Sonic Foundry announced this week at EDUCAUSE 2017 new and improved video interactivity tools in Mediasite Video Platform designed to increase student retention and create more powerful engagement between faculty and students.

“As video use on campuses grows, students are demanding – and need -- a total immersive learning experience and more engaging video content. Mediasite provides the most flexible and personalized approach to learning possible with a broad range of video capture and management solutions,” said Gary Weis, Sonic Foundry CEO. “Our newest interactivity tools take our customers’ video initiatives to new heights, keeping students even more engaged with self-assessment tools while measuring teaching effectiveness and students’ understanding of topics in real time.”

The new tools allow for the most personalized learning experience possible, including:

  • Helping students measure their own progress: Embed quizzes directly into Mediasite presentations on any device to test students’ knowledge of topics. Automatically score quizzes and export results.
  • Adding comments and discussions: Add clickable annotations to specific points in videos to call out certain topics. Viewers can either watch the presentation normally, and the annotations will pop up unobtrusively in the corner or they can see a list of annotations and click on one to jump to the spot in the video where it exists.
  • Giving instructors real-time information on students’ understanding of concepts: Add polls to live webcasts and assessments to on-demand videos to gauge what viewers are thinking in real-time and allow students to ask questions while watching the content.
  • Enabling students to actively learn: Mediasite Showcase is a secure and customizable video portal to curate, spotlight and watch live and on-demand content. It enhances the user experience by promoting deep engagement, allowing them to comment on videos and build video playlists that are easily shareable with colleagues, classmates and partners. Showcase also encourages content discovery with its powerful search and social sharing.
Sonic Foundry will be showcasing these solutions Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 at EDUCAUSE 2017 booth 701. Learn more at http://pages.sonicfoundry.com/Mediasite7.2.html.

Trusted by more than 1,500 colleges and universities, the patented Mediasite webcasting and video content management system quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of live and on-demand videos for campus events, lecture capture and flipped learning.