(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.