Oregon Community Colleges Adopt Streaming Media
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The 17 community colleges of Oregon have selected the Intelecom Online Resources Network to enhance learning in online and campus classes with instructional video. The Intelecom network is a digital content repository and searchable database of short academic video clips. Made available as a subscription-based streaming service, the service provides rich media to use in online, hybrid, and face-to-face classes offered at post-secondary institutions and virtual high schools.
Intelecom was one of several video streaming service providers whose streaming media solutions were reviewed by a distance learning committee representing the colleges. One consideration for the selection was the ability for faculty to integrate content seamlessly into any course management system. Equally important was the simultaneous delivery of content made possible through streaming technology to eliminate the problem of sharing DVDs.
"We are very glad to have picked Intelecom," said Bruce Kauss, distance education specialist at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. The college offers a variety of distance learning options, including video courses, home study, online, and live interactive television. "This is my sixth year here and I have been pushing for this type of technology. The faculty are very excited."
Each college will have 24-hour access to a database of curriculum-based video clips in a variety of subject areas. Implementation of the service is scheduled to begin in July 2009.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.