Mediasite Administrator Update, May 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:

Mediasite Software Upgrades

On May 9, DELTA will be upgrading the server version for the Mediasite Enterprise service to 7.0.27. More specific details regarding the upgrade can be found in the server maintenance section below.

My Mediasite will also be upgraded to version 2.2.668 on May 9. Although there are no interface changes, users will be required to update the desktop recorder software. More specific details regarding the upgrade can be found in the server maintenance section below.

Sonic Foundry expects to release a new recorder image and version (7.1.10) mid-June. All recorders will need to be upgraded and tested prior to start of Fall semester. The new image and version will be able to be pushed to the recorders from the server. This upgrade will introduce a new recorder interface, however, more information on this interface and the upgrade will be distributed after the release in June.

Mediasite Server Maintenance

On May 9, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., DELTA will be upgrading the server version for the Mediasite Enterprise service to 7.0.27. Users will continue to be able to record, but unable to publish to the server during the upgrade. If you have a planned live stream during the upgrade, please send email to mediasite-help@ncsu.edu so we can work with you on alternate arrangements to deliver your live stream. Those attempting to view presentations during the upgrade will not be able to view presentations, but when they click on a link, they will be redirected to the SysNews post regarding the specific maintenance occurring at that time.

My Mediasite will also be upgraded to version 2.2.668 on May 9. Although there are no interface changes, users will be required to update the desktop recorder software. The previous software version will not connect to the server after the 7.0.27 upgrade. When users launch the desktop recorder software, they will receive a prompt with a download link to the software and the user will be walked through the steps to update the software.

On May 11, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., DELTA will be performing a database migration. Users will continue to be able to record, but unable to publish to the server during the upgrade.If you have a planned live stream during the upgrade, please send email to mediasite-help@ncsu.edu so we can work with you on alternate arrangements to deliver your live stream. Those attempting to view presentations during the migration will not be able to view presentations, but when they click on a link, they will be redirected to the SysNews post regarding the specific maintenance occurring at that time.

The monthly Windows Updates for the Mediasite servers will be installed on Friday, May 13th between 5 a.m. and 6 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.

Record Your Lectures in Summer 2016: Sign up began April 12

Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) invite instructors to opt-in to record their course in ClassTech classrooms that have Mediasite classroom capture recording systems. Currently, all Mediasite-equipped classrooms operated by ClassTech have audio and notes (presentation, document camera) recording capabilities, and many have cameras. To see if your assigned room is Mediasite-equipped, visit DELTA’s Classroom Capture Rooms List. (Note: Only rooms with college/department listed as OIT/ClassTech are participating in this service.)

Watching or listening to classroom lectures and discussions allows students to review material multiple times, including right before tests, which should help increase retention of the material. The recordings are not intended to serve as a substitute for attending class, but as a way to reinforce the material.

Instructors can link recorded lectures directly into their class Moodle site(s) for easy student access. They may also monitor student usage—through weekly or monthly reports—to see how often students are using the recordings and if there is a correlation with student learning. Lectures are restricted to students enrolled in the section being captured, but instructors can add additional sections if they desire.

Operating Mediasite equipment to record a class is fairly simple for an instructor with moderate technical abilities. A brief equipment training session is provided, but the automated workflow makes recording your course reliable and user-friendly. There is no charge for this service.

If you wish to record your course, please visit the Classroom Capture Portal to opt-in.

Unable to attend UNLEASH 2016 in Madison? Watch Sessions Online!

As part of Sonic Foundry’s promotion, NC State has redeemed a free online group pass! This is a great opportunity for you to watch Unleash sessions online if you are unable to attend the conference in Madison. As you get ready for the conference, here’s a quick checklist to make sure you have the best online experience.

  1. Test your connection before the conference starts. To watch sessions live or on-demand, go to your Unleash 2016 Showcase:

http://unleash.mediasite.com/Mediasite/Showcase

username: Unleash16
password: UL16Live

For the best Unleash Online experience, we recommend watching all sessions on your laptop or computer.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the Unleash Showcase. Browse sessions by day or type. To ask a question during a live broadcast, click on the speech bubble at the bottom of the Mediasite Player. All online questions will be shared with the speaker at the end of the presentation.
  2. Download the Unleash 2016 mobile app. It’s a handy way to plan your viewing schedule. Learn how to use your app here.

Your Unleash Online Concierge, Brandon Struebin, is happy answer any questions about Unleash. Please do not hesitate to contact him at unleash@sonicfoundry.com, or simply click the “Need Help?” link in your Unleash Showcase.

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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