For well over a decade colleges and universities have caught on to the benefits of video in higher education, taking learning beyond lectures and textbooks.
For the areas of academia involving the development of a student’s professional technique, video has been most effective. Pursuits in the areas of medicine, pharmaceutical and veterinary science as well as those fields involving psychology, counseling, communications disorders, and physical therapy benefit (health sciences) from the insight video brings to learning and to those providing the supervision.
As effective as video has been as a learning tool, as institutions got used to it, faculty and students could always spot areas where it could be improved. Here is where video has been, and where it is now…
First, the Camera. Bringing a video camera into the clinic or the treatment room became an eye-opening approach for both students and observational faculty. The ability for both students and their supervisors to objectively review their sessions meant a higher level of understanding. Both could achieve greater progress through the objective information video could provide.
Early digital solutions connected the camera and audio source directly to a PC and capture card. Each camera/microphone combination had a dedicated PC or even simpler a dedicated VCR or DVD player.
Next, the Server. As video became more wide-spread, universities archived video on servers dedicated to each departmental use. Users could retain more hours of video, but for the campus IT departments this meant more to manage and difficult to scale, with costs going up to accommodate these separate systems. There were limitations as how to provide access to the content and how to control access. In other words – security/scalability. So the next logical step has become…
Today, Enterprise Video Observation and Recording Platform. This approach maximizes the benefits of video, providing campus-wide access/recording for both faculty and for students who increasingly bringing their own mobile devices to school with the expectation that they can access content. The enterprise approach to AV event capture means enhanced ability to capture, store and access video while advanced security and permissionscapabilities, which are required under HIPAA, keeps the data secure.
An enterprise video recording and viewing platform means that all departments can take advantage of common infrastructure which reduces costs and deployment times while at the same time reduces both support and management headaches for IT making the solution easier to scale and build out for more departments.