credit: OIT / VCS
VCS has been working to make Media Site Recorders, like the one shown above, available to Alaska BTOP partners
Deep in the basement of the Butrovich building, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Video Conferencing Services (part of the Office of Information Technology) has been working to help facilitate effective video communication, and implement teaching tools for the partners in the Bridging the E-Learning grant.
This is being accomplished with a webcasting and knowledge management system by Sonic Foundry, called Mediasite. This service provides the equipment needed to record, deliver, watch, and manage an organization’s training sessions, knowledge base, and special events.
The grant has purchased five mobile recorders and a compliment of servers which store the recordings, provide an editor feature, and a searchable catalog for on-demand playback.
Each mobile recorder is packed in a kit which includes the camera and tripod, the presenter microphone, and well labeled cables for easy assembly. This kit is shipped in a sturdy Pelican case and can then be sent out to locations for recording content, or live webstreaming of events.
Each Mediasite kit can automatically record and synchronize high resolution video with slides, and capture any device, laptop, tablet, whiteboard, and document camera. These elements are delivered to the servers for cataloging and each partner can publish for general viewing or restrict it to a select group of participants.
The content can be streamed or viewed by any popular mobile device, as well as any PC, Mac, or Linux workstation. The audience will be able to see the presenter, and listen to their commentary, while watching their content at the same time. The lecture will be presented as if the viewer was in the room watching the live event.
Video Conference Services is working with MediaSite for the installation, and testing of the software and is receiving training on the recorders. Once validation is complete, more details about implementation will be posted on here on akdec.net.