• by Nicole Wise
    on April 16, 2013

    (Part of an ongoing series featuring Rich Media Impact Awards finalists

    Students at San Antonio College in Texas are happier and more successful now that they’ve got their hands on lecture capture technology. 

    Four professors tested out Mediasite in their classrooms during a pilot program, and student response was unanimous:

    “Mediasite worked wonderfully in the classroom,” said Mona Aldana-Ramirez, Director of Retention Support Services.  

    During this pilot, the students who had access to on-demand lectures weren’t required to view them, but 95% did. The majority watched them right before classes or to supplement their notes. 

    Once they had a taste of lecture capture, there was no going back. They pushed to have Mediasite in all their classes. 

    This is the most recent in a long line of initiatives at San Antonio College involving Mediasite. Check out what else Mona has to say at www.sonicfoundry.com/customer/mona-aldana-ramirez and watch the video below to see why the school is a finalist for an RMIA this year. 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 15, 2013

    A lot goes into training staff, more than you probably realize. 

    If you’ve got employees all over and want to provide some professional development to them in person you have to consider:

    • Travel time
    • Instructor time
    • Scheduling rooms
    • Getting people there
    • Rescheduling the people who missed it, etc. 

    And after all is said and done you’ve still just done ONE training session to ONE group of people. Repeat those steps until you get to everyone. It’s tiring just thinking about all the work, time and money that goes into it when there’s a much more efficient way to do things. 

    Imagine presenting just one training session from the comfort of your office and having all your employees, regardless of location, watch it whenever it’s convenient for them. 

    That’s what the Aerospace Institute, the corporate university of the Aerospace Corporation, did using Mediasite webcasts. 

    “Our workforce is geographically dispersed. We go from the east coast to the west coast and everywhere in between, and trying to manage that workforce through different training efforts was very difficult,” said Al Hoheb, principal engineer for the Corporation. “Before Mediasite we had a lot of live instructor training with all those limitations but now we can capture and distribute content. It also enabled us to build a repository of video, MP3, PDF. That repository is downloadable across our workforce. That’s very powerful.” 

    Check out why the Aerospace Institute is a finalist for a Rich Media Impact Award in this video from Al. 

  • by Tammy Jackson
    on April 15, 2013
    Gary Weis, chief executive officer and chief technology officer of Sonic Foundry

    It’s been almost two years to the day that we introduced you to Gary Weis, who serves in the dual role as Sonic Foundry’s CEO and CTO. Yesterday the Wisconsin State Journal featured Gary as part of its Executive Q&A series. The key themes that emerged? Growth and evolution.

    Read on to find out more about Gary, his plans for the company and the ever-expanding role of Mediasite as part of a complete video strategy. The full story is here

  • by Tammy Jackson
    on April 11, 2013
    National Institute for Trial Advocacy

    (Part of an ongoing series featuring Rich Media Impact Awards finalists

    What happens when you launch a technology initiative, including online learning, flipped classrooms and web content, at a long standing organization that’s been offering in-person training programs for 40 years? 

    It could be a recipe for disaster but if done right, it can also open the doors to a world of opportunities. 

    The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) has successfully opened that door thanks to a new initiative with Mediasite. The organization recharged its educational programs by employing a video strategy that would not only strengthen the workforce and connect learners with other legal professionals, but also give them access to a brand new catalog of courses, all without leaving their desks.

    “Our goal is to increase our distance learning capabilities to include even more online programming on different topics,” said Wendy Velez, NITA’s Associate Executive Director of Operations. "Mediasite for me means innovation. It gives us the freedom to try new things and reach more attorneys nationwide. Our online program via Mediasite will only get bigger from here, and we’re looking forward to experimenting with more online courses and webcast series in 2013.”

    Find out why Wendy’s hard work has landed her a finalist spot in the Rich Media Impact Awards Innovation category by watching the video below.

    And join her next week for a live webinar as she shares her roadmap for rolling out online video courses to complement in-person training. It’s Tuesday, April 16 from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. CT. Register here

  • by Tammy Jackson
    on April 11, 2013
    Ashland University College of Nursing

    (Part of an ongoing series featuring Rich Media Impact Awards finalists

    It looks like a scene from ER. Nurses are steadfastly servicing seven hospital rooms, four exam rooms, three debriefing rooms and a home healthcare lab, equipped with 30 beds and medical charting stations. Patients are going through a range of health crises from convulsions to heart attacks, and machines beep and buzz as they monitor vital signs.

    Except in this scenario the patients are SimMans – robotic mannequins programmed to give live-like responses to a range of conditions. The nurses are students. And the emergency is a classroom drill that’s being recorded, cataloged, studied and critiqued by both faculty and students.

    Ashland University College of Nursing has developed one of the most automated and streamlined educational technology programs out there, providing students with an experiential environment that improves learning outcomes. Of all the technologies represented in the space, Mediasite is at the hub, connecting everything to a master control room and a vast video content library.

    “When we look at the technology and what's allowed our program to expand, I point to Mediasite and say, ‘You know what? We've done good. We've done very good by using Mediasite to allow our nursing program to thrive,” said Tom Kemp, director of instructional technology and learning at Ashland University.

    Here’s Ashland’s RMIA nomination – a detailed look at how Tom and Shawn Haring, the simulation technician, planned out the space to maximize innovation and learning, and ultimately give students the confidence and skills they need to face the real thing someday.

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 09, 2013

    (Part of an ongoing series featuring Rich Media Impact Awards finalists

    The Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis, otherwise known as CARMA, has over 13,000 members from 170 universities in 69 countries.

    Among the many universities involved are Cornell, Northwestern, University of Cambridge, Indian Institute of Management in India and Hong Kong Polytechnic, and members include faculty, graduate students and professionals in the area of management and organizational sciences. They all receive continuing education about research methods and data analysis, but as you can imagine communicating to this scattered pool of people—and in an efficient way -- can be a challenge.

    Dr. Larry Williams founded CARMA in 1997 when it was initially housed at Virginia Commonwealth University. CARMA streamed live video from VCU to its members multiple times a year, but it wasn’t until 2010 when the real magic happened. 

    CARMA moved to the School of Business Administration at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. in 2010 when it began using Mediasite

    Sam Felarca, e-learning specialist for the School of Business Administration at Wayne State, says moving to Mediasite enriches "the experience for the viewer by allowing them to see more information in a higher quality stream and also allowing the viewer to control their experience.” 

    Now, this non-profit provides educational content to its members in two ways: through live and on-demand webcasts and short courses, both led by renowned experts. These are recorded via Mediasite and streamed live to the world and are also available on-demand for later viewing. 

    CARMA was also able to take its existing videos it recorded before Mediasite and import them into the Mediasite system to streamline everything. Since it began using Mediasite, CARMA has:

    • Streamed 85 webcasts live to its global membership.
    • There have been over 27,000 requests to view the on-demand content. 

    And the momentum continues this academic year. Felarca says CARMA is broadcasting 10 webcasts from Wayne State and an additional four from Georgia Tech, made possible with the portable Mediasite ML Recorder. 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 08, 2013

    (Part of an ongoing series featuring Rich Media Impact Awards finalists)

    "Before Mediasite we were struggling, and now we are soaring."

    That’s the best way Daryl Sadgrove, CEO of Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM), could describe how transformational he and his colleagues think Mediasite has been for their organization. 

    ACHSM provides professional development to healthcare leaders in the Australasian region – New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia and as far as Hong Kong. The fact that it’s spread out over such a large geographic area presents both opportunities and challenges for communicating. 

    Since ACHSM began using Mediasite about 18 months ago, it’s noticed better engagement of its professional community. Mediasite has also helped position ACHSM at the forefront of the healthcare market. 

    “We have integrated Mediasite into a whole range of different aspects of our business and therefore it has allowed us to build participation, collaboration and better engagement from our members, our stakeholders and also our own staff,” Daryl said. 

    ACHSM uses Mediasite for:

    • Live streaming events online. The revenue generated from live online events helps offset the losses in its face-to-face events over the past few years. 
    • Creating an online library of webcasts. ACHSM sells its content, as well as provides it as a member benefit for those who join the organization. 
    • Professional development. It captures presentations from subject matter experts and makes them available on-demand. More than 40% of participants participate via Mediasite. 
    • Capture presentations from international experts and streams them globally. 
    • Hybrid events. Face-to-face and online components happen simultaneously. Some of the content captured at these events is shared socially, driving more registrations and online views. 
    • Video blogs. 

    “We’ve had immense success from using Mediasite,” Daryl said. “On average we usually produce about 100 face-to-face events a year. We normally had 6,500 participants in those events. Since we’ve been using Mediasite we have created 580 presentations and we’ve had 8,500 views. We’ve really in such a short time had incredible uptick of our video content, well beyond what we would have expected.” 

    “We’re very excited and very impressed by how easy it’s been to transform the way we provide those services. It wasn’t hard. I learned Mediasite very quickly and now I’m able as the CEO to capture, store and distribute communications,” he said.

    Daryl said ACHSM has plans to use Mediasite in even more ways in the future, including using the new My Mediasite desktop recorder. 

    “That will hopefully enable us to be able to professionally capture, store and distribute content from anywhere in the world from anytime and really make Mediasite even more accessible and easy to use than it is already.”

  • by Tammy Jackson
    on April 05, 2013
    Thorleif Hallen

    "Mediasite has proven to be the best capture system there is, as it increases teaching and communication quality. Students can review any lecture on-demand; watching a live lecture still feels personal because they are able to ask questions, participate in polls, and see and hear the lecturer and supporting teaching materials."

    ~Thorleif Hallen, senior advisor at UNINETT, as quoted in AV Technology Magazine

    Find out more about what Thorleif is doing with Mediasite here

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 05, 2013
    2013 Rich Media Impact Awards: A Closer Look at the Finalists

    It’s that time of year again! The judges have spoken and we’re excited to announce the 2013 Rich Media Impact Award finalists

    We’ve been honoring organizations for nine consecutive years for excellence in the practical and creative integration of Mediasite in business, education, health and government. This year’s finalists join over 150 organizations from around the world that have been recognized. 

    Each year we are wowed by the entries we receive. People are using Mediasite to improve the way they communicate, save money and increase productivity through live streaming online video and rich media webcasts.

    Winners will be announced during a special ceremony at Unleash 2013, the Mediasite User Conference, taking place April 28 to May 1. The awards ceremony will be webcast live via Mediasite at 4:25 p.m. CT April 29 from the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis. Watch the ceremony at www.sonicfoundry.com/RMIAwebcast.  

    All RMIA finalists in attendance at Unleash will have the chance to win an annual license of My Mediasite during a drawing at the end of the conference. Sonic Foundry will also honor two higher education institutions each with a $2,500 scholarship to award to a student of their choice, as well as an annual license of My Mediasite for the institution’s use. 

    But before we tell you the winners, we’ll introduce each of the 12 finalists to you. Starting Monday, 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 implementation idea for your own organization. As these finalists prove, the possibilities are endless with Mediasite. 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 03, 2013
    Can’t Attend Unleash in Madison? Participate Online for Just $95

    There are only 25 days until our annual Mediasite User Conference Unleash 2013 … not that we’re counting or anything. Unleash is one of the most exciting times of the year for us, and we can’t wait for our Mediasite family from all over the globe to get together here in Madison, Wis. to learn from each other and have lots of fun while doing it.  

    We hope you’ve made plans to attend the conference April 28 to May 1, but we know that sometimes schedules or tight budgets get in the way. If you can’t make it here to attend in-person, we hope you’ll attend online from the comfort of your home, office or favorite coffee shop, basically anywhere. An online pass will only set you back $95 if you register by April 26. Really! That’s three full days full of possibilities to learn practical and proven Mediasite best practices and connect with like-minded video pioneers. How can you pass that up?  

    As a registered Unleash Online attendee, you’ll have access to live webcasts of:

    • Keynote speakers
    • You-Pick Mediasite Training sessions with Q&A
    • Mediasite in Action with Q&A
    • The 9th Annual Rich Media Impact Awards

    You’ll also have access to the Unleash 2013 on-demand catalog. 

    (All webcasts are streamed via Mediasite, of course.) Here’s some more info about the different sessions and training opportunities. 

    Don’t miss out. Register today for Unleash. We hope to see you onsite or online! 

    P.S. Our blog post from last year might be helpful as you prepare to attend online: 3 Tips to Keep Focused While Attending Hybrid Events