Live Webinar: Can You Teach Math Online? Real Life Lessons From An Experienced Educator Using Mediasite at the University of Florida

MADISON, Wis. - August 20, 2009 - Skeptical about teaching undergraduate courses online? Unconvinced that some instruction, like math, can effectively be taught in an entirely online environment? Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, is hosting a live webinar in which Doctor of Mathematics Larissa Williamson might convince you otherwise.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 25, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Central
WHERE: To register for this complimentary webinar, visit

As a faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida, she has taught over a thousand undergraduate students - predominantly on-campus, traditional students - via the Mediasite lecture capture platform. Her classes have ranged from blended or hybrid lectures with both online and in-classroom instruction to fully online classes with both live and on-demand webcasts and discussion.
In this presentation, she'll uncover the pitfalls and best practices of online instruction for undergraduate core courses. 

  • Why students chose the online section of the course when given the choice between live lectures in class or live lectures online 
  • How the environment and quality of lectures in a physical classroom may not be as conducive to learning as the online environment 
  • Where she chose to break up a traditional 50-minute lecture into shorter fragments and how it better complemented her overall course design 
  • What benefits she and her students realized with the Mediasite platform recording software 
  • Plus words of wisdom for other faculty just getting started teaching online

Larissa Williamson was born and educated in Kazakhstan. Williamson received her PhD in Mathematics from the Kazakh State University. In 1999 she moved to the United States and started working at the University of Florida in 2001. Since that time, she has been teaching thousands of students in both undergraduate and graduate courses, online and face-to-face.

Sean Brown, Sonic Foundry's VP of education 

About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.
Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO) is the trusted global leader for video capture, management and webcasting solutions in education, business and government. The patented Mediasite Enterprise Video Platform transforms communications, training, education and events for more than 3,000 customers in over 60 countries. The company empowers organizations to reach everyone through the power of video; accelerating knowledge-sharing, preserving valuable content, building stronger teams and getting results. Sonic Foundry is the leader in Aragon Research’s Globe for Video Content Management, Frost & Sullivan’s lecture capture leader for seven consecutive years, a leader in Forrester’s Enterprise Video Platforms and Webcasting Wave and a challenger in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for enterprise video content management.

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