Sony and UbiCast Launch New Solution for Interactive Learning

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Sony and UbiCast have joined forces to launch a new solution for interactive learning. Sony’s Vision Exchange, their active learning solution for education and business environments, now integrates with Miris Netcapture and Miris Video Platform for a seamless, networked content-capturing experience. The merging of these solutions provides educators a flexible, scalable, and cost-effective way to record their lectures, which is ideal for both higher education and corporate applications.

Why Interactive

Interactive lessons and presentations are gaining popularity in both the education and corporate business spaces, and for good reason. They cater to all of the learning styles. Humans are unique creatures, with very different beliefs and habits – no one person is the same as another. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that people don’t always learn in the same way. There’s no one-size-fits-all in terms of learning, but interactive lessons sure come close.

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There are four styles of learning: Visual, Auditory, Linguistic, and Kinesthetic. Using interactivity, all of these styles can be addressed. Students – or colleagues – get the visual aspect by seeing the content that is being projected. Auditory learners can hear pre-recorded lectures or the sound of the lecturer’s voice in real time. Linguistic learners can write and take notes, and Kinesthetic learners can physically touch the screen surface and write on the interactive content.

The whole experience of interactivity isn’t just beneficial to those being presented to – it provides value to the teacher or presenter as well. Where previously the audience may have felt they are being “talked at,” interactivity allows the two parties to interact, collaborate, and brainstorm together. This boosts engagement, and ultimately, integration of the content into the students’ or audience’s minds.

How It Works

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Vision Exchange is a platform that allows teachers and presenters to create engaging, immersive video content for interactive learning. It is an intuitive software with an easy-to-use interface. It allows students to collaborate on projects in groups, creating from their own devices. In the age of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), the ability to use their own tablets, laptops, and smartphones to create content, annotate, and share wirelessly with group members, is highly desirable.

This is where Miris Netcapture comes in. It records the content streamed from Vision Exchange, and allows for real-time filming of students’ questions and the lecturer speaking. It then uploads directly to UbiCast’s Miris Video Platform. Here, educators and presenters can edit, manage, and distribute the content “through a video player dedicated to social learning.”

Teachers can add polls into the content to gauge student understanding, and students can ask questions, post links, or share files. All of the characters within a slide deck are indexed, allowing students to search for specific words within the content, so that they can look for the exact information they need. With the ability to view recorded classes and lectures, educators and presenters can take inventory of their audience’s reactions and further improve their presentations for better engagement.

A Cost-Effective and Practical Solution

Miris Netcapture and Video Platform lives in the server room and eliminates any needs to have individual recording devices in each room, potentially saving hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for the school district or corporate office.

Without the need to have standalone recording devices, A/V and IT managers save hours of labor checking hardware throughout the building(s), and the risk of hardware failure significantly reduces. This networked solution allows a streamlined approach to recording, editing, distributing and storing content from the interactive lectures.

It also allows for scalability at a lower cost – since the capturing software has been directly integrated with Sony’s Vision Exchange, the cost per recording is significantly reduced. More lectures can be recorded and stored, and for a fraction of the cost, which is a major plus for universities that have a high volume of lectures and lessons they wish to record.

This combined solution between Sony and UbiCast is already successfully working in Europe. Sony’s chief operating officer, Mike Fasulo, says Sony’s vision is to take that success and “develop an intuitive and networked lecture capture experience for the North American market that cohesively aligns with our existing solutions.”

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