Streaming High Quality Mobile Video… A Conversation and Some Code! Very informative presentation by Dean Blackstock, PennState, World Campus addressing the technical challenges of delivering high quality video to students in the educational environment. Can’t wait to check out the link he provided to the code he has created!

Here are my notes:

Kaltura (third party vendor) Integrated w/D2L (Note to self: need to learn more about this!)

Wowsa server

New Flash media server 4.5 added support for iOS

Progressive vs Streaming

– copyright issues
– everyone gets same video file regardless video
– streaming needed full length feature film
– metrics not consistent because video is downloaded

– improved navigation
– allows scrubbing
– live videos
– varying bit rates – detects users bit rate needs (has mobile version)

Http streaming enabled
– just-in-time packager
– flash for desktop/laptop browsers
– HTML 5 fallback for iOS
– Security – embed code won’t be read from other server

Student watching behavior
– Students watch only 4 to 8 minutes at a time

– outdated plugins, JavaScript disabled
– secure networks (can trick user into thinking it is just a web page) New server does testing of ports for you

– iOS – web, mpeg4, JW player

– no indication that there’s info below the fold

Bug in IE7 – click twice on Flash player

Mobile example
– Free JW player
– traditional web server

Paste Google Analytics identifier

Flash player not supported, flash media server is supported, will change name to adobe media player, HTML 5 standard has not been adopted yet


Amazing presentation by Dale Suffrage of Kennesaw State University called Improving the Connection with Online Students: Through Introductory Videos and Weekly Update Videos. I am now very inspired to try using my smart phone to do weekly update videos for the classes I’m embedded in. I think this would be a great way to connect with students.

Intro videos
– connect with the instructor
– get to know your voice
– set stage for text based
– you-specific, not class specific
– sets tone for experience
– visualize
– unique to the person
– talk about hobbies
– ask for something you need on YouTube
– bring out personality
– hold up photos
– doesn’t matter what you say, it matters how you say it
– share personal things that you feel comfortable saying
– short and to the point
– clothing: what says you?
– setting: your co-star
– not in office, around campus is good

Weekly update videos

– replace housekeeping emails
– usually unedited
– natural relaxed conversation
– Romper Room magic mirror
– tangible sense of a personal connection
– most rewarding setting for student to hear name
– iPhone camera
– send to YouTube, unlisted, publish, tell a friend, send to email, 4:22 minutes
– shooting within your life
– record from webcam
– keep it short and to the point!
– don’t put weird tags
– don’t script but do outline
– backlit= bad