MADISON, Wis., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted market leader for lecture capture, enterprise and event webcasting, continues its Coast-to-Coast technology partnership with the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) by using Mediasite to webcast the ninth annual Sloan-C Blended Learning Conference and Workshop held this week in Milwaukee, Wis.
This is the second consecutive year Sloan-C employed a blended or hybrid conference model to the Blended Learning Conference and workshop, which takes place April 23-24. Themed "Perfecting the Blend," the conference and workshop aims to improve the state of education by blending the student experience through practice and research while harnessing the potential of new and emerging technologies, pedagogies, and practices. Sloan-C expects about 180 of the more than 650 attendees, plus 27 institutions streaming up to 100 people each, to do so remotely via Mediasite.
"We are pleased to continue our partnership with Sonic Foundry to bring the Blended Learning conference to a much larger audience in real time," said Bruce Chaloux, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sloan-C. "Making our conference a hybrid event last year proved to increase attendance, and the on-demand archived sessions can be viewed by our members shortly after the event - anywhere, anytime. Last year 81 of the 416 attendees participated remotely via webcasts. We anticipate that number increasing this year with overall attendance expected to exceed 650."
Select sessions will be broadcast live via Mediasite 6, allowing online audiences to view the sessions live or on-demand via their desktop or mobile devices, including iPads, iPhones, iPods, BlackBerrys and Androids. The sessions will also be available for on-demand viewing after the conference to registered onsite and remote attendees.
"Because this conference, and the community who attends, is devoted to the purposeful, strategic and comprehensive approach to blended teaching and learning, it's only fitting that we're modeling this behavior during the conference itself, offering educational sessions via Mediasite which not only reach attendees online, but let all attendees watch again on-demand," said Tanya Joosten, conference chair.
Sean Brown, Vice President of Education at Sonic Foundry, will be a featured speaker, presenting "Reaping the Benefits of Lecture Capture: Large Scale ROI for Large Scale Deployments."
Trusted by more than 1,000 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 streaming videos and rich media presentations that combine video with slides.
About Sloan Consortium
The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into mainstream higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale and breadth of education. For more information, visit www.sloanconsortium.org.
About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.
Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO, www.sonicfoundry.com) is the trusted market leader for enterprise webcasting and lecture capture, providing video communication solutions for education, business and government. Powered by the patented Mediasite webcasting platform and Mediasite Events group, the company empowers people to transform the way they communicate online, using video webcasts to bridge time and distance, accelerate research and improve performance. Product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of Sonic Foundry, Inc. or their respective owners.
Certain statements contained in this news release regarding matters that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Because such forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, uncertainties pertaining to continued market acceptance for Sonic Foundry's products, its ability to succeed in capturing significant revenues from media services and/or systems, the effect of new competitors in its market, integration of acquired business and other risk factors identified from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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