• by Nicole Wise
    on April 30, 2012

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

    Due to the high cost of healthcare in the Netherlands, many patients are getting less quality time with their doctors. Enter Care Portal Rijnmond, which is quickly becoming the place to find the health and welfare information in the Rijnmond region. The portal is a secure website where patients and healthcare professionals exchange information quickly and easily to make for a more efficient and high quality patient experience.

    The portal uses Mediasite to deliver webcasts to the public to increase their understanding of certain health conditions, since often it’s difficult to remember everything your doctor says during a short office visit. This goes hand-in-hand with the portal’s goal – to make healthcare more efficient by using e-learning solutions. 

    The webcasting program, called ZorgInfo TV, involves interactive video information via a secure internet connection. For example, patients and their families can prepare for a consultation by watching a webcast in advance, which in turn creates an opportunity for more quality time with the doctor to discuss questions they have. Viewers can also submit questions during the broadcast to the presenter. 

    “The primary benefit of this solution is a more dedicated and a better informed patient. This results in more self-management,” said Florian Visser, project leader for the portal.

    The benefits for the patients can be summed up by this quote from a patient:

    “Receiving information when sitting at home for me is an ideal solution. Less travel costs and now I always have the possibility to look back to a specific interesting part of the presentation. I wish more doctors were acting like this.” 

    The portal was selected as a Rich Media Impact Awards finalist in the Healthcare category for implementing rich media to benefit health and wellness. Winners will be announced during a special ceremony at UNLEASH 2012 May 7-9 in Madison. 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 30, 2012

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

    There’s an increased demand for the use of technology in education in Singapore, especially for web-based communication. So, the SingHealth Academy began exploring different mixes of teaching and learning tools for medical educators and administrators and decided to use webcasting technology to connect medical students and staff at hospitals across Singapore.

    SingHealth Academy is part of Singapore Health Services, Singapore’s largest healthcare group with two hospitals, five national specialty centers and a network of polyclinics. It works closely with healthcare institutions and education centers to develop healthcare education and enhance learning processes. It aims to help medical and non-medical professionals sharpen their skills and improve the way people learn by increasing the flexibility of how, when and where learning happens.  

    That’s where Mediasite comes in. A few years ago, SingHealth surveyed its employees to find 51 percent of them raised concerns about not being able to attend lectures due to time and distance. Given the large percentage who felt that way, the academy purchased three Mediasite ML (mobile) recorders, and in 2011, it purchased the Mediasite EX Server, a video content management platform to distribute, manage and archive live and on-demand webcasts and videos. In the last year, Mediasite has become their one-stop learning portal for people to access healthcare education content. Over the past two years, they’ve recorded 247 Mediasite presentations that have to date received over 14,000 views. 

    “One of the benefits is to support medical students and staff who are unable to come to lectures and class due to family and work commitments. Another benefit is to provide additional learning resources for all the medical students and staff,” said Edison Ng, manager of learning technologies for the academy. 

    For example, last year the academy launched an internal medicine residency program, and it currently has 85 residents in two different hospitals. Usually lectures are conducted at Singapore General Hospital, which means residents at the other hospital need to travel to attend. That isn’t very time or cost-efficient. 

    “Since we have implemented the Mediasite system, our residents can now attend the real-time lectures without traveling,” he said. “Another advantage for the residents is when they miss the lectures, they can now access their Mediasite portal to watch the lectures anytime, anywhere. Mediasite does give us an edge by introducing mobile technology. Now we can have our lectures uploaded as a podcast format or via real-time to our mobile devices. Podcast lectures can be quickly accessed and downloaded from the internet, transferred to a mobile device and listened to at any time.”

    The academy is a Rich Media Impact Awards finalist in the Healthcare category for implementing rich media to benefit health and wellness. Winners will be announced during a special ceremony at UNLEASH 2012 May 7-9 in Madison. 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 26, 2012

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

    The Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is making the country a little more financial savvy with its monthly Family Financial Security Webinar Series. 

    With a grant from the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology Beckner Endowment, the center hosts free webinars on the second Tuesday of every month to provide academic and practitioner perspectives on research promoting family and household financial security. The webinars are targeted at those working directly with clients to improve financial security, such as financial education programs, government agencies, community colleges and universities. 

    The center is a cross-campus, interdisciplinary entity that focuses on households, consumers and personal financial decision making. The webinar series engages people across campus and the world to “build more secure financial futures,” according to Nicole Truog, Associate Director for the center. 

    “The series facilitates the translation and communication of recent research findings on family financial security, asset building and financial decision making to a non-academic audience,” she said. 

    In the spring of 2011 the center hosted four pilot webinars, and the feedback from the public and private sectors was so positive that it expanded the series. Between August 2011 and February 2012 the center hosted six webinars which garnered over 1,200 participants across the country. 

    Some participants include Wells Fargo, Rutgers University, the Government Accountability Office, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve Board and United Way. 

    “Mediasite facilitates the dissemination of applied research to a national audience and has enabled the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to reach practitioners who are working to improve the financial lives of Americans,” Truog said.

    The center is a Rich Media Impact Awards finalist in the Excellence in Education category for enhancing learning and outreach through rich media. Winners will be announced during a special ceremony at UNLEASH 2012 May 7-9 in Madison. 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 26, 2012

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

    Oh, what a long way Queensland University of Technology has come. 

    Dennis Clark, applications programmer for the Australian university, can clearly remember the days of painstakingly recording the audio from lectures on cassettes (which meant equipping a lecture hall with a cassette recorder, retrieving the cassette after class, duplicating the recording and eventually placing the recording in a library).

    Since 2009, the school has been using Mediasite to capture the entire lecture experience, complete with audio, visuals and slides, and over 8,000 recordings – which have received over 600,000 views – have already been done. 

    “I quickly realized that Mediasite provided a fantastic platform for the delivery of content and in fact for the first time, I could see screen capturing being delivered effectively over a 56k modem,” Clark said. 

    The school records the lectures, uploads them to a temporary storage space, moves them into the Mediasite platform and delivers them to students via Blackboard. Over 100 rooms are equipped to record lectures, and the school is recording about 70 lectures each day. The semester recently began, and in the first week, there were already over 600 views on the recordings. Clark said he plans to use Mediasite 6 soon, which allows for the viewing of Mediasite presentations on mobile devices. 

    “This is just the tip of the iceberg because at the moment we’re only recording less than 10 percent of the lectures. I’m very impressed with the Mediasite platform. I think it’s the best that’s available on the market,” Clark said. “I’m looking forward to moving to (Mediasite) 6 in the very near future, because I’m very impressed with the delivery of content to the iPhone and iPad platforms. We look forward to working with Sonic Foundry in the future.”

    Queensland University of Technology is up for a Rich Media Impact Awards finalist in the Excellence in Education category for enhancing learning and outreach through rich media. Winners will be announced during a special ceremony at UNLEASH 2012 May 7-9 in Madison. 

  • by Tammy Jackson
    on April 25, 2012

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

    If you ask Scott Holcomb, staff development coordinator, and Jeff Baxter, special projects coordinator, Mediasite has become an essential educational technology for Memphis City Schools (MCS), the nation’s 21st largest school district. 

    So far Mediasite has proven its value in the special events department. Last year when President Obama delivered the commencement address at Booker T. Washington School, it was streamed to over 225 schools and military families overseas who couldn’t attend the commencement in person. That means that 15,000 students, parents and family got to watch live – something that wouldn’t have been possible without Mediasite. 

    But that example is just the tip of the iceberg. MCS has developed a deep library of Mediasite content, and the creative uses of the technology within the school district continue to grow.

    “The impressive number to me are the more than 170,000 views and the 114,500 hours of content in our library. That’s a lot of professional development and has saved our district a ton of money because now our teachers are able to complete training on demand. It saves them time,” said Baxter. 

    Here are some other ways MCS is leveraging Mediasite:

    • Business Operations - Mediasite is used for OSHA videos, bloodborne pathogen training and CPR. Previously outsourced, adding this training to the Mediasite catalog has saved the district real dollars. 
    • Technology Training - Mediasite presentations cover how to connect to new technologies such as iPads, and also how to choose which apps work in an educational environment. 
    • Board Meetings - The county and city school districts are merging into one district, which means a lot more media interest and parents wanting to stay informed. The meetings are streamed live to facilitate the much larger audience. 
    • Students Learning From Students - MCS decided to take the YouTube experience and migrate it into Mediasite, allowing students to create presentations and share information. 

    “We’re flipping the paradigm of sage on the stage. The teacher sets up the recording and becomes the facilitator, and the student becomes the teacher in a sense – teaching not only other students but teachers as well,” said Holcomb. “This is one area we really wanted to push to get the students hands on—that’s a great start in our district.”

    MCS has a lot more planned for using Mediasite in the future, including migrating to Mediasite 6 so teachers and administrators can watch content on their mobile devices. 

    Memphis City Schools has earned a spot as a Rich Media Impact Awards finalist in the Enterprise category for improving its business outcomes through rich media communication. Winners will be announced during a special ceremony at UNLEASH 2012 May 7-9 in Madison.

  • by Tammy Jackson
    on April 25, 2012

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

    Five years ago, after years of teaching to a group of students the old-fashioned way, Cooke Real Estate School in Florida faced a major challenge – the local real estate market had dried up.  

    Using videoconferencing to teach to 120 locations across Florida helped, but they quickly discovered the limitations of the technology, both geographically and academically. 

    Frank Cooke knew Mediasite was used successfully in universities and large businesses, and asked himself if it could also boost his bottom line by increasing his small school’s course offerings and product lines, and expand its geographic reach. It’s a question that would ultimately transform his business.

    After transferring its curriculum to a distance learning course using Mediasite with minimal expense the school took the next steps – getting the Mediasite courses approved by the Florida Real Estate Commission and later, certified through the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO), which opened the door for accreditation by many state regulatory agencies. 

    “Thanks to the quality of Mediasite, Cooke has the only online streaming video course approved by ARELLO,” said Cooke. “After using it for five years, we’re approved to teach in eight states: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Wisconsin, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Montana. California and Kentucky are next."

    Mediasite helped Cooke launch a nationwide real estate curriculum, now reaching more than 10,000 students. 

    “Mediasite is the perfect product for small business schools to expand their business by increasing their course offerings and increasing their product lines because of the easy transition from classroom to distance learning environment that Mediasite allows,” said Cooke. 

    Cooke Real Estate School has earned a spot as a Rich Media Impact Awards finalist in the Enterprise category for improving its business outcomes through rich media communication. Winners will be announced during a special ceremony at UNLEASH 2012 May 7-9 in Madison.

  • by Nicole Jacobson
    on April 20, 2012

    This year at UNLEASH, the annual Mediasite User Conference May 7-9, we are all about giving you an edge. Take full advantage of the unique networking opportunities UNLEASH has to offer to get the edge you need by building your Mediasite knowledge base and circle of trusted Mediasite advisors. But it's not all business - this year's networking events will be memorable and fun too!

    Rich Media Impact Awards

    Be inspired at Sonic Foundry's Eighth Annual Rich Media Impact Awards. The RMIA program recognizes excellence in the practical and creative integration of Mediasite in business, education, health and government. This year the RMIAs kick off the first day of UNLEASH. 

    Newcomers Reception – Monday, May 7

    Each year brings even more new faces to UNLEASH. If this is your first Mediasite User Conference, here's your chance to hit the ground running and find a MUG Mentor. Mingle with other first-time attendees and meet the Mediasite User Group Steering Committee before you join the Welcome Reception.

    Welcome Reception – Monday, May 7

    Take in the sights and sounds of downtown Madison as conference attendees and Sonic Foundry staff gather at Francesca's al Lago, a local favorite. Perfectly situated between the Capitol Square and the Monona Terrace it offers a taste of the city and its local brews.

           

    MUG Jam – Tuesday, May 8

    Last year's birthday bash paved the way for this year's MUG Jam at the historic Majestic Theatre. At this popular and trendy musical venue, catch live music while you hang out with new and long-time Mediasite friends. Plus, see fellow conference attendees take the stage to share their musical talents in the first MUG Jam. 

           

    Closing Reception – Wednesday, May 8

    If we've learned anything after a half decade of hosting, it's that many Mediasite users find the momentum of UNLEASH propels them long past its official close. Grab a quick snack and a cold drink on your way out of town or savor the networking before heading out to explore Madison with new friends and old.

    To help us gain the edge as well we look to your feedback to continually grow and improve upon your UNLEASH experience. Prior to the close of the conference we will collect all UNLEASH evaluation surveys. Each completed survey will be entered into a drawing for the opportunity to win one of these fantastic prizes.

     

    Don't miss out on the fun - join us in Madison, May 7-9.

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 18, 2012

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

    The recession hit Tennessee hard, leaving legal job openings scarce. 

    Since 2008, thousands of attorney jobs at large law firms have vanished, and small firms are suffering too with recruitment of new lawyers waiting to rebound. 

    This is especially true in Tennessee. Attorneys need help, and that’s where Mediasite came in. 

    The Tennessee Bar Association created a new mentoring program called TBA All Access Network using Mediasite webcasts. It provides free videos for new lawyers in the area that offer tips on a diverse range of topics from starting your own practice to an overview of practice areas to suggestions for advancing your legal career. 

    Tips like the following reach 17,000 lawyers and 2,500 law students across the state of Tennessee: 

    Whatever city you’re interviewing in, convey how much you want to be in that city. Law firms are looking for employees who will stay long-term.

    Volunteer with pro-bono associations.

    Write articles to get your name out there as a credible source.

    “Mediasite provides an innovative platform for delivering these services,” said Stan Graham, a Nashville lawyer. “Videos can be viewed 24 hours a day, seven days a week from any web-enabled device. They can be viewed repeatedly and they provide a range of perspectives not available in a traditional mentoring relationship."

    And this crucial information in response to the lack of jobs garnered the Tennessee Bar Association a spot as a Rich Media Impact Award finalist in the Association category for outstanding achievement in using rich media to improve awareness, education and outreach. The TBA was also a winner of a 2011 RMIA in the same category. 

    Winners will be announced during a special ceremony at UNLEASH 2012 May 7-9 in Madison. 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on April 17, 2012

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

    The Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) is located in Jefferson City in the heart of the state. So when school administrators from the 522 school districts it represents need to travel to professional development programs it’s a fairly equal distance for everyone. 

    But it’s still hundreds of miles no matter which way they’re coming from, and that’s just not time or budget efficient. 

    “We started looking for a way to serve these members and Mediasite was the answer that we came up with. We created a video library of professional development programs that we sell subscriptions to to our members,” said Roger Kurtz, Executive Director of the association. “We have such great response to that we keep expanding that every year.”

    From recording MASA conferences for its members who couldn’t physically attend to taking the Mediasite Recorder on the road to record sessions at national conventions, MASA is using the webcasting technology in a wide range of applications. MASA even used it to record an interview with the candidates for governor a few years ago, and then it used Mediasite’s polling capability to ask members who, if anyone, it should endorse. 

    “All of these programs have been very beneficial to our members,” Kurtz said. “The revenue provided by the video library supplements our operation budget for our organization. Mediasite is by far the best delivery system that we found to meet the needs of our members, and we are thankful that we started this program back in 2008 and look for other ways to continue growing in the future.” 

    MASA is a Rich Media Impact Awards Finalist in the Association category for outstanding achievement in using rich media to improve awareness, education and outreach. Winners will be announced during a special ceremony at UNLEASH 2012 May 7-9 in Madison.

  • by Tammy Jackson
    on April 16, 2012
    RMIA

    The good news is that the Rich Media Impact Awards program is going strong at Sonic Foundry after eight consecutive years.  

    Even better news is that in that time more than 140 organizations from around the world have been honored for excellence in the practical and creative integration of Mediasite in business, education, health and government.  

    Now for the best news: The submissions just keep getting better, and this year is no exception. 

    We are again amazed at the entries that poured in not only from across the country, but around the world. While they represent a wide-range of industries and programs, collectively they’ve all used webcasting to solve problems, innovate, achieve measureable results and ultimately change the way people work and learn.  

    Winners will be announced during a special ceremony at UNLEASH 2012, the Mediasite User Conference, taking place May 7-9. All RMIA finalists in attendance at UNLEASH 2012 will have the chance to win a Mediasite RL Recorder during a drawing at the conference. Sonic Foundry will also continue to award Student Impact Scholarships honoring both the student and their university. The student runner-up will receive a $1,500 scholarship, and the winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship and that student’s university will also receive a Mediasite RL Recorder.  

    Before we get to the lucky winners, we’re going to introduce you to each of the 18 finalists. For the next couple weeks we’ll be counting them down here, alphabetical by category and program name. Come back often to see for yourself why these finalists set the bar so high.