• by Nicole Wise
    on October 31, 2012
    Super Scary Scenes Streamed Straight to your Screen via Mediasite

    What’s Halloween without a little vertigo, a bed of nails and a really bad horror flick? 

    It’s incomplete, that’s what. So we here at Sonic Foundry thought we’d share a few Mediasite presentations for your viewing enjoyment. Our apologies in advance for our no-budget film “The Slashing.” We made it five years ago. Be kind. 

    During a physics class earlier this year, this University of Southern California professor decided it’d be a good idea to lay on a bed of nails while someone smashed a concrete brick with a hammer on top of him.  Did he survive? Watch this recording of his lecture to find out. (Bed of nails begins at about 1:31:00)

    Everything you ever wanted to know about vertigo is in this presentation from Barrow Neurological Institute.  You’ll watch real case studies from people who suffer from vertigo, like the 57-year-old man who’s had two years of intermittent slurred speech and stumbling balance, as well as disturbed taste and loss of smell for several years. 

    And finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The pièce de résistance. I give you “The Slashing,” our movie about three troubled webcasting technologies. Of course, Mediasite takes out the misguided solutions one by one. Enjoy and Happy Halloween! 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on October 30, 2012
    Educating Voters One Webcast at a Time

    How do voters in Wisconsin feel about presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney and U.S. Senate candidates Tammy Baldwin and Tommy Thompson? And how close could Tuesday’s election be?

    Marquette University Law School will tell you tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 31) as it shares the results of its 14th survey of voter attitudes. The poll will be discussed in Eckstein Hall, but regardless of where you are in the world you’ll be able to watch live (or on-demand) thanks to Mediasite.  You can find the presentation here, live at 12:15 p.m. CT. 

    This is just one of the many ways Marquette University Law School uses Mediasite. The university has an entire series called “On the Issues” that’s been running for five years to inform the public and raise awareness about public policy issues. 

    It’s a conversation series with Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in Law and Public Policy and the host of the statewide public affairs TV show “UpFront with Mike Gousha.” (If you’re from the Milwaukee area, you may also recognize him as the former WTMJ-TV reporter.) Mike educates the public by interviewing newsmakers and policy shapers about the hottest topics in the country. These discussions are done before an in-person audience, but they’re webcast live and archived for on-demand viewing via Mediasite, like this law school poll webcast from Oct. 17:

    The series began in 2007 and the university has webcast nearly 100 presentations with Mediasite. You can watch them on-demand here or read our press release, Marquette University Law School Educates Voters by Live Streaming Political Conversations via Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite, for more info. 

    Marquette isn’t the only university using Mediasite to inform the public during this political season.

    When Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill held a campaign event on Oct. 12 at The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, the school used Mediasite to live stream the event, allowing anyone in the world to watch for free either live or on-demand. Here's the webcast

    Jim Jorstad, Director of Academic Technology Services at UW-La Crosse, is also using streaming video to discuss politics. He delivered a compelling lecture, “The Global Influence of Social Media in Politics and In Our Lives,” that you can watch for free here

    There’s also an online show in Madison, Wis. called “Know Your Candidates” that is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Dane County and Madison City Channel. Mediasite webcasts allow voters to get to know their candidates – everyone from local Madison Common Council District races to Wisconsin’s United States Congress seats – through debates and informative sessions. 

    Grab a pen and watch some of these webcasts so you go to the polls a little more informed next week.

  • by Nicole Wise
    on October 26, 2012
    Gratuitous, Feel-Good Quote of the Week

    "The question was: 'How do we create on-demand training modules to train our call agents?' The solution was simple. Mediasite. Mediasite allows us to create easy to follow training modules as well as provide employees with the option for retraining online."  ~ Mona Aldana-Ramirez, Director of Retention Support Services, San Antonio College

    Check out how San Antonio College, part of one of the largest community college systems in the country, Alamo Colleges, uses an online video library of webcasts to train teachers and call center agents efficiently at www.sonicfoundry.com/customer/mona-aldana-ramirez, and see what other Mediasite users have to say at www.sonicfoundry.com/why-mediasite

    Mona is also visiting us here in Madison, Wis. today to present today's webinar, "Ten Tips for Streamlining Your Communication and Training Plan on Campus," at 11 a.m. CT. You can register for free here. We hope to see you online shortly! If you miss it, it's also available to watch on-demand. 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on October 19, 2012
    Gratuitous, Feel-Good Quote of the Week

    "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 can marry those things with recorded video for some areas. We’re very reliant on this wonderful product, Mediasite." ~ Marsha Orr, California State University, Fullerton

    You can read more about how CSU Fullerton uses video streaming in education for instruction, recruitment, advising, orientation and LMS training here, and check out what other Mediasite users have to say at www.sonicfoundry.com/why-mediasite

    Happy Friday! 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on October 15, 2012
    #1 Lesson from MPI’s Hybrid Meeting Research

    If you’re like us here at Sonic Foundry, you’re probably pressed for time during the work day. You want to participate in that 60-minute webinar, but sometimes you don’t have enough hours in your day.

    So we made things easy for you. During the next few months we’ll post short five- to 10-minute videos here on our blog with tips on planning hybrid events.  

    Samuel J. Smith, an event technology consultant who’s been working with meeting professionals for over 13 years, visited Sonic Foundry last month to share what he learned as a researcher for The Meeting Professionals International Foundation’s Hybrid Meeting Project. 

    The study, sponsored by Sonic Foundry, was done by surveying 1,800 people and interviewing nearly 40 and is the most comprehensive look on the topic ever done. It shows how hybrid events are being used and perceived in the meetings industry. It’s also packed with insights from experienced meeting planners. 

    Here’s Sam’s first lesson for you: Hybrid meetings will NOT cannibalize your face-to-face meeting.  

  • by Nicole Wise
    on October 09, 2012
    Sonic Foundry Embarks on World Tour

    The Sonic Foundry crew is in the midst of a whirlwind two months as it exhibits, records and presents at several conferences around the world.  

    These are just a few of the many events you can find us at the rest of this year. We hope you’ll stop by and say ‘hi’ if you’re at these conferences. For a complete list of upcoming events you can find us at, visit http://www.sonicfoundry.com/upcoming-events

    • Kuwait EDUTECH 2012

    When: Oct. 9 to 10

    Where: Kuwait

    This is the biggest educational event dedicated to the development of education in the State of Kuwait. It targets global school facilities involved in the planning, design, construction and management of public and private educational facilities. 

    Rob Lipps, Sonic Foundry’s executive VP was invited to presentYour Very Own Campus YouTube: The Future of Video in Education” on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 10:20 a.m. AST. 

    • Sloan Consortium’s International Conference on Online Learning; Booths 217 & 219

    When: Oct. 10 to 12

    Where: Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

    The conference provides online learning professionals the latest research and best practices in online and blended learning programs. 

    Sonic Foundry is the Coast to Coast Technology Sponsor and will record select sessions for live and on-demand viewing. 

    Matthew McCurdy, our Associate VP of Education, will also be a featured speaker presenting “Capture and Instructional Technology: How Does it All Fit Together?

    • PCMA Capital Chapter: Planner Forum

    When: Oct. 11

    Where: Washington, D.C.

    Sonic Foundry’s Event Services Program Director John Pollard will present on  how to create high-value hybrid events from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST. This is an interactive session that will explore a variety of methods, from recruitment to retention, sales to sponsorship. Check out a video invitation from John here.

    • InfoComm 100 

    When: Oct. 11 to 12

    Where: Reston, Va.

    InfoComm 100 is a meeting for industry leaders to discuss the AV industry from the rental, staging and live events market, and sessions will be recorded via Mediasite. Sonic Foundry is a Silver Sponsor. 

    • InfoComm Middle East & Africa; Booth TA-105

    When: Oct. 14 to 18

    Where: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    More than 80 exhibiting companies will offer their latest products and expertise. InfoComm MEA assembles the widest range of AV systems and technologies. 

    Sonic’s VP of international Ray Hassell was invited to lead the panel discussion “Massive Lecture Capture Deployments: Go Big or Go Home” on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. GST.

    • InfoComm Power of AV for Education

    When: Oct. 16

    Where: San Diego, Calif.

    The Power of AV for Education is designed exclusively for AV technology pros working in education, training and learning environments, and Mediasite will record all sessions.

    • Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2012; Booth 622

    When: Oct. 21 to 25

    Where: Orlando, Fla. 

    Sonic Foundry is a sponsor of the Gartner Symposium ITxpo, the world’s most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives, and this year there will be over 450 analyst sessions, workshops, roundtables and mastermind keynotes.

    • STEMtech; Booth 501

    When: Oct. 28 to 31

    Where: Kansas City, Missouri

    STEMtech conference is an international event emphasizing increasing student success in science, technology, engineering and math. Over 400 sessions focus on improving STEM education, better aligning educational systems with each other and workforce needs and exploring technology’s role in teaching. Sonic Foundry is a Silver Sponsor. 

    • Streaming Media West; Booth 22

    When: Oct. 30 to 31

    Where: Los Angeles, Calif.

    Streaming Media West is an annual conference where content owners, viral video creators, online marketers, broadcast pros, ad agencies and others come to see and hear the latest in online video technology. Attendees get to connect with some of the top businesses in the industry on the exhibit hall floor. Be sure to check us out at booth 22.

    • EDUCAUSE; Booth 1433

    When: Nov. 6 to 9

    Where: Denver, Co.

    The annual EDUCAUSE conference is the premier gathering for higher education IT pros. It provides content and exploration into today’s technology issues facing campuses around the world. Sonic Foundry’s VP of education Sean Brown will present “Sonic Foundry’s Roadmap for 2013 and Beyond” on Nov. 8. Sonic Foundry is a Platinum Partner and will live stream the sessions via Mediasite. 

    • Ascilite

    When: Nov. 25 to 28

    Where: Wellington, New Zealand

    Education is facing a number of challenges. Questions remain about the impact of new digital technologies on learning and teaching and the sustainability of current teaching models. The Ascilite 2012 conference will discuss educational challenges in the wider context of sustainability. Sonic Foundry is a sponsor and exhibitor at the conference. 

    • ONLINE EDUCA; Booths B60 & B59

    When: Nov. 28 to 30

    Where: Berlin, Germany

    Sonic Foundry is excited to sponsor ONLINE EDUCA, an international conference on technology supported learning and training. It’s the largest e-learning conference for the corporate, education and public service sectors.

    Mediasite user Bob van den Brand of Tilburg School of Economics and Business in the Netherlands and a representative of the University of the Free State in South Africa, which also uses Mediasite, will present at the conference. 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on October 05, 2012
    10 Insights From Teachers on What Works in Lecture Capture

    When I think back to college, there were a few professors who I’ll never forget. I was almost always in the student newspaper office working on the next issue of the paper with one of my journalism professors only a phone call away if I had questions. If I wasn’t there, you could find me in the photo lab’s dark room developing film. In fact, I credit my photojournalism teacher for creating such a passion for the subject that I pursued a minor in photography and graphic design. 

    We all had a teacher like that at some point, someone who had a hand in where we are today. Be sure to take the time to think about him or her or send them a note today – World Teachers’ Day

    Since we can’t recognize every one of the teachers on the 1,100 campuses using Mediasite, we’d like to highlight 10 who are using Mediasite to engage their students and impact learning in positive ways. For even more, check out “101 Academic Perspectives on What Works in Lecture Capture” for some more insights. 




  • by Nicole Wise
    on October 03, 2012

    The Future of Technology in Education (FOTE) conference in London, England always sells out fast to IT directors and managers, learning technologists, practitioners and anyone else interested in educational technology. 

    But if you weren’t able to secure a ticket to this week’s conference, you can still participate and feel like you’re actually there, because FOTE is being webcast for the first time to a remote audience via Mediasite by Sonic Foundry. That way, even more people from all over the world will be able to watch online from the comfort of their offices or homes.  

    All of the sessions will be live streamed via Mediasite 6, which will allow attendees, both on-site and online, to watch sessions from their mobile devices in real time. The recordings will also be archived for on-demand viewing, creating an instant online video library of knowledge about IT trends in classrooms that can be reviewed at any time. 

    To join remotely all you need to do is register on the Mediasite registration page using the 'FOTE2012' passcode. If you are planning to watch the FOTE12 live stream from a desktop computer just be sure to install the latest version of Microsoft Silverlight

    Making FOTE a hybrid event this year by simultaneously offering face-to-face and online experiences, allows the University of London Computer Centre, the conference organizer, to reach and engage a much larger audience. 

    Worldwide, 1,100 colleges and universities use Mediasite and its video content management system to quickly and cost-effectively automate the capture, management, delivery and search of live and on-demand streaming videos and rich media presentations. Sonic Foundry has been named Frost & Sullivan’s Global Market Share Leader in Lecture Capture Solutions for six consecutive years. 

    Check out www.sonicfoundry.com/mediasite to learn more.