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The University Of Auckland, New Zealand Saves Annually Through Online Professional Development Via Mediasite

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MADISON, Wis., July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted market leader for video management and academic, enterprise and event webcasting, today announced The University of Auckland's Faculty of Education uses Mediasite webcasts to meet school e-Learning requirements and extend its reach to teachers in schools throughout the country. The university delivers online professional development via webcasts available to teachers in 250 K-12 schools across the country, saving thousands of dollars annually on travel costs for facilitators.

"Since we began using Mediasite, our professional development costs decreased significantly. Before we were traveling every week to schools across the regions, but now we're able to produce Mediasite presentations from a studio or Faculty of Education space, which saves us thousands of dollars each year. Plus we only have to give presentations once, and that can be shared countless times on-demand to schools across the region, which saves us time," said Mark Dashper, a facilitator for Team Solutions and Te Puna Wananga (School of Maori Education) in the Faculty of Education at The University of Auckland.

Two teams of facilitators and practitioners within The University of Auckland's Faculty of Education, 'Digital Pathways Development' and Te Whanau Maioha, are building a series of Mediasite webcasts for Year 6 to Year 12 teaching and learning programs centered on specific sections from the new national curriculum. There is a particular emphasis on guidance for Maori and Pasifika (Pacific Island) students identified as at-risk of leaving school unprepared for the transition to the workplace or further education. Also, Te Whanau Maioha is a new bilingual delivery initiative for Maori teachers, leaders and educational settings whose medium of instruction is through te reo Maori, the indigenous language.

"Our webcasting focus has been on accessing the student voice, identifying teacher needs, incorporating education in te reo Maori and meeting the e-Learning requirements of schools. Mediasite allows us to accomplish these things," Dashper said.

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