Integrating Technology

Mediasite Transition - 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic altered education and the use of technology in many ways. We are more dependent on digital and streaming technologies a flexible, reliable, and user-friendly platform is at an all-time high. The COVID-19 pandemic caused many technology providers to enhance their products and others to fall behind in providing features needed because of changes in education. Because of this, the University has decided to end its relationship with Sonic Foundry, the parent company of Mediasite due to this limitation in functionality and rapidly increasing license costs.

The past few months, a number of faculty have been using other desktop video acquisition and editing tools like TechSmith’s Camtasia and Microsoft Stream for hosting/streaming. Camtasia allows faculty to create platform-agnostic .mp4 videos that can be hosted and streamed from almost anywhere. Microsoft Stream allows for easy cloud storage, the ability to link videos and provide thumbnails in Blackboard, and a straightforward solution for closed captioning. These features and upgrades were not readily available with the Mediasite app.

The timeline for transitioning Mediasite videos to Stream will begin Spring semester and should be completed by September 2022.

The FCTL is an available to assist you with this transition. The attached instructions provide steps for those who recorded their presentations using Mediasite Desktop Recorder or Mediasite Mosaic. Faculty who created presentations in one of the on-campus studios or classrooms, such as the studio in Meyer Library or Karls Hall, should contact the FCTL for assistance with downloading their presentations.

Downloading Mediasite Presentations
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If you do not intend to retain presentations created with Mediasite for future use, you do not need to do anything, access to these will cease as of September 2022.

Camtasia is now available campus wide.

Camtasia is a screen-recording software that allows you to create and edit videos directly from your desktop. You can pre-record instructional videos that can then be used in an online course, flipped instruction, or to enhance learning in a face-to-face class.

Faculty and Staff may request a license from the IT service portal at any time. Camtasia can be installed on your office computer or a personal computer allowing you to create videos from home.

Comprehensive tutorials that can be viewed on-demand on the Techsmith Camtasia Tutorials Page. The FCTL is also hosting workshops on best practices for Camtasia, dates and objectives listed below. If you would like additional information on using Camtasia, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Eric Taylor in the FCTL.

Software License Request - Camtasia

FCTL Workshop Dates

April 7th 3:30-4:30
April 8th 11:00-12:00
April 21st 3:30-4:30
April 22nd 11:00-12:00

Objectives

  1. Overview of Camtasia software
  2. Creating videos using Camtasia
  3. Editing previously recorded video with Camtasia
  4. Exporting and sharing video for viewing
  5. Best practices to increase production value
Want to use technology in and out of the classroom to enhance students' learning?

Integrating technologies with instruction is crucial in classroom learning and distance education environments. The FCTL academic media and classroom instructional technology staff can assist you with classroom technology needs, studio lecture capture (Mediasite), and innovative tools such as Learning Glass Lightboard technology.

Want to know more? Contact the FCTL fctl@missouristate.edu and request assistance with using any of the instructional technologies listed here.

Academic Media works with the Instructional Designers, to seek solutions that enhance curricular activities in and out of the classroom. We continually explore new opportunities for pedagogical innovation.

Classroom Instructional Technologies in the FCTL, serves the University’s classroom instructional technology needs. Technical services is in the Art Annex Building, Rooms 3 & 4.