• by Nicole Wise
    on January 30, 2013

    We have the pleasure of being in Amsterdam this week to webcast Integrated Systems Europe 2013 and to share our story with the most influential people in the AV industry. 

    ISE’s annual exhibition attracts over 40,000 attendees annually and is the best-attended show in the professional AV and electronic systems industry worldwide. This year’s event takes place January 28 to 31 at the Amsterdam RAI.

    Mediasite Events, a Gold Sponsor, recorded the keynote “Inventing the Impossible,” presented by renowned cyber illusionist Marco Tempest. Cyber illusion means he’s combining magic and science to create illusion, basically magic for the 21st century. 

    In his presentation, Mr. Tempest discusses the art and craft of creating contemporary images and says while magic might be thought to many as a superstition, it’s quite the opposite. The audience learned that “advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

    Check out this keynote for free on-demand at  www.sonicfoundry.com/isekeynote, and maybe Mr. Tempest will make a believer out of you. 

    Also, read our recent announcement “Sonic Foundry Partners with Integrated Systems Europe to Webcast One of the ‘Fastest Growing Tradeshows in the World’ ” for more information about the event. 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on January 28, 2013

    By now you may have heard about Bob van den Brand, an adjunct associated professor from Tilburg School of Economics and Management in the Netherlands. He’s using Mediasite in creative ways to get through to his tech-minded students in short 10-minute lectures. 

    Bob’s been recognized countless times for his fantastic lecture capture program, iSTAR Learning Project, which has dramatically increased the pass rates and satisfaction ratings among the second-year accounting students. 

    Well, he’s done it again. This time he’s seeing big improvements with the freshman accounting class using iSTAR. This year Bob implemented iSTAR into that group of about 700 students, and pass rates increased from 67 percent to 78 percent. 

    But before I get into more detail, here’s a little iSTAR 101:

    Bob wanted a way to connect with what he calls the “YouTube Generation,” students who constantly have technology at their fingertips. So he created iSTAR which uses Mediasite as its core educational technology for lecture capture and flipped instruction. Check out www.sonicfoundry.com/customer/bob-van-den-brand for more info about what Bob and Tilburg University are up to. 

    Last year, this iSTAR model increased the pass rate among second-year accounting students from 58 percent to 79 percent, and student satisfaction ratings went through the roof. The success rate for the bachelor Business Controls course also increased from 57 percent to 84 percent. 

    Since iSTAR has been so successful it’s also done in multiple languages and been introduced into more schools at Tilburg, including Liberal Arts, Social Sciences and International Business Administration. 

    Bob says his students love receiving feedback via Mediasite immediately after they’ve answered a question. 

    “With Mediasite, we’re able to make lectures time and place independent and offer mixed learning routes online, which has improved the performances of both students and professors,” Bob said. 

    According to student Loes Brilman who is currently studying with iSTAR, “what’s especially nice about iSTAR is I can ask questions to the lecturer during live sessions.”

    Gabi Markovic, another accounting student, saw her scores increase with iSTAR. 

    “iSTAR really helped me improve my exam results. I used iSTAR during managerial accounting. During the live streaming I was able to ask questions directly to the teacher. iSTAR can also be used for other courses in addition to other lectures,” Gabi said. 

    As if higher pass rates weren’t enough, Tilburg has also added another award to its long list of accolades. It recently won the Innovation in Accounting History Education Award for using Mediasite and Playmobil, one of the most famous German toys that Tilburg is also working with for iSTAR.  

    Be sure to watch this new video Bob and his students created about iSTAR. 

    And we’re sure this won’t be the last time you hear us talking about Bob and iSTAR so stay tuned for more success stories from Tilburg.  

    Photos: (Top) Bob van den Brand, Tilburg University, records a lecture via Mediasite. (Middle) Loes Brilman watches a lecture via iSTAR. (Bottom) the Mediasite Recorder is displayed. Credit: Tilburg University 

  • by Nicole Wise
    on January 23, 2013
    Inside Higher Ed's 'The Pulse' Podcast Discusses Flipped Classrooms, User-Generated Content with Mediasite

    (Photo credit: Inside Higher Ed)

    Today we're excited to share that Sean Brown, Sonic Foundry's vice president of education, is featured on Inside Higher Ed’s monthly technology podcast "The Pulse." Sean discusses lecture capture and campus event webcasting with Mediasite.

    The podcast is about 20 minutes long and covers a wide range of topics from user-generated content to flipped classrooms. 

    Take a listen here

    You can also find more information about Mediasite 6.1 and the User Generated Content Module Sean references here

  • by Nicole Wise
    on January 14, 2013
    Mediasite User Group Europe Forum 2013

    We’re hosting our annual Mediasite User Group Europe Forum 28 January, and we’re so excited to see all of our European friends again. 

    Last year over 50 webcasting and lecture capture professionals from nine countries met face-to-face to network and hear success stories and strategies from several prominent institutions, including the European Space Agency and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology

    This year will be even bigger. Over 100 Mediasite users are expected to attend the event from the Netherlands, Norway, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Turkey, Germany, Austria and Ireland. With our jam-packed itinerary full of speakers and networking sessions we’re confident our attendees will leave feeling energized to take their video programs at home to the next step. 

    Attendees will:

    • Learn best practices and see implementation examples from peers to maximize their Mediasite deployments
    • Hear about the latest Mediasite developments from Sonic Foundry 
    • Share strategies for successfully expanding or upgrading Mediasite in their organizations
    • Get new ideas for unique and practical applications of Mediasite
    • Learn tips and tricks that can be applied to daily Mediasite operations
    • Share their Mediasite feedback with Sonic Foundry leadership
    • Develop their Mediasite professional network

    Check out our line-up below, and register today (it's free!).  Hurry, registration closes 18 January. We hope to see you there! 

    11:30-12:30   Lunch
    12:30-12:40

    Welcome Remarks - Marjan Freriks, Dean of School of Education, Hogeschool van Amsterdam

    12:40-13:25

    The Future of Video: A Vision for 2013 and Beyond - Rob Lipps, Executive VP, Sonic Foundry

    13:30-14:00

    Inside HvA's Creating Tomorrow/Learning Tomorrow Initiatives - Maarten van der Burg, Hogeschool van Amsterdam

    14:05-14:35

    Networking Break & Group Discussion Selection - Kristin Zurovitch, Director of Marketing, Sonic Foundry

    14:35-15:05

    Beyond Training: Developing External Business Parnerships with Mediasite Webcasting - Oisín O'Ceallaigh, IT Executive, Chartered Accountants Ireland

    15:10-15:55

    Group Discussions

    Four Approaches to Blended Learning - facilitated by Michael Nieweg, Senior Educational Consultant, Hogeschool van Amsterdam

    Automating Your Weblecture and Webcast Rooms - facilitated by Robert Jan Brouwer, MediaMission

    Video Content Management Strategies - facilitated by Rob Lipps, Sonic Foundry

    15:55-16:05  

    Break

    16:05-16:35

    From 20 to 200 in 1 Month with Mediasite: Large-scale Lecture Capture Experiences and Lessons Learned - Frode Næsje, Assistant Professor, Narvik University College

    16:40-17:10

    The Key to Mediasite Success: Efficiency - Eric Briantais, Research Engineer/Head of Instructional Technologies, Université Paris Sud

    17:15-17:30

    Share, Interact and Learn: Your MUG Community - Niels Riethorst, Community Manager, Media Mission | Kristin Zurovitch, Director of Marketing, Sonic Foundry

    17:30-19:00  

    HvA Tour and Cocktails

  • by Nicole Wise
    on January 11, 2013
    #4 Lesson From MPI’s Hybrid Meeting Research

    Buying is Hard

    Sure, making any sort of financial decision can be tricky, but determining which hybrid event services to use might be trickier than you thought. 

    From the stage to the screen there are several vendors you need to choose, such as your streaming provider, the platform you use and the production services. As a planner you get quotes from several vendors and they may not seem like they’re apples to apples. 

    Some of the streaming providers offer production services. Some of the production companies specialize in streaming services. Some of the platform services provide streaming services, and some of the streaming providers offer platform services. 

    Are you confused yet?

    You start to get overlap, and as a planner you can get pretty frustrated. 

    Check out what Samuel J. Smith has to say about breaking through the frustration to ensure you have a good planning experience. Sam is one of the researchers of The Meeting Professionals International Foundation’s research on hybrid events, which was sponsored by Sonic Foundry. 

    This is the fourth lesson that we’ve learned from the research. Back in October we told you that hybrid meetings will NOT cannibalize your face-to-face meetings. In November you learned the most important thing you can do when holding a hybrid event is to have a rehearsal, and last month we told you to have great expectations

    Next month we’ll share with you Sam’s final piece of advice, so stay tuned. 

    You can download the research at www.mpiweb.org/Hybrid

    Also, be sure to check out the Hybrid Meetings and Events Toolkit

  • by Nicole Wise
    on January 04, 2013
    5 Ways Mediasite Can Help You with Your New Year’s Resolutions

    We all do it.

    On January 1 we tell ourselves that we’re going to do something to improve our lives. Perhaps this year you’ll resolve to hit the gym more often or eat healthier. Or maybe you’ll want to try something new in your classroom when the semester starts. 

    But for most of us, regardless of what our resolutions are, the craziness of our daily lives gets in the way. We don’t have enough hours in the day to hit the gym, or we just don’t have the willpower to pass up that chocolate in the break room. 

    Sticking with a resolution is touch, but our friends may be able to help you. There are people all over the world using Mediasite in exciting ways. Regardless of where you are, you can watch their webcasts and follow their examples, and perhaps they’ll motivate you to follow through with your resolutions all year. 

    • Get in shape & eat healthy foods: 

    Lack of time to get to the gym isn’t an excuse anymore, because Baton Rouge’s Louisiana State University, University Recreation (LSU UREC) streams workout videos from its popular UREC GroupX series, as well as healthy lifestyle tips from professionals online via Mediasite. Students and the public can access the classes for free via the UREC home page. An instructor walks you through a 30-60 minute workout, including a warm-up, a specific style of workout and a cool-down. 

    “Mediasite has allowed LSU UREC to create an online environment that enables students and the public to participate in fitness programs and learn about living a healthy lifestyle from any computer with internet access,” said Scott Belanger, LSU UREC.

    It may be difficult to jump in your car and make the trek to the gym, but there’s really no excuse why you can’t turn your computer on and make a couple clicks to find a workout video from the comfort of your home. So get to exercising! 

    • Get out of debt and/or be more financially savvy:

    Want to become better at handling your finances and saving money? The Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison 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 webinar series engages people across campus and the world to build more secure financial futures. 

    “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,” said  Nicole Truog, Associate director for the Center for Financial Security at UW-Madison

    Start the year off right by visiting http://cfs.wisc.edu/

    • Educators, try something new with technology in your classrooms:

    Since the education industry and the way students learn is always changing, your teaching methods should probably change with the times. If you’re timid about trying something new, you’re not alone. However, technology is a part of almost every aspect of your students’ lives. They’ve got smartphones glued to their fingertips and can access anything from the palm of their hands. So the old school ways of teaching just don’t cut it anymore. Plus, more and more studies show that technology integration in the curriculum improves student success. 

    Take Clemson University for example. Faculty use Mediasite to enhance classes both on and off campus. They’ve developed several innovative uses of Mediasite, including study abroad student orientation, student digital portfolios and off-site student nursing training. The teaching lessons are recorded and archived to make sure students can easily review the material, which also frees up educators’ time for more quality interaction. 

    Faculty have experienced increased student comprehension through Mediasite, and innovative applications of the technology are continually discovered, further increasing student and faculty success. 

    “For many of the students, technology is just an extension of their body so they’re pretty savvy,” said Pam Havice, associate professor at Clemson, adding that when she surveyed students, 100% said they felt streaming rich media presentations is a valuable and effective part of her course. 

    But you don’t have to take Pam’s word for it. Check out what some of the other Mediasite users in higher education have to say about how technology is improving student success. 

    • Stay on top of the latest technology news and trends:

    If you’ve got 30-60 minutes each month to watch a webcast you’re in good shape, because Sonic Foundry’s continuing best practice series of webinars brings the latest technology  trends in  education, government, healthcare, events, the corporate world, etc. to your attention. Each month an expert in a particular topic visits Sonic Foundry in Madison, Wis. to share with the world how they’re using technology and discuss the hot issues. 

    These webinars are streamed live and archived for on-demand viewing and are free to anyone interested. For example, last month our VP of education Sean Brown presented about the future of video in education and the enterprise and his vision for 2013 and beyond. Plus, event planner Liz King shared the Top 10 Tech Strategies to Support Your Hybrid Event.  

    Take a minute to check out some of these webinars on-demand in your free time and be sure to watch for upcoming webinars so you can keep up to date. 

    • Smile more:

    In the midst of your day-to-day hectic lives, remember to appreciate the small things and smile often. Here are some light reading materials and videos to check out when you’re feeling down in the dumps. 

    Hi-Tech Holiday Greetings From Shorewood Elementary and Sonic Foundry

    Families Greet Troops for July 4th via Mediasite Webcast

    Super Scary Scenes Streamed Straight to your Screen via Mediasite

    Musicians Form Band, Practice Via Webcasts – See all their performances here.  

    Happy New Year everyone, and we hope these resources help you stay on track all year round. Good luck!