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April 22, 2009

Pratt School of Engineering Launches Distance Education Program Powered by Mediasite

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor


Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering has reportedly launched a distance education program using Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite Webcasting platform.

 
The Pratt School of Engineering choose Mediasite to expand the Masters program, including introducing distance education for working professionals to help quickly and cost-effectively automate capture, management, delivery and search of lectures and online presentations that combine audio, video and accompanying graphics for live or on-demand viewing.
 
"By tailoring its lecture capture program to professional masters students and alumni, Duke is differentiating itself as an institution committed to lifelong learning," said Sean Brown, vice president of education for Sonic Foundry (News - Alert).
 
The real advantage of the classroom technology, according to Duke Staff, is the flexibility the end user has in choosing how to view classroom content. Additional benefits include ease of use for the instructor and high quality video and audio recording.
 
Mediasite is helping students to have to a blended learning environment in which the live class and the distance students are viewing the same lectures. Classrooms have microphones in the ceiling so that the, in-class discussions can be heard over the streaming course.
 
Officials at the School confirmed that, both instructors and students are comfortable in adopting the classroom to web technology.
 
Rimas Buinevicius, chairman and CEO of Sonic Foundry said that, Duke University Pratt School of Engineering is mapping education to the modern student, giving today's workers the flexibility to complete degree programs via Mediasite.
 
"We're proud to name Pratt our 1,500 customer, and look forward to our continued partnership as they break new ground in using Webcasting to connect students, workers, employers and alumni to the Duke campus," Buinevicius said.

Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi


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