What do you do when 500 applicants are competing for 60 seats in your nursing program? If you're Riverside Community College, you don't just turn those students away. You scramble your technology leaders and launch a distance learning program to help meet the demand.
When the University of Nevada, Reno built its new 295,000-square-foot Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (MIKC), it wasn't just to replace an old library that was bursting at the seams with books. Rather, it was a conscious effort to make a break from the past and build a multi-purpose, multi-media facility incorporating technology from the ground up.
Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, WA has expanded its use of streaming media and lecture capture. With about 4,000 students, the college is one of the smallest in the state but covers one of the largest geographic areas, 4,500 square miles. Faced with budget restrictions in 2008, the staff reconsidered how it was doing videoconferencing for its distance learning program.
IN A 2008 SURVEY OF STUDENTS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 82 percent of undergraduate respondents said they preferred courses with online lecture content, and 60 percent said they would even be willing to pay for lecture capture services.
North Carolina State University is deploying technology from HaiVision Network Video to stream its video.
For an institution with "limited resources," Michigan Technological University is making a significant investment in lecture capture for both online and classroom use. And faculty members have embraced the technology, which is supported through training, demonstrations, and an overall approach to implementation that's designed to make the experience seamless for them.
Brigham Young University in Utah is expected shortly to begin testing a new event capture system that bundles all necessary video, audio, and media server components into a single box.
The University of California, Irvine has selected Camtasia Relay from TechSmith as its campus-wide lecture capture application. The deployment will be made available to 10,300 faculty and staff for creating lecture and instructional recordings.
Wowza Media Systems said 500 universities and colleges have adopted its Wowza Media Server to deliver live, on demand, and interactive content to students and faculty, much of it driven by greater demand for lecture capture.
There aren't too many corners of higher education that technology hasn't infiltrated. From admissions to financial aid to the classroom and everything in between, nearly all aspects of college are being handled in some way by the applications, hardware, and gadgets that help institutions work more efficiently.