Eastern New Mexico University is the third largest university in the state, covering a particularly large geographical area. The university made education accessible to the region’s traditional, non-traditional and high school dual enrollment students with Mediasite by Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted market leader for video management and academic, enterprise and event webcasting.
Armed with a Title V grant, ENMU created a plan to support graduate programs and other key academic initiatives with Mediasite as the central educational technology and went from pilot to full-scale, campus-wide deployment in less than 12 months. Many of ENMU’s non-traditional students have children, work full-time and live in rural communities. Of the roughly 6,000 ENMU students during the fall 2012 semester, 4,341 took at least one online course via Mediasite, and more than 200 of those took their courses entirely online with live webcasts of lectures. ENMU has five dedicated lecture capture rooms and it also uses Mediasite to record events outside of the classroom.
“With Mediasite we make education accessible. Considering we’re in New Mexico, a lot of our students live in rural communities, and Mediasite helps us reach out to them and provide that support and that warmth, the things they’re used to having in a traditional classroom setting. It bridges that gap,” said Curriculum Development Specialist Roy Marquez, who provides professional development to faculty about integrating Mediasite into their classrooms. “Mediasite is a great way to provide the best of both worlds – the convenience of the traditional classroom but with no geographical boundaries.”
Prior to using Mediasite, ENMU used a system that required distance students to drive to a site to watch video of a transmitted class.“We were looking for a way to reach people where they were and still have the ability to interact with them,” said Linda Weems, Graduate Dean. “With Mediasite, students can see faculty in real time. There’s a way to ask questions. They can see our PowerPoints, our DVDs. Plus, we’ve been able to increase the courses and programs that we offer online.”