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

 

“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.

 

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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The Value of Zoom Integration with the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform to Manage Zoom Recordings


The Value of Zoom Integration with the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform to Manage Zoom Recordings

 

While many businesses of all sizes continue work-from-home procedures, video conferencing tools continue to play a vital role towards maintaining productivity and communication. As one of the leading providers in video conferencing, Zoom’s daily active user count was up 378% from a year earlier and monthly active users were up 186% according to MarketWatch.

 

The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform is an all-in-one video experience designed to securely create, manage, and share video content across any device. Zoom Connector for syncing meeting recordings enables automated upload of video conferences held and recorded through the Zoom platform.

 

 

Normally, recorded meetings are saved to be disseminated among colleagues, replayed, or stored for reference. As teams continue to work remotely around coronavirus-related developments, the number of recorded meetings are expected to rise. However, due to large file sizes, the process of sharing a meeting recording is unlike that of sharing a regular email. With limited administrative controls over cloud recordings, this limitation can pose a security risk to sensitive recorded assets.

 

 

The Zoom Connector for the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform enables organizations to sync their Zoom meetings recordings into their secure, cloud-hosted YuJa system. With the inclusion of permission settings, Zoom recordings can be disseminated securely and viewed across any device. Sync-ed recordings are also automatically captioned and indexed for improved search-inside-video capabilities.

 

Zoom Integration with the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform allows for:

  • Import Recordings – Import Zoom recordings as playable videos
  • Share Recordings – Share recordings among faculty, colleagues, classes, or groups.
  • Caption & Tag – Supports auto-captioning, metadata tagging, word-clouds, and more.
  • Multi-faced Search – Ability to search specific recordings by user and data ranges.
  • Auto-Link Accounts – Connect a YuJa user to a Zoom user for automatic import of Zoom recordings.
  • Video Editing – Enable multi-stream, non-destructive editing of content for your user’s most essential video and audio editing workflows.
  • Set Permissions – Grant certain individuals specific access to meetings recordings
  • Engagement Analytics – Access to recording viewing and engagement analytics.

 

The Zoom Connector for the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform is available for install in the Zoom Marketplace. If you are an administrator looking to integrate with Zoom, this step-by-step guide will provide instructions on how to enable Zoom Integration in the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform. Once you have successfully completed the integration, users can utilize this additional guide on how to access various integration options, manage users, and manage Zoom meetings.

 

 

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Blended Learning vs. Flipped Classroom


In the world of modern education, modern technology has enabled a number of new learning modalities, including both blended learning and flipped classroom structures. Each of these integrates both online learning and classroom learning, but flipped classroom structures are just one type of blended learning.

  • Blended learning combines both online teaching and instruction and classroom-based instruction. This can take a number of forms. Flipped classrooms are one type of blended learning; however, blended learning could use real-time discussions to supplement classroom time, use video conferences to take the place of some classroom time, or supplement classroom lectures with online learning, like lecture captures.
  • Flipped classrooms are a type of blended learning that takes the traditional lecture online. This provides ample classroom time for other activities, like discussion, hands-on learning, and individual and small-group work. The lesson or lecture portion of the classroom experience occurs predominantly online, while the homework portion of the course is more likely to take place in a group classroom setting.

 

When Is Blended Learning Best?

Blended learning is a flexible option for any college or university with access to lecture capture and video content management tools. Instructors can incorporate as much or as little online learning as they would like into a traditional course. At its most minimal, blended learning might enable students to review lecture capture recordings and ask questions online, while a more intensively blended course might integrate some elements of flipped classroom structures.

Blended learning provides instructors and students with an ideal transition to flipped classrooms, but can also enable traditional classrooms to make use of new tools and technology. This, in particular, facilitates learning for students with special needs, non-traditional students, and others who need extra support. 

 

When Should Instructors Flip their Classes?

A flipped classroom provides students with increased interaction with one another and with an instructor. This can enable improved understanding and engagement for students, as well as improved attendance. Instructors in flipped classrooms can use their in-class time to efficiently meet the needs of their students, to focus on project-based learning, to encourage small and larger group interaction, and to respond to student questions and assist with assignments. 

In addition to providing instructors and students with more in-class time for engagement and discussion, for many instructors, a flipped classroom also means efficient teaching from year-to-year. Lecture recordings can be re-used from semester-to-semester, simplifying instructor preparation for the course. 

 

Starting Early with Blended Learning and Flipped Classrooms

While many people automatically think of colleges and universities, blended learning and flipped classrooms are becoming increasingly popular in K-12 schools. As more schools embrace online learning tools, some even providing students with take-home computers, teachers can expand their options beyond old-school worksheets and can integrate both blended learning and true flipped classrooms into their everyday lesson plans. 

 

 

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What Is a Sustainable Learning Organization?


A sustainable learning organization is one that sets strategic direction, links learning with performance, and works to create a culture of continuous learning at all levels within the organization. Sustainable learning is applicable to nearly all types of organizations, from schools and universities to non-profits and small businesses, to large corporations. Creating sustainability in your organization can provide for increased skill, knowledge, productivity and retention.

 

Characteristics of a Sustainable Learning Organization

 

A number of characteristics define a sustainable learning organization. As with other changes and shifts in corporate culture, sustainable learning is most effective when it is fully supported through all levels of the organization. Employees should all be involved in this process, from the executive staff to the low-level temps.

 

Engaged Senior Leadership

Upper-level management should be clearly engaged in learning activities, alongside employees when possible. If staff-wide training is planned, at least some of your executive team should attend and actively participate. In addition, senior staff should be actively pursuing and acknowledging their own learning activities.

 

Efficient Learning Resources

Provide staff with efficient and accessible learning resources. These should be available and practically accessible in the workplace. When an employee has a question, they should know how to find the answer in a timely manner. This could take the form of printed resources, online training options, video learning, or other staff members.

 

Resource Effectiveness

In order to create a sustainable learning organization, it is essential to track the effectiveness of learning resources. You should be able to assess which staff members are making use of resources and how they are using those resources. For more formal learning opportunities, you should be able to assess understanding. Analytic tools are essential to shaping sustainable learning.

 

Investment in Learning

Creating sustainable learning and growth requires investment in time, money, and staff resources. The need for time to support sustainable learning is critical, and essential for all staff. In practice, this means that the staff needs time to pursue learning, while on the clock. This can be dedicated periods of time or consistent flexibility to support the learning process.

Some portion of your human resources budget should be devoted to continuing education and staff development, as well as to salary resources devoted to staff education and training. Members of your staff should spend time assessing the effectiveness of learning resources, and developing new resources as needed.

In many cases, spending time and money developing a clear resource center incorporating analytics, video learning, documents, and assessment tools can provide organizations with a cost-effective option.

 

Focused Strategy

Organizations require a clear and focused strategy to support sustainable learning at all levels. Performance-oriented goals are ideal to shape strategy. Depending on the type of organization, the metrics may be quite different. In a corporation, those goals could be sales-oriented, while in a non-profit, they might be related to fundraising or other needs.

 

 

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Benefits of Flipped Classrooms


In both k-12 and higher education classrooms around the country, teachers, faculty and administrators are talking about flipped classrooms. In a flipped classroom, the lecture portion of the class takes place outside of the classroom some or all of the time–it becomes homework. Class projects, discussions, and work are completed during class time, facilitating hands-on learning and interactions between students and instructors. 

Why are so many teachers and professors embracing flipped classrooms? Here, you’ll learn more about the benefits of a flipped classroom. When you’re ready to record your first flipped lecture, click here

 

Benefits of the Flipped Classroom for Students

Flipped classrooms benefit students of all ages in a number of ways, from very young children to college students. In a flipped classroom, students have easier access to help, and therefore, are less likely to experience frustration or to have unanswered questions. Flipping a classroom can more effectively meet the needs of different types of learners and students with special needs. Students can watch and re-watch a lecture capture for a flipped classroom if needed.

Student interaction and student-instructor interaction increase when there is more time available and a flipped classroom facilitates deeper subject exploration. When students have more opportunities for hand-on learning and practical application, they are more likely to retain what is learned.

 

Benefits of the Flipped Classroom for Teachers

While the benefits to students may be obvious, instructors also benefit from flipped classrooms. Once a lecture capture for a flipped classroom is recorded, it can be used repeatedly. There’s no need to prepare and present the same lecture content over-and-over again. 

Students arrive in class prepared and with a good understanding of the material, allowing instructors to focus on practical application and deeper understanding. In a flipped classroom, instructors can spend more time with students, meeting their individual needs. This can reduce stress for teachers, and help teachers connect more effectively with both students and parents.

 

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 to make it accessible to their students via computer, tablet or mobile device. 

As more and more k-12 schools embrace technology, many even issuing laptops to their students, flipped classrooms are likely to become more common. 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. 

 

 

 

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Planning Online Mini-Lessons


The traditional online learning format often mimics a traditional classroom learning structure. The instructor creates a relatively long lecture capture, then supports the learning process with discussion questions and assignments. While there are a number of alternatives, one option that works particularly well for both instructors and students is to break longer lectures into video mini-lessons.

 

What Is a Mini-Lesson?

A mini-lesson is simply a self-contained lesson that typically takes around five to 10 minutes; for higher-ed students, you might consider mini-lessons of up to 15 to 20 minutes.  These lessons shouldn’t be just pieces of a longer lesson. 

When you’re taking mini-lessons online, you will create multiple short, self-contained videos, rather than a single, longer video lesson. You can plan these as one-time videos, or in a series of videos to be watched in a set order.

 

Planning Smart Mini-Lessons

When you’re planning a mini-lesson, it’s essential to keep some key components in mind. Some of these are similar to longer lessons, while others may be rather unique to a mini-lesson structure.

  • Include a brief introduction and conclusion, as you would for any other type of lesson.
  • Remember to define terms, even if you have used them in other mini-lessons. This doesn’t need to be an in-depth definition, but should at least provide a quick reminder.
  • Stay focused! When you’re working with a brief format, there’s no time for any additional or unneeded content.
  • Provide structure and context. If one video mini-lesson builds on another, make the order clear to students. 
  • Integrate different approaches. Students learn differently, and mini-lessons are an ideal way to provide different approaches to learning the same material. 
  • Use mini-lessons as a way to answer student questions or respond to student confusion.

 

The Benefits of Mini-Lessons

Mini-lessons offer some distinct advantages for both instructors and students. The first of these is shared; mini-lessons take less time to make and to watch. This can simplify the learning process from both instructors, and acknowledges that many of us have short attention spans!

 

For Learners

Flexibility is frequently essential for online learners; they often have many additional responsibilities. Mini-lessons are quite flexible, and can easily fit into lunch breaks or other short periods of time.

Mini-lessons are particularly mobile-friendly. You’re not likely to watch a video for an hour on your smartphone, but it’s quite practical to spend ten minutes watching a mini-lesson. This makes it simple to fit learning activities in whenever a student has time available. 

Focused lessons can provide increased attention. Students are less likely to become distracted when watching a short, subject-specific video than a longer and more varied one. 

 

For Instructors

Mini-lessons are easy to plan, write, and create. When you have a limited amount of time, it is often easier to produce a focused lesson. Your slide shows are shorter, and there is less temptation to include content that isn’t relevant.

You can experiment when you create mini-lessons. If you’ve been considering trying out new teaching modalities, mini-lessons are an ideal format.

Some instructors find the idea of producing long videos overwhelming. When you break those long lessons into a series of mini-lessons, they can feel much more manageable. 

 

 

 

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Affordable, Market-Leading Alternative to Techsmith Relay


The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform offers a full-featured solution for media capture, organization and management, and both public and user accessibility to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes.

Comprehensive Capture Tools

Media capture tools, including Software Capture and Hardware Capture, provide comprehensive media capture experiences, using on-demand or scheduled recording technology. Mobile capture puts these tools in your pocket to create recordings from any location.

Media capture options:

  • Facilitate quality recording in both small and large spaces, from conference rooms to classrooms.
  • Fully integrate with a variety of tools, including web cameras, microphones, and presentation technology.
  • Offer user-friendly technology, including automated scheduling.

Management and Organization

The Media Library provides storage and organization for all organizational media content, including video, audio, documents, and linked external content. Media may be ingested directly using the available capture tools, but can also be uploaded in a variety of different formats.

Content is securely stored in individual User Collections and can be published to various individual channels to allow controlled or public access.

Sharing Media Content

Media content uploaded to the Media Library may be shared in individual group channels, an internal library available to logged-in users, and through the EnterpriseTube, a publicly accessible channel. Publishing is available to administrators and content owners, and can be made accessible to group members.

User activity and media use can be reviewed through the use of Usage & Analytics by administrators and content owners.

An Alternative to TechSmith’s Relay

With solutions for capture, media management, content accessibility, and analytics, the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform offers a reliable and affordable alternative. The Platform is a market leader, providing a high-quality solution at an affordable price point for organizations of all types. Read more about adopting the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform as an alternative to Relay. 

 

 

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Increasing Employee Engagement with Video


Engaged employees are effective employees. Companies that maintain employee engagement will increase satisfaction, productivity, and retention. In many workplaces, email and print may be overlooked in crowded inboxes, and receive relatively little attention. Video offers an ideal tool to increase employee engagement, and can be especially useful for corporate-wide initiatives, like rebranding or shifts in management style or goals. The same strategies can engage potential customers or investors.

Creating Impactful Video Content

To effectively engage employees or potential clients, video content should be clear, short, and to-the-point. Users may have limited time available, and videos should hold their attention from beginning to end.

  • Keep videos short and on-topic. If a topic is too broad for a short, accessible video, break it into smaller, more manageable chunks.
  • Focus each video on a single topic. Use titles and descriptions to make topics clear to users.
  • Make videos visually interesting. Consider including footage shot on-site, appealing photos, and using presentation software to summarize key point.
  • Share relevant clips from external sources to encourage employee interest.

Developing a Video Channel

Video channels offer substantial flexibility for enterprise applications. Externally available public channels enable companies to share video content with the general public, including customers. Internal channels can be designed to meet the needs of all employees on a global or regional scale, but can also be directed specifically to a particular office, department, or location.

Flexible video content management solutions provide the ability to customize video channels for different and distinct audiences. Users are familiar with and comfortable with online video technology. Watching a video channel is an easy and practical way for users to acquire needed information on an ongoing basis.

The Benefits of Video

For companies of all sizes, video is an effective way to share information with a large number of employees with relative ease. Implementing video programming can reduce the needed investment in employee training, as well as the time involved in providing information to employees. Video is an ideal way to share information with a large audience in a relatively short time.

 

How Video Analytics Impact Learning


Comprehensive media management analytics provide a range of information about storage, bandwidth, video views and use, classes and discussions. While basic video services may provide information about the number of views, an analytics suite provides a range of information to maximize the effectiveness of media content. 

Administrative Use of Video Analytics

Administrators can access all video analytics, across all institutional content. These analytics provide a range of broad insights across the institution about how content creators are creating media content and how they are using media management tools. In addition, analytics make it clear how individual users are using created and stored media content. 

Administrators can use analytics to analyze and understand different aspects of the media management suite, as well as how use has changed over time. Analytics provide administrators with the ability to review and consider video quality, patterns of use,  and to assess the success of media creation programs across the institution.

For administrators and institutions, analytics provide:

  • Information on media and bandwidth use, and how it has changed over time; this is an effective way to see and track results from programs to increase video engagement or media use.
  • The ability to assess individual instructor’s use of media, and the effectiveness of course or media on a class-by-class basis. 
  • The tools required to better understand and improve upon media use by students and instructors. 

Creator Use of Video Analytics

Both administrators and creators can make use of video analytics. Creators have the ability to see their own analytics, including which videos are most watched, and how users are watching individual videos, through a breakdown of student interest. 

In an educational setting, instructors can use analytics to look carefully at how students are engaging in their classes, including the use of discussions, polls and quizzes, and attendance in video conferencing.

For instructors, analytics enable:

  • The ability to assess student understanding of video content. Instructors can look at video hotspots to see where students may have had additional questions or concerns.
  • Easy access to reports of student activity and media use.
  • A practical way to look at and review student participation in the course and media provided for the course.

YuJa’s Usage and Analytics

YuJa’s Usage and Analytics suite provides the following tools to administrators, enabling access to detailed information about media creation and use. The categories of the Usage and Analytics include:

  • A general Overview of analytics.
  • Institution Analytics, including Visitors, Devices and Classes.
  • Storage Usage, by amount of usage and number of objects, as well as on a class-by-class basis.
  • Bandwidth, by institution or class.
  • Users, including information about Top Videos, Active Students and Inactive Students by class or  institution. 
  • Insights on a video-by-video basis.
  • Attendance by class and live stream.
  • Content, by institution or by class, providing information about video views.
  • Groups, with information about discussion, polls and quizzes.
  • Downloadable Reports with information about Storage, Bandwidth, Visitors and Video Views.

The Benefits of HTML5-Based Video Delivery


HTML5 offers widespread benefits for developers and users, including video users. While  Flash video players remain available, the HTML5 Player and HTML5 technology brings the best in modern online video technology to users. Even Facebook has adopted HTML5 technology for streaming and on-demand video.

Benefits for Institutions

While users may see the benefits of HTML5 technology in the user experience, some of the benefits of HTML5 provide institutions with improved functionality and ease-of-use. These institutional benefits include the following.

  • Branding and Customization – HTML5 technology facilitates color customization of the Media Player. 
  • Accessibility – HTML5 offers increased accessibility options and 508 compliance, necessary in today’s world. 
  • Implementation of Mobile Programming – With full playability on a range of devices, HTML5 enables institutions to offer lecture captures and other programming on both computers and mobile devices.

Benefits for Users

Users will notice benefits almost immediately on their end. Many people are familiar with some of the challenges associated with Flash-based media players. HTML5 offers an ideal solution to many of those problems, creating a more versatile and functional video experience.

Users will see all of the following with HTML5.

  • Shorter Loading Times – HTML5 provides a faster and better viewing experience, with reduced buffering times, even for users on slower internet connections.
  • Playability – Since HTML5 technology is browser-based, it works effectively on nearly any system, including Windows, iOS, and Android. Streaming is accessible on both computers and mobile devices.
  • Reduced Battery Drain – Playing video in an HTML5 player requires less battery power, whether the user is streaming video on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone..

YuJa’s HTML5 Player

YuJa’s HTML5 Player offers a versatile, customizable experience for users on computers or mobile devices. The HTML5 Player is available for both single-stream and multi-stream video recordings, and can be branded to match the institution’s colors. Users can easily modify the viewing experience to meet their own needs by resizing windows, expanding or reducing the Sidebar, and toggling thumbnails and captioning on or off. 

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