Mediasite Administrator Update, March 2016

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:

My Mediasite Workshops

Faculty can now record outside the classroom using My Mediasite. With the My Mediasite suite of tools, instructors can:

  • record presentations from a personal computer, capturing video and/or audio and computer images
  • upload previously recorded video to be stored and managed in one location
  • edit My Mediasite recordings through a Web-based video editor

Interested in learning how to use My Mediasite? DELTA is currently offering the following workshops:

Visit the registration system to secure your spot now!

Mediasite Server Maintenance

We will be updating the Mediasite database server on Saturday, March 5 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. We don’t expect more than about 30 minutes of downtime but are reserving the entire window for any unexpected issues which might arise.

As part of the Spring Break Maintenance Window DELTA Systems staff will be replacing several network switches to take advantage of increased bandwidth out of the MCNC datacenter. This work will cause an outage for all DELTA services. We are proposing to perform this work on Monday, March 7.  More information to come. If you are planning live streams on any particular days of Spring Break please email mediasite-help@ncsu.edu so that we can either schedule around them or set up alternate access.

Central IT extended maintenance is scheduled to run from 6 a.m. Saturday, March 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 6. OIT will perform extensive system maintenance, such as data center improvements that require shutdown and movement of equipment, hardware replacement, and infrastructure configuration. Mediasite services may be degraded or unavailable for extended periods during this maintenance window.

The monthly Windows Updates for the Mediasite servers as well as a server hotfix will be installed on Saturday, March 12 between  5 a.m.– 7 a.m. The servers will be rebooted one at a time. There will be a brief outage when the database and file servers are rebooted, but no other interruptions are expected.

If you have any questions regarding the maintenance listed above or experience any Mediasite issues, please contact mediasite-help@ncsu.edu for further assistance.

For further information and updates, please see Updates & Maintenance schedule.

Captioning Grant Available for 2016 Courses

NC State University has established a Captioning Grant to assist faculty in creating accessible videos.

This grant provides funds for faculty to obtain captions for instructional videos used in their online, blended and face-to-face courses. In addition to providing content to people with hearing impairments, captions create a learning environment that supports Universal Design for Learning.

Faculty members may apply for funding to caption videos:

  • when a student with a disability requiring an accommodation for captioning registers in a course that contains video, or
  • when proactively captioning videos to enhance the learning environment for all students.

Faculty using their own videos as a central part of their pedagogy are highly encouraged to apply for the grant.

To apply for the grant, complete the Captioning Grant Application Form. Applications to meet the needs of a student requiring this accommodation will be processed immediately. Those for proactive captioning will be processed on March 31 for summer, June 30 for fall and Oct. 31 for spring courses.

For more information, see Multimedia Accessibility. You may also send your questions to accessibility@ncsu.edu.

Did You Miss the Mediasite Carolina Chapter Meeting?

If you were unable to attend the Mediasite Carolina Chapter Meeting at Duke University on February 22, you can watch the meeting online.

Be sure to keep the conversation going with other attendees by joining the Carolinas Chapter group in the Mediasite Community. (Not yet a Mediasite Community member? It’s free and easy to join.)

We look forward to our next chapter meeting in approximately six months.

UNLEASH 2016, Mediasite User Conference

The global Mediasite User Conference is the best networking venue for Mediasite enthusiasts. Whether you attend in Madison or choose to participate online, this can’t-miss event is packed with knowledge sharing, best practices and Mediasite Community networking. It’s that time of year to start thinking about Unleash 2016. Registration is open, so register and save the date for your global Mediasite User Conference, May 2-4 in Madison, Wisconsin. Using the link below to register and following the instructions, will offer the “All Access Pass” for NC State attendees the rate of $495.00 up through the Unleash 2016 registration cut-off date (end of April).

Register today!

  • Select “New Registration
  • Click the category “All Access Pass
  • After the appropriate category has been selected, Click “Apply Code” Button
  • Complete the rest of the form

More Information

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

Please send Mediasite help requests to mediasite-help@ncsu.edu.

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