Lecture Capture

Australian University Expands Mediasite Lecture Capture Campuswide

As part of a major AV expansion project, Southern Cross University in Australia has expanded its Sonic Foundry Mediasite lecture capture deployment to all classrooms across its three campuses. Now, every lecture can be recorded and available live and on demand, through the institution's Blackboard learning management system. The university has also increased its use of My Mediasite Desktop Recorder, which allows faculty and staff to create and share videos, lectures and assignments from any device.

Since the expansion, the university has seen 100 percent growth in video creation and views, from 4,025 videos and 82,000 views to 7,500 videos and 174,000 views.

"Mediasite has significantly extended our local and global reach, reduced our attrition rates and attracted and engaged more students by strengthening our distance and flexible learning offerings," said Tim Lane, manager of client services and security at Southern Cross University, in a press release. "Since every single lecture is provided online, students don't need to be on campus, and the content is much more engaging than just written material. Engaging students is incredibly important, particularly in a very competitive tertiary sector in Australia."

Faculty are now using Mediasite's analytics to keep track of student viewing habits and improve content and delivery.

"Faculty are increasingly editing lectures in Mediasite down to small five to 10 minute segments to maintain students' attention span," noted Lane. "Students simply love this way of teaching. There has been a dramatic increase in student viewing attention to the video lectures, and grades have increased since introducing Mediasite and My Mediasite into classrooms."

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About the author: Rhea Kelly is executive editor for Campus Technology. She can be reached at rkelly@1105media.com.

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