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Streaming Deployments in Higher Education at SM West, 2014

By: Todd Stabley

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I attended Streaming Media West in Huntington Beach, CA this month and got a chance to brag about DukeStream and DukeCapture there on a panel called Streaming Deployment Architectures in Higher Education. The session Moderator was Chris Knowlton, Vice President and Streaming Industry Evangelist for Wowza Media Systems, and the panel included representatives from USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, Berklee College of Music, and UC Riverside. The video for the session was just posted and is available below, and I’m planning to post more information about the conference in the coming weeks.

I was intrigued that of all the schools on the panel, Duke was the only school with a coordinated, central video strategy. Most of the other schools were completely decentralized, with the panel participants working solo in individual schools and departments. I felt privileged to be a part of this talented group of speakers and enjoyed hearing about their roles and various projects they coordinate at their schools.

To whet your appetite for watching the video, I wanted to highlight a project called Lola by panelist Ernest Gillis from Berklee College of Music. Lola is a home grown system based on Internet 2 that offers 110Mbps up and down for synchronous video collaboration where musicians in different states perform together in live broadcasts up to 800 miles apart. The system is not currently HD but allows them to remain in synch with less than 30 milliseconds delay. You can find more details about this project in the video above.

Session description:
 Video in the classroom isn’t a new concept, but as streaming media becomes a mainstream staple in the household, it’s only natural for the technology to trickle into education. This session explores how universities are bringing live and VOD streaming into the classroom, including a closer look at how it’s being deployed (with architecture diagrams), which use cases are showing the best success, and best practices that should be followed.
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