Mediasite Administrators Update, April 2014

As part of an ongoing effort to keep Mediasite administrators on campus informed, we created this DELTAwire article specifically for you!  For help with any Mediasite questions, please contact us at mediasite-help@ncsu.edu.

This article includes information on the following topics:

Mediasite Version 7 Upgrade

After continued analysis, DELTA has concluded that upgrading to version 7 during the summer of 2014 is feasible. An implementation team is now working to evaluate, plan and discuss action items and create a timeline for the upgrade. We will continue to keep everyone informed of planning strategies, timelines and action items.

Mediasite Server Maintenance

The monthly Windows Updates for the Mediasite servers will be installed on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 5:00-6:00 a.m. The servers will be rebooted one at a time, but no outage is expected due to the redundant nature of the system.

My Mediasite Pilot Progress

The My Mediasite desktop recorder pilot is flourishing as the spring semester continues. We have more than 80 participants, who have recorded 300 presentations that together have received more than 5500 views. The My Mediasite Pilot Community Moodle course has been a well-used resource, with participants taking full advantage of all its available features. We have seen robust use of the posted training materials and emailed weekly activities, which have prompted participants to try different features of the software. Forum use has been particularly encouraging, with content creators posting their work and experiences. A number of our instructors have “hit the ground running” and are actively creating and using My Mediasite recordings for their current spring semester courses. Our plans are on track to offer an enterprise-level service to all faculty and staff during summer 2014.

Don’t forget to enroll in the My Mediasite Pilot Community Moodle course for updates and other important information.

Desktop Recording and Media Management with My Mediasite Workshop

DELTA will offer a custom training workshop for My Mediasite Pilot participants and other faculty and staff members interested in learning more about Desktop Recording and Media Management with the My Mediasite suite of tools. The training session will cover basics features and tools such as recording options, uploading and managing presentations, as well as tips and best practices for using My Mediasite to produce effective instructional content for both blended and online courses. The workshop will include an open lab for attendees to try out the tools and have any questions answered. If you are interested in attending, sign up via this Google Form.

NC State Mediasite User Group Meeting

The next NC State Mediasite User Group (MUG) meeting will be held in 130 Park Shops on Monday, May 12, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. We encourage everyone using Mediasite to attend. Please mark your calendars!

Did You Know?

You can add image files to your recorder to insert while recording a presentation! From the “Recorder” tab, you can add image files from CDs, file systems, USB drives, or other sources accessible from the Recorder. Adding images to the Recorder is useful for including graphics in the presentation when an image source (such as a computer) is not available during recording. You can add a maximum of 32 stock images on the Recorder.

steps to input an image on a recorder

To add a stock image to the Recorder:

1. In the “Recorder tab,” click the “Show stock images” button in the upper-right corner of the image input window to manage your stock images.

2. Click the “Add new image” button, browse to the location where the image file is located, and click “Open.” The image file will be added to the selected list.

3. Move the newly added image up or down in the list as needed using the arrows.

To send stock images as image output:

1. Click the “Show stock images” button in the upper-right corner of the image input window and navigate to the image you want.

2. Hover your mouse over the image to display the controls, and click the “Send image to output” button. The image will appear in the “Image output” window.

Please note that you can only send a stock image as the image output while recording a presentation.

UNLEASH, Sonic Foundry’s Annual User Conference

Registration is open for UNLEASH 2014 — the Annual Mediasite User Conference, which will be held in Madison, Wisc., from April 27-30.

The NC State group rate discount will be $595. If you plan to attend UNLEASH this year, register at sonicfoundry.com/unleash2014, and use NCSTATE2014 in the promo section.

See a glimpse of last year’s sessions.

More Information

If you would like to learn more about Mediasite at NC State, or if you’d like to see other topics covered in our next update, please contact Laura Stephenson at laura_stephenson@ncsu.edu. Your suggestions are always welcome.

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