April 9, 2012
The following news release is shared on behalf of Sonic Foundry. Training and Professional Development's ASDTube is a national finalist in the International Rich Media Impact Awards.
ASDTube singled out for innovative accomplishments using rich media webcasting
Anchorage, April 9, 2012 – The Anchorage School District Training and Professional Development Department's online video project, ASDTube, has been named a finalist in the eighth annual International Rich Media Impact Awards in the Scholastic Achievement category by Sonic Foundry, Inc. the trusted market leader for lecture capture, enterprise and event webcasting.
ASDTube staff members Bridgette Evermann and Cheryl Johnson have developed a project to help ASDTube presenters structure their information for the online audience. Training videos are now being designed to provide content more quickly and efficiently. In addition to holding workshops and individualized sessions, a video series has also been developed for trainers to help them incorporate the most recent techniques in designing effective online presentations. Presenters leave these workshops with an understanding that putting their information in front of staff is only half the battle; it must be in a format staff have the time and desire to access, and are able to quickly and efficiently understand.
"ASDTube was quickly discovered to be an efficient means for putting information in the hands of staff with more than 1,000 videos posted within the first two years. Training now occurs when staff needs information, not just when a face-to-face presentation is scheduled," said Cheryl Johnson, Technology Production Coordinator for the Anchorage School District. "This has reduced the amount of time teachers spend away from their students in addition to saving the district money. Many of the videos to-date have been of traditional face-to-face trainings. The newer style of presentation will supplement these in the online catalog helping to meet the needs of time-strapped staff while still providing the much-needed information."
"The finalists continue to impress us with their innovative uses of Mediasite. We created the RMIAs to highlight the successes of our customers who have truly used webcasting in exciting, creative and cost-saving ways," said Rob Lipps, executive vice president of Sonic Foundry. "It is rewarding for us as a company, and contributes greatly to the knowledge of our Mediasite user community, to get this behind the scenes, in their own words tour of how the Anchorage School District uses webcasting, and the results they've been able to achieve by providing online video and rich media webcasts."
ASDTube was also a RMIA finalist in 2010. The winner that year was the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Winners for this year will be announced during a special ceremony at UNLEASH 2012, the Mediasite User Conference, taking place May 7-9.
Trusted by more than 2400 corporations, government and educational institutions, the patented Mediasite webcasting and video content management system quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of live and on-demand streaming videos and rich media presentations that combine video with slides.
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