With a campus closure in the spring and plans for online classes during the fall semester, Edgecombe Community College needed a robust technology to make learning engaging and interactive despite distance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to the outbreak, the North Carolina school used an outdated screen capture technology that wasn’t a viable for online lectures. It needed a cost-effective option to keep classes going in the midst of quarantines and travel bans.
The college is a member of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) run by MCNC, a Mediasite partner. Through this partnership, all schools in the state from grades K-20 have access to cost-effective technology and services like Mediasite to start or expand their digital learning initiatives – especially vital now in a COVID world. The partnership has enabled more than 20 North Carolina institutions to bring this powerful technology to students and instructors.
Edgecombe Community College selected Mediasite to create video lectures that students can watch online.
“Our teaching and learning strategy had to convert to fully online very quickly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Mediasite certainly helped with that transition. Being able to deploy Mediasite cost effectively through MCNC gave our college and faculty a simple way to record lectures from home,” said Arnold Worsley, Distance Learning Technical Administrator, Edgecombe Community College.
All the videos created automatically go into the college’s Moodle learning management system through a seamless integration with Mediasite.
“Our Mediasite usage is still in the beginning phases but we are seeing strong faculty adoption. We are expecting more growth this fall when we will likely use a hybrid learning model with some students in the classroom and others watching from home,” Worsley said.
Francine Long, a math instructor at the college and one of the biggest Mediasite users on campus, was fully prepared to take her classes completely online.
“Mediasite makes capturing video lectures easy during this uncertain time. I create videos daily to prepare my students for the online classroom. It can be easy to be overwhelmed by classroom technology, but recording from home with Mediasite is very easy,” Long said. “I feel prepared to teach online classes this fall, and I encourage instructors who are hesitant to embrace video technology and start creating their own videos with solutions like Mediasite. It’s incredible what the power of video can do for your classrooms.”