Matt Alexander (centre) with Rob Lipps (left) and Sean Brown from Sonic Foundry.

Alexander wins second award from Mediasite creators

Massey University multimedia developer Matt Alexander has won the Enterprise Video award for a five-minute video he made about Massey's use of Mediasite as a tool for teaching.

The video was entered in a competition run as part of the Global Mediasite User Conference, called Unleash2014. Mr Alexander, from the National Centre for Teaching and Learning, attended the conference in Madison, Wisconsin. It is the second time he has won the award.

Mediasite developer Sonic Foundry, which hosted the conference, says more than 160 organisations now use its product. Sonic Foundry executive vice-president Rod Lipps says, “our customers are creating rich media in their classrooms and board rooms, but it’s so much more than that — everything is managed, tagged, searched and secured with Mediasite. We continue to be amazed by the innovative ways our customers are using video to revolutionise how they work, connect and play.”

Mr Alexander says the video "hints at the effort required to evangelise, develop and deploy a multi-campus rich media approach to on-line learning in a very traditional New Zealand University.

"It shows that through persistence, patience and hard work, good things can finally happen. Massey University not only finally adopted Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite but we’re are hitting it hard, with a multimillion dollar, multi-campus scale-up that we like to call the Rich media Learning project. 

"Mediasite is the engine that manages our Lecture Capture schedules, provides desktop capture and screencast capability, as well as enables managed dissemination of student-centred media enriched learning objects to its online learners. 

"From a technical perspective, the University’s Rich Media Learning project provisions for an exceptional University-wide teaching and learning production facility. 

Mediasite to Massey University is more than just a webcasting solution that allows us to teach across distance and time; it is a transformative pedagogical tool that we have finally unleashed from pilot phase into the hands of our faculty as we too move towards a more flipped approached to teaching.

"With Mediasite, we can look forward to a future where all our students are more engaged in active learning, problem-solving, in the application of their instruction.  Through freed-up teaching time our staff are able to provide more informative and engaging lessons enhancing the overall student learning experience."

Mr Alexander's video can be viewed here.

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