Deploying a Lecture Capture Solution at a Private Health Sciences College
About the Client
About Clarkson College
Clarkson College is a private, accredited, non-profit college in Omaha, Nebraska, that was founded in 1888 as the first school of nursing in the state. Over more than 130 years, the college has been established at a new campus, expanded its program offerings and adopted a new name, all while maintaining a commitment to preparing students to be the best in various realms of health care.
“Faculty and staff have figured out how to use the YuJa recorder and embed it on the Canvas page, which has made the process easier for everybody.”
Instructors and students have been pleased that videos uploaded through YuJa’s video platform play and function well across different platforms. “It has been huge for us,” Varguez shared. “Before, some faculty were using different programs that would only play if students had the right browser and connection speeds, which isn’t ideal.”
Auto-captioning is popular not only because of how quickly captions are generated, but because they can make a video more accessible to students with visual impairments or a preference to read captions to facilitate their learning. “The ability to auto-caption was one of the most important considerations in our selection process,” Varguez said. He added that since launching the video platform three years ago, auto-caption accuracy has improved significantly and punctuation has been added for clarity. If a student has accommodations that require closed captioning to be more accurate, it’s easy for the instructor to outsource captioning to a third-party service through YuJa’s Video Platform.
Faculty can deliver lectures in a timely manner, and instructors understand how to create videos that can be saved to their video archive for later use. When the pandemic hit, Clarkson College faculty found that they already had training and tutorials to help them deliver coursework online. “We already knew the software and could build on our knowledge base,” Varguez remarked, “We were lucky that many faculty had already been teaching online courses, so it wasn’t difficult to transition to a semi-online format.”
Because of the flexibility offered by YuJa’s products, faculty no longer have to rely on Varguez’s department to be open for them to create and manage lectures. Instructors can record lectures from anywhere without the need to visit the CTE to record and process their videos. “This was a big win for us. It’s changed the way faculty plan, create and process lectures,” Varguez noted.
Instructors also appreciate the in-video quizzing and captioning YuJa’s Video Platform facilitates. Before, it was cumbersome and time consuming for teachers to record their videos and then type the accompanying transcript. “With YuJa, they don’t have to,” Varguez shared. “Some instructors like to have a script, but others speak better extemporaneously. Either way, YuJa can auto-caption and save them a lot of time.”
“The ability to auto-caption was one of the most important considerations in our selection process.”
The CTE also creates weekly 60-second videos to help faculty best use services the college offers. If there are a number of support tickets surrounding a topic, they’ll use YuJa’s Video Platform to create a quick video that addresses the concerns. “When we see instructors struggling, we create a video, put it in YuJa and share it very easily. It’s a nice way to create and distribute media efficiently,” Varguez stated.
“The YuJa team is always working on something amazing, and the more innovation they create, the more faculty will be sold on the product.”
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