It’s easy to picture a traditional classroom – a lecturing professor with rows of students watching, listening and taking notes.
But that age-old model is turning a cartwheel in some of the best classrooms in academia. And chances are someone in your department is already flipping their classroom.
It looks like a scene from ER. Nurses are steadfastly servicing seven hospital rooms, four exam rooms, three debriefing rooms and a home healthcare lab, equipped with 30 beds and medical charting stations. Patients are going through a range of health crises from convulsions to heart attacks, and machines beep and buzz as they monitor vital signs.
We live in an era where video is being live-streamed, recorded and is rapidly becoming our primary source for learning something new. Leading corporations and education institutions have amazing opportunities to harness the power of video to advance their message, improve collaboration, expand business opportunities and educate the masses.
It really was important for us to match the technology with the state-of-the-art facilities, and to upgrade from the VHS recorders we had been using in the classroom. After sourcing several solutions we ultimately chose Mediasite because it's a lot more robust and a lot smoother. Using VHS was really manually intensive, and we were dealing with limited resources. So our goal was to streamline and automate everything as much as possible.
There’s no question that the appetite for academic video is growing. The hours of content recorded, archived and viewed have exploded in the past year and it’s not expected to slow down anytime soon. Universities are placing a bigger emphasis on academic capture and management in their strategic roadmaps to boost student success and classroom efficiency. But how to find the most cost-effective approach that will allow them to scale their programs quickly?
Sandia National Laboratories employs nearly 9,000 scientists, engineers, biologists and support staff, who work on projects related to the nation’s most challenging security issues. Over the years, they’ve amassed thousands of hours of video-based technical documentation, training and research. The content – much of which was created on outdated devices and exists in all sorts of formats – needs to be preserved for up to 75 years and meet the National Archives and Records Administration standards.
Sandia needs to keep content for up to 75 years and meet National Archives and Records Administration standards. Using Mediasite as a video content management platform is a big deal for us. We need to know where the information is and how to get it back. The user generated content capabilities in My Mediasite will give us the ability to be more flexible with video creation. My Mediasite will allow us to take in more content and make more content available.
The seed for a math MOOC at UW La Crosse was planted in 2007 long before the term became mainstream, when Professor Robert Hoar and his colleagues created a large collection of online learning modules and webcasts to help students enhance their math skills. They gathered data, tracked viewing habits and assessed student performance. What they found was that students showed marked improvement in their math skills over time.
We sought a way to digitally expand the classroom by allowing students to learn in their homes. We also wanted to reach out to ‘would be’ students who are work-at-home moms or individuals in the workforce who needed to learn at their leisure. It is an extremely useful product and Sonic Foundry’s tech support is among the best in terms of responsiveness and product knowledge.