The University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world, has one of the UK’s largest continuing education departments with one of the most successful global operations. The Continuing Education Department’s Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL) team, within the University of Oxford, sought a solution for its distance-learning and part-time students who wanted the ability to enjoy the experience of a more traditional face-to-face lecture.
The TALL team implemented Mediasite by Sonic Foundry to develop an online solution. This has allowed TALL to offer course capture to a huge variety of clients and faculty, giving the university the ability to disseminate the university’s work locally, nationally and internationally. After starting with a series of short online courses, TALL has developed more than 50 fully online courses in a diverse range of subjects from creative writing to nanotechnology, attracting online students from more than 70 countries around the world. Supported by Mediasite lecture capture technology, learners have the opportunity to study in spite of geographical boundaries.
“Mediasite is invaluable, particularly as a platform for our distance-learning and part-time students, because they now have the ability to enjoy the experience of a more traditional face-to-face lecture. I think it makes some of the learning outcomes easier to achieve,” said Sean Faughnan, Director of TALL. “I am pleased to work with Sonic Foundry, the best global practitioners of lecture capture technology. It’s been nice to learn from them and their global user community and not have to reinvent the wheel.”
The TALL team has been recognized as Learning Technology Team of the Year by the Association for Learning Technology.
“We are delighted that the work of the team has been recognized in this way. The award is also a tribute to our academic colleagues across the Department for Continuing Education who have embraced the use of classroom technology and worked with us over the past decade to develop superb online courses, which are now studied by over 3,000 students each year,” Faughnan said.
The team is looking forward to developing more courses using Mediasite as the core lecture capture technology.