How did a university with minimal budget, one full time staffer and three distributed campuses, including a distance learning programme with 16,000 enrolled students turn a small video initiative into a multimillion dollar, multi-campus program?
Ask a Massey University professor, instructional designer and academic technologist and they will all tell you the same thing: vision, cooperation and Mediasite lecture capture and video content management.
The university, located in New Zealand, uses Mediasite for university-wide lecture capture, as well as to record conferences, staff training and high profile, no-fail live webcasts of VIP speakers. They record in a variety of environments, from traditional classroom lecture theaters to Maori meeting houses.
“Massey University is not only adopting Mediasite, but hitting it hard with a multimillion-dollar, multi-campus scale-up that we like to call the rich media learning project, or RML for short,” said Matt Alexander, multimedia developer.
The university has created thousands of online presentations with hundreds of thousands of views. Faculty adoption and student demand has grown exponentially, yet Massey maintains the growing programme without major new investments in technology or staff.
Now, the university is taking it to the next step by implementing a flipped approach – recording short lectures for students to watch before class, freeing up teaching time so classes are more engaging and active.