Clemson University

Clemson University revolutionizes information delivery and communication with Mediasite.

Clemson University’s College of Health, Education and Human Development (HEHD) revolutionizes information delivery and communication with Mediasite. Clemson University sought to overcome the challenges that faculty faced using technology in the classroom. Faculty members had created a few online multimedia presentations, but they required an immense amount of collaboration and effort and were difficult to complete. The university looked to Mediasite for a reliable, flexible and easy-to-use webcasting solution.

Clemson University now uses Mediasite to enhance classes both on and off campus. The university has developed several innovative uses of Mediasite, including study abroad student orientation, student digital portfolio and off-site student nursing training. Archived basic teaching lessons make student review easy and free 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.

At a glance

  • Needed knowledge-sharing technology that faculty would embrace
  • Mediasite simplifies the creation of online presentations, allowing faculty to spend time on student interaction
  • Increased student success through innovative applications like digital portfolios

Challenge

Bill Havice is associate dean for academic support services and undergraduate studies in HEHD at Clemson University. Havice has a longstanding interest in distance and distributed learning environments. Having been an educator for nearly 28 years, he is acutely aware of the challenges faculty members face when selecting and using new technologies for the classroom. His 23 years of faculty experience taught him that technology can be both an impediment and an advantage.

In July 2003, Havice and his wife, Pam, also a Clemson faculty member in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education, attended the Campus Technology academic conference Syllabus. They were introduced to Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite web communications solution and were impressed with its ability to capture audio, video and graphic elements in real-time to be viewed live or on-demand. The Havices had created online multimedia presentations in the past, but they required a great deal of work from several faculty members and special technology support. In their experience, projects that require too much faculty time and energy tend not to get completed, which led to the couple’s decision to develop a partnership with Sonic Foundry.

Solution

“Faculty rely on their institution to meet their instructional technology needs,” Bill Havice said. “With Mediasite we are enhancing educational opportunities for sharing information. We can be independent of traditional classroom tools and share information on a much grander scale.”

The Havices, along with Nancy Meehan, a School of Nursing faculty member, had explored technology products touted by many vendors. Mediasite offered several critical components to success over other the techniques formerly implemented at the school, including reliability, ease of use and flexibility.

“We are able to take a presentation and record and catalog it all at once,” said Meehan. “Faculty can record and leave a session on a hard drive, transport it on a CD, email it to someone or store it on a server and later have access to it at any time, anywhere through a web browser. That allows for some real ease of use and flexibility for faculty.”

HEHD now uses Mediasite for on-campus classes, distributed learning and student orientations. Pam Havice finds orientation sessions recorded with Mediasite “provide an organized and flexible method for delivering information and training to professionals and students.” For example, Student Affairs mediasites pre-travel orientation materials for graduate study abroad participants located throughout the country.

Recently, Mediasite was used in a School of Nursing presentation about the proper use of latex gloves. Prior to mediasiting this presentation, faculty repeatedly had to demonstrate the technique in person. Now, the School of Nursing has a recording about this subject that nursing students can view on-demand. Demonstrating glove use just once allows the instructor to spend time on additional subjects and interacting with students.

Faculty members are primarily responsible for creating content that is viewed by students. On average, faculty members create approximately 12 presentations per month. Mini lectures recorded with Mediasite enhance courses taught on and off campus to supplement Blackboard® managed courses. Graduate students recently surveyed by Pam Havice reported that 87.5% felt Mediasite presentations were a valuable part of the course materials, providing them with 24/7 access to Clemson’s virtual academic community.

Result

Bill Havice and others see a great return on investment with Mediasite. “We define ROI based on the student’s ability to comprehend what they learn and apply in their personal and professional lives,” he said. “We have found that students prefer to watch short bursts of online lectures, which results in increased comprehension and learning.”

HEHD professors are continually urging one another to find fresh and innovative uses for Mediasite. As Havice says, “Imagination knows no bounds. Mediasite is revolutionizing how we can manage and distribute information to people on campus and at a distance. This product is enhancing communication within our college and in reaching audiences never imagined.”

Mediasite played a critical role in a creative project that allowed senior-level and graduate students to enhance their digital portfolios. Using Mediasite, students capture philosophy statements in a succinct two-minute multimedia presentation which potential graduate schools and employers can view at their convenience.

“This digital portfolio has truly allowed our students to reach out beyond the university and plan for their future,” said Havice. “We now have students coming back and telling us what a wonderful opportunity this was for them and how it played such a big part in determining the next phase of their life. Mediasite has created a new standard of technological excellence in education and we are proud to implement this technology here at Clemson,” said Havice.

About Clemson University

Clemson University was founded in 1889, a legacy of Thomas Green Clemson. Clemson willed his Fort Hill plantation home and its surrounding property to the state of South Carolina to establish a technical and scientific institution for the state. Clemson University opened its doors to 446 students as a military college in 1893. Today, Clemson is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral/Research University-Extension, a category comprising less than four percent of all universities in America. More than 17,500 students select from undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 70 fields of study.