• 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

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 02, 2013
    Free Live Webinar: How to Unleash Your Organization in the Age of Video

    We live in an era where video, live-streamed and recorded, is rapidly becoming our primary source for learning something new. Today, leading corporations and education institutions like yours have amazing opportunities to harness the power of video to advance their message, improve collaboration, expand business opportunities and educate the masses. 

    But technology advocates at your institutions face tons of challenges as they try to improve productivity and capture institutional knowledge in this video-enabled era. 

    We’re excited to announce that Scott Walker (no, not Scott the Wisconsin Governor, Scott the industry-recognized video and technology consultant) is the keynote speaker for Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite user conference, Unleash, and it will also be streamed live to the public for free at 8:15 a.m. CT April 29. You just need to register. 

    Scott, CTS-D, LEED AP is the president and CEO of Waveguide Consulting, a leading technology consulting firm providing AV, IT and acoustical consulting services to universities, corporations and government entities nationwide. He’ll share successful video collaboration strategies being deployed at leading universities and global enterprises. His keynote will be a great start to our conference and you’ll feel equipped to take your video strategies to the next level.  

    To watch this free webinar, "Unleash Your Organization in the Age of Video," register at www.sonicfoundry.com/WalkerKeynote. It will also be available on-demand. 

    P.S. Mediasite users, there’s still time to register to attend Unleash on-site or online. Secure your spot today. Even if you can’t make it to Madison, Wisc. for the conference, you can attend online for just $95! You can’t beat that.  

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 01, 2013

    We’ve taken Unleash to a whole new level this year by offering you three full days of Mediasite training. In fact, it’s so knowledge-packed that we guarantee you’ll be the go-to Mediasite guru for your organization by the time you’re finished. 

    Whether you’re a new Mediasite user and need comprehensive tutorials or you’re a seasoned veteran looking to pick up on more advanced Mediasite capabilities, the You-Pick Mediasite Training approach lets you to build a customized education agenda to fit your needs. Plus, the Mediasite Developers’ Corner makes its debut this year with a dedicated track and discussions focused on all things API and integration.   

    Here’s a sampling of more than 30 beginner, advanced and developer training sessions that are in store for you at Unleash:  

    • Introduction to Desktop Recording and Video Upload with the My Mediasite Add-on 
    • A Closer Look at All Video Import Options 
    • Capture and Stream Like a Pro: Getting Comfortable with Your Mediasite Recorder 
    • Mediasite Templates, Bitrates, Encoding Profiles and You
    • Effectively Configuring and Deploying My Mediasite
    • Customizing Playback Experiences with the Mediasite Player API
    • Mastering the Multi-Camera Shoot
    • Extending Mediasite Content Management via the API
    • Video and Lighting Basics and Best Practices 
    • Planning for Mediasite 7 

    Don’t miss out on these educational tracks or any of the additional 20 customer-led sessions

    We hope you can join us for Unleash. Hurry, registration closes April 12 so secure your spot today

  • by Nicole Wise
    on March 29, 2013

    "For the past five years, I have attended the Mediasite UNLEASH meeting and each year I have learned about new and innovative features added to the Mediasite recorders, tips and techniques to improve presentations for our viewers and most important to Michigan Public Health Institute, ways to increase our customer base. UNLEASH is the only conference that I have consistently attended over the past five years that each presentation provides information to enhances your thinking about the use of electronic media in education and training situations."

    ~ Larry Doele, learning services, Michigan Public Health Institute

    We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Larry. You’ll never, ever, meet more like-minded video pioneers in one place at one time than at our Mediasite User Conference Unleash. And this year you’ll have more opportunities to connect with them than ever before. 

    From You-Pick Training sessions with our in-house experts to Show & Shares presentations from attendees to Mediasite in Action sessions that will empower you to take your Mediasite implementation to the next level, you’ll be able to ask your most pressing questions and swap best practices with Mediasite colleagues from all over the world.  

    Unleash takes place April 28 to May 1, only a few weeks away. There’s still time to register to attend here in the beautiful Madison, Wis. but act fast, because it closes April 12. Can’t make it here? You can attend Unleash Online for just $95. Hope to see you in Madison or online! 

    P.S. Check out how Larry uses Mediasite at Michigan Public Health Institute, as well as many other best practice stories from other Mediasite users

  • by Nicole Wise
    on March 21, 2013
    The Nuclear Vault: History Buffs Will Love What Sandia Labs is Up To

    You may have seen this popular footage of a nuclear test Sandia Labs did back in the 80s. (It’s the first few seconds of the video.) Sandia crashed a US F4 Phantom Jet traveling at 500 MPH into a concrete wall built to withstand a nuclear blast. It worked, the jet was vaporized, and a Sandia employee calls it the most seen piece of video in the world.

    Like other footage this government-owned agency creates, whether it’s of tests, historical content such as when JFK visited the labs or research of the effects of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, much of it is of public record. A few years ago Sandia received a Freedom of Information Act for this jet crash video. Problem was Sandia has thousands of hours of footage dating back to the dawn of the nuclear age. It wasn’t easy to find.

    Sandia eventually found the film, but the process spurred a multi-year project Sandia is now beginning: digitizing everything so that anything – no matter how obscure – can be found with the click of a button. Some of the footage is in an online video library on Sandia’s servers. But right now much of the video is stored in an underground, temperature-controlled facility and is on many outdated devices.

    Sandia needs to modernize these decade-old films and videos and make them easily accessible to its customers, employees and the world (if they are deemed non-classified and appropriate for public viewing), and it’s teamed up with Mediasite Enterprise Video Platform to do so. Plus, with Mediasite's powerful search capabilities, everything will be indexed, making entire video libraries searchable and saving immeasurable time. It’s a big undertaking, but when it’s complete the videos that weren’t accessible before will be of great value. It will also comply with the National Archive standards. And maybe Sandia will even find some footage it never knew existed along the way.

    View Sandia’s catalog of Mediasite presentations and learn more about Sandia’s use of Mediasite at www.sonicfoundry.com/customer/rogulja-wolf.