East Carolina University

East Carolina University delivers enhanced education programming across university enterprise with Mediasite.

East Carolina University delivers enhanced education programming across university enterprise with Mediasite. East Carolina University (ECU) wanted to enhance its distance learning education programs with technology that would support multimedia while serving more than 23,000 students.  ECU was one of the first universities to offer online, distance learning degrees using text-only content, chat rooms and the Blackboard© course management system. ECU looked to Mediasite as the online webcasting platform that could champion the expansion of its distance learning education.

Mediasite has been used across the ECU campus in multiple colleges. Faculty members capture numerous hours of content each semester, and students have been using the technology to enhance capstone projects and thesis defense. ECU will incorporate Mediasite podcasting and plans to purchase more equipment to increase its use of the technology. As new applications of Mediasite are continually discovered, the university is able to deliver a unique student-centered educational experience. 

At a glance

  • Wanted progressive technology to increase the quality of distance education programs
  • Mediasite implemented in multiple colleges across campus for unique student-centered education
  • Extending its offering of a holistic educational experience, the university plans broader use of webcasting


ECU recognized the potential of online learning early on and was among the first schools in the nation to develop and offer a degree completely over the Internet. Since then, the university has created more than 50 degree and certificate programs in health, education, technology and other areas, and a number of new degrees are under development for online delivery.

ECU was also the first university in North Carolina to begin teaching distance education programs. At that time, their approach to distance education was limited to chat rooms, the Blackboard® course management system and entirely text-based online course content. ECU sought an online learning platform that would match their cuttingedge reputation, accommodate PowerPoint® presentations and scale to meet growing demand.


ECU purchased Mediasite in October 2003, hired Global Classroom Video Producer Emily Jones four months later and then after just one week, the department’s Mediasite program was in full swing.

Jones now uses Mediasite to produce the school’s Global Classroom, capturing 40 Mediasite recordings per week within multiple colleges across the campus. To date, ECU uses seventeen recorders and three servers to webcast more than 530 hours of classroom content per semester, which it expects to double to 1,000 hours over the next six months.

The majority of Mediasite content is captured by faculty for viewing by students. A recent USDA conference was captured for ECU’s distance learners. Engineering students undertaking a senior capstone project mediasite their final presentation to their clients at the end of the semester. Students also use Mediasite to capture and review their defense of thesis class.

“Thanks to Mediasite, thesis defense students can review and improve their presentation style and delivery before they enter a potentially high stress situation,” said Jones. “We continue discovering new ways to use the technology for the betterment of both students and faculty.”


This next phase of ECU’s Mediasite deployment will include the installation of 16 Recorders in the Allied Health Sciences facility with additional planned purchases campus-wide. Mediasite will then capture and publish more than 300 lectures for both on-campus and global viewing over the web. The distance education program is also incorporating podcasting capabilities with Mediasite and users can attach it to any extension they wish.

ECU has extended its holistic education experience by offering blended learning activities, synchronous online lectures and collaborative content-building sessions using Mediasite. In addition, the university is posting its curriculum online via Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite.com - the first searchable website focused exclusively on presenting publicly available expert presentations with video, audio and graphics. Using this unique public outlet, ECU will share the archived course lectures captured on campus with both ECU and other students, professors and the general public.

“The population of distance learners definitely has increased since the program began employing Mediasite,” said Jones. “Additionally, this tool is applied across disciplines, allowing ECU’s distance education program to deliver a more student-centered educational format to those who must travel, who wish to review course content more than once or individuals with irregular schedules.”

About East Carolina University

In 1907, East Carolina University (ECU) was founded to alleviate the desperate shortage of teachers in the eastern part of the state. The College of Education continues to supply the nation with some of its best educators, and now it has been joined by programs of high distinction in health care and fine and performing arts.

From modest beginnings as a teacher training school, the university is now an engine of economic development and a hotbed of discovery. Today, ECU is emerging as a top national research university with an enrollment of more than 23,000. East Carolina is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina and offers almost 200 degree programs in its colleges and schools.