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Learning Environment Award: Duke School of Medicine’s Comprehensive Academic Video Initiative

April 14, 2017

This is part of a continuing series highlighting the 2017 Enterprise Video Award finalists.


Duke University School of Medicine has relied on Mediasite lecture capture for the past five years. Staying true to its “from anywhere to anywhere” theme, the school uses a variety of Mediasite technologies to ensure a flexible learning environment for its students.

“It’s pretty exciting knowing that technology is keeping up with the need and what’s going on with our students in their daily lives,” said Sharon Kaiser, educational technology specialist, Duke School of Medicine. “One great thing about Mediasite is the streaming capability. Students can be anywhere, anytime, at any place and view the content that they need. Everything gets fed into their catalog, and they have everything right in front of them.”

When the school built its new facility a few years ago, it incorporated Mediasite MultiView technology to be able to capture several video streams simultaneously.

Mediasite is very prevalent on campus, but there were also some classrooms that lacked video capabilities. The school needed a solution to capture lectures in these low-tech classrooms.


“Sonic Foundry has developed a product called Mediasite Catch, which we can install onto a desktop and schedule it as we would a regular recorder. So, we’re not missing anything,” Kaiser said.

Mediasite Catch is an automated video capture software solution that is scalable, reliable and economical for classrooms not equipped with extensive AV capabilities.

In addition, the school uses My Mediasite to facilitate flipped instruction. Faculty easily record video lectures for students to watch prior to class, and class time is reserved for collaboration and discussions.

Finally, Mediasite Join records collaborative classes at the school that occur over video conferences.


“There are so many options and so many possibilities. Sonic Foundry has really come full circle to offer us what we need when we need it,” Kaiser said. “Mediasite has always been there alongside us, giving us these great tools that we can share with our students so we can make their educational experiences more meaningful, timelier and more pertinent to their everyday needs.”

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