Deploying a District-Wide Video CMS and Lecture Capture Solution
The college sought video streaming and captioning, which would become a main tool in its journey to becoming ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible, along with video quizzing, recording and conferencing.
Additionally, many students don’t have access to high speed internet. YuJa’s platform accounted for this with adaptive bitrate streaming and the ability to download videos for later viewing.
Another challenge was that Dallas College had 16,000 pieces of content to migrate to the Video Platform and only months to complete the work. “Technology transition can be disruptive, and our goal was to make sure it didn’t interrupt any part of the educational experience, as well as to give faculty confidence that this would help them succeed at a higher level than they had before,” Coleman shared.
About the Client
About Dallas College
Dallas College, formerly the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), is comprised of seven campuses in Dallas County, Texas. Campuses are located in Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland. Dallas College originally operated as a district of seven independently accredited colleges.
“Our faculty has been incredibly impressed with YuJa’s ability to react to their needs for everything from interface to accessibility and its integration with Blackboard.”
As part of the agreement, YuJa and Blackboard are now entirely integrated and faculty have embraced the new toolsets.
“The demand for video quizzing and software stations, which allow faculty to record their screen, camera and voice for upload to the platform, have greatly increased,” Coleman noted. “Because we prepared our staff internally and created a support network, the environment was perfect for the implementation and expansion of YuJa throughout our entire educational environment.”
“Our goal is to make everyone feel like an individual,” Coleman remarked. “We encourage faculty to reach out directly to YuJa for support, and they feel comfortable doing that. YuJa knows us on a personal level and that aspect of our partnership is incredibly important to us.”
Key Outcomes from Video Platform Deployment
There are more than 100,000 individual users within the Video Platform environment, along with more than 25,000 media files.
Like with all higher education institutions, the coronavirus pandemic caused panic among faculty, but with YuJa already in place, the transition to 100,000 plus students learning completely online was seamless. Usage of the Enterprise Video Platform has spiked.
“Before, just those who were interested in using video to complement their teaching did so, but the pandemic exacerbated the use of video and forced a lot of faculty to discover that video is an integral part of teaching and learning,” stated Emilio Ramos, District Director for Instructional Technology, adding that YuJa is being used to record clinicals and all videos are now closed captioned.
The enthusiasm for video has even expanded outside of education at the college, to areas such as student services. Videos have been created and shared on how to write a resume, the importance of a syllabus, applying for jobs and more. “We have a tremendous amount of video, along with animators and others who all rely on YuJa for everything we create,” Coleman stressed. The college also has a cable channel and studio with a talented production team that creates hundreds of videos for faculty, the chancellor, professional development, student services, marketing and more.
“Before, just those who were interested in using video to complement their teaching did so, but the pandemic exacerbated the use of video and forced a lot of faculty to discover that video is an integral part of teaching and learning.”
“All those issues that had become a distraction for students went away with YuJa,” Coleman said. Many students don’t have access to high-speed Internet, so the college distributed tablets to those in need. “It was critical that students be able to access videos on their tablets, and while the tablets are not high-end technology, video with full captions is delivered crisply and clearly.”
Additionally, students are exhibiting confidence in their learning solutions. YuJa has continued its work with the college to make faculty, staff and students successful. “YuJa is unique and stands above many because we truly feel like they’re our partners,” Coleman stated. “Staff will be working remotely the rest of the year, through spring of 2021, and we know we’re ready for it.”
Future Plans With YuJa
Dallas College officials said they’re looking forward to a long partnership with YuJa Enterprise Video Platform.
Ramos said there’s a large constituency of people who speak languages other than English. He sees future technology enabling real-time translation, which will facilitate conversation and learning. “Faculty and students are becoming more global. Some have not set foot in Texas because of various restrictions, and we have to find ways to reach them where they’re at.”