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Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Converts to Online Campus in Days with Mediasite During Coronavirus Outbreak

Chinese university fast-tracks massive Mediasite infrastructure, tech upgrade to keep virtual classroom doors open

SUZHOU, China, March 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As the coronavirus outbreak continues to pose a serious threat worldwide, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in China is turning to online lectures with Mediasite to avoid the spread of the infection between and beyond campuses. The university is one of many in the region avoiding long shutdowns by opening virtual doors with Mediasite for the foreseeable future amidst quarantines and travel bans.

The university, which began using Mediasite in 2017 for lecture capture, fast-tracked a massive Mediasite expansion that gives all faculty access to My Mediasite personal capture software. In a matter of days it converted to an online campus for the coming weeks, with 70 percent of the 450 courses that are available online, being achieved via Mediasite. The university worked closely with Mediasite’s professional services to reconfigure its deployment and accelerate its desktop video capture strategy. The Mediasite team will continue to work with XJTLU to ensure its on-premises infrastructure supports the online classes.

XJTLU professors both within China and around the world are now using My Mediasite to create or upload lecture videos from home for 14,000 students. During the first two days of the semester alone, faculty created more than 2,000 lecture videos which students viewed nearly 100,000 times in the university’s Moodle learning management system.

It is a development which XJTLU considers progressive and far reaching according to the University’s Executive President, Professor Youmin Xi.

“We decided to conduct our education fully online, including support from Mediasite, until campus re-opens because of concern for the health of students and staff members,” said Professor Xi. “However, increasing our online education capabilities to complement onsite education, or education provided by an educator physically present with students, has long been part of our path forward. The epidemic simply sped up the timeline of our plans to move toward a new learning ecosystem we envision for XJTLU’s future that blends the best of online and onsite education methodologies.”

“XJTLU acted extremely fast in the face of the coronavirus outbreak and was well-prepared with an academic continuity plan that included Mediasite. Our professional services team worked quickly with the university to create an online campus, ensuring enough bandwidth and storage to stream and manage the videos and minimal disruptions for teaching and learning,” said Michael Norregaard, CEO, Sonic Foundry.

Norregaard continued: “Nearly all 14,000 students began studying last week when the semester was scheduled to start, and preliminary usage data is unprecedented. Mediasite is committed to helping institutions like XJTLU modify, scale up or pivot their use of academic video to meet new communication needs during this public health emergency. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the situation.”

Learn how Mediasite’s professional services can help at www.mediasite.com/services and in this webinar, Optimize Your Coronavirus Plan with Mediasite. Also, read XJTLU’s press release, Coronavirus Crisis Triggers Huge Growth in Online Learning.

Trusted by more than 1,700 colleges and universities, the patented Mediasite webcasting and video content management system quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of live and on-demand videos for campus events, lecture capture and flipped learning.

About Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is the largest international joint venture university in China, founded in 2006 by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. As an independent Sino-foreign cooperative university, it captures the essence of both prestigious parent universities and is the first and only one of its kind approved by the Ministry of Education in China.

About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.
Sonic Foundry (SOFO) is the global leader for video capture, management and streaming solutions. Trusted by more than 5,200 educational institutions, corporations, health organizations and government entities in over 65 countries, its Mediasite Video Platform quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of live and on-demand streaming videos. Learn more at www.mediasite.com and @mediasite.

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