Eastern New Mexico University covers more ground than any other university in the state, the entire eastern part to be exact. More than 40 percent of ENMU’s student body consists of nontraditional students with busy lives, living in rural areas and also potentially working full time. Prior to using Mediasite, distance students had to drive to a site to watch video of a transmitted class.
In the dean’s quest to make education accessible to the region’s traditional, non-traditional and dual-enrollment students (high school students taking college courses), she had to think outside the traditional classroom experience. Mary Fanelli Ayala, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, turned to Mediasite.
Armed with a Title V grant, ENMU devised a plan to support graduate programs and other key academic initiatives with Mediasite as the central educational technology to bring it all together. ENMU successfully met its ambitious timeline — from pilot to full-scale, campus-wide deployment in less than 12 months. ENMU uses Mediasite for flipped instruction, hybrid classes and even to record special events and guest speakers.
“Mediasite lets our professors do what they do best which is teaching in front of students even though they are far away,” said Mary Fanelli Ayala, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
After implementing Mediasite, more than two-thirds of the 6,000 students at ENMU took at least one course online during the fall 2012 semester and more than 200 took courses entirely online with live webcasts.
“With Mediasite, students can see faculty in real time, said Linda Weems, Graduate Dean. “There’s a way to ask questions. They can see our PowerPoints, our DVDs. Plus, we’ve been able to increase the courses and programs that we offer online.”