Flipped Classrooms 101: A History, Benefits and Tools for the Learning Model


The flipped classroom model has been “turning learning on its head” for more than a decade now. While the original impetus, called the inverted classroom, was toyed with by professors at the University of Miami in 2000, their idea didn’t take off. It was, after all, pre YouTube and easy access to video recording software.

Seven years later, two high school teachers in Colorado learned about some software that would record lectures live. Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams committed to pre-recording their lectures for the following year, dubbing the experiment “pre-broadcasting.” Students who didn’t have internet at home were given USB drives containing lectures if they had a computer at home, or DVDs burned with lectures if they didn’t have a home computer.

Since then, the flipped classroom pedagogy has taken off. But what is it, and what are the benefits in education?

Unlike in a traditional classroom setting, in a flipped classroom, lectures happen outside of class, using video learning technology. Scheduled time in class is used for exercises, projects and discussion.

Benefits

Teacher helping students.Flipped classrooms offer a host of benefits for students, teachers and parents alike. Some of the biggest advantages include:

Students can spend more 1:1 time with instructors during class. Rather than teaching the lesson during the instructional period, the teacher can provide extra help to those who need it.

Students can learn at their own pace. Because students can watch the lecture as many times as they need, as well as pause and rewind along the way, they have more control over the pace of their learning.

“Technology like captioning helps to support visual learners, those who are hard-of-hearing, and English language learners.”

No more missing out. If a student is sick or has to miss class for another reason, they can still watch and learn from their teacher in the same manner as their peers.

Parents can more easily help their children through video learning. Rather than reading the book and trying to figure out how to teach the material, if a parent has a child struggling, they can simply watch the lesson from the teacher and provide assistance.

Software can help identify areas where students are struggling. This makes the model itself a helpful diagnostic tool.

Tools to Facilitate Flipping Classrooms

Flipped classrooms require access to lecture capture tools and video content management systems. Instructors need to be able to easily produce lecture capture for a flipped classroom session and make it accessible to their students via computer, tablet or mobile device.

With the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform’s Software Capture application, teachers can record lectures using nothing more than their on-board webcam and an inexpensive headset microphone.

In a college or university, podium computers or hardware capture provide the opportunity for high-quality recording of lecture content. This can be integrated into the organization’s existing LMS to help students access content in a familiar way.

Whether an instructor is using their own laptop computer for lecture capture or a podium computer, they can integrate Smart Boards, document cameras, and screen recording to produce a full-featured lecture capture for their students.

About YuJa

YuJa is a leader in enterprise video solutions. Our products harness the power of video to educate, engage, inspire and collaborate. We serve organizations of all sizes, within all sectors, including higher-ed, K-12, government, healthcare, non-profit and corporate delivering engaging video experiences. We have legal headquarters in Delaware with primary U.S. offices in Silicon Valley, California and Canadian offices in Toronto.

Effective Captioning Strategies: When to Use AI Versus Human


In academia, captioning and transcriptions are becoming critical to regular business operations. Transcriptions are the text form of an audio file. Transcripts include the words you hear and may also include other details, such as background noises, pauses, or music. Captioning divides transcript text into into time-coded chunks known as caption frames. It also includes anything isn’t visual, such as sound effects.

Having transcriptions and captions available is especially important for those who have little or no hearing, but it also is helpful in situations where it’s inappropriate to listen to something with the sound on. Whether you need a transcription or captions for a speech or lecture, to create subtitles for online video posting, or you need notes from a live event, transcriptions and captioning are essential.  

DIY is Time Consuming

Let’s face it, doing transcription yourself is a time consuming, tedious task. Verbatim transcription can take four times as long as the speech or presentation depending on your typing speed, the number of speakers, quality and clarity of the speaker and recording, and the difficulty of the material. Most enterprise video solutions  recognizes that educators, administrators and professionals alike need to be spending their time on other tasks and have accounted for this in their offerings. 

Human and AI Each Have Benefits

There are two main types of transcription or captioning services, human and artificial intelligence (AI). Each option has it’s unique benefits, and depending on your needs, both have advantages to consider based on your application. Chances are that your organization will find a need for both services. It’s less “human versus AI ” and more understanding when each will serve a better purpose for your needs at the time. 

Artificial Intelligence Use Cases

For instance, if you’re in a time crunch, you can’t beat the speed of AI. The software recognizes speech and translates it to text in real time. While it’s typically not at the level of ADA compliance, AI gets better every day — it actually learns from mistakes. Over time and usage, the artificial intelligence engine continues to learn and improve. Some companies go a step further to improve accuracy of AI transcription and captioning. YuJa’s automatic captioning accuracy is validated internally with YuJa Product Team staff on a semi-monthly basis. These tests are carried out on various accents, dialects, and regions of the world to determine the accuracy of the software. 

When you need a transcription in multiple languages, AI is a great tool. Sending an audio file out for human transcription in this type of scenario would not only be cost prohibitive, but timely. Many professional transcriptionists only transcribe to their native language, so you would need several people to transcribe one file. If you need multiple language transcriptions, look for a video solution that integrates with third-party services that provide captioning and transcription in a variety of languages, from English, to Spanish, French, German, French, Mandarin, Arabic, and others.

When to Consider Human Transcription 

Because humans have the capacity to understand complex information, human transcription and captioning is the go-to choice for accuracy.

With human transcription, it may take longer, but it’s less likely that you will have to go back and re-listen to audio to gain clarity after reading the transcript.

Human transcription and captioning also should be considered in other instances, such as when there are several speakers, when speakers have thick accents, or there is a lot of background noise.

Language is complex. Humans understand this. We know about and can decipher homonyms. We have the capacity to pick up on changing topics, people using acronyms, interruptions, or speakers with regional dialects or accents, and humans can account for those and other language nuances in the transcript.

Integration is Crucial 

When considering human and AI services for your enterprise or institution, it’s ideal to look for a company that integrates with both. That means the organization understands its customers’ each have unique needs and instances in which human or AI transcriptions and captions would better serve them. The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform integrates with third-party human captioning services for both automated and manual workflows. Our captioning partners provide ADA-compliant (99%+) captioning solutions to YuJa customers. Caption workflows can also be managed and turned on-and-off when appropriate. YuJa currently supports the following providers: 3Play Media, Rev, Verb.it and AST CaptionSync, as well as some region-specific vendors.

Five Advantages of Asynchronous Learning


Asynchronous learning may sound like a fancy term, but it’s a fairly straightforward concept. It refers to learning that doesn’t require real-time interaction. Classwork, lectures and content are uploaded online and made available for learners to access when it suits their schedule. This is opposed to synchronous learning, which occurs in real-time. Often, K-12 schools, colleges and universities will combine asynchronous and synchronous learning methods in a hybrid model.

Woman typing on a laptop.

While both models have their place in education, today’s focus is on asynchronous learning and some of its benefits to students. Asynchronous learning offers a number of benefits.

Students Have Control of Their Learning

Learners have full responsibility for their education. Because they decide when and where they’re going to learn, students are active participants in their education.

Asynchronous Learning is Flexible 

Flexibility is particularly important for students who have a myriad of other responsibilities during when lectures would usually be scheduled. Materials are available in a specific place, so students can log in and complete learning modules when they have the time. When learning is made convenient, students are more likely to stay on course, active and engaged.

Students Can Learn at Their Own Pace 

Students have time to reflect on their learning before answering questions, joining discussions or taking a test. Additionally, students can read and review materials, take notes, skip ahead or go back as frequently as they need to before moving on to the next lesson. 

“One of the most empowering benefits of asynchronous learning is that it is respectful to each student’s learning pace.”

Interactivity Can Be Built In and Encouraged Through Asynchronous Learning

Just because asynchronous learning isn’t in real time doesn’t mean it can’t be interactive. YuJa video enterprise solutions has features like in-video comments that allow users to share their thoughts and see other comments as they view; video quizzing in which if a student answers wrong the content is recapped; and interactive assessment capabilities within the video experience including creating video quizzes, inserting related documents, and making interactive comments.

Use Case: Colorado Community College System 

Colorado Community College System is one institution making full use of YuJa’s interactive video feature. With the ability to seamlessly embed quiz questions within a video, instructors found that they can not only improve classroom assessment, but can convert students from passive to active learners as they learn remotely.

Colorado Community College building at dusk.

Asynchronous Learning Helps Remove Technology Barriers 

It would be a mistake for institutional leaders to assume that all students have access to reliable, high quality internet. Solutions like YuJa have accounted for this, creating a strategy to ensure all students can take advantage of asynchronous learning. Technology like adaptive bit-rate streaming and allowing students the ability to download content when they have a solid internet connection and then watch it later are just some of the strategies universities can use to ensure student success. Instructors also can revoke permissions to content, which will then automatically be deleted from devices where it’s downloaded. This ensures content remains managed and secure. 

About YuJa

YuJa is a leader in enterprise video solutions. Our products harness the power of video to educate, engage, inspire and collaborate. We serve organizations of all sizes, within all sectors, including higher-ed, K-12, government, healthcare, non-profit and corporate delivering engaging video experiences. We have legal headquarters in Delaware with primary U.S. offices in Silicon Valley, California and Canadian offices in Toronto.

The Role of Live Streaming in Higher Education


Live streaming has been around for decades, starting in earnest in 1951, when President Harry Truman was broadcast live at the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference in San Francisco. Shortly after, The Today Show became the first broadcast morning news program to air live in the United States. In 2005, YouTube was founded and the interest and demand for online video streaming skyrocketed. 

In terms of education, though, live streaming is still a fairly new endeavor. Live streaming refers to streaming media in real time. Before the mid-2010s, institutions typically didn’t offer live streaming because often, students didn’t have the internet bandwidth required to support it. “Advances in features like adaptive bitrate streaming, which provides the ability to record while simultaneously streaming for later viewing, have allowed colleges and universities to expand live streaming programs to the benefit of students,” said Nannette Don, Director of Sales. Now, even if students can’t stream a lecture at all, they still have the option to securely download and review the lesson. There are a number of other benefits to live streaming in higher education:

“Prior to the 21st century, if a learner couldn’t make it to the physical building for their education, they simply missed out. But the evolution of the internet and technology, hardware — and later software — have modernized video in education, making education more flexible and accessible.”

Live Streaming Removes Barriers

Colleges, universities and other enterprises have been able to implement live streaming as one of a variety of tools to aid students in their education. Higher education institutions can reach more students than ever before, which is an advantage both to students and the institutions. Students who have full time jobs, family obligations, health issues or a myriad of other barriers to education can now live stream their instruction with only access to a stable internet connection.

Live Streaming Builds Trust

When a classroom lecture is streamed live, students have the advantage of observing things they might not be able to pick up in other forms of communication like email or a phone call. By reading facial expressions and mannerisms, students can better understand tone and infer meaning through what is said and demonstrated live. 

Live Streaming Creates Connections

Students in online classes can sometimes have feelings of disengagement or apathy. By offering ways to engage with one another and the professor, students can create meaningful connections just like if they were in a traditional classroom setting. Teachers can offer real time question and answer sessions, office hours and more through various software applications. “YuJa supports multi-source live streaming, which includes casting to multiple sources from a number of angles, truly giving students the feeling that they’re in that classroom or space,” Don highlighted, adding that students can be as interactive as they want during the discussions. 

How Are Colleges and Universities Using Live Streaming?

As you can imagine, the possibilities with live streaming educational content are endless. With creativity and a willingness to learn and participate, higher education institutions are finding unique, innovative ways to implement live streaming. 

Nevada State College is a prime example of a school using live streaming to make a difference in the lives of students and their families. Nevada State College places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and under-served student population. Because of its diverse immigrant population, the college was host to a naturalization ceremony for new citizens of the United States. And because many had relatives in other countries, the college live streamed the momentous event, allowing families to celebrate with their loved ones.

Indiana State University is another institution that has taken a progressive approach to non-traditional methods of learning using technology like live streaming to further every student’s education, whether it occurs on campus or via online courses and programs. The university has a number of students who earn their degree without ever stepping foot on campus. For nursing students, that means completing their practicums virtually. Students can record and securely send their recording to their instructor for evaluation. 

The student counselors at Texas Wesleyan University’s Community Counseling Center, along with faculty and staff, have continued to train the next generation of counselors by providing virtual services for more than 320 clients. 

The role of live streaming in education has quickly evolved from a “nice to have” to a must have, particularly during the current pandemic. Whether it’s a sporting event, fitness class, concert, commencement or a traditional classroom lesson, live streaming enhances the experience for students who can’t be present in person or who want to view the event later. 

Be unstoppable in your quest to educate students. With a drive to better serve learners, combined with YuJa’s video enterprise platform, anything is possible.

About Nannette Don

Nannette Don, Director of Sales, works across industry verticals to ensure YuJa provides organizations with industry-leading video tools. Nannette has been an Account Manager for more than 15 years and has served the education industry for over a decade. She has managed large enterprise business accounts and large-scale video deployments at leading organizations within higher-ed, K12, healthcare and broadcast television. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Arizona.

About YuJa

YuJa is a leader in enterprise video solutions. Our products harness the power of video to educate, engage, inspire and collaborate. We serve organizations of all sizes, within all sectors, including higher-ed, K-12, government, healthcare, non-profit and corporate delivering engaging video experiences. We have legal headquarters in Delaware with primary U.S. offices in Silicon Valley, California and Canadian offices in Toronto.

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Manchester University Launches Site-Wide Lecture Capture Initiative with the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform to Deliver Cloud-Hosted Lecture Capture and Live Streaming Services


SAN JOSE, Calif.– (BUSINESS WIRE) – YuJa Inc. is pleased to announce a site-wide lecture capture initiative with Manchester University, a private university in North Manchester, Indiana to provide faculty and students with an enhanced video learning experience as the campus reopens for in-person classes. Established in 1860, Manchester University offers more than 70 areas of undergraduate study and enrolls over 1700 students.

“More often today, the deployment of a seamless, comprehensive lecture capture platform is essential towards ensuring the academic success of university students whether they are learning remotely or in-person.” said Dr. Ajit Singh, Chief Executive Officer of YuJa Inc. “Our proud partnership with Manchester University provides the campus with the necessary digital learning tools needed to foster a transformative learning experience.”

With the implementation of the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform, faculty and students at Manchester University will have access to a comprehensive video platform that promotes a more active learning environment. As the campus enters its fall 2020 semester, the Video Platform provides its end-users with lecture capture capabilities, secure on-demand streaming, video engagement tools, and classroom recording tools.

Read the full release here.

About YuJa

YuJa is a leader in enterprise video solutions. Our products harness the power of video to educate, engage, inspire, and collaborate. We serve organizations of all sizes, within all sectors, including higher-ed, K-12, government, healthcare, non-profit and corporate delivering engaging video experiences. Our portfolio includes products for lecture capture, live streaming, video management, video conferencing, video test proctoring, digital asset management and enterprise accessibility. We have legal headquarters in Delaware with primary U.S. offices in Silicon Valley, California, and Canadian offices in Toronto.

About Manchester University

Manchester University offers more than 70 areas of undergraduate study, three master’s programs (accountancy, athletic training, and pharmacogenomics), a professional doctorate in pharmacy, and a dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics to about 1,400 students from 26 states and 19 countries. The independent, liberal arts school is located in North Manchester, Ind., where 73 percent of the students live on the 120-acre campus. Our four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program, as well as the athletic training and pharmacogenomics master’s programs, are on a Fort Wayne, Ind., campus.

SOC 2 Type II

YuJa Announces Successful Completion of SOC 2® Type II Compliance Certification


SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–YuJa, a leader in enterprise video solutions, formally announces today its completion of the System and Organization (SOC) for Services Organizations (SOC 2) Type II report for its cloud-hosted media solutions. The SOC 2 Type II standards help vendors recognize and establish cross-functional value within their organization.

“Earning the SOC 2 Type II certification provides our clients with the confidence that the data controls that we implement to ensure data security and privacy are in line with industry standards and best practices,” said Nathan Arora, Chief Business Officer at YuJa Inc.

Established by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), SOC 2 defines the criteria for managing customer data based on trust service principles. SOC 2 engagements are performed in accordance with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) AT-C 205, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization. YuJa’s audit was completed by Cyberguard Compliance, a global provider of attestation and compliance services.

 

While SOC 2 compliance is not required for SaaS-based and cloud computing vendors, the successful certification of SOC 2 compliance plays a vital role in securing customer data. 

Read the full release here.

About YuJa

YuJa is a leader in enterprise video solutions. Our products harness the power of video to educate, engage, inspire, and collaborate. We serve organizations of all sizes, within all sectors, including higher-ed, K-12, government, healthcare, non-profit, and corporate delivering engaging video experiences. Our portfolio includes products for lecture capture, live streaming, video management, video conferencing, video test proctoring, digital asset management, and enterprise accessibility. We have legal headquarters in Delaware with primary U.S. offices in Silicon Valley, California, and Canadian offices in Toronto.

About CyberGuard Compliance

CyberGuard Compliance, formerly SSAE 16 Professionals, is a global provider of compliance and information security services. The firm’s leadership team has more than 150 years of combined business management, operations, and related information technology (IT) experience. CyberGuard Compliance was founded with the goal of providing clients with top professional talent from a boutique-style professional services firm.

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The Rising Usage of the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform at the University of Calgary


As institutions continue remote operations throughout 2020, we expect the number of instructors utilizing remote learning tools and lecture capture platforms to gradually increase.

This was the case for D’Arcy Norman in the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, at the University of Calgary. Norman and his team initially launched the YuJa Video Content Management platform in Summer 2019 integrating with their existing D2L Learning Management System (LMS). Norman recalls that, users who use the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform, they use it quite a lot.

YuJa Bandwidth Statistics for COVID

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“Our video content management platform launched in Summer 2019. It was a soft launch, integrated with D2L but not mandated. People who use it use it a lot.” Norman said.

Since the start of the COVID-19 switch back in mid-march, the bandwidth spike was enormous.

No matter the situation, the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform provides options for unlimited storage and bandwidth. Our storage infrastructure can provide fully elastic and virtually limitless storage capabilities to grow with your organization’s media repository.

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YuJa Formally Announces Partnership With State Fair Community College to Provide Campus-Wide Video CMS and Lecture Capture Capabilities


SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–YuJa Inc., a leader in enterprise media solutions, formally announces a licensing agreement with State Fair Community College to provide the college campus with lecture capture, video CMS, and live streaming capabilities. As a public community college located in Sedalia, Missouri, State Fair Community College is part of the Junior College District of Sedalia and offers one of the high-rated nursing programs in the state of Missouri.

“The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform offers institutions such as State Fair Community College with the solution needed to easily search for specific video content and view them on any device.”

The multi-year contract was awarded following a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process detailing the community college’s specific service requirements for a video content management system (CMS) that integrates into their existing Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). The proposed solution provides software-based tools for instructors and students to create ad-hoc recordings for flipped classrooms and student-generated content. YuJa’s video content management system also provides the community college with a private media destination for users to access media for review and editing prior to publishing.

“YuJa’s content management system enables students and instructors to store all of their institution’s digital assets in one secure location,” said Dr. Ajit Singh, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of YuJa Inc. “The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform offers institutions such as State Fair Community College with the solution needed to easily search for specific video content and view them on any device.”

About YuJa

YuJa is a leader in enterprise video solutions. Our products harness the power of video to educate, engage, inspire, and collaborate. We serve organizations of all sizes, within all sectors, including higher-ed, K-12, government, healthcare, non-profit and corporate delivering engaging video experiences. Our portfolio includes products for lecture capture, live streaming, digital accessibility, video conferencing, video test proctoring, digital asset management and enterprise accessibility. We have legal headquarters in Delaware with primary U.S. offices in Silicon Valley, California, and Canadian offices in Toronto.

About State Fair Community College

State Fair Community College is a public community college in Sedalia, Missouri, adjacent to the Missouri State Fairgrounds. In addition to the Sedalia campus, there are extended campus locations in Boonville, Lake of the Ozarks, Clinton, Warsaw, and Whiteman AFB. The school enrolled 4,284 students in 2019. The college offers high quality, affordable education to almost 5,000 traditional college-age students and adult learners and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

YuJa Formally Announces Multi-Year Extension with Clarkson College to Provide Lecture Capture and Media Management Capabilities


SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–YuJa Inc., a leader in enterprise media solutions, formally announces a multi-year extension with Clarkson College, a private college located in Omaha, Nebraska, and home to over 1,100 students. Clarkson College maintains an educational partnership with Nebraska Medicine, one of the largest medical campuses in the region.

“YuJa aims to deliver high-quality video experiences with our all-in-one integrated Video Platform,” said Dr. Ajit Singh, Chief Executive Officer at YuJa Inc. “We are committed to providing higher-education institutions like Clarkson College with the essential lecture capture capabilities needed to support a remote learning environment during these unexpected times.”

Prior to the deployment of the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform, Clarkson College implemented various ad-hoc solutions to create content. The Video Platform provides the Clarkson College faculty and staff with a Canvas-integrated video management, campus-wide lecture capture platform, and captioning capabilities. Instructors are also provided on-the-fly recording capabilities as well as a built-in video editor that does not require the use of third-party applications.

Read the full release here.

About YuJa

YuJa is a leader in enterprise video solutions. Our products harness the power of video to educate, engage, inspire and collaborate. We serve organizations of all sizes, within all sectors, including higher-ed, K-12, government, healthcare, non-profit and corporate delivering engaging video experiences. Our portfolio includes products for lecture capture, live streaming, video management, video conferencing, video test proctoring, digital asset management and enterprise accessibility. We have legal headquarters in Delaware with primary U.S. offices in Silicon Valley, California and Canadian offices in Toronto.

About Clarkson College

Clarkson College has not always been a college. Instead, we began in 1888 as a school of nursing—the first in the state of Nebraska. Over more than 130 years, we have established a new campus, expanded our program offerings, and adopted a new name. All the while, we have maintained a commitment to preparing our students to be the best in various realms of health care. This commitment to excellence has and always will remain a defining quality of Clarkson College.

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University of North Dakota Improves the Campus Experience: A User Friendly Software Lecture Capture Solution


Broadly speaking, Lecture Capture can be utilized to provide a handful of software and hardware solutions whether you are looking to capture PowerPoint slides, access various webcams, or record multiple screens. For associate professor Rob Stupnisky at the University of North Dakota, Stupnisky found YuJa to be a user-friendly platform for creating lectures that online learners can access 24/7.

“I’m not an ‘IT’ person; I’m not even that ‘techie’ a person,” said Stupnisky. “But I’ve found YuJa to be really easy to work with. And I like how easily it integrates into Blackboard.”

YuJa Enterprise Video Platform allows users to create and share video-based lecture capture content that can capture multiple videos, audio, and screen sources with a powerful – yet simple – desktop lecture capture software application. As mentioned in the University of North Dakota’s original blog post, Stupnisky placed himself in the shoes of an online student and pictured a student who wanted to establish a real connection with the instructor. By delivering recorded lessons, students can visually see Stupnisky teach are provided a more engaging learning experience. 

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