• by Nicole Wise
    on April 23, 2014
    Reaching 1.3 Million Patients with Video — Zorgportaal Rijnmond

    (Part of an ongoing series featuring Enterprise Video Award finalists)

    With 1.3 million people and more than 10 hospitals in the Rotterdam region of the Netherlands, the cost of healthcare is high and patients get less quality time with their doctors. But a unique video solution based on Mediasite is saving time and money, while still ensuring that patients and their families receive the information they need.

    Zorgportaal Rijnmond, which translates to Care Portal Rijnmond, aims to make healthcare more efficient in the Rotterdam region by using e-learning solutions. It’s a secure video portal where patients and healthcare professionals exchange information quickly and easily via Mediasite webcasts about certain health topics.

    The webcasting program is called Care Info TV and involves interactive video via a secure internet connection. This allows, for example, patients and their families to prepare for a consultation by watching a webcast in advance, creating a better visit with the doctor because they have questions prepared. Viewers can also ask questions to the presenter in real time.

    “The future of healthcare is depending on solutions like this,” said Florian Visser, project leader for the portal. “We have enormous challenges in healthcare, but with Zorgportaal Rijnmond we can easily save money and time and increase the quality of patient consultations.”

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 23, 2014
    Learning 2.0 @ Masstricht University

    (Part of an ongoing series featuring Enterprise Video Award finalists)

    The 21st century student likes to be flexible, mobile and online on any device, anywhere. They don’t learn just from books. They learn face-to-face and online.

    That’s why Maastricht University’s Educational Lab in The Netherlands created standalone video modules via Mediasite to complement its traditional classroom to help students better understand the material. This allows them to learn at their own pace whenever and wherever is most convenient.

    “We’re moving from traditional problem-based learning to problem-based learning 2.0,” said Gwen Noteborn, researcher, Maastricht University. “Students really love their video classes because we got over 100,000 views in the first eight weeks of the course.”

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 23, 2014

    (Part of an ongoing series featuring Enterprise Video Award finalists)

    Thanks to a video-learning initiative between The University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, The Free State Department of Education and Sonic Foundry, pass rates are on the rise in rural South African high schools.

    To combat a lack of qualified teachers, the university’s ICT Innovation in School Education Department (ICTISE) provides support on core subjects such as mathematics, physical science, life science, economics, accounting and geography, to 60 at-risk high schools in the Free State Province in preparation for their final exit exams.

    Highly-qualified teachers from around the Free State province record lectures in the ICTISE studio using Mediasite. The schools receive three hours of webcasts each day, as well as preparation and support for Grade 12 exams and revision. Teacher development and training programs are also provided.

    The future of the project looks bright, because the National Department of Education in South Africa wants to implement the project in all nine South African provinces.

    “Before Mediasite it was not possible to provide cost-effective daily support to teachers and learners across the Free State,” said Sarietjie Musgrave, Head of ICTISE at the university. “Now, we are recognized in South Africa as the state with the highest pass rate.”

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 23, 2014
    Using Video to Help Students Succeed — Tilburg University

    (Part of an ongoing series featuring Enterprise Video Award finalists)

    Nina, an 18-year-old high school student from the Netherlands, has final exams coming up, and it’s important she does well so she can attend a university.

    To ensure she understands all subjects, especially the difficult ones like math and economics, she watches short video lectures recorded by Bob van den Brand, adjunct associate professor at Tilburg University.

    “I practice with old exams. When I’ve made a mistake, I watch a Bob video,” Nina said.

    Nina is participating in a new initiative at Tilburg University called Examinations for You, which helps secondary school students prepare for their exams. Bob creates short Mediasite videos based on the prior year’s exam questions that students can use for review.

    “Our pupils were very enthusiastic. They found it very useful. Our passing rates were very high,” said Delianne Hoekstra, dean of a secondary school. “When one of our economics teachers dropped out because of an illness, this was useful because pupils could, at any moment they wished, study teaching material, solve certain problems and practice exam questions.”

    Examinations for You is the most recent initiative at the university. Bob also created a similar program for Tilburg University students called iSTAR, which also uses Mediasite as its core educational technology for lecture capture and flipped instruction. The program uses short studio-recorded lecture blocks with case studies and self-guided student exercises.


  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 14, 2014
    Q&A with Educational-Technology Visionary from Temple Fox School of Business

    Temple University’s Fox School of Business is among the largest, most distinguished business schools in the world, and faculty use the newest technologies to transform the way business students learn. The use of academic video has exploded in the school and is deepening engagement, personalizing learning and ultimately improving learning outcomes and retention.

    Five years ago, Fox School of Business began using Mediasite for lecture capture in its new Alter Hall business school facility. Every classroom in the seven-story, 217,000 square-foot building is outfitted to be streamed live and on-demand using Mediasite. Students are able to easily review lectures and search for concepts.

    In addition, faculty are flipping their classrooms — recording personal short video lectures in a studio for students to review outside of class, something they started doing long before flipped instruction was the thing to do.

    At the center of all the school’s academic video initiatives is Darin Kapanjie — an Assistant Professor in the Statistics Department who joined Fox in 2001, the Managing Director of Online & Digital Learning and Academic Director of the Fox Online MBA and BBA programs. Kapanjie is committed to teaching beyond the physical classroom and is known for using cutting-edge teaching technologies.

    Read on for his take on why using video is essential to teach business classes.

    Why is it important to teach business with video?

    Darin Kapanjie: Video is really hot in our school. Faculty are lining up to shoot videos in the studio. It all started when we implemented lecture capture and now evolved to shorter, production value vignettes. Video is great for students to review content, especially in rigorous quantitative classes, or for students who miss class for athletics or illness.

    Several faculty in the Fox School of Business have implemented the flipped approach now that we have a library of video content. It’s important to use academic video as part of your teaching strategy because it enables you to dive deeper in to topics in class. I don’t see the point of delivering a long lecture anymore. Why do people need to show up on a specific day and time to listen to me talk about statistics? I’d rather record a short video lecture for students to watch before coming to class so that we can show up, engage with the content and take things to the next level.

    What has student response been to using academic video?

    Fabulous. By flipping my classrooms, instead of me delivering a 90-minute lesson and the students not being engaged with the content, they’re watching two 15-minute videos before class. They’re short and sweet, and students love that. Using this flipped approach is a lot more work for the students and faculty up front, but it provides such a better experience and learning environment, and students seem to grasp the material a lot better.

    Students love being able to download transcripts and pause, rewind and re-watch certain parts. That’s one of the reasons we started recording all our classes with Mediasite. There’s a huge demand and need for reviewing content. It takes your average student and brings them to the above average level when they have the ability to go back and review lectures. There’s really no excuse for a student not to do well with these types of resources if they put the time in. In course evaluations, students say that having videos to review content is their favorite part about the course and that they would not have been able to succeed if not for the use of video.

    What should instructors who are just starting out with video keep in mind?

    1. Make your videos short — 10-15 minutes is a good length. And make sure it’s topic-based. Don’t just talk about the chapter you’ll be working on in class but rather, focus on key topics and break those down into a series of video lectures.
    2. Tie activities around the video. Don’t just create a video and expect people are going to watch it. You need to design elements to reinforce the need to watch and engage with the video. After a student watches a video they could take a short quiz or participate in an online discussion prior to coming to class. At Fox, we have instructional designers who help faculty best incorporate design strategies.
    3. For instructors who are scared: Don’t think that just because you record a video lecture you aren’t needed in class anymore. You still need to manage the course and the interaction and grade assignments. Technology is not going away and video is sweeping across education. I don’t think that’s going to change. It’s only going to become more prevalent in higher education. There are some faculty who have difficult times wrapping their heads around academic video but if they have the proper support at their schools, it’s their opportunity to succeed.
  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 10, 2014
    High-Tech Pomp and Circumstance — University of Florida

    (Part of an ongoing series featuring Enterprise Video Award finalists)

    Family and friends of University of Florida graduates don’t have to buy plane tickets to attend commencement ceremonies and join the festivities.

    The university is among the dozens of schools around the world that uses Mediasite to webcast its ceremonies. The university has been live-streaming videos since 2007, giving people all over the world a front row seat as their loved ones graduate. And those videos are also available to watch on-demand.

    In 2013, UF captured 17 commencements, which were viewed 19,000 times.

    “The primary benefit of using Mediasite to stream these ceremonies is to allow friends and families of the graduates to be part of the big day even if they can’t make it to Gainesville,” said Brian Smith, video operations supervisor for the University of Florida — Information Technology. “We have received thank yous from as far away as India for providing this service.”

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 10, 2014

    (Part of an ongoing series featuring Enterprise Video Award finalists)

    In Nigeria, 2.5 million students qualify to begin college each year, however Nigerian universities are only able to accommodate 500,000 students with campus-based studies.

    Most students also have to keep full-time jobs to afford schooling, and travel constraints — long distances, heavy traffic and poor roads — act against earning a college degree in Nigeria.

    “A new global partnership and Mediasite were the keys to success,” said Kirby Milton, VP of Operations at MVU.

    Michigan Virtual University launched an effort to make in-country education more accessible through distance learning. In collaboration with Edutech, a technology consulting company in Nigeria, and the Center for Distance Learning at Obafemi Awolowo University, the first accredited in-country online degree program was created using Mediasite to record lectures.

    “The first Mediasite program was so successful in 2013 that Nigeria’s largest university has just become the second school to contract for a turnkey online learning program grounded on Mediasite lecture capture technology,” Milton said. “Mediasite allows us to quickly and efficiently transform face-to-face lectures into online degree programs at Obafemi Awolowo University where none were present.”

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 09, 2014
    2014 Enterprise Video Awards: A Closer Look at The Finalists

    The academy has spoken and we’re excited to announce the 2014 Enterprise Video Award finalists, formerly the Rich Media Impact Awards. Here’s the press release announcing them.

    We’ve been honoring organizations for 10 years for excellence in Mediasite integration into business, education, health and government. This year’s finalists achieved measurable improvements in information accessibility, cost-savings, efficiency and productivity through Mediasite and join more than 160 organizations from around the world that have been recognized since 2005.

    We continue to be amazed by the entries we receive each year. People aren’t just creating rich media in classrooms and boardrooms anymore. They’re making video the most valuable asset in their institutions and it’s all being managed, tagged, searched and secured through Mediasite.

    Winners will be announced during a special ceremony at Unleash 2014, the Mediasite User Conference April 28-30 in Madison, Wis.

    But before we get to the winners, we’ll introduce each of the 15 finalists to you. We’ll be counting them down here, alphabetically by category. So be sure to check www.worldofwebcast.com daily to see why they made the cut. Maybe you’ll even get an idea for your own organization.


  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 07, 2014
    Sonic Foundry Partners with NAB to Capture On-Demand Content at 2014 NAB Show

    We’re excited to announce our partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters to broaden the reach and create more exposure for the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas this week.

    We’ll be capturing select educational sessions at the show via Mediasite Events by Sonic Foundry, enabling viewers to watch on-demand through the Mediasite video portal in an NAB Show branded feature called “Playback: Sessions Worth Repeating.” Presentations will feature full audio and videos, and viewers may purchase sessions.

    If you’re attending the show, be sure to stop by our booth SU-10204 to say ‘hi’ and learn about the latest Mediasite innovations.

    • Mediasite MultiView — capture and simul-stream multiple video and content sources for immersive online experiences
    • My Mediasite — User-generated content made easy: record, upload, publish and share rich video right from any computer
    • Mediasite Enterprise Video Platform — cornerstone to your enterprise video strategy – import, index, search, publish, secure and track any video
    • Mediasite ML HD Recorder — stream and webcast live from any venue

    We’re looking forward to seeing you at the show or online!

    Event webcasting, Events
  • by Kristin Zurovitch
    on March 27, 2014
    Drumroll Please: The Unleash 2014 Speakers Are ...

    The excitement is building as we prepare for your global Mediasite User Conference, Unleash 2014, April 28-30 in Madison, Wis. It’s hard to believe that it’s just one short month away.

    Unleash is the single best opportunity to transform how you think about video, kick your Mediasite strategy into high gear and push the boundaries of rich video, and the agenda is packed full of Mediasite training, customer best practices, peer group discussions and plenty of networking time. Check out the program with nearly 50 speakers across four breakout tracks. Some can’t miss sessions include:

    Moving Higher Education Forward in the Digital Age — Neil Morris, University of Leeds
    Flipping the Flipped Classroom: Using Live Streaming to Stimulate Interactive Classrooms — Albert Holden, University of Houston-Downtown
    Life’s Good with Just in Time Learning at LG Electronics — Dawn Boyd & Madison Guess, LG Electronics
    I Want My DellTV! — Lawrence Grafton, Dell

    I’m excited about our lineup of speakers and thank the generous Mediasite users and fans who will share their expertise at the conference.

    Still need a good reason to attend? Here are 12, including an approval request letter for your boss outlining why you can’t afford not to be at Unleash. If you still can’t make it to Madison, join us for Unleash Online — two and a half days of Unleash goodness streamed live to your desk for only $295!

    Register today and take advantage of discounted hotel rates through the end of the month.

    We can’t wait to see you next month!