The past nine months have had our office researching and testing various pieces of equipment and putting together both an audio and video capturing system for our university. We have a few pieces of infrastructure in place, but needed to find the right tools to come along side what we have to integrate and serve both the faculty as well as students. The next few posts will expand on each piece, what we found out and why we integrated each piece. We’ll list pros and cons, and offer any advice to others who are where we’ve been. To get a baseline of what our infrastructure is, I’m going to list what was already in place. We’ll then regularly begin to profile each piece.
We currently are running the latest version of Blackboard (7.3). Every course in our university, whether it be on main campus, a regional site, or online, gets a Blackboard course shell. We needed to find a way to deliver rich media through Blackboard. This aids in adoption by faculty who are already familiar with Blackboard. It also aids in adoption by students for the same reason.
After researching other alternatives to rich media delivery, we settled on iTunes U. This will be the first profile on our discovery and decision to use this platform. Having these two non-negotiables, we needed to figure out a way to make iTunes U work with Blackboard, and create a workflow with equipment that would make sense and be easy on budget. We think we’ve found it. And the next few weeks we’re going to show you.