent Media Communications Platform is the industry’s only comprehensive
suite of media authoring, capture and management solutions designed exclusively to
integrate and scale in advanced information technology environments. These solutions
enable presenters of any technical level to create compelling rich media presentations that
can include live or on-demand streaming media, synchronized with images captured from
any VGA-enabled device, including laptops, document cameras, projectors and electronic
white boards and can be viewed by all audiences using any browser (on Windows, Mac
and Linux desktops) or downloaded to MP3 players via an automatic podcasting
capability.

Lehigh is currently using Accordent to offer courses that make up its certificate program
in Regulatory Affairs and is already planning to increase the number of courses they
create using this solution, since it is a very reliable and cost-effective way of developing
extremely high-quality materials.

“We know that being able to respond to student needs by providing excellent course
materials is of the highest priority to Lehigh University and is key to the institution’s
student retention and recruitment efforts,” said Mike Newman, CEO of Accordent. “The
Accordent solution is playing an important role in helping Lehigh meet its distance
learning goals and we’re looking forward to expanding our relationship to help support
additional teaching initiatives with the University.”

About Lehigh University

Lehigh University, a nationally ranked teaching and research institution, offers distinctive
interdisciplinary and hands-on programs, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in
colleges of arts and sciences, business and economics, education, and engineering and
applied science. Lehigh is small enough for faculty to give students personal attention in
classrooms and labs and large enough to maintain internationally recognized research
centers and institutes in traditional disciplines and emerging fields. Lehigh is located in
Bethlehem, Pa., less than 75 miles from New York City and Philadelphia. For more
details, please visit www.lehigh.edu.

About Accordent

Accordent Technologies develops presentation authoring and management solutions that
enhance the way that universities, government agencies, and the corporate enterprise
author, publish and manage online presentations for corporate communications and e-
Learning. Recently recognized as providing the “Best Webcasting Solution” by Network
Computing Magazine, the Accordent product line has earned a reputation for its ease-ofuse, scalability, and flexibility. More than 1500 organizations worldwide, including
Harvard, Berkeley, San Diego County of Education, Walla Walla College, Unisys, the
United Nations, National Institutes of Health, and Oracle, rely on Accordent for their
online communications.

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