The Office of Distance Education and eLearning has been running a pilot around the Mediasite lecture capture system since the semester began in January. After a few firewall issues were resolved with a recorder located in the College of Medicine the server, hardware, and software components of this system have been working very well. Here is a status report at this stage of the project.
The Mediasite pilot server is currently hosting 241 recorded presentations, or 139 hours of content. This content has been viewed by students a total of 1783 times in the last month; I expect this number is expected to grow exponentially as the College of Medicine opens their content to first year medical students for testing and feedback at the end of this week.
The hardware products in the Mediasite line continue to be solid performers. The only issues we’ve had so far with scheduled recordings was one recorder that was physically turned off in the lecture hall, and one scheduling error on my part. The hardware recording has been a resounding success so far. Likewise the server software has been stable with only one outage after a server upgrade.
Faculty using the software based Desktop recorder and self service media portal are also generally happy with the product. The biggest complaint is the somewhat round-about way users have to log into the Mediasite content portal via Shibboleth before they can upload recordings they made off line or create a recording that is uploaded as they present their content. Our technical advisory group is looking into ways to streamline this recording process because one of the goals of this project is to provide recording capabilities in our small classroom where a hardware recording device is not affordable.
OSU faculty and technology staff working on the pilot project have also provided feedback to Mediasite concerning how files are stored for the desktop recorder and way the recording process might be streamlined using stored default settings; the Mediasite support staff have been very receptive to our input and one of the requested features is expected to roll out in the next version of the Desktop recorder.
The final component of the Mediasite pilot is the self service media hosting portal and online editing tools. I would like to hear more about whether these are being used by faculty or support staff in the pilot, at this time a few technical staff have been using the online editor to trim recordings but that’s about all I’ve heard. So far the editor has worked fine on university networks; when attempting to edit from home the connection speed makes the online editor option tedious, however I’m sure it would take longer to download, edit, and upload again on my home connection.
Mediasite has released the second version of the desktop recorder this week; we will be upgrading our software shortly to stay current with new features as the pilot continues. If you have any questions about lecture capture or this pilot please contact me directly for more information, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org