Videoconferencing

Drexel Business School To Incorporate Videoconference Content into Academic Programs

Drexel University's LeBow College of Business has begun using a new cloud-based service to record videoconferences and turn them into searchable, on-demand video content that will then be available to its 3,500 online and in-class students.

In a pilot program during the business school's summer session and with full implementation coming in the fall, LeBow will start using Sonic Foundry's MediaSite Join cloud service, which it launched in March.

When a user joins a video call or meeting as a participant, the service will automatically record, transcode, index, publish and incorporate the material into LeBow's existing learning management system and enterprise video platform.

The users — faculty and students — can also incorporate polls, bookmarks and links into the content created. It has both search and navigation functions that allow it to auto-scan and index audio, video and slide text.

Analytics are available that will show who is watching what and when so faculty can better understand viewing behaviors and measure the content's impact.

"Real-time video is how today's best schools communicate and collaborate," said Sonic Foundry CEO Gary Weis. "It's essential to be able to pinpoint and reference critical information from classroom discussions. By integrating Mediasite Join, Drexel University's LeBow College of Business will be able to record those interactions for students and faculty to review anytime and on any device."

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Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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