Supporting On-Demand E-Reserves for Non-Print Educational Media

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Paper presented at the World Conference on Education al Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (ED-MEDIA) in Vancouver, BC, Canada in June 2007

Paper presented at the World Conference on Education al Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (ED-MEDIA) in Vancouver, BC, Canada in June 2007

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  • 1. Supporting On-Demand E-Reserves for Non-Print Educational Media: Design, Development, Implementation, and Conclusions Oscar Retterer Director, Academic Technology Services Franklin & Marshall, Lancaster, PA USA
  • 2. Results Online http://edisk.fandm.edu/oscar.retterer/edmedia2007/
  • 3. Franklin & Marshall • Four-year, liberal arts college • Lancaster, PA USA • 2000 students, 190 faculty • Instructional technology staff - 4 FTE
  • 4. Instructional Support Media Distribution • File/web services for courses - 1990s • LMS - Blackboard - 2000 • Classical.com pilot - 2002
  • 5. AVOD Project Goal to explore feasibility and ramifications of supporting on- demand online titles for audio and video
  • 6. Challenges • Technical (hardware, software) • Workflow (encoding, streaming, support) • Intellectual Property (Copyright, Fair Use DMCA, TEACH Act)
  • 7. Options • License media for on-demand access - Video Select • Vendor-supplied solutions - Films Media Group • Out-source solutions - encoding, hosting • In-house solutions
  • 8. AVOD eReserves Project Funding Start-up Budget $6000.00 Hardware and software Additional Expenses $1000.00 extra drive space for storage
  • 9. AVOD eReserves Project Duration Phase One Research and Development 2004-2005 Phase Two Small scale pilot and evaluation 2005-2006 12 faculty, 350 students, 22 courses
  • 10. AVOD eReserves Technology • Apple Macintosh (G5) • OSX Server (10.3) • QuickTime/Darwin Streaming • LDAP Authentication Module
  • 11. AVOD eReserves How it works 1. Encoded media added to Course on Server 2. Reference Movie added to Course site Blackboard or eDisk 3. Upon selection, student is authenticated 4. Stream begins in QuickTime Player
  • 12. AVOD eReserves Demo
  • 13. Questions • Faculty-Student interest • Technical feasibility • Media Preparation • Scalability issues • Policy issues • Future issues
  • 14. Conclusions Online course reserves for audio and video are a useful and important service for some faculty on our campus at this time. As online access to digital audio and video becomes more widespread and such behavior becomes more practiced, interest and demand will likely increase. However, the technical and staff resource requirements to support, sustain, and scale such a service are not trivial. As we have learned from other supported on-demand services, there are real costs to any realized benefits.
  • 15. Conclusions • Option 1: Don't offer the service at this time • Option 2: Outsourcing • Option 3: Limited Video Services • Option 4: Audio-only Services • Option 5: Freeze the project and delay the decision • Option 6: Full-scale implementation
  • 16. Results Online http://edisk.fandm.edu/oscar.retterer/edmedia2007/