Instructure was ‘Calling All Heroes’ from across the globe at its fourth annual user conference, InstructureCon, earlier this summer in Park City, Utah.
More than 1,500 education professionals who use the company’s learning management system, Canvas, were on site to network and learn from each other during the outdoor conference. Attendees donned superhero capes while Star Wars Storm troopers, Superman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, Spiderman and more wandered the conference floor.
But what would a superhero-themed conference be without a villain? Incomplete. So, of course, a summer snowstorm struck Park City, leaving some attendees unable to make it to the conference and others hunkered down in their hotel rooms. All of the outdoor sessions had to be moved indoors.
Luckily the Mediasite Events team was already on site planning to live stream the keynotes to the world. When the storm hit, the team came to the rescue by recording more conference sessions to keep dispersed attendees engaged.
“Mediasite 100 percent saved our lives this year. It was a little bit stressful for those in charge, but luckily we had Mediasite in place for live streaming,” said event coordinator Carly Ray.
There wasn’t an indoor space large enough to hold all the attendees, so the majority of people watched the presenters in one large room, and Mediasite live streamed it to several smaller spaces so everyone could participate in real-time.
By noon the next day the weather was beautiful, albeit a little wet. The show went on as planned outside on a large stage with a mountain backdrop.
“Instructure and the AV staff were great. Everyone really pulled together and made for a successful event,” said Chip Humble, Sonic Foundry Event Services Technician. “Things happen and it’s a live event, so you have to deal with it. As usual, everything came together at the right moment.
Aside from the weather, offering some of the sessions online with Mediasite allowed Instructure to reach a larger audience — the sessions were viewed nearly 1,000 times live and on-demand.
“It was really great for us because part of our audience is K-12 educators and unfortunately a lot of them just don’t have the travel budget to get out to our conference. Normally they would miss out on a lot of those discussions, but we were able to offer those larger sessions to them for free,” Ray said. “We want to get people engaged at home online next year so we plan to live stream even more sessions with Mediasite going forward.”
Watch the InstructureCon 2014 presentations here.
(P.S. Sonic Foundry is a certified Instructure partner, allowing Mediasite to seamlessly integrate with Canvas. Learn all about that here.)