#COVID-19: How Instructors are Using the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform for Remote Learning


Amidst the wake of an unprecedented pandemic, many instructors are working to adapt in remote locations using cameras and webcams to ensure that educational workflows remain uninterrupted. Experts say that students are expected to attend online courses as late as the end of the spring semester.

 

Fortunately, modern solutions such as the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform provide instructors the ability to simultaneously live stream and record class lectures, host office hours, and hold meetings at the touch of a button. Requiring only a webcam and microphone, recording video is easier than ever and instructors can ensure that class is still in session as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Tackling Coronavirus: How Instructors are Using the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform for Remote Learning

 

1. Lecture Capture

 

 

The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform offers a comprehensive lecture capture portfolio that can be used for small faculty-specific deployments or multi-campus university system-wide deployments. Our easy-to-use lecture capture system supports flipped class micro lessons and multi-stream presentation capture. Instructors can also present naturally across all their presentation material including video, audio, slides, document cameras, smartboards, and more. Integration with your existing Learning Management System (LMS) even allows content creators to seamlessly upload their recorded content directly within their respective LMSs.

 

 

2. Video Conferencing

 

 

With YuJa Video Conferencing, instructors can host small groups, large lectures and remote office hours. The real-time whiteboard feature enables participants to draw and annotate within a live Video Conference session ideal for one-on-one office hours, small group collaborations, and large-scale video conferencing. If you are designing a 3D model, sharing slides, or editing a document, students can even see what is being presented on your desktop and follow your on-screen actions through their own screens.

 

 

3. Active Learning

 

The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform offers various solutions to promote active learning within a remote learning environment. Liven up your video quizzes by combining video quizzes with instructive in-video prompts and time-based supplementation information. Enable your students to create recordings of presentations, projects and other work with high-quality, flexible and versatile tools. Students can also access recording tools, share recordings with their class, or securely submit recordings to an instructor without the need for a third-party application. These various features offer learners multiple ways to enhance their learning experience and stay engaged while viewing online content.

 

 

 

 

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Meet YuJa at UBTech 2017 and Learn about the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform


SAN JOSE, Calif., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Meet the YuJa team at the upcoming UBTech 2017 conference in Orlando, FL at Booth #215. We will be exhibiting between June 12 – 13, 2017.

YuJa Corporation will showcase the full YuJa Enterprise Video Platform including the latest in digital asset management, scalable video management, video transcoding, lecture capture tools, virtual classrooms, as well as, mobile and social learning applications.

YuJa’s team looks forward to meeting with both current and potential customers at UBTech 2017 to present new video technology solutions that maximize accessibility and engagement for students. The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform provides a cost-effective, user-friendly, and adaptable solution for institutions delivering effective in-classroom, distance learning, flipped classroom, and hybrid learning models.

UBTech 2017 brings together professionals in the fields of instructional technology, AV integration, campus IT, and active learning to provide a vibrant and exciting educational and collaborative opportunity at the primary technology geared toward the higher education market.  Sessions are available to meet a range of interests, skill levels, and learning styles. UBTech attendees include CIOs and CTOs, IT and AV directors, network directors, technologists, university presidents and vice-presidents, chief business officers, CFOs and registrars.

About YuJa
YuJa Corporation powers enterprise video everywhere. Our Enterprise Video Platform empowers education enterprises of all sizes – higher-ed, K-12 and corporate – to deliver media-centric learning experiences including lecture capture, live streaming, media management, video conferencing, and immersive social & mobile learning tools. We have U.S. offices in sunny Silicon Valley, California and Canadian offices in Waterloo and Toronto.

Reaching and Retaining New Students with Lecture Capture Technology


banner-students-learning-medium Lecture capture technology is rapidly becoming an industry standard in higher education. Students expect access to their lectures, and many instructors are embracing new options offered by lecture capture technology. While lecture capture technology benefits all of your students, it can play a significant role in helping students to start their years in higher education successfully. A successful freshman year increases your freshman retention rate, and helps your students on a path to graduation. YuJa offers a variety of solutions to support freshman success on and off campus, and help you to bring those students back the following year. Freshman retention rates are impacted by:
  • Accurate student perceptions of the institution and education experience.
  • Successful acclimation programs for incoming students.
  • Appropriate continuation of financial aid packages.
  • Academic success.
While YuJa can’t help your financial aid department, lecture capture technology offers the ability to provide students with an accurate depiction of your institution, support student acclimation and encourage academic success among incoming freshmen. Not too many years ago, students were told that one in three wouldn’t return. Today, smart institutional policies can drop that number to one in ten students for a freshman retention rate of as much as 90 percent. hudson

Show Your School

Students often make their college decisions based on publicity materials and campus tours. They may accept their admission without ever having seen the inside of a classroom on your campus, or even met an instructor. Lecture capture technology offers you the opportunity to change this. With YuJa’s Media Library, you can choose to make some classroom lecture captures public. This allows incoming students to watch lecture captures of their courses. They can see how the instructors teach, what the classroom experience looks like, or even if they’d be interested in distance learning or online classes.

Acclimate Your Students

The transition from high school to college is a difficult one for many students. It’s very often  the first time away from home, without mom and dad’s rules, and the first time they have to develop self-discipline, motivation and other skills. Successfully acclimating new students to the college experience is key to both retention and their overall academic success. With YuJa, you can:
  • Offer incoming freshmen Real-time Discussion Groups to get to know one another.
  • Create easy-to-use introductory videos to illustrate campus offerings or teach college survival skills, from dorm cooking to study skills.
  • Encourage new students to use video Office Hours to connect with instructors, campus mentors, or support staff.
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Encourage Academic Success

Lecture capture provides students with a valuable study and review resource–especially when their own note-taking abilities and listening skills may still be developing.
  • New students don’t need to worry about missing key components in a lecture when they can go home and re-watch the lecture on a computer or mobile device.
  • Easy access to course readings, syllabi, and PowerPoint presentations provides students with the ability to access course materials from their smartphone, reducing organizational challenges.
  • Social learning supports students in their efforts. They can connect with one another and help each other to learn.
  • Video lecture captures can accommodate a variety of learning challenges and different learning styles with both auto and external captioning services, audio podcasts and written transcripts.
 

YuJa Enables Affordable Lecture Capture


small-classroom-lectureLecture capture is an essential technological tool for instructors and students; however, a comprehensive capture system can be a substantial investment. YuJa’s smart lecture capture tools enable the integration of this key instructional technology at an affordable price. With lecture capture in high demand by students, YuJa offers affordable solutions to meet your lecture capture needs. YuJa recognizes the investment you have already made in technology to supplement learning in the classroom. That’s why our lecture capture tools are designed to work with what you have. YuJa is fully LTI compliant, allowing for easy integration into your LMS, and is designed to work with the hardware you already own. With YuJa, you can choose from two different options. Both fully integrate with existing classroom technology,  like your SmartBoard, reducing additional investments in lecture capture. You may already have the cameras and microphones you need.
  1. Appliance-based lecture capture uses a plug-and-play device to record, livestream, capture and upload your classroom lecture. The appliance is easy to install, and makes lecture capture simple for instructors. Appliance-based capture works especially well in your larger lecture halls and classrooms.
  2. Software-based lecture capture requires only a podium computer or the instructor’s own laptop computer. While the appliance equips a classroom for lecture capture, software-based solutions can work in any classroom, small or large.
Both of YuJa’s options for affordable classroom lecture capture include the following features:
  • Automated or on-demand recording.
  • Course livestreaming and upload to the YuJa cloud.
  • Auto-captioning and searchability.
  • Full mobile compatibility.
File storage in the YuJa cloud is included in your lecture capture package. Your files are available and accessible both through a livestream and as soon as they’re uploaded to the cloud. Once in the cloud, classroom files remain accessible and available–instructors can even use them for other classes at a later date! Cloud-based storage limits your storage expenses, as well as the staff needed to maintain both the files and hardware. YuJa’s lecture capture technology is only one part of a complete connected classroom experience. Lecture capture is supplemented by multimedia discussion forums, web capture, file sharing and video collaboration tools.

LTI Compliant Lecture Capture


LTI Compliance allows you to make YuJa accessible to all of your students and their devices.

LTI Compliance allows you to make YuJa accessible to all of your students and their devices.

Maximize the effectiveness of lecture capture technology by choosing a lecture capture system that fully integrates into your campus learning management system or LMS. LTI stands for Learning Tools Interoperability and is a set of specifications designed to make it simpler to bring technology to your faculty and students.  Learning tools interoperability allows third party tools to communicate with and work within the structure of a complaint LMS, without the addition of special applications. LTI integration simplifies the process of faculty lecture capture integration, as well as student access to lecture capture files.  LTI compliance increases the value of your investment in classroom technology, both in terms of your LMS and your lecture capture technology. YuJa is fully LTI compliant, making installation and access simple for users.

How Does YuJa Integrate with Your LMS?

YuJa relies upon LMS integration modules designed for common and widely used learning management systems. For instance, for the well-known Blackboard Learn, you can use the YuJa Building Block to connect YuJa to your Blackboard LMS. Since YuJa is LTI compliant, it meets the necessary specifications to integrate with other compliant LMS systems without specifically designed technology. Essentially, LTI compliant lecture capture makes lecture capture technology accessible and available through the LMS your faculty and students already know and use. The installation process is surprisingly easy! Each LMS allows you to allow LTI tool providers; YuJa is an LTI tool provider. You’ll input YuJa’s provider domain, as well as a tool provider key and tool provider secret. This information will be provided by your YuJa support representative. Since YuJa is fully LTI compliant, there’s minimal employee time required to complete full LMS integration. Integrating YuJa into your LMS is a task for your IT department, but once it is in place, faculty can easily make YuJa available to students directly through the LMS. LTI integration makes the use of lecture capture technology seamless, both for instructors initiating capture in their classrooms and students who need to view lecture capture videos. Instructors simply need to make the YuJa tool available to their students through the course console. YuJa will then be available to instructors and students through the course menu. linkyuja

What LTI Compliance Offers

LTI compliance makes it simple to access the features of YuJa, but offers a number of other advantages to users of both your LMS and YuJa.
  • Integrate student information, including access rights, directly into YuJa from your LMS.
  • Single sign on to the LMS and YuJa.
  • Information from the LMS automatically transfers to YuJa, making set up simple.
  • Create seamless access to lecture capture video.
  • Offer instructors multiple lecture capture options, including the YuJa appliance, YuJa software interface and YuJa web capture available through the familiar LMS.
   

Preparing Your Students for the World: The Benefits of Collaboration


 

Collaborative learning isn’t only essential for the modern classroom, but also for the modern workplace. In introducing online social learning, you’re not only improving student outcomes and retention, but also providing essential skills necessary for students’ futures as employees, managers and employers.

According to Cornell University, “Collaborative learning is based on the view that knowledge is a social construct. Collaborative activities are most often based on four principles:

  • The learner or student is the primary focus of instruction.
  • Interaction and “doing” are of primary importance
  • Working in groups is an important mode of learning.
  • Structured approaches to developing solutions to real-world problems should be incorporated into learning.”

This collaborative learning approach carries from the classroom directly into the office, creating individuals capable of working effectively, working together, and solving workplace problems as a team. It encourages cooperation, communication, and makes the best of each person’s strengths.

YuJa integrates each of these aspects of collaborative learning into the connected classroom environment. Each learner or student has the opportunity to actively participate in the classroom experience. Access to file uploads, shared video chats, and multimedia discussion forums allow students to work in groups, to interact, and to make active progress on course work. YuJa makes it easy to allow students to problem-solve together, within the subject matter of a given class. For students in brick-and-mortar classrooms, the social learning environment improves access to and opportunities for collaboration, but for those students who are exclusively online learners, YuJa provides a rare opportunity to learn collaborative skills.

Students that graduate prepared to work effectively in a collaborative environment are desirable employees. They have already learned to function well as one part of a learning team and can easily translate those skills into the workplace. The communication skills, etiquette and cooperation mastered at YuJa will take each of your students from the classroom to the office with grace and ease.


“Collaborative Learning-Group Work.” Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence. Web. Accessed on 27 April, 2015.

The Benefits of Social Learning with Students


small-classroom-lecture YuJa offers a practical and easy way for instructors to engage with students, using familiar social media tools. The “Connected Classroom: extends beyond lecture capture to engaging and interactive multimedia discussion forums, video podcasting, the creation of learning channels and much more. While YuJa facilitates interaction between instructors and students, it also encourages student interaction and collaboration.

Brief Introduction to Social Learning

Social learning isn’t about Facebook and Twitter, it’s about engaging students in an immersive learning experience:
  • Shared audio and video.
  • Podcasts, both audio and video.
  • Discussion forums.
  • Shared files and presentations, including PDF or PowerPoint files.

Why Should You Incorporate Social Learning?

Social learning resonates with a generation familiar and already engaged with social media. More than 80 percent of young adults, between 18 and 29, already make use of some form of social media. Including social media as part of the classroom experience actively meets the students where they are, relying upon familiar contexts to encourage learning unfamiliar material. Since the majority of students are familiar with these tools, they adapt easily to using them as part of the learning environment. Additionally, since YuJa incorporates varied forms of social media interaction in a self-contained environment, it allows those students who may not make use of Twitter or other common social media to engage in an educational setting and incorporate these tools into their learning processes.

The Benefits of Social Media for Students

The use of social media encourages an engaging and collaborative space for students and instructor, promoting higher levels of student engagement in the learning process. Higher levels of student engagement result in positive student learning outcomes, including both critical thinking skills and improved student achievement and academic success (Carini, Kuh, & Klein, 2006). Through the use of social media, students develop improved relationships with instructors and one another, increase their understanding of the subject matter in the class, and create a virtual student community with the ability to assist and support one another (Fewkes & McCabe, 2012). The integration of social media into the classroom, as with YuJa’s connected classroom, promotes collaboration and community among students, helps them to learn to work together and encourages an enterprise video style. The use of information technology by students, in any form, is associated with improved student outcomes and academic achievement (Nelson, Laird and Kuh, 2005). Social media allows you to share information technology with students outside the classroom. This includes lecture captures and video podcasts, but also other online resources, including files and media. For students, the use of social media tools provides:
  • Increased student engagement.
  • Positive learning outcomes.
  • Improved relationships with faculty and peers.
  • Higher academic achievement.
By opting for an academic setting, like YuJa, for social media interaction among your students, you limit the potential for off-topic discussion and can easily monitor conversations and keep discussions focused and on-topic. With increasing concerns about cyber-bullying and inappropriate internet behavior, the use of a single, focused social media platform is a practical way to maintain student conduct. Convenient tools, including video quizzes and polls, make it simple to track student understanding and increase social media participation.
  Carini, R. M., Kuh, G. D., & Klein, S. P. (2006). Student engagement and student learning: Testing the linkages. Research in Higher Education, 47(1), 1-32. doi: 10.1007/s11162-005-8150-9 Fewkes, A. M., & McCabe, M. (2012). Facebook: Learning tool or distraction? Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 28(3), 92-98. Nelson Laird, T. F., & Kuh, G. D. (2005). Student experiences with information technology and their relationship to other aspects of student engagement. Research in Higher Education, 46, 211-233. doi: 10.1007/s11162-004-1600-y Tarantino, K., McDonough, J. & Hue, M. (2013). Effects of Student Engagement with Social Media on Student Learning: A Review of Literature. The Journal of Technology in Student Affairs. Summer 2013. Web.

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