Mediasite is a presentation tool that allows instructors to make live digital recordings of lectures or presentations. Students can view the presentation over the internet in real-time and/or can access the presentation on a streaming server for viewing at a later date.
Mediasite allows instructors to simultaneously show media in two windows. For example, PowerPoint slides in one window and a video feed in another window. Mediasite also allows for one or two way audio/video communication (during real-time presentations), closed captioning, the ability to search slides, and the ability to slow down or speed up
Application to All Courses
Although Mediasite is intended for use primarily in online learning, Mediasite recordings can also be used in a flipped classroom environment, or to provide supplementary material for a face-to-face course.
Some advantages of using Mediasite recordings for a face-to-face or flipped classroom:
- Require students to watch lectures outside of regular class seat time in order to have more class time for discussion, projects, student presentations, and other activities.
- Record lectures for viewing at a later date. This may be helpful for students with accommodations who may need additional time or resources (such as closed captioning).
- Record guest lecturers or presenters in order to show the presentation at a future time.
Some benefits of using Mediasite recordings for an online course:
- Content is available on demand anywhere over the internet.
- Instructor or guest presenters may record lectures in advance.
- Useful for review and as a study tool after viewing a lecture.
- Students can view content at their own pace.
- Equipment requires little technological skill and has a low learning curve.
Mediasite vs. Greenscreen – An explanation of the differences between a greenscreen recording and a Mediasite lecture (based on the CITT video studio setup)
Managing the Online Learning Environment: An example of a Mediasite presentation geared towards helping higher education faculty with techniques for managing an online learning environment.
There are several mediasite machines on the UF campus including at Video & Collaboration Services, The Center for Instructional Technology and Training, The Health Science Center.
Mediasite machines at The Center for Instructional Technology and Training are available for reservation. Contact Us to make a reservation.
After obtaining a mediasite machine, the instructor gives a presentation or lecture using any video or other graphic presentation source. The mediasite machine will record, encode, and index the audio and graphic inputs.
Content can then be published to a CD/DVD, USB, or server. Content published to the server is available live or on-demand.
Additional Resources: Where can I learn more?
- Mediasite.com: Search and view already created Mediasite presentations and lectures.
- Mediasite Introduction: An introduction to how Mediasite works.
- Mediasite for Instruction: Information on using Mediasite for lectures and presentations for academia.
- Mediasite Higher Education: Information on solutions for higher education.
Keep accessibility in mind as you develop course content and build assignments and assessments. Many online tools are not fully accessible, so it’s important to think about how you will make the assignment accessible if requested. The Disability Resource Center and the UF Accessibility page will guide you in making appropriate accommodations. You can also find out more about accessibility at our toolbox page on Accessibility in the Online Classroom.