MADISON, Wis. — February 12, 2018 — Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted global leader for video creation and management solutions, today announces Florida Atlantic University has selected Mediasite campus wide to create online learning content and serve as the central dynamic repository for all academic video files on campus.
The south Florida university began using Mediasite in May 2017 for lecture capture in the College of Business, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, and the College of Engineering and Computer Science, as well as its Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Office of Information Technology. Mediasite is integrated across campus to capture lectures in 98 courses for students to review on-demand. As a result, the university has seen explosive growth of video usage. To date, faculty have created about 12,900 videos that have already been viewed 314,500 times.
“FAU used a video solution prior to choosing Mediasite, but it lacked an intuitive back-end management system that easily organized its videos. One of the things we liked best about Mediasite was its ability to flexibly organize recordings,” said Joanne Julia, Director of Instructional Technologies, Office of IT at FAU. “Plus, there are Mediasite solutions to fit any classroom size and budget, so it was an affordable option for us. Mediasite worked hand-in-hand with us on the conversion of our thousands of existing videos to ensure a seamless transition.”
Faculty Embrace Video with Personal Capture
In addition to the classroom lectures, instructors use Mediasite capture software solutions to quickly create videos and communicate with students from any location. This allows them to provide more flexible and personalized learning experiences for students.
- Micro Learning and Academic Video. My Mediasite is installed on hundreds of faculty computers and mobile devices, allowing them to create short videos from anywhere. They’re flipping classes, supplementing homework assignments and elaborating on topics based on student feedback.
- Distance Learning. Mediasite Join video conference capture allows faculty to record everything said and shown during class, delivering the same interactive video experience to students. Mediasite Join integrates with FAU’s video conferencing system, Cisco.
Making Legacy Videos Useful and Searchable Again
With Mediasite, FAU has also undertaken a content management initiative to preserve the thousands of hours of lecture videos amassed from its previous video platform. More than 10,000 videos so far that exist in various formats have been imported to Mediasite to be incorporated into today’s instruction.
All of the videos are managed in Mediasite Video Cloud and available for students to watch through the university’s Canvas learning management system.
“The Mediasite team made our massive video migration project a smooth transition, which greatly benefited our faculty,” said Adam Campbell, Manager of Videoconferencing Services in FAU’s Office of IT. “Because these videos are now in Mediasite Video Platform, they’re easily searchable and readily available as course supplements for faculty and study tools for students.”
“Mediasite is an excellent study tool for students. They enjoy the ability to watch the videos, which are very high quality and available almost immediately, on their mobile devices,” Julia said.
“Top industry analysts recognize Mediasite as a leader in lecture capture, helping schools increase student success, stay competitive and manage the valuable knowledge being shared every second of the day in classrooms across the globe,” said Gary Weis, CEO, Sonic Foundry. “Florida Atlantic University is among a growing number of schools – in Florida and around the world – that understands by giving its students access to academic video, its setting them up for the most success. We’re excited that Mediasite is at the heart of FAU’s digital video strategy.”
Trusted by more than 1,600 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.
About Florida Atlantic University
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.
About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.
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