(Part of an ongoing series featuring Rich Media Impact Awards finalists)

While preparing to teach a high school chemistry class, Maya Tutughamiarso, a graduate student at Goethe University, ran into an unusual problem – she was having difficulty connecting with her students.  Not in the typical “teenager vs. adult” kind of way. It was more in the “we’re on separate continents” kind of way. You see, Maya was teaching the class from Frankfurt and her students were in Indonesia. How could she bridge the gap?

The Mediasite team at the university came to the rescue.

"They showed me the capabilities of Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite,” she said. “I was amazed by the idea of creating an interactive online learning session with this system. There was no additional work for me. I just had to stand in the lecture hall as normal and hold my lecture as if it was for a local class.”

When Maya found that she was a bit camera shy, the tech team just left her alone to get comfortable with the situation. After just one outtake, she was ready to deliver the class to her students half a world away. 

Due to bandwidth limitation for the end users in Indonesia, the Mediasite team created a publish-to-go package to deliver the course. 

“I tried to include the students in the learning process instead of just delivering the information. I wanted them to think about the presentation instead of just listen to it. The presentation contained several points where I asked students to stop playback and try to solve a task,” said Maya. “Mediasite recorded the notations I made on a touch screen to emphasize the points I made in my presentation, and to show the answers for the tasks I had given the students.”

“Since we introduced our Mediasite service we’ve been able to reduce manpower in production and post-production, deliver professional results faster and instantly have more confident customers, teachers and students,” said Ullrich Grimm, multi-media specialist from the Mediasite team at Goethe University. “Mediasite gives us an edge by allowing us to flexibly deliver our educational content to a wide academic network.”

Goethe University in Frankfurt has earned a spot as a Rich Media Impact Awards finalist in the Global Reach category for enhancing learning and outreach through rich media. Winners will be announced during a special ceremony at UNLEASH 2012 May 7-9 in Madison.