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Veterinary students who once huddled together to observe a surgeon's intricate moves now have another learning option at the University of Florida. There, AMX technology allows students near and far to have a bird's eye view of every small step of a procedure.

Many colleges and universities face challenges when it comes to their phone and communications systems. Outdated phone systems offer limited capabilities and often consume time and resources due to support and maintenance requirements. By moving to a unified communications platform, institutions can not only replace aging campus phone systems, but go beyond voice to unify all communications in a streamlined and more reliable desktop application, encompassing voice, email, fax, video and chat.

An increasing number of colleges and universities are redesigning traditional lecture halls and classrooms into active learning classrooms, which are more flexible and open designs that better foster teamwork, collaboration and interactive instruction through a variety of engaging technologies. Historically it was necessary to build a dedicated networked A/V infrastructure that could enable the use of any multimedia technology. That is no longer the case as new technologies emerge that allow AV to be distributed over the traditional IP network.

When scientists embark on a mission to provide free educational materials on a global scale, video becomes the most critical piece, especially with the Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET) initiative. Established in 2006 by the 1996 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Sir Harold Kroto, GEOSET produces educational content for student class projects, science experiments, teacher support, supplements for a digital CV and many more productions. It also connects to around 50 partner institutions and organizations around the world.

8/18/2015

When scientists embark on a mission to provide free educational materials on a global scale, video becomes the most critical piece, especially with the Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET) initiative. Established in 2006 by the 1996 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Sir Harold Kroto, GEOSET produces educational content for student class projects, science experiments, teacher support, supplements for a digital CV and many more productions. It also connects to around 50 partner institutions and organizations around the world.

Zoom offers a video conferencing experience that combines HD video conferencing, mobility, and web meetings in a free cloud service. The Unified Meeting Experience platform offers mobile-screen sharing and works across desktop, tablet, mobile and room systems. It is available for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and H.323/SIP room systems.

Year: 
2013

Mediasite is an enterprise webcasting, lecture capture and hybrid event platform. The webcasting technology automates the recording, distribution, management and analytics of high-quality video and multimedia presentations. A variety of distribution options allow students to access content from any device, and the media player can be individualized with a school’s own custom branding.

Reader Testimony: 
“Mediasite web conferencing has greatly enhanced our distance education offerings and pedagogy by enriching the learning experience and providing either a synchronous or asynchronous model of learning that still allows for ‘connecting’ to the traditional classroom experience.” — Mary Ayala, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Eastern New Mexico University
Year: 
2013

Omnicast is an IP video management system that provides higher ed campuses of all sizes the ability to deploy a surveillance system that matches their security needs. With support for a wide range of industry-leading cameras, encoders and CCTV equipment, Omnicast scales and adapts to the changing demands of an institution’s security department.

Year: 
2013

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (UA) is using video conferencing comprehensively to improve learning and control operational costs. Originally used for occasional standard definition applications, we are employing high definition for everything from the classroom to committee work. We’ll soon enable video conferencing on students’ mobile devices, to make distance learning portable as well.

“Generation C” is demanding video in all aspects of their lives, including in their learning experiences. Universities ought to harness the power of academic video not only to meet these expectations, but to realize the power of lecture capture, personalized education, and flipped classrooms. In this web seminar hosted by Sonic Foundry vice president Sean Brown and originally presented on August 20, 2013, JD Solomon of University Business presented some findings from a new white paper about how academic video is at a tipping point and what its future looks like.

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