“With our previous vendor, we were paying for storage. We were paying for auto-captioning, and we were paying to send out captioning. There were a lot of additional charges, and we were essentially using it as a repository,” MacDonald explained. “When our contract ended, I started looking for other companies that could provide us with a more comprehensive solution.”
MacDonald stumbled across YuJa, and after a demonstration, she said she realized “we would get far more bang for our buck.”
About the College
About SUNY Corning Community College
One of the community colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Corning Community College is a public community college in Corning, New York. It was initiated in 1957 and moved to its Spencer Hill campus in 1963. This two-year college serves three counties: Steuben, Chemung, and Schuyler.
SUNY is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, with 64 institutions that includes research universities, academic medical centers, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, colleges of technology and an online learning network.
“We were paying for storage. We were paying for auto-captioning, and we were paying to send out captioning. There were a lot of additional charges, and we were essentially using it as a repository.”
Faculty expressed interest in video editing software and have enjoyed using the editor, adding quizzes to videos, and seeing reports afterwards. “They can see if students watched the whole video, or did they just jump to the quiz?,” MacDonald said. MacDonald added she personally loves that storage is unlimited, auto-captioning happens automatically, and migration was made simple with very few snags along the way.
SUNY Corning’s tutoring center uses YuJa to provide workshops and instructional guides for students. Staff create videos for topics such as how to add or drop classes, how to complete various financial aid forms, and other frequently asked questions. Instructors and staff use YuJa to create voice overs and add annotations to PowerPoint presentations.
YuJa’s built-in accessibility features have also proven beneficial for accessibility services on the campus. In one instance, a student had a personal note-taker to help them capture notes in class. The instructor speaks quickly, so the note taker was having difficulty capturing what the student needed.
MacDonald showed the student that they could simply create an audio recording during the lecture, upload the file into YuJa, and automatically get the full transcript. “This made the student so much more comfortable and really helped boost their confidence in class,” MacDonald said. The student could then add their own notes to the transcript and has seen their grade in that course improve.
SUNY Corning Initiates Systemwide Agreement
MacDonald said she feels so strongly about YuJa that she recommended a systemwide SUNY agreement, which has since been approved. “YuJa is fabulous,” she concluded. “If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t have recommended it to 63 partner SUNY institutions.
The agreement enables any school in the system to license YuJa’s software to have access to the full set of features and tools, along with streamlined implementation and guaranteed low pricing. A number of SUNY’s institutions have already implemented one or more solutions from YuJa’s suite of ed-tech products.
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