How Texas State Technical College Leverages the YuJa Video Platform’s Robust Features to Improve the Educational Experience Campuswide
A joint committee comprised of several departments began reviewing alternate platforms and learned about the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform through a request for proposal process. “YuJa was a good option. It looked like it would suit our needs, and it really has,” said Sam Rodgers, Lead Software Implementation Specialist.
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Texas State Technical College is a coeducational two-year institution of higher education offering courses of study in technical vocational education. Texas State Technical College contributes to the educational and economic development of the state of Texas by offering occupationally-oriented programs with supporting academic coursework, emphasizing highly specialized advanced and emerging technical and vocational areas for certificates or associate degrees.
“Initially, one of the features that drew me into YuJa was that it is much easier and smoother to share files across departments and with faculty.”
“In our previous platform, video sharing and folder sharing was limited. It wasn’t conducive to trying to unify content,” Dones added. “Initially, one of the features that drew me into YuJa was that it is much easier and smoother to share files across departments and with faculty.”
Some instructors create their own videos, while others lean on the instructional design team to help create content. Instructors have found that embedding quizzes helps with informal assessment before an exam, and increases interaction in the course. “Students can have a presence in a course, even though they may not be on the same campus,” Dones stated.
Rodgers noted that last fall, his team worked with the disabilities department to get sign language interpretation, which required merging two video streams so students could use picture in picture, see sign language, and arrange their video feeds so they can see the sign language interpretations.
The Platform’s tools are easy to use, no matter your level of experience, Dones and Rodgers said. “We’ve had training for faculty and designers. The ease of use makes it so anyone who wants to can catch on quickly and use the platform how they’d like,” Doones shared. “There’s a good variation between advanced and novice uses. You have a basic set of tools, but if you want or need more advanced tools, they’re available to you.”
Both Rodgers and Dones said they’re excited about additional ways YuJa can be used at Texas State Technical College as they continue using the Video Platform.
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