with the Free State Department of Education uses video to augment learning for
83 rural high schools
MADISON, Wis. and BLOEMFONTEIN, FREE
STATE, South Africa — July 7, 2016 — A partnership between Sonic Foundry, Inc.
(NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted global leader for video creation and management solutions and the University of the Free State has
revolutionized academic video delivery to bandwidth-challenged areas in South
The university’s IDEAS Lab, in the Distance Education
department on the South Campus (Previously, ICT Innovation in School Education
Department (ICTISE)) has been using Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite Video Platform
for the past five years to provide video instruction to Free State Department
of Education learners and teachers at 83 rural high schools in the region. More
than 54,000 learners and 3,000 teachers participate in the instruction on a
The university’s IDEAS Lab uses a private Mediasite
network that includes Mediasite Video Platform at the end-point schools to
deliver five hours of daily video lectures from highly-qualified teachers from
around the Free State province. Videos
are created in the central IDEAS Lab studio using Mediasite, and then
automatically distributed to the remote Mediasite end-points via a robust MPLS
VSAT content delivery network.
“Often rural areas present unique bandwidth
challenges, either from a cost or infrastructure limitation, or both. We have
architected Mediasite not just for online environments, but for distributed
video deployments as well. Mediasite has the unique ability to put the content
in front of the right audience using network optimization for viewing in local
schools, while keeping it centrally managed,” said Gary Weis, chief executive officer,
The videos include support for core subjects such as
mathematics, physical science, life science, economics, accounting and
geography; preparation and support for Grade 12 exams and revision; and teaching
development training programs.
The distributed content maintains the benefits of a
centrally-managed, secure and automated Mediasite deployment, including
powerful analytics that measure student and school success.
“We can see what videos schools are viewing and
judge that against how much the school is improving at the end of the day. Although we take a holistic educational
approach, we can definitely see a direct correlation between Mediasite and
success. The more content a school views, the longer they view it and the more
they repeat watching the lessons, the better learning results they have at the
end of the term and the end of the year,” said Edward Musgrave, IT & AV
manager, IDEAS Lab, University of the Free State.
Since the program began in 2011, most school sites
have shown improvement in pass rates, with some schools jumping from 17 percent
to over 96 percent. Learn more about the university’s Mediasite usage at www.sonicfoundry.com/customer/university-of-the-free-state-south-africa/.
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and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of
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