About the Client
About Madison Area Technical College
Madison Area Technical College (MATC) is a public technical and community college located in Madison, Wisconsin. Founded in 1912, MATC has offered educational opportunities to a wide variety of students with varying educational needs for more than 100 years. Students can earn an associate degree, technical diploma or a certificate in more than 150 programs.
“Accessibility is one of the big features that drew us to YuJa’s products. Because instructors are often time-strapped, auto-captioning and tagging have proven to be well-used tools.”
As the committee searched for the right product, Leo said there was an immediate attraction to YuJa. “The Video Platform was so compelling, not only compared to what we were coming from, but also what was available in the marketplace,” he stated. “It was night and day, competitively speaking.”
In addition to features like in-line video quizzing, engagement analytics and gradebook synchronization, YuJa offers “accessibility, accessibility, accessibility,” Leo emphasized.
Teachers have expressed gratitude at having automatic closed captioning and lauded that they also can get a transcript, which benefits students in a number of ways. In one instance, Jochman said there was a student whose hours of study were from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Instructors also appreciate the ease in which they can embed questions in videos, those questions are scored and uploaded into the gradebook. Inline commentary adds a human voice to student feedback, helping them understand an instructor’s comments about their work.The inline video quizzing tool quickly became popular, as has the ability to use a cell phone to create video close-ups that otherwise might not have been possible.
“Having a script rather than listening to audio created a much better learning experience for her.”
Jochman said that through supporting faculty, students have benefitted. The Center for Excellence in Teaching in Learning has started creating step-by-step instructions for using technology based on which format students prefer to use. “Implementation has been very successful. YuJa adds dimension, allowing students to hear and see one another, interact in presentations and use ready-made tools as part of their educational process,” Jochman shared.
One heavily used aspect is CETL’s response to faculty when they have questions. The institution has developed a repository of two to three-minute-long instructional videos to get staff started down the right path. CETL also is working with Human Resources and the Continuing Education programs to create training modules.
“Wherever instructors go, they can access and create content on-demand from anywhere, without having to wrestle with embed codes. It follows teachers wherever they’re at, making recording lessons with any device not only possible, but easy.”
Integrating the Video CMS with Blackboard
Integration with Blackboard, the college’s Learning Management System, has been “effortless,” Jochman said, and has decreased the learning curve for users because of its ease of use. “The learning curve is so short. You can just take off and use any of the tools with little training,” Leo said. He added that Single Sign-on integration is painless and problem-free.
“The storage parameters in YuJa are phenomenal, scalable, and so much more cost effective for the college.”
“We work with a lot of vendors, some of which don’t provide answers or return tickets without helping. But we don’t think twice before sending something to YuJa’s support team.”
The Future With YuJa
Madison Area Technical College administrators, faculty and staff are excited about the college’s future with YuJa. In fact, the creation of VR (virtual reality) content is already underway in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. They’re also looking forward to taking advantage of 360-degree video, leaning more heavily on YuJa’s storage solutions, and are considering more ways to integrate tools such as Webex.