2007 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., April 24, 2007
HUB West Ballroom

Session Description


Streaming Video: Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom

Bruce Lippke, Luke Rogers & Matthew McLaughlin - College of Forest Resources


Interactive streaming video is an established technology used to enhance the utility of the World Wide Web for distance learning applications by extending the video viewing process. It allows the user to view synchronized video, PowerPoint slides and HTML pages within a web browser. Interactive, synchronized steaming video presentations have tremendous potential as an educational outreach tool for distance learning deliveries. It also can be used to dramatically increase the accessibility of information presented at seminars, conferences, and workshops by making content available to a worldwide audience. Presentations can be watched with either a dial-up modem or a high-speed connection, and they can also be distributed on CD-ROM or DVD. Until recently software, equipment, and expertise needed to create streaming videos made this technology accessible to only a few. New developments have reduced camera costs and made available freeware products that make streaming video an affordable communication technology for most educational applications. The Rural Technology Initiative (RTI) is pioneering the use of this technology in forestry education and has helped hasten adoption by rural educators through development of a “how to” tutorial on streaming video. Since 2002 RTI staff has produced over 350 streaming video presentations on forestry related topics and have kept detailed viewing statistics on each presentation. These statistics allow RTI staff to determine courses of interest and focus efforts in relevant distance learning materials. By monitoring the use of streaming video presentations, talking with constituents, training others to use the technology and partnering with dozens of educational collaborators, RTI has demonstrated the value of streaming video technology in education and information delivery.



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