- Speaking at an elementary school on the first day of classes in Washington, Duncan released recommendations on how educators can ensure instruction continues should the virus cause high absenteeism or school closings.
- Schools should be ready with hard-copy packets and online lessons to keep learning going even if swine flu sickens large numbers of students, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Monday.
- Duncan said schools should evaluate what materials they have available for at-home learning. The latest guidance provides more details on methods schools could use, such as distributing recorded classes on podcasts and DVDs; creating take-home packets with up to 12 weeks of printed class material; or holding live classes via conference calls or "webinars."
- IHEs should plan now for ways to continue educating students who stay home through distance learning methods. IHEs should also examine policy accommodations that might be necessary such as allowing high-risk students to withdraw for the semester, tailoring sick leave policies to address the needs of faculty and staff, or modifying work responsibilities and locations.
- Increase social distances: Explore innovative ways to increase the distances between students (for example, moving desks apart or using distance learning methods). Ideally, there should be at least 6 feet between people at most times.
- USUHS has determined that Sonic Foundry is the only reasonably available manufacturer to meet the government’s requirement:
- USUHS has determined that the Sonic Foundry Mediasite RL Recorder is essential to the Government’s requirements and market research has not produced any other companies’ products that meet the agency’s needs.
- The Sonic Foundry MediaSite integrated platform provides a single manufacturer solution for lecture room capture and delivery of events at the USU over the Internet. The increasing demand for rich multimedia rendering of SOM and GSN courses coupled with the expanding demand for Podcast technology and a truly virtual campus drive the USU’s requirements to advance the use of Internet streaming.
- All captured content is immediately available through Blackboard, the USU Internet or Intranet. Access can be controlled by UIS’ Active Directory system ensuring that the content can be accessed by the appropriate audience. The Sonic Foundry system integrates with our current information technology and supports our adoption of MS Outlook. Access to the system is only limited by our bandwidth and not per user seat licenses, thus enabling the USU to leverage the technology in support of the USU’s vision of a virtual university delivering distributed learning and CME.
- Sonic Foundry provides a uniquely integrated solution of hardware and software that will enable the USU to deliver live, On-Demand and Podcasting multimedia content of the USU’s lectures, research findings and CME content. Specifically the new USU Center for Translation Science and the new focus on Traumatic Brain Injury research will be enabled to effectively and widely distribute the results of our research to the broader scientific community.
- The ability to stream content over the Internet or podcast is possessed by multiple agencies and individual DOD offices/units however it is neither coordinated, seamless, widely available nor centrally funded. Each DOD entity must procure individual systems to meet local requirements.
What does the USU RFQ potentially mean for Sonic Foundry's finances? Looking at the draft solicitation document, we find the size of the desired system:
- One (1) RL Recorder (MSL-CSR-500-Room-Based with EX Server Recorder License), with an additional five (5) RL Recorders (MSL-CSR-500- Room-Based, Rack Mountable)
Disclosure: long SOFO.
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