• by Nicole Wise
    on July 23, 2012
    Marsha Orr

    It’s easier to ask Marsha Orr what she doesn’t use Mediasite for at Cal State University Fullerton’s Department of Nursing

    These are all on her list of Mediasite use-cases: 

    • Lecture capture for course instruction
    • Distance education
    • Developing and recording recruitment sessions for prospective students
    • Advising currently enrolled students
    • Student and faculty orientation
    • Faculty interviews
    • Guest speakers
    • Plus, recording brief, targeted modules to orient distance and campus students to the technology used in the program 

    Marsha OrrIn her role as distance education faculty liaison she works with faculty, staff, students and webcasters in the program. Marsha serves on the Technology Committee of the College of Health and since 2006 has been using Mediasite, making her one of the earliest users of the platform in distance education. Recently Marsha joined us here in Madison, Wis. to share her expertise

    CSU-Fullerton is one of the largest schools in the California State University system with about 35,000 students. Many of the students, particularly in the nursing program, are adults, in school part-time in the RN to BSN distance program.  

    About 70% of California nurses have associate degrees, so Marsha’s program gives them an opportunity to work their way to a bachelor’s degree, which is required for management-level nursing positions. Also, research shows that nurses with bachelor’s degrees have better patient outcomes. 

    “So we’re trying to do everything we can to not only increase the number of nurses, but also increase the educational level of nurses,” Marsha said. “We’re very reliant on this wonderful product, Mediasite.” 

    Hundreds of people around the world tuned in for her live webcast. If you missed it or just want to hear all her fabulous tips again, you can watch her webinar, “Video Streaming in Education and Beyond: Instruction, Recruitment, Advising, Orientation and LMS Training,” here. For a sneak peak at what she talks about, read on.


    Over and over Marsha and her team would visit prospective students to tell the School of Nursing’s success story. Problem was they’d say the same thing every time and travel became expensive and time-consuming. So she started recording recruitment videos via Mediasite that were easily accessible to anyone. 

    “There are times where somebody would email us and want to know about our program. And by recording the recruitment video, we could actually provide them a link so they could watch a video about our program and get the same information that we would give face-to-face. They can watch this on-demand if they can’t come to a face-to-face session,” Marsha said. 

    Not only did this give the school an easy way to reach a lot of potential students at once, but the streaming videos also drove those potential students to their website. 

    “Having a dynamic presentation there with somebody answering the commonly asked questions is a lot different than the static web page. So we found that recruitment was really enriched by having a webcast,” she said.  


    All nursing students have a designated advisor on staff at the school. Sometimes the advisor does live Q&A sessions with students which are recorded via Mediasite. Students who are either too busy or too far for a visit can still watch the advising session via streaming video and email the advisor with any follow-up questions.


    The School of Nursing has traditionally held an orientation for students and faculty. It’s a boot camp of sorts, involving hands-on practice with the learning management system and information on how to access the university portal and nursing website. But it was so much information in a short period of time that it was hard for students to retain it. 

    So the school started capturing training modules via Mediasite and created an online library of orientation videos that can be viewed at any time. 

    “Having that available in the video format and archive video, students could go to it on-demand and really benefit from those pre-recorded sessions,” Marsha said. 

    Flipping the classroom, student assignments and special guests

    “As a faculty member, I think that we can make recorded video really fit with today’s pedagogy. We are moving away from the sage on the stage to becoming the guide on the side. We’re encouraged to use multiple learning styles, interactive assignments, collaboration tools. We’re encouraged to promote a teaching presence and to promote a sense of community among the students. We can marry those things with recorded video for some areas."

    Leveraging the “unlimited possibilities” available with Mediasite, the school set up a recording room for faculty and students who do independent study projects. For example, one student recorded Mediasite presentations on how to use a new citation management system in the library. She actually recorded five brief videos, each one about five to 10 minutes, on how to use that technology. Another student used webcasts to get caught up on work by watching archived videos of lectures that he missed. 

    When special guests visit campus, streaming video allows people all over the world to watch live. A very famous nursing theorist visited campus to present a once-in-a-lifetime lecture that is now preserved in a webcast. “Being able to capture a guest speaker is one of the big advantages also of Mediasite recording,” she said. 

    Marsha’s also been experimenting in her own courses with how-to videos. Instead of doing standard lectures, she’s increased the complexity and difficulty of assignments while also providing how-to videos with suggestions for how to go through the steps of those assignments. 

    “I think that there are really unlimited possibilities for using the Mediasite system for a lot of different things, both on-campus, off-campus, within the university system and outside from marketing all kinds of things.” 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on July 09, 2012
    North Carolina State University

    Students in Ag Business Law at North Carolina State University are turning their mock trials into something akin to “Judge Judy.” And thanks to academic webcasting with Mediasite, the public can watch their dramatic courtroom productions about fictitious cases. 

    The webcasts they’re making are not only educational but pretty darn entertaining, too. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Browse through the course’s webcast catalog. How can you not be intrigued by “The Case of the Cheatin’ Chocolatier” about a sales clerk accused of embezzling chocolate from a candy store? 

    The school is using live academic webcasting to share what its students are doing with the world, while at the same time providing them a fun way to learn the law and critique their courtroom performances. 

    North Carolina University is just one example of a school using Mediasite to stream mock trials and moot courts. These are some of the schools we’ve seen using Mediasite webcasting services to stream courtroom simulations or legal discussion to the public. If we missed yours, please leave a comment and share your link. 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on July 05, 2012
    Night of Science

    1 night.

    54 lectures. 

    24 recordings. 

    16 live streams. 

    That’s the super jam-packed schedule for Night of Science, which took place June 22 at Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany. And thanks to Mediasite’s live webcasting capabilities, anyone anywhere in the world could watch in real time or on-demand. 

    The annual scientific festival is student-run and student-financed. Since it first began in 2006, it has grown to become the largest event of its kind in Germany that uses live streaming technology to share the academic presentations with a worldwide audience. 

    This year Night of Science went from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. The Lecture Capture Group of the university’s computer center (MultiMedia Goethe University) captured five lectures consecutively, recording more than 20 hours in total. Four of the five sites were captured from the school’s new lecture hall building outfitted with four Mediasite RL Recorders, and the school also used its mobile Mediasite ML Recorder to do live webcasts through the night.  

    “We were able to leverage our Mediasite installation to provide live streaming and recording facilities for the Night of Science, which is now one of the biggest streamed and recorded academic events in Germany,” said Ullrich Grimm-Allio, multi-media specialist from the Mediasite team at Goethe University.

    Many other scientific and cultural events, experiments, food stands and – to make it an official German event -- a beer tent were also among the festivities. 

    You can watch the 24 presentations recorded via Mediasite here.

    You’ll find a pretty diverse set of topics from “The Origin of Life: The Evolution of the World and Ideas” to “French Fries, Coke & Co. and the Duet of Lifestyle and Genetics” to “The Good Vibrations of Beer.” It’s safe to say there’s something for everybody. (Head’s up on our English speaking readers - they’re all in German.)

    This is just the tip of the iceberg for what Goethe University is using Mediasite for, though. It’s also using Mediasite for live event webcasting of annual poetry lectures and Frankfurt Children’s University events and it even live streamed a visit from the Dalai Lama, which has received over 3,000 views to date. 

    Mediasite is also being used in the classroom. For example, Maya Tutughamiarso, a graduate student, used it to teach a class from Frankfurt to students in Indonesia. 

    You can learn more about academic webcasting and lecture capture at Goethe University by watching Ullrich’s presentation, “From Hosted to High Availability in 12 Months,” presented at the Mediasite User Group Europe Forum in January in Amsterdam.