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Professors at Lubbock Christian U wanting to record a class have all of the needed tools at their fingertips. Lessons in Vide By Ellen Ullman Web streaming isn’t just for lecture capture. Learn how administrators are using it for everything from public relations to professional development. T HIS SUMMER, LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY TEXAS switched from an internal mail system to using Microsoft Live. Prior to the move, IT Director Robert Smith sent e-mails to the more than 3,000 users, explaining that they would have to archive their e-mail files and then restore them to the new system once it was operational. But Smith did an essential thing to ease the transition—he included a link to the LCU website, where the students, faculty, and staff could watch video instructions. e first recording showed how to archive e-mails, contacts, and calendar information. Once the new system was operational, Smith made a new video that showed the steps necessary to set up a new e-mail account and import all of the archived content. “It was a great example of the saying, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words,’ ” explains Smith. “ e transition was much smoother than we could have expected.” Because the school uses Panopto CourseCast to do all sorts of video streaming, it took only a few minutes for Smith to upload the video and audio files. In fact, the IT department received less than 200 help requests, and most of those were from people who did not watch the videos. It is not surprising that LCU used web streaming to handle this type of task. Higher ed institutions across the country are using online video more and more. While lecture capture has always been the most obvious use of the technology, administrators, faculty, and staff have begun using it to interview job candidates, grade compositions, and preview classes, to name a few applications. Putting videos online—which was once an expensive, difficult, and timeconsuming process—has become as easy as pushing buttons. 28 | October 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - October 2009

University Business - October 2009
Editor's Note
College Index
Company Index
Advisory Board
Behind the News
Financial Aid
Lessons in Video
Dining Halls of Distinction
Lost in Space
Independent Outlook
Internet Tech
End Note

University Business - October 2009