• 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!

  • by Mark Dashper
    on March 14, 2014
    New Zealand Schools Embrace Technology for Teaching and Learning

    Education technology in New Zealand is rapidly changing due to the introduction of high-speed broadband internet to schools across the country. Students have good access to technology in their classrooms, and some schools are beginning to integrate portable devices into their teaching and learning programs.

    The New Zealand Information and Communications Technology Strategic Framework for Education states that all students should be able to access information and communications technology at school and have the opportunity to become confident and capable users.

    To help, New Zealand’s Ministry of Education funds a programme called the Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES), which allows schools to provide licensed programs for software. The Ministry also runs a dedicated video conferencing bridge and other e-learning services for schools. Just as technology is dominant in classrooms to help students learn, it’s also being used for innovative professional development for K-12 teachers. That’s where The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education comes in.

    The Faculty of Education is committed to improving the quality and understanding of education and social services in New Zealand. It’s using a webcasting platform called Mediasite by Sonic Foundry to meet e-Learning requirements in schools across the country. The University delivers online professional development via webcasts available to teachers in 250 K-12 schools.

    The Faculty of Education is building a series of Mediasite webcasts for year six to year 12 teaching and learning programmes, and topics are centered on the new national curriculum. The programme offers professional development across all regular curriculum areas, and a new bilingual webcast programme is also offered to educators who teach in the indigenous language, Te Reo Maori. Teachers can watch these state-of-the-art webcasts live or on demand, and they involve interactive polls, Q&As, links to resources and searchable closed captioning.

    A variety of other technologies are also being used in New Zealand schools. The TELA laptop scheme, for example, gives laptops to all teachers to enable them to integrate e-Learning into all their programmes. This initiative gives educators the opportunity to access a leased laptop for three years, with the Ministry of Education funding two-thirds of the total costs.

    Interactive whiteboards are being replaced by interactive flat screen TVs in some schools, as fast-speed broadband rollout is introduced nationally.

    The general sentiment in New Zealand K-12 schools about technology is that the cost for schools to access technology continues to be a challenge. The cost of equipment and upgrades, the speed of technological change and technical support all come with a price tag (about 11% of a school’s operations grant), but in today’s 21st-century classroom, technology is a necessity.

    This column first appeared in Tech & Learning. It also ran in University Business in the UK last month.

    Mark Dashper is a facilitator for Team Solutions and Te Puna Wananga (School of Maori Education) in the Faculty of Education at The University of Auckland. He uses Mediasite by Sonic Foundry (www.sonicfoundry.com/mediasite) for his academic video initiatives. Learn more about Mark at www.sonicfoundry.com/customer/mark-dashper.

  • by Nicole Wise
    on February 20, 2014
    Time is Running Out — Nominate Yourself For An Enterprise Video Award by Feb. 28

    Is your video strategy strong enough to lead the video revolution? Let us know! There’s only one week left to apply for the 10th annual Enterprise Video Awards, formerly the Rich Media Impact Awards. If you haven’t shared your Mediasite success story with us yet, stop what you’re doing and apply today.

    Why apply? It’s your chance to be among the other 160 organizations from around the world that have been recognized for the most creative and innovative uses of Mediasite.

    Need more reasons to apply? Here are five: 

    1. Finalists get a free ticket to Unleash 2014, the conference with the most education, networking and creative opportunities to connect with other Mediasite users.
    2. You'll get the chance to win My Mediasite, Sonic Foundry's personal video capture tool. 
    3. You get recognition for the work you do in press releases, mentions in ads and speaking opportunities at conferences.
    4. There are plenty of categories this year including: Global Reach; Outcomes; Prolific Use; Rapid Adoption; High-Profile Event and Video Maverick.
    5. There's even a Video in Education Award and Scholarship, designed to encourage and enhance students' higher education experiences through rich media. The student wins $2,500 and the winning university will receive a one-year My Mediasite license. 

    Check out the categories and apply today — we can’t wait to see what you’ve done with video this year!

  • by Nicole Wise
    on February 13, 2014

    As companies become more interested in engaging employees with video for corporate communications and training, companies like Dell are fast-tracking their sophisticated enterprise video strategies and putting the power of content creation in the hands of their employees.

    Long-time Dell employee Lawrence Grafton pitched Michael Dell himself on an enterprise video initiative that would unify corporate messaging to more than 100,000 employees and ensure that everyone, no matter where they are in the world, is speaking the same language.

    His idea was DellTV powered by Mediasite.

    Employees use My Mediasite, Sonic Foundry’s personal capture tool, to create DellTV, allowing them to collaboratively develop rich media content, manage and track it. This Desktop Recorder allows everyone in the company to be involved from anywhere.

    In the past year it’s taken on hockey-stick growth within the organization.

    Want more details? Watch this free on-demand webinar he presented with Phil Karcher of Forrester Research.

  • by Nicole Wise
    on February 10, 2014
    Stop Everything You’re Doing and Read These Flipping Facts

    (Photo: A Tilburg University student watches a lecture via Mediasite by Sonic Foundry. Credit: Tilburg University)

    A new method of instruction is heating up classrooms thanks to the availability of creation and capture tools at the fingertips of faculty and students. Many traditional lecturing professors started experimenting with a technology-driven pedagogy that we’ve all heard a lot about by now — flipped classrooms.

    In fact, the first comprehensive national survey of faculty on flipped instruction, conducted by Sonic Foundry in conjunction with the Center for Digital Education, revealed that half of faculty at universities are flipped or have plans to in the next year.

    Thinking of joining this year or just want to learn more about it? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s a round-up of some of the best flipped resources from the past few months. Enjoy.

    Flipped in the News:

    Flipping in Action:

    • Clemson University Expands Education Across Campus with Flipped Instruction via Mediasite
    1. Sonic Foundry Press Release
    2. Webinar
    3. eBook
    4. More info: www.sonicfoundry.com/Clemson 
    5. Columns from Professor Ralph Welsh — From the Front Lines of the Flipped Classroom, Private University Products and News; Just Flip It, EdTech Digest
    • Solving the STEM Shortage with Flipped Instruction and Dual Enrollment at University of Cincinnati 
    1. Webinar
    2. Video
    3. Student perspective: 
      Video: A STEM Student and A Flipped Classroom
      High School Student Gretchen Kellerstrass Discovers Love of Engineering Thanks to Online Learning Program
      More info: www.sonicfoundry.com/customer/gretchen-kellerstrass 
    • From Flipped Classroom to Dual Enrollment: How Eastern New Mexico University Achieved Campus-Wide Capture in 12 Months
    1. Sonic Foundry Press Release
    2. Case Study
    3. Webinar
    4. HigherEd TechDecisions Article: Lecture Capture Allows the Professor to Make House Calls
    5. More info: www.sonicfoundry.com/customer/mary-fanelli-ayala 

    Research on Flipped:

    • The Upside of Upside Down: Center for Digital Education and Sonic Foundry Study Shows Flipped Classrooms are on the Rise
    1. Webinar — Download the full results here
    2. Sonic Foundry Press Release
    3. Infographic
    4. eBook

    Happy flipping!