It’s Teacher Appreciation Week in the US. In honor of all the great work teachers do, we’re highlighting some Mediasite rock stars who are increasing student success by embracing academic video.

Steps to Student Success with Academic Video with Brooke McCurdy
Brooke McCurdy has taught high school and college mathematics for 14 years.Over her many years of teaching, Brooke has morphed her classes from a traditional in-person method to a flipped-classroom environment and seen her students soar as they became more engaged.

Learn more about her work and her tips for student success when utilizing academic video in this blog series:

Brooke's 5 Benefits of Academic Video - Sonic Foundry
Why Student Opinion Matters When It Comes to Your Academic Video

Watch this webinar with Brooke, too:
Four Steps to Student Success with Academic Video

Creating Bright Futures in Rural South Africa with the University of the Free State
Sixteen-year-old Luckey Hiatshwayo lives in one of the most rural areas of the South African Free State province, a community in the mountains that borders South Africa and Lesotho. A lack of quality teachers and severe home conditions in rural areas has resulted in some South African provinces having 80 percent of schools classified as failing. The University of the Free State’s IDEAS Lab in the Distance Education department turned to academic video to provide support to students in 83 rural high schools to reach students just like him. Because of the program, Luckey became number one in his class and plans to study actuarial sciences.

Learn more about Luckey and the Free State’s amazing work.

2016_03_WEBINAR_FourSteps_232x162_ThumbnailIncreasing interest in STEM classes – especially for high school girls -- at the University of Cincinnati
Women are drastically underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) careers, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. In fact, although women comprise 48 percent of the workforce, they only hold 24 percent of STEM jobs.

Eugene Rutz, academic director at University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, is tackling this statistic head-on with dual enrollment and flipped instruction at area high schools.

Read on to learn more about how he’s doing it.

Providing Training and Protecting the Maori Language with the University of Auckland
The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education provides professional development to 250 K-12 teachers across New Zealand. The Faculty of Education faced a multi-level challenge – how to provide culturally responsive e-Learning professional development with relevant content to schools across New Zealand and how to do so economically.

Using academic video, the University created the Digital Pathways Development project to deliver training to teachers across the country via webcasts. Similarly, they developed Te Whanau Maioha, a bilingual delivery initiative for Maori teachers and leaders, that delivers content in both English and te reo Maori, the indigenous language.

Learn more about their creative use of academic video.

Wherever you are, be sure to thank a teacher!