UNITE Distributed Learning: Graduate Science and Engineering Distance Education Academic Technology Advisory Committee Dec...
UNITE Distributed Learning <ul><li>UNITE Purpose and History </li></ul><ul><li>UNITE Process and Technologies </li></ul><u...
UNITE:  Purpose and History  Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
What is UNITE? Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
What is UNITE? <ul><li>“ University-Industry Television for Education” </li></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee De...
UNITE Purpose <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Continuing Education Opportunities for Engineering and Science...
UNITE History <ul><li>Began in 1971 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Initially in partnership with Minnesota companies </li></ul></ul...
UNITE Today <ul><li>Courses Offered: ~ 50 - 60 per semester </li></ul><ul><ul><li>180 hours per week of programming, inclu...
UNITE:  Process and Technology Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
UNITE Process: Faculty POV <ul><li>Lecture format classes taught on campus </li></ul><ul><li>Courses originate from AV-equ...
UNITE Process: Student POV <ul><li>WebVista and UNITE portal interface for each UNITE course </li></ul><ul><li>UNITE stude...
UNITE: Technologies <ul><li>Live Streaming Video Webcast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>QuickTime, 15 fps, 750 Kbps </li></ul></ul>...
UNITE: Technical Details Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008 Canopus Analog to DV Mac Pro Video-On-...
UNITE:  Student Perceptions Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
UNITE Student Survey Results <ul><li>Spring 2007 survey (37.5 % response) </li></ul><ul><li>Demographics  </li></ul><ul><u...
UNITE Student Survey Results <ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primarily from home: 71% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Primary ...
UNITE Student Survey Results <ul><li>Quality of Webcasts and Podcasts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Live streaming video webcasts:...
UNITE Student Survey Results <ul><li>Regular Podcast Users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>95% have viewed at home </li></ul></ul><u...
UNITE:  Trends and Future Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
UNITE Trends and Future <ul><li>Labor-intensive to produce and maintain desired quality  (although technology cost is drop...
UNITE Key Issues <ul><li>Pedagogical </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactions: student-professor, student-student (email, teleph...
Summary and Conclusions <ul><li>“ The availability of delayed video-on-demand webcasts and/or downloadable podcasts … </li...
<ul><li>UNITE website:  www.unite.umn.edu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See “How Streaming Video and Podcasts Work” in left pane <...
 
UNITE Statistics <ul><li>Fall 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Streaming Courses: 37,844 streams (~310 per day) </li></ul></ul><...
Cost to Students <ul><li>Tuition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergraduate/Adult Special: $326.92 per credit </li></ul></ul><ul>...
Cost to Produce <ul><li>Personnel  </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom equipment and installation </li></ul><ul><li>Master Control...
Streaming Courses Server Traffic <ul><li>Hits By Day (Spring-Summer-Fall 2007) </li></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Comm...
Podcast Server Traffic <ul><li>Hits By Day (Spring-Summer-Fall 2007) </li></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee Dece...
Server Access <ul><li>Streaming Hits (Spring-Summer-Fall 2007) </li></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 1...
Contact Information <ul><li>UNITE website:  www.unite.umn.edu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See “How Streaming Video and Podcasts ...
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A presentation to the Academic Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC) at the University of Minnesota about UNITE Distributed Learning, a unit within the University’s Institute of Technology offering distance learning in graduate engineering and computer science. December 2008.

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UNITE Distributed Learning at the University of Minnesota

  1. 1. UNITE Distributed Learning: Graduate Science and Engineering Distance Education Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  2. 2. UNITE Distributed Learning <ul><li>UNITE Purpose and History </li></ul><ul><li>UNITE Process and Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>UNITE Student Perceptions </li></ul><ul><li>Trends and Future </li></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  3. 3. UNITE: Purpose and History Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  4. 4. What is UNITE? Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  5. 5. What is UNITE? <ul><li>“ University-Industry Television for Education” </li></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  6. 6. UNITE Purpose <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Continuing Education Opportunities for Engineering and Science Professionals through Distance Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distance Learning Center for the Institute of Technology at University of Minnesota </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Offerings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate Masters Degree Programs and Courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select undergraduate courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-credit Seminars, Colloquia and Specials </li></ul></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  7. 7. UNITE History <ul><li>Began in 1971 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Initially in partnership with Minnesota companies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Live Television-based courses 1971 to 2006 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twin Cities and Rochester </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited to partner companies via microwave broadcast </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internet-based courses since 1998 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Streaming video since 1998 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasts since 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anytime, anyplace </li></ul></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  8. 8. UNITE Today <ul><li>Courses Offered: ~ 50 - 60 per semester </li></ul><ul><ul><li>180 hours per week of programming, including non-credit “specials” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student Enrollment: ~ 250 per semester </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Working professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Typical age: 22 - 35 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eighty percent from Minnesota/western Wisconsin </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Masters Degrees earned: ~ 35 per year </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Typical time of completion is 4 - 5 years </li></ul></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  9. 9. UNITE: Process and Technology Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  10. 10. UNITE Process: Faculty POV <ul><li>Lecture format classes taught on campus </li></ul><ul><li>Courses originate from AV-equipped classrooms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools for teaching in classrooms built on top of University Office of Classroom Management standard equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professors teach – UNITE Operators coordinate classroom technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Operations staff oversee quality control of all live streams and troubleshoot student difficulties </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supplemental materials distributed to distant students through UNITE administrative staff, course web sites and University-administered IMSs </li></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  11. 11. UNITE Process: Student POV <ul><li>WebVista and UNITE portal interface for each UNITE course </li></ul><ul><li>UNITE students may access lectures three ways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Live streaming video webcasts (~45-second delay) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archived streaming video-on-demand webcasts (available to UNITE students within an hour and to on-campus students after ten days; available for semester) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Downloadable video and audio podcasts (available to UNITE students within an hour and NOT available to on-campus students; available for semester) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UNITE students follow University semester schedule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Homework/exams in sync with on-campus students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interact with faculty through phone, e-mail, UNITE, UMConnect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UNITE Technical Support (live and asynch) </li></ul></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  12. 12. UNITE: Technologies <ul><li>Live Streaming Video Webcast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>QuickTime, 15 fps, 750 Kbps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One Pane, Two Pane, Widescreen versions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Archived Streaming Video-on-Demand Webcast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>QuickTime, 15 fps, 750 Kbps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One Pane and Two Pane versions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Downloadable Podcast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MPEG-4 (video) and mp3 (audio) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Single Pane, Double Pane, Widescreen versions (video) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Play on PCs, iPods, Playstation Portables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS subscription feeds </li></ul></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  13. 13. UNITE: Technical Details Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008 Canopus Analog to DV Mac Pro Video-On-Demand Streaming (single pane) Live Webcast Streaming (widescreen) Video-On-Demand Streaming (double pane) Video-On-Demand Streaming (widescreen) Digital Video FireWire LAN Quicktime Streaming VGA2USB LR VGA Feed from computer USB Analog Video (mixed feed from cameras and VGA scan converter) Canopus Analog to DV Apple Xserve with Broadcaster or Mac Mini Apple Xserve Streaming Server Xserve RAID 10.5 TB Apple Xserve Download Server RSS and downloads for video podcasts (single-pane, double-pane and widescreen) and audio podcasts (processed within Xserv) Xserve RAID 7 TB Analog Video from cameras Digital Video FireWire Quicktime Streaming LAN Live Webcast Streaming (double pane) Live Webcast Streaming (single pane) DVD/Hardrive Recorder
  14. 14. UNITE: Student Perceptions Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  15. 15. UNITE Student Survey Results <ul><li>Spring 2007 survey (37.5 % response) </li></ul><ul><li>Demographics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ages 21 - 30: 73% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pursing Master’s Degree: 75% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Overall Satisfaction: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overall selection of UNITE course offerings: 66% (20% neutral) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overall technical services: 66% (31% neutral) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overall administrative services: 86% (11% neutral) </li></ul></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  16. 16. UNITE Student Survey Results <ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primarily from home: 71% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Primary mode of communication with professor/T.A. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: 87% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Archive/podcast review </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Routinely (once-a-week or more): 15% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Occasionally (once-a-month): 71% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments: clarify/verify concepts, review for exams, more reliable than own notes, to decipher fast-talking professor </li></ul></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  17. 17. UNITE Student Survey Results <ul><li>Quality of Webcasts and Podcasts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Live streaming video webcasts: 66% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archived streaming video-on-demand webcasts: 81% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Downloadable podcasts: 78% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technologies tried / preferred </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Live streaming video webcasts: 73% / 18% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archived streaming video-on-demand webcasts: 73% / 38% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Downloadable podcasts: 58% / 44% </li></ul></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  18. 18. UNITE Student Survey Results <ul><li>Regular Podcast Users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>95% have viewed at home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>45% have viewed at work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>32% while traveling for work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fewer than 1% while commuting to/from work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>40% use RSS feeds (10% tried but prefer to download individually; fewer than 1% tried RSS feeds but cited encountered technical problems as the reason for not using podcast subscription for UNITE courses) </li></ul></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  19. 19. UNITE: Trends and Future Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  20. 20. UNITE Trends and Future <ul><li>Labor-intensive to produce and maintain desired quality (although technology cost is dropping) </li></ul><ul><li>Live access still hampered by bandwidth issues </li></ul><ul><li>Shift away from partner companies </li></ul><ul><li>Course access is shifting from workplace to home </li></ul><ul><li>Broadening geographic base </li></ul><ul><li>Students requesting classes in other graduate areas and undergraduate areas </li></ul><ul><li>Students enrolled in other institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Moving away from WebCT for access </li></ul><ul><li>iTunesU and mLearning (mobile devices) </li></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  21. 21. UNITE Key Issues <ul><li>Pedagogical </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactions: student-professor, student-student (email, telephone, UMConnect for videoconferencing) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment: homework submission, proctoring exams </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bandwidth requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delay for live interaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple OSs, browsers, aggregators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Registration/Student Support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informing and preparing students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Technical Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Navigating the bureaucracy for our students </li></ul></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  22. 22. Summary and Conclusions <ul><li>“ The availability of delayed video-on-demand webcasts and/or downloadable podcasts … </li></ul><ul><li>… make it possible for me to take a course that I otherwise could not have taken.” 60% </li></ul><ul><li>… make it substantially easier for me to take a course than it otherwise would have been.” 28% </li></ul><ul><li>… make it somewhat easier for me to take a course than it otherwise would have been.” 11% </li></ul><ul><li>… is irrelevant to my decisions about which courses to take.” 2% </li></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  23. 23. <ul><li>UNITE website: www.unite.umn.edu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See “How Streaming Video and Podcasts Work” in left pane </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Doug Ernie: 612-625-0581; ernie@umn.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Ron Fitch: 612-626-2332; ronfitch@umn.edu </li></ul><ul><li>UNITE office: 612-624-2332; unite@umn.edu </li></ul>
  24. 25. UNITE Statistics <ul><li>Fall 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Streaming Courses: 37,844 streams (~310 per day) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasts: 7,374 video/258 audio downloads (~60 and ~2 per day); RSS server hits 3,070 by 193 unique visitors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Streaming Specials: 8 events, 45 separate videos </li></ul></ul><ul><li>User Hits Profile </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Streaming: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>66% Windows, 31% Macintosh, 3% other/unknown OS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcast: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>86% Windows, 9% Macintosh, 5% other/unknown OS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2.8% use iTunes as aggregator (rest are web browsers) </li></ul></ul></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  25. 26. Cost to Students <ul><li>Tuition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergraduate/Adult Special: $326.92 per credit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate: $870.50 per credit (6 or fewer credits) $5223.00 flat rate (7 or more credits) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UNITE fee: $150 per credit </li></ul><ul><li>Departmental fees apply </li></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  26. 27. Cost to Produce <ul><li>Personnel </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom equipment and installation </li></ul><ul><li>Master Control/Operations </li></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008
  27. 28. Streaming Courses Server Traffic <ul><li>Hits By Day (Spring-Summer-Fall 2007) </li></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008 <ul><li>Hits Throughout Year (Spring-Summer-Fall 2007) </li></ul>
  28. 29. Podcast Server Traffic <ul><li>Hits By Day (Spring-Summer-Fall 2007) </li></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008 <ul><li>Hits Throughout Year (Spring-Summer-Fall 2007) </li></ul>
  29. 30. Server Access <ul><li>Streaming Hits (Spring-Summer-Fall 2007) </li></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008 <ul><li>Podcast Hits (Spring-Summer-Fall 2007) </li></ul>
  30. 31. Contact Information <ul><li>UNITE website: www.unite.umn.edu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See “How Streaming Video and Podcasts Work” in left pane </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Doug Ernie: 612-625-0581; ernie@umn.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Ron Fitch: 612-626-2332; ronfitch@umn.edu </li></ul><ul><li>UNITE office: 612-624-2332; unite@umn.edu </li></ul>Academic Technology Advisory Committee December 17th, 2008

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