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University of Wisconsin-Extension Delivers Cost-Effective Mediasite Webcast Services to Wisconsin Schools, Organizations

WisLine Web Program uses Sonic Foundry’s platform to record, publish, distribute and manage video of meetings, trainings, lectures, campus events and more

The Girl Scouts of America are making sure no one misses out on cookie season with the help of Mediasite. Through a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Extension Instructional Communications System (ICS) office, the Girl Scouts webcast their annual cookie sales meeting, ensuring they reach as many people as possible around the world. And they’re not the only ones with this access to no-wait, cost-effective video streaming and content management from Mediasite by Sonic Foundry.

Wisconsin schools, government agencies and non-profits are partnering with the Extension via the WisLine Web program. This makes it easy and affordable for schools and organizations to record, publish, distribute and manage video presentations – meetings, trainings, lectures, campus events, webinars and more – for the world to watch live or on-demand via Mediasite, without the internal IT infrastructure burden. The ICS office supplies mobile Mediasite Recorders to remotely capture, distribute and manage content in its centrally-managed Mediasite webcasting and management platform. ICS also hosts Mediasite content for its clients who capture video using their own Mediasite Recorders.

In the last seven months, ICS clients have created more than 5,000 presentations with Mediasite that have received over 41,300 views. That’s just a small percentage of the number of presentations created since ICS began using Mediasite more than a decade ago.

“Mediasite allows us to capture a wide variety of content and deliver it seamlessly to our clients. It’s customizable, easy to use and fun,” said Lydia Roussos, instructional technologist, ICS. “We provide our clients with a link to view the Mediasite content that they can disperse. That’s all they have to do. It’s very user friendly, very streamlined.” 

In addition, ICS has two studios equipped with Mediasite – one is staffed with employees who help record videos, while the other is a “self-capture” studio that simply requires the push of a button to start recording. ICS, a non-profit, uses revenue from the webcast program to fund the services it provides to Wisconsin students, business owners, farmers, community leaders, youth and families.

“Video is the most important and powerful datatype in an IT infrastructure, because it has the most potential to save money, to democratize communication and to teach,” said Gary Weis, CEO, Sonic Foundry. “Sonic Foundry is seeing the creation of Mediasite video explode on campuses and in the enterprise, and we’re thrilled that the University of Wisconsin-Extension recognizes that and chose Mediasite to provide automated, streamlined capture services to the entire state of Wisconsin.”  

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