Educating Voters One Webcast at a Time

by Nicole Wise on October 30, 2012

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.

 

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