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Harvard Staff Share Their Secret to Flexible Learning

August 22, 2016

harvardchan_logo_center_tagline_rgb_smallThis month, more than 30 Mediasite users from the New England area gathered in Boston, Mass. for the first-ever Northeast Mediasite Chapter Meeting. They spent the day collaborating and sharing how they’re using online video to boost student engagement and achievement.

Thank you to our fantastic host, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, for making this event possible. Here are some highlights from the day.

IMG_8213-lightIan Tosh, Manager of Media and Educational Technology Services at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, talked about a new active learning classroom and the flexibility Mediasite provided in the room design.

“Flexibility has been something that I’ve really enjoyed in AV design, as well as in our use of Mediasite,” he said.

The classroom features moveable furniture, a wireless podium, minimal cabling, side monitors for students to collaborate with and cameras to capture the Mediasite recordings. This allows students or faculty members presenting at a distance to participate.

Three Mediasite Recorders, which have been used for the past two years, capture lectures and collaborations in 12 classrooms from a central control room.

Harvard_Medical_School_seal.svgMichael Fournier, Integrations Specialist at Harvard Medical School Education Computing Department, shared how faculty at the Medical School are using My Mediasite to distribute short conceptual videos to the learning management platform.

IMG_8221-lightSince May 2015, faculty have created more than 1,100 Mediasite videos – 554 hours of content – that have received over 104,300 views.

“We needed a solution that would allow us to change when the curriculum changed. So we looked at Mediasite as a flexible asset management product,” he said.

Jim McKenna, Media Services Manager at Harvard Medical School, said over the past five years he’s seen more of a demand for streaming services in medical education. The medical school needed an all-encompassing platform, complete with content management — faculty wanted higher production value and a scalable solution.

“We looked at Mediasite and determined that the tools that allowed us to manage media were embedded in that program and the My Mediasite tool in particular would be a valuable asset,” he said.

Thanks to all who attended this event!

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