|[February 18, 2013]
Eastern New Mexico University Makes Education Attainable via Mediasite Despite Geographical Barriers
MADISON, Wis. --(Business Wire)--
Eastern New Mexico University is the third largest university in the
state, covering a particularly large geographical area. The university
made education accessible to the region's traditional, non-traditional
and high school dual enrollment students with Mediasite by Sonic
Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted market leader for video
management and academic, enterprise and event webcasting.
Armed with a Title V grant, ENMU created a plan to support graduate
programs and other key academic initiatives with Mediasite as the
central educational technology and went from pilot to full-scale,
campus-wide deployment in less than 12 months. Many of ENMU's
non-traditional students have children, work full-time and live in rural
communities. Of the roughly 6,000 ENMU students during the fall 2012
semester, 4,341 took at least one online course via Mediasite, and more
than 200 of those took their courses entirely online with live webcasts
of lectures. ENMU has five dedicated lecture capture rooms and it also
uses Mediasite to record events outside of the classroom.
"With Mediasite we make education accessible. Considering we're in New
Mexico, a lot of our students live in rural communities, and Mediasite
helps us reach out to them and provide that support and that warmth, the
things they're used to having in a traditional classroom setting. It
bridges that gap," said Curriculum Development Specialist Roy Marquez,
who provides professional development to faculty about integrating
Mediasite into their classrooms. "Mediasite is a great way to provide
the best of both worlds - the convenience of the traditional classroom
but with no geographical boundaries."
Prior to using Mediasite, ENMU used a system that required distance
students to drive to a site to watch video of a transmitted class.
"We were looking for a way to reach people where they were and still
have the ability to interact with them," said Linda Weems, Graduate
Dean. "With Mediasite, students can see faculty in real time. 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
In addition to distance learning, ENMU uses Mediasite for other
groundbreaking higher education initiatives:
Facilitating a flipped instruction pilot. Faculy are
pre-recording their lectures for students to watch prior to class,
leaving class time dedicated to dynamic discussions and interactions.
Creating hybrid classes. Students in the classrooms and online
interact simultaneously via live webcasts of the lecture.
Branching out into asynchronous distance learning. This occurs
when the teacher and students interact in different places at
Helping high school students earn college credits. New Mexico's
Dual Enrollment program allows high school students to take college
classes, either on campus or online, to earn high school and college
Recording special events and guest speakers. The campus
provides professional development online, connecting alumni and more.
"We're just having so much fun with Mediasite. Our college is thrilled
about the way Mediasite allows us to reach more and more distance
students without having to give up a lot of the traditional feel of the
classroom," said Mary Fanelli Ayala, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences. "For many of our professors this gives them a much better
option than the traditional text-based flat online class that has no
video or audio component. Mediasite lets our professors do what they do
best which is teaching in front of students even though they are far
"Video-based online instruction is becoming a standard offering in
higher education to reach students in a timely and cost-effective
manner. Eastern New Mexico University is not only fully embracing this
model with open arms, but they are pioneering some of the most advanced
and sophisticated e-learning initiatives we've seen," said Gary Weis,
Sonic Foundry's (News - Alert) chief executive officer. "It is rewarding to support the
expansion of their offerings."
Fanelli Ayala will present the free webinar "From Flipped Classroom to
Duel Enrollment: How ENMU Achieved Campus-Wide Capture in 12 Months" at
11 a.m. CT Feb. 19. To register, visit www.sonicfoundry.com/ENMUwebinar.
Trusted by more than 1,100 colleges and universities worldwide, the
Mediasite webcasting and video content management system quickly and
cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search
of live and on-demand streaming videos and rich media presentations.
About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.
Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO) is the trusted market leader for enterprise
webcasting solutions, providing video
content management and distribution for education, business and
government. Powered by the patented Mediasite
webcasting platform and webcast
services of Mediasite Events, the company empowers people to advance
how they share knowledge online, using video webcasts to bridge time and
distance, enhance learning outcomes and improve performance.
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