Up until three years, Villanova University primarily used Mediasite to record what was happening inside the classroom. But when a new online degree program began, the university explored new ways to create academic video with Mediasite.

Faculty now record some of their lectures in professional studios using Mediasite, and the Mediasite Desktop Recorder allows them to use their computers to create, upload and share instructional videos straight to their learning management system.

Video creation is skyrocketing on campus. The number of classroom recordings created per year grew from about 2,000 to 5,000.

Having an academic video initiative at Villanova also led to an increase in enrollment. Last year, the total student enrollment in the Engineering School jumped 78 percent, and distance student enrollment increased 122 percent. The college has been using Mediasite for more than a decade, and in 2008, the college’s rapidly expanding Graduate Engineering program caused faculty and students to demand real time lecture capture so the content could be accessed online as well as in the traditional classroom environment.

Villanova University won an Enterprise Video Award at our conference last year. Learn more about the Engineering School’s Mediasite use here.

Todaym Ankit Desai, manager of multimedia services at Villanova, presented at Unleash, the Mediasite User Conference in Madison, Wis.