BYU-Idaho Streaming Classes Online
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Brigham Young University-Idaho, a four-year university serving 12,000 students, has selected streaming technology from Optibase to stream live and on-demand content on campus and over the Internet.
The new appliance will allow students to watch classes virtually. The university will also use the Optibase MGW FlashStreamer to make guest lectures, sporting events, and cultural activities available online to extended members of the campus community.
The MGW FlashStreamer performs real-time video encoding and streaming over an organization's networks and the Internet via Adobe Flash and provides on-demand streaming of archived content.
A built-in VGA capture component enables desktops, laptops, and other devices with VGA output to be connected to the MGW FlashStreamer for live streaming of on-screen contents to the entire network. A split-screen configuration enables live video to be simultaneously streamed as well. An internal hard drive records and stores live content for later use and to provide on-demand access to stored files.
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.