Earlier today, reports emerged that Sonic Foundry's (News - Alert) Mediasite took home some very high praise from the readers of eSchool Media. Specifically, it was voted in as one of the 10 best technology platforms that higher education users could get their hands on.
Nearly 1,300 readers weighed in on the poll, populated by a set of nominees from educators and administrators alike as part of the 2012-2013 round of the eSchool Media Readers' Choice Awards program. The annual event provides recognition to the top 50 products and services alike in the field of K-12 and higher education.
One of those who voted for Mediasite was user Michael Sutterfield, equipment and applications specialist for the University of Cincinnati's College of Allied Health Services. “We use Mediasite for streaming and managing all of our lecture captures,” he said. “I appreciate that everything is included in one place, with no additional downloads of materials required.”
This isn't the first set of awards for Mediasite, however, as they have previously taken the Readers' Choice award from Streaming Media Magazine from 2007 clear through to 2011, as well as Elearning! Magazine's award for Best Presentation Tool and Best Mobile Learning Tool in the Best of 2008 Elearning! Awards.
Mediasite is already used by over 1,000 different colleges and universities, which may very well be the best endorsement of all.
Streaming media management in higher education is a topic that's becoming steadily more apropos, as many more schools are considering moving their operations online to take advantage of reduced capital and maintenance costs while still being able to offer a quality education. The ability to move video of lectures from one place to another and allow students to essentially attend class from where ever they happen to be at the time, and not necessarily in a school, is a prized opportunity indeed for schools to take on more students and thereby increase their funding.
Mediasite may be one of the first big steps toward a strictly online school system – one that doesn't need several huge buildings that have to be heated, lit, staffed and cleaned. The kind of school system that can not only save taxpayers plenty of money, but still produce a quality education for our nation's youth, may be closer to hand than first thought, and it will be companies like Sonic Foundry that get us there.
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Edited by Braden Becker