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Florida International U Faculty Create Nearly 1,900 Videos in Five Months

After ramping up its use of Sonic Foundry's Mediasite video capture system across campus, Florida International University has seen a significant increase in video use among faculty and students. Since June, faculty have created close to 1,900 instructional videos, which have been viewed more than 40,800 times in the institution's learning management system, according to a news announcement.

FIU has used Mediasite since 2011, and recently expanded the implementation to its colleges of business, law, engineering and computing, as well as FIU Online. More than 33 classrooms are now equipped with Mediasite for lecture capture, and instructors can either schedule recordings in advance or start recording on demand with the push of a button. In addition, all faculty and students have access to Sonic Foundry's My Mediasite personal capture software, which allows users to create, edit and share videos, screencasts and slide shows from any device.

"Mediasite allows students to focus more in class. They don't need to worry about taking copious notes. They're coming to the lecture halls, and online students are watching lectures in real-time. They can focus on the lecture and look back at the recording at home to make sure they didn't miss anything. Mediasite supplements what happens during class," said Stephen Bromfield, assistant director of media systems, media technology services at FIU, in a statement.

"Mediasite is a very feature-rich technology," commented Matt Hagood, director of media technology services at FIU. "We love that Mediasite can capture dual video, and its customizable viewing experience allows viewers to rearrange the player, make videos larger or smaller and even speed them up or slow them down. Mediasite's integration with learning management systems was essential, and the fact that we can actually get interaction with the students from Mediasite through chat, polling and quizzing features was a big selling point."

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Rhea Kelly is editor in chief for Campus Technology, THE Journal, and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected].

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