Last Friday Oregon State University’s Media Services facilitated a Skype call between and OSU’s professor Chris Goldfinger of the College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences. While OSU can provide satellite, microwave or fiber optic connections to national and international broadcasters – and frequently does – sometimes, we’re asked to do it the “cheap and easy” way. Well, this is what a Skype call looks like when we do it:


Cheap, maybe. But easy? Our goal is to make a Skype call look like anything but a Skype call. And that means proper networking, staging, lighting, cameras and microphones. When the producer told us “It doesn’t look like Skype,” we knew we’d accomplished our goal. The end result was this segment on

It’s somewhat disappointing to see that doesn’t stream at a higher resolution or bitrate as you’d have a better opportunity to see the quality and clarity of our connection. But we have done this with other news outlets in the past.

If you’re ever called upon to do an interview with a broadcast network, Media Services will be happy to assist. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 541-737-2121.

The team from Academic Technology at Oregon State University will be making TWO presentations at the CCUMC Annual Conference this year. (It helps that the conference is in Portland this year!) CCUMC is the Consortium of College and University Media Centers. This year’s conference, dubbed “Techlandia”, will be held at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower from October 15 to 19.

I’ll be representing the Media Services team and my presentation on “Media Distribution in Higher Education” will be presented on Thursday, October 16 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. My presentation will focus on our Kaltura media delivery platform at OSU and the many benefits we’ve reaped from its deployment as the core of our media eco-system.

I’ll also be joining my colleague, Marc Cholewczynski, from Classroom Technology Services, for “Large Scale Lecture Capture and Delivery for BYOD” on Friday, October 17 from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. We’ll focus on our lecture capture solution, its integration into our larger media eco-system, and our goal of bringing bring-your-own-device solutions into the classroom for both instructors and students for teaching purposes.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Lois Brooks, OSU’s Vice Provost for Information Services, and I have just returned from Kaltura’s annual conference. Kaltura, the market leader in online video platforms for education and the provider of our MediaSpace system, invited us both to speak at their conference. I’m a frequent attendee of this conference and it was astounding to see just how much Kaltura has grown – and how many education clients have adopted their platform – in just the last year. When it comes to video delivery for education, it’s clear at this point that there’s Kaltura, and then there’s everybody else.

Kaltura has a number of promising new innovations coming out in the education realm in the next few months, including some very exciting things related to lecture capture and live streaming. We expect to see some of those features to find their way into MediaSpace and our Learning Management Systems sooner rather than later.

Below are the recordings of both my presentation in conjunction from my colleagues from Houston Community College and the University of Michigan and Ms. Brooks’s round table discussion with fellow CIOs from other educational institutions.

Lois Brooks: Education Thought Leaders

Raul Burriel: Lessons Learned From Cross-Campus Deployment