• by Erica St. Angel
    on October 18, 2011
    Fortune Telling: 5 Predictions for Funding Hybrid Events

    It doesn’t matter if you are planning your first, fiftieth or five-hundredth hybrid event, or if you are in the earliest stage of contemplation about taking your event online. Sooner or later we all ask the same big question: what should I charge?

    The answer? Well, it depends. What’s the purpose of your meeting – are you out to fulfill your mission as an educational organization, and the hybrid event is just part of that investment? Or do you need to generate additional revenue to support new or ongoing programs? Or will you just need to cover your meeting and technology costs, perfectly happy to simply break even?

    I’ve had a premonition for what’s in our funding future after gazing into the proverbial crystal ball to see which pricing structures prove most popular.

    Join us for a crash course in dollar divination on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Central (convert to your time zone here) for “Fortune Telling: 5 Predictions for Funding Hybrid Events.” As ever – it’s free! Just register here before we go live.

    First we’ll explore our pricing past lives to uncover the most common models of event funding. And then together, we’ll conjure a formula that will work math magic on your next online event.

    After the presentation, you’ll be able to:

    • Recognize the difference between hybrid and virtual events, and how those differences impact pricing
    • Identify hybrid event deliverables for which you could charge
    • Define five different funding models that support hybrid meetings
    • Understand how to put each model to work to reach your hybrid event funding goals

    Here’s that link again to register, and an early prediction: we’ll be seeing you online!


  • by Erica St. Angel
    on October 18, 2011
    5 Reasons Faculty Shouldn’t Fear Lecture Capture

    Dr. Jennifer Flatt taught for nine years in a traditional face-to-face way – desks, students, small groups, the occasional PowerPoint. When lecture capture came to the University of Wisconsin-Marinette campus, she was not initially happy about it. The thought of teaching on camera was intimidating, even scary. It was bad enough she’d have the opportunity to watch every second of her instruction, but she also felt like colleagues might judge her and her teaching.

    But then she started getting feedback from her students and she realized this was about learning, not judgment. The Mediasite lecture capture technology recorded her and the student questions and conversations, and students were learning from that recorded classroom experience.

    Join her on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Central (convert to your time zone here) as she presents, “5 Reasons Faculty Shouldn’t Fear Lecture Capture.” This webcast, like all our best practices in lecture capture webinars, is free. Just register here before we go live.

    Dr. Flatt will discuss how lecture capture shed light on her teaching habits which, in her own opinion, ranged from not-so-great (do I really slouch like that?) to affirming (I actually do look engaged when students ask questions).

    In the two years since lecture capture was introduced at UW-Marinette, Dr. Flatt has become one of its most vocal champion among faculty. Join her for a lively conversation as she dispels the biggest objections and faculty fears:

    • Classroom technology will make your job harder (it won’t)
    • Students will mock your on-camera presence (they don’t)
    • Technology will force you to shift your teaching focus (it doesn’t)
    • The camera limits classroom creativity (au contraire)
    • Students are the only ones who benefit from lecture capture (think again – Dr. Flatt guarantees you’ll be surprised at what you can learn)

    Here’s that link again to register – this is definitely one webinar you won’t want to miss!

  • by Erica St. Angel
    on October 14, 2011

    Team Mediasite is headed to Philadelphia next week for EDUCAUSE 2011, along with a few thousand of our closest friends in higher education IT. The events and IT people at EDUCAUSE are top notch, truly leading the pack when it comes to dynamic sessions, exciting exhibitions and interactive hybrid events. If you haven’t booked your ticket, you can still book online!

    What will we be up to?

    Streaming, live, in HD, and to mobile.
    That’s right boys and girls, Mediasite is now even more mobile. We’re showcasing Mediasite 6: the first and broadest live mobile streaming – iPad®, iPhone®, iPod®, Blackberry® and Android® devices – from a professional-grade webcasting appliance and rich media management platform. You can see it in action in our booth #1219. And that’s not all…

    Webcasting EDUCAUSE.
    We’re proud to be the webcasting partner for EDUCAUSE again (Victoria Fanning, EDUCAUSE Director of Hybrid and Online Meetings gave a stellar presentation this summer, Strategic Planning for a Successful Hybrid Event, in our best practices webinar series). Mediasite will be streaming live from the general and featured session rooms, plus some of the concurrent session. And a few of these will also be streaming live in HD – come by our booth #1219 to see EDUCAUSE online it in all its HD glory.

    Platinum sponsor-ing.
    As a platinum sponsor of EDUCAUSE, we are firm believers in the contributions of higher ed IT, the contribution of technology to making education more successful and efficient in these unprecedented times.

    Our VP of Education Sean Brown takes the mic again this year to present, “The Future of Lecture Capture: What You’ll Worry about When Your Pilot Goes Campus-wide” on Thursday, October 20 at 2:30 ET in meeting room 204B (hashtag is #E11_CORP15).

    Giving away iPads.
    Come to booth #1219, watch some Mediasite on an iPad2, then look for the QR code to get entered to win. Or if you are attending EDUCAUSE Online, stop by our virtual booth to get your name in the mix.

    Meeting up with Mediasite User Group members.
    900+ colleges and universities choose Mediasite for lecture capture. A good chunk of them will also be in Philadelphia next week, so we’re meeting up at the Cherry Lounge in the Four Point Points Sheraton right across the street, and right after the show floor closes, on Wednesday, October 19 at 5:00 pm ET. Nothing formal, come as you are – even if you haven’t yet formally joined the Mediasite User Group community.

    Taking notes at the Campus Computing session.
    We’ve had the pleasure of webcasting Kenneth Green, Founding Director of The Campus Computing Project, at EDUCAUSE, Campus Technology and WCET in the past, and we’re delighted to go live with him again at EDUCAUSE 2011 as he presents the results of “Campus Computing 2011: The National Survey of E-Learning and Information Technology in Higher Education (hashtag is #E11_SESS070).” It’s Thursday, October 20 at 9:00 ET in meeting room 113B/C. As sponsors of both his Campus Computing and Managing Online Education research, we’re anxious to see the results – will lecture capture win another Digital Puck award (a la Wayne Gretsky, “I skate to where the puck is going, not to where it has been)?

    It’s going to be a busy and exciting week, if EDUCAUSE 2010 and EDUCAUSE 2009 were any guide. And if you can’t join us there or online, you can catch conference updates on a ton of sites, including via Twitter at #EDU11 and follow us @Mediasite.

    Here’s the lovely and talented Kristin Zurovitch (@kzuro), our Product Marketing Manager, with the details, via Mediasite of course.

  • by Erica St. Angel
    on September 15, 2011

    What would motivate a small non-profit to buy an enterprise grade webcasting platform? Could they ever expect to see a return on that kind of investment? And why bother with professional-grade, purpose-built hardware, when software is cheaper and easier, right?

    Wrong, at least according to the Energy Center of Wisconsin. And they'll tell you why during the webinar, "Why You Don't Have to Be an Enterprise to Webcast Like One" on Tuesday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m. Central (convert to your time zone here). As ever, it's free - just register here before we go live.

    The Energy Center needed to get their energy efficiency message out to a larger audience - without a big budget and without putting their viewers to sleep with a lot of technical data.

    In 2006, they turned to audio webinars, produced with software, and people listened...but then rich media arrived on the scene. Just four years later armed with Mediasite, they've had over 12,500 viewers of their live webinars tuning in from all 50 states and around the globe, and have amassed an overall total of 28,000 live and on-demand views.

    And the Center is now in the enviable position of having sponsors line up - like the US Department of Energy, Philips Lighting and ComEd - to pay them to produce online continuing education courses on their behalf.

    Andrea Minniear Cherney will explains how the Mediasite webcasting platform not only contributed to that viewing spike, but also helped them achieve a 42% ROI in each of the last four years, with more new funding, new partners and new online learners on the horizon.

    Plus she'll answer your questions live, and tackle some of the toughest webinar production topics, including:

    • Live or on-demand?
      Can going live really attract more people, get them more engaged, and increase on-demand views, all without cannibalizing the attendance at your face-to-face events?
    • Hardware or software?
      Is a dedicated webcasting platform with both hardware and software a more effective and cost-efficient way to go, even for small, non-profit teams without an AV professional?
    • Video or audio only?
      Are there real benefits to presenting on-camera, with all of your speakers in the same room – instead of just on the phone? What kind of an impact does production quality have on learning, especially for more technical presentations?
    • Free or paid?
      How do you decide when and what to charge for the information you share, and with continuing education credits, is there any way to really certify someone online?
    • Revenue and results?
      How can you attract sponsors to help offset costs and generate new revenue? What impact can you expect webinars to have on your mission, viewer feedback and bottom line?

    About the presenter:

    Andrea Minniear Cherney is a Senior Project Manager for the Energy Center of Wisconsin, a non-profit organization that develops solutions to energy challenges through innovative research and education. She leads the Energy Center's award-winning webinar program and digital strategy, applying her skills in information architecture and project management to guide the development of educational webinars, websites, content management systems and virtual case studies.

    Whether you are a tiny nonprofit or part of a global team, if you seek proof on what a small team can accomplish with the right tools, this is one webinar you won't want to miss. Here's that link again to register!

  • by Erica St. Angel
    on September 15, 2011
    Making New Connections Between Hybrid Meetings and Sustainability

    What do water bottles, satisfaction surveys and meeting technology have in common?

    They all can be part of making your next conference more sustainable. Just maybe not in the way you might expect.

    The GMIC 2011 Sustainable Meetings Conference challenged the traditional approach to meeting design with Game ON!. The annual event pushed the sustainablity envelope for its planners and participants, but this year it wasn't just about nixing the water bottles.

    On Tuesday, September 27 at 1:00 p.m. Central (convert to your time zone here), Tamara Kennedy-Hill, GMIC executive director and Midori Connolly, CEO Pulse Staging and Events, will present, "High-Tech, High-Touch: Making New Connections Between Hybrid Meetings and Sustainability." During the webinar, they'll share insights from the creative gaming design and virtual production aspects of the event.

    It all began with having a strategy for what they wanted their members to learn, and then finding the tech and tactics to support it - from water stations and iPad apps to gaming, social media and hybrid meetings. Along the way, they balanced their willingness to try new things with a healthy sense of humility so that, in case it didn't all work out, they would have at least learned valuable lessons along the way.

    Because after all, the truly sustainable event is the one your attendees found worthwhile, and plan to attend again.

    Join us for an informal, interactive Q&A as we explore what it really means to hold a sustainable event:

    • Why the way you think is more important than how much you reduce, reuse or recycle
    • Tips for using hybrid meeting technology, gaming and social media to increase engagement and support a sustainable learning experience at the same time
    • When to start planning for sustainability, and when to throw out the plan and start fresh
    • How to overcome your fears of these new ways of meeting - be it the fear of cannibalization, more workload, or failure

    About our presenters:

    Tamara Kennedy-Hill, CMP is the executive director of the Green Meeting Industry Council. The GMIC is a member of the convention industry council. As a global nonprofit meetings association, the GMIC champions the implementation of sustainability practices and provides education, international standards guidance, resources, industry research and recognition of industry leadership. The GMIC is actively involved as a leader in the APEX/ASTM, ISO 20121 and GRI event sector supplement standards development process.

    Midori Connolly is CEO and Chief AVGirl at Pulse Staging and Events. Pulse is best known for producing the industry's first set of guidelines for sustainable AudioVisual Staging - becoming the solid industry expert on the topic of green AV for live events. She is a Platinum Speaker for MPI, Director on the Green Meetings Industry Council International Board of Directors and represented the Rental and Staging industry for InfoComm International's first-ever Green AV Task Force. She's an expert at hybrid meeting production and devoted to making AV technology more human, approachable and sustainable.

    Here's that link again to register - see you Tuesday!

  • by Erica St. Angel
    on September 15, 2011

    Here in Wisconsin, the summer is coming to a rather abrupt end. The leaves are starting to turn. There's a chill in the air. It's the start of a new school season, and we've lined up a webinar that we hope will spike your school spirit, "Back to School: Understanding the Mindset of Today's Modern Student."

    We're honored to host the minds behind the annual Mindset List, which provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college. The list was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references, and quickly became a catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each new generation.

    The Mindset List founders, Ron Nief and Tom McBride, met at Beloit College, just down the road from our headquarters here in Madison, Wisconsin. We've been lucky enough to partner with them over the last few years to add a new dimension to the Mindset List launch - with a webcast of course. And back in 2009, we even got inspired to write our own version of the list, with an educational technology bent.

    On Tuesday, September 27 at 11:00 a.m. Central (convert to your time zone here), Ron and Tom will take to the Mediasite mic once again, this time joined by our VP Education, Sean Brown, to talk about:

    • How technology has accelerated the widening of the generation gap
    • What they've learned over the 14 years they've been creating the mindset list
    • Their favorite "Mindset Moments" and how you can leverage them to keep relevant

    As always, it's free! Just register here before we go live.

  • by Erica St. Angel
    on August 17, 2011

    Here's an interesting fact about NASA: while the Space Shuttle has been its highest profile mission, it is only one of 93 active missions NASA is working on. At least 1,000 workers plus 2,000 contractors across the entire country provide important services every day to get to the point of liftoff. The NASA Safety Center (NSC) is responsible for training these individuals, as well as providing safety assurance for NASA's most critical missions and some of the nation's most significant investments.

    But getting that high-level technical classroom training to thousands of workers is time consuming, cumbersome and expensive. After strategizing ways to reduce the costs and training timeline, the NSC decided to offer 95% of its courses via the web, and used Mediasite to capture and stream content on-demand to remote learners.

    Join John Marinaro, Director of Technical Excellence at the NASA Safety Center and Dr. Jim May, Program Manager and Lead Trainer for Alphaport, Inc., for a live webinar, "Building the NASA University for Safety Virtually Overnight through Course Capture Technology," Tuesday, August 30 at 12 noon Central (convert to your time zone here). To join us, just register here. Our best practice webinars are always free.

    They will share how their e-learning strategy:

    • Transformed a multi-year, multi-million-dollar training program into a streamlined curriculum design
    • Created a 24/7 training curriculum that would have taken 10 years to distribute inside traditional classroom walls
    • Serves a large, geographically-dispersed community of both civil servants and NASA contractors
    • Yielded a triple-digit ROI in the process

    About the presenters:

    John Marinaro is the Director of Technical Excellence for the NASA Safety Center. For more than 26 years, John has held management positions at NASA devoted to the fields of aerospace, radar, electrical and computer engineering as well as safety management. He was the former Executive Director of the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel and NASA Independent Verification and Validation Facility Chief Engineer. John is also a retired Army Helicopter Pilot and Aviation Officer.

    Dr. Jim May is the contractor lead for the Safety & Mission Assurance Technical Excellence Program (STEP) at the NASA Safety Center, at Glenn Research Center in Ohio. Employed by Alphaport, Inc., he manages a $1.8M annual budget and a contractor team of ten professionals dedicated to elearning course development and programming, coordination of instructor-led courses and managing curriculum on NASA's learning management system.

    Here's that link again to register - see you on the 30th!

  • by Erica St. Angel
    on August 17, 2011

    Ever wonder what keeps the colleges and universities who do the most lecture capture up at night? Sean Brown knows, and it might surprise you.

    Your lecture capture pilot may start in a single classroom, but if history is a guide, it won't end there. Perhaps no other educational technology goes from pilot to full scale deployment faster, be that building-, school-, campus- or even system-wide.

    When that happens - and it will - how are you going to handle security, storage or support? The majority of colleges have not considered the actual ramifications of creating, managing, storing and securing thousands of hours of recorded course content.

    Sean Brown, Sonic Foundry's vice president of education, has been to the future and is back to report how you will be meeting that challenge.

    Join us for a live webinar, "The Future of Capture on Your Campus: Lessons Learned in the First Ten Years of Lecture Capture," on Tuesday, August 30 at 1:00 p.m. Central (convert to your time zone here). It's free! Just register here before we go live.

    Sean will take you on a tour of three campuses who have amassed hundreds of thousands of hours of recorded lectures.

    Together, you will explore why they chose a built-in, wall-to-wall solution over software, the impact of that decision on faculty adoption and how they now meet the growing demand with limited budget, staff and time. Plus he'll answer your most pressing questions about what you need to do now to succeed in the not-so-far off future, including:

    • How to provision for prolific rich media content creation, including a checklist of policies and resources you will need once your lecture capture is ubiquitous and you find yourself sitting on a mountain of recorded classes
    • Guidance for writing your RFP with the proper scope for system-wide lecture capture
    • Ways to leverage your existing AV and IT infrastructure investments that support a long-term capture vision
    • What is the single most important feature to look for in a system-wide lecture capture platform that will serve you well, long into the future - storage, bandwidth, security, automation, support, content management, integration, mobile playback or price

    About our presenter:

    Sean BrownSean Brown, Sonic Foundry VP Education, started talking to universities about lecture capture a decade ago. He has 17 years of product management and education business development experience at IBM, Apple and Oracle before coming to Sonic Foundry. He's dedicated his career to helping colleges solve the problem of high-volume, classroom capture deployment. Mr. Brown is a past president and board member of the Hopkins Foundation for Innovation in Education. His core focus is simplifying digital media to improve use and outcomes.

    Here's that link again to register - we do a ton of best practice webinars and this is one you won't want to miss!

  • by Erica St. Angel
    on August 17, 2011

    Creating a successful hybrid event doesn't happen overnight and it doesn't happen in a vacuum. Victoria Fanning, a face-to-face meeting planner for over a decade, and now the Director of Hybrid and Online Meetings at EDUCAUSE, should know. She plans five major blended conferences, two multi-day online events, and numerous online seminars and webinars every year, with just about every possible combination of synchronous and asynchronous options offered.

    But she doesn't do it alone. Working as a project manager and liaison between multiple cross departmental teams, she consistently crafts hybrid event experiences that deepen members' online experiences while also reaching those unable to travel face-to-face, exposing new prospective members to the association, and elevating the value of the EDUCAUSE brand.

    Join Victoria for her live webinar, "Strategic Planning for a Successful Hybrid Event," Tuesday, August 30 at 11:00 a.m. Central. As always - it's free!.

    Victoria will share formal and informal processes for planning successful hybrid events that tie directly to organizational goals. She'll also take your questions live about both strategy and tactics, and discuss:

    • Key benefits of offering hybrid events, supported by real-life anecdotal and quantitative feedback from past online attendees
    • Why the attendance debate is over at EDUCAUSE, including data that will put to rest concerns about online events cannibalizing face-to-face attendance
    • Tips for deciding what to charge, what to give away for free, and when
    • The importance of video and streaming live for maximizing attendee engagement as well as the importance of online-only sessions and innovative communication strategies for building a unique online community
    • How to connect onsite and online attendees
    • Plus an inspirational toolkit that enables individual sites to hold their own mini-conference synchronously with your global event

    About the presenter: Victoria FanningVictoria Fanning is the Director of Hybrid and Online Meetings at EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. Previously, Fanning held the position of Director of Conferences, and has been a meeting planner for over a decade. In her capacity as director of hybrid and online events, Fanning supports the organizations efforts to build integrated and dynamic online learning experiences for its members. She oversees and helps coordinate multi-day blended and hybrid events; virtual exhibit halls; multi-day online events; and numerous online seminars and webinars. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in History and Political Science. Here's that link again to register - see you online!

  • by Erica St. Angel
    on July 27, 2011

    I'm guessing that headline got your attention. You either love it or hate it, and just for the record: we welcome both perspectives.

    If you stop for a moment and think about the last presentation you watched (or presented), did the speaker read the slides to you? Did you hear the phrase, "Now this next one might be a little hard to read"? Were there flashy animations? Or over-enthusiastic use of clip art?

    You aren't alone.

    Now imagine working for a webcasting company. You'd see a ton of online presentations, right? You might even have to present some of your own! That's true for us: we're Sonic Foundry veterans St. Angel and Pollard. Yet there's one thing you'll rarely find in our presentations: traditional PowerPoint slides.

    We didn't just decide to stop having boring slides one day. We read books, watched great speakers and used trial and error to find a presentation style all our own.

    If you'd like to create more engaging presentation visuals, and help others in your organization do the same, join this live webinar on Tuesday, August 2 at 1:00 p.m. Central (convert to your time zone here). You'll get the basics of not just great slide design, but presentation delivery. We've culled the best tips from experts, and added a few of our own, to ensure you'll leave inspired and ready to spread the good presentation word.

    Discussion will include:

    • Surefire ways to create sucky slides
    • Ready-to-steal ideas for creating presentation slides that keep your audience focused on what you have to say
    • Easy tech tips to enhance both your visuals and delivery, whether you present in-room, online or both
    • Meaty lists of resources where you can see great slides and slidemakers

    Bonus: two lucky attendees who ask a great question during our live webcast will win a free copy of Presentation Zen or The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs.

    About the presenters:

    Erica St. Angel, VP Marketing, produces Sonic Foundry's best practices webinar series. She regularly takes the mic at numerous events and webinars, and her work has earned both industry and marketing awards, including a Forrester Groundswell Award for the use of social technology for UNLEASH, Sonic Foundry's annual conference.

    John Pollard, Event Services Program Director, helps organizations understand and execute successful hybrid events. Prior to joining Sonic Foundry, he worked in various communication, consulting and product management roles for companies including American Airlines, SAP and JPMorgan Chase.

    Whether you love our hate the headline, we hope you'll join us on Tuesday in our cause to rid the world of boring slides. Here's that link again to register.