NEW CLOUD SERVICE TRANSFORMS COLLABORATIVE LEARNING INTO SEARCHABLE VIDEO ON-DEMAND
Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted global leader for video creation and management solutions, today announced Drexel University LeBow College of Business has selected Mediasite Join to capture collaborative online courses. The college chose Mediasite Join to easily and affordably integrate with their existing video conference infrastructure to capture lectures for its 3,500 online and in-class students. It will begin using Join during summer term, with a full rollout planned for this fall.
Mediasite Join, a cloud-based solution, expands the reach, life and value of any videoconference by recording and transforming it into engaging, searchable video on-demand. With no additional appliances or equipment, it’s the easiest way to preserve everything that is said and shown in a collaborative classroom environment. Users simply invite Mediasite Join as a participant to their videoconferences. It then transcodes, indexes and publishes recorded videoconferences to Mediasite alongside all their other video assets.
“Mediasite Join is a better experience than other products I’ve seen, with its separate content and video windows that you can resize to personalize your viewing experience. It provides great flexibility to the student and faculty,” said Matt Stocum, associate director of technology, LeBow College of Business. “Our long-term goal is a hybrid approach — use Mediasite Join in some classrooms along with fully integrated Mediasite capture appliances in others and My Mediasite on faculty desktops.”
The Mediasite Join service works seamlessly with the college’s Mediasite Enterprise Video Platform and Blackboard learning management system so all content is secure, searchable and centrally- managed. Plus, Mediasite’s powerful analytics show exactly who is watching what and when so faculty can understand viewing behaviors and measure their content’s impact.
“The ability to leverage existing technology investments, like Polycom, in the classrooms was a huge selling point for Mediasite Join,” Stocum said. “Mediasite Join was the most cost effective option for us and didn’t require additional technology to be deployed in those classrooms.”
“Real-time video is how today’s best schools communicate and collaborate, and it’s essential to be able to pinpoint and reference critical information from classroom discussions. By integrating Mediasite Join into its existing Polycom videoconference system, Drexel University LeBow College of Business will be able to effortlessly record those interactions for students and faculty to review anytime and on any device,” said Gary Weis, Sonic Foundry CEO. “We’re honored to partner with Drexel University to make online learning more convenient and enduring.”
About Drexel University
The Bennett S. LeBow College of Business is among the elite 20 percent of business schools to be accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business. Drexel is a comprehensive global research university and one of America’s 15 largest private universities. www.lebow.drexel.edu/