Creating a system for rich media course libraries


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Creating a system for rich media course libraries

  1. 1. Web Seminar for Higher Education Leaders<br />“Creating a system for rich media course libraries”<br />Megan Stewart Adobe<br />J.D. Solomon<br />Web Seminar Editor<br />University Business<br />Magazine<br />Joseph LabrecqueUniversity of Denver<br />
  2. 2. Joseph Labrecque<br />Flash Platform Developer<br />Multidisciplinary Digital Artist<br />Adobe Education Leader<br /><ul><li>University of Denver
  3. 3. Senior Multimedia Application Developer
  4. 4. Center for Teaching and Learning</li></li></ul><li>University of Denver<br /><ul><li>Oldest and largest private university in the Rocky Mountain region
  5. 5. 5,000+ Undegraduates
  6. 6. 6,000+ Graduates
  7. 7. 600+ Faculty
  8. 8. 3,500+ Classes over a typical Fall Quarter</li></li></ul><li>Center for Teaching and Learning<br />“The mission of the Center for Teaching and Learning is to promote and support a culture at the University of Denver that values and rewards excellence in teaching and learning…”<br /><ul><li>professional development
  9. 9. developing and supporting state-of-the-art technology
  10. 10. innovative teaching project collaboration</li></li></ul><li>DU CourseMedia™ Course Media Management System<br />
  11. 11. Challenges<br />Images<br />Slide projectors become obsolete.<br />Huge library of legacy slides.<br />Only 1 room on can effectively use slides in the manner art history instructors are accustomed to.<br />
  12. 12. Challenges<br />Audio and Video<br />Much of the material we have is either copyright or sensitive/personal and must be secured.<br />Instructors should be able to prepare their own material without an technical engineer present.<br />How can we best capitalize of use of university resources such as disk space and bandwidth?<br />
  13. 13. Challenges<br />Other Digital Objects<br />Instructors want to include personal images and videos in their collections.<br />They also want to have the ability to generate “text slides” to place at appropriate points within their collections.<br />
  14. 14. Solutions<br />We need to…<br />Digitize all slides for online access.<br />Allow experts and curators full control over object metadata records.<br />Expand from images to include audio, video, generated text slides, user contributed materials.<br />Allow *any* metadata schema.<br />
  15. 15. Solutions<br />We need to…<br />Build systems to catalog, manage, and present these digital objects.<br />Build a set of presentation, personal management, and study tools into the system.<br />Empower users to perform all actions without the need for technical expertise.<br />
  16. 16. Solutions<br />ALORA<br />Allows specialized catalogers to create and manage digital objects and also associated metadata.<br /><ul><li>A very few users on campus even really know about ALORA.
  17. 17. These are professionally catalogues, expert resources.
  18. 18. Flexible system allows use of any metadata schema.</li></li></ul><li>Solutions<br />DU CourseMedia™<br />An application that exposed ALORA objects to users.<br /><ul><li>Full set of content management and presentation tools built with teaching and learning in mind.</li></li></ul><li>Solutions<br />Adobe Flash Platform<br />All of our solutions involve Adobe ColdFusion and the Adobe Flash Platform:<br />ALORA: ColdFusion, Flash, Flash Media Server<br />CourseMedia™: ColdFusion, Flash, Flex, AIR, Flash Media Server<br />
  19. 19. Demonstrations<br />Let’s have a look at…<br />The CourseMedia™ Video Clip Editor!<br />The CourseMedia™ Integrated Media Viewer!<br />The CourseMedia™ Projection System!<br />
  20. 20. Benefits<br />Flash Platform Runtimes<br />Tools are reliant on the Flash Platform runtimes only – no need for any specific browser.<br />Since it is based on Flash technology, is totally cross-browser and cross-platform. Saves a lot of testing time!<br />Flash capabilities go far beyond even what is offered by the newest, cutting-edge browsers. <br />
  21. 21. Benefits<br />Flash Platform Runtimes<br />AIR allows extended capabilities beyond simple web browser implementations.<br />This includes interaction with computer hardware and direct access to the file system and native system processes.<br />
  22. 22. Benefits<br />Flash Media Server <br />Protects the materials which have copyright associations.<br />Provides a way for us to even protect image materials. Though not streamed over RTMP – we can use FMS settings to restrict domains and such.<br />
  23. 23. Benefits<br />Flash Media Server <br />Streams are delivered quickly and with little buffering or fuss.<br />Video clips created by users do not replicate file segments and increase storage needs. It is all just metadata!<br />
  24. 24. Benefits<br />Instructors<br />No need to schedule time at a slide library. They can manage all their assets from the office, their home, or wherever.<br />Enhanced presentation tools like the CourseMedia™ Projection System allow total control over the material for classroom lectures.<br />Instructors are encouraged to share and reuse collections and individual objects, reducing course preparation time.<br />
  25. 25. Benefits<br />Students<br />Students can access materials for study anytime they want – any place they have Internet access.<br />Currently looking into the development of study tools using the Flash CS5 Packager for iPhone and AIR 2.5 for Android.<br />Also provides a way for students to organize personal collection which carry over across classes.<br />
  26. 26. Benefits<br />Staff<br />Most all of the management can be handled by system users as they have been empowered to deal with their own materials.<br />Less time managing servers and such. Everything is handled by the system.<br />No hand-holding! Users can easily learn and use the system to do all sorts of stuff at their leisure.<br />
  27. 27. Statistics<br />As of Summer Quarter 2010:<br />ALORA holds 56,000+ fully cataloged objects.<br />Used by 800+ classes and 14000+ students over the past 4 years.<br />Fall Quarter 2010:<br />200+ courses<br />4,500+ users<br />
  28. 28. Thank You…<br />Blog:<br />Twitter: @JosephLabrecque<br />Email:<br />
  29. 29. Q & A Panel Session<br />Megan Stewart Adobe<br />J.D. Solomon<br />Web Seminar Editor<br />University Business<br />Magazine<br />Joseph LabrecqueUniversity of Denver<br />(Please stay tuned following the Q&A session for information about obtaining the slide deck from today’s presentation.)<br />
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