Teaching and Training
Nontechnical people are also using desktop video applications within the enterprise for training and educational purposes. This streaming video technology enables users to record video in real time, play back the footage directly on the desktop, and archive the video content for future viewing and learning. It can be valuable when the video content is training material that can be better communicated by viewing actual procedures, instead of reading about them in more static print and online documents. Organizations, as well as traditional learning institutions, have identified unique ways in which to utilize the technology.
At the Penn State College of Medicine, video is used throughout the institution as another learning and communication channel to connect instructors with students. One use is to record surgeries to provide students with a more robust view of surgical procedures than they could receive from a traditional textbook. "You can imagine the difficulty of trying to teach a surgical procedure without watching it," says Russ Scaduto, Ph.D., director of education technology and an associate professor. "It's naturally better taught from visualization. It's not teaching facts, it is teaching techniques."
Operating rooms are outfitted with a camera on the wall and a camera in the light above the patient. Some medical tools used during the procedures even have cameras attached to them. This is
all accomplished with technology from VBrick. Video is recorded on the device and is then moved to a server for storage and access control, explains Scaduto. All of that happens behind the scenes, so all the user (the surgeon) must do is press the record button. The video is automatically time-stamped with the name of the operating room and the time and date of the procedure.
Scaduto explains how an identity management system the university has in place safeguards the videos so only individuals who have correct permissions can access them. However, the VBrick system also lets those who have clearance easily watch the videos on their desktops. Scaduto notes how VBrick's hardware encoders support Windows Media Video, using Microsoft's streaming technology. "It can be played on any desktop, if you have a Windows computer, and our campus is Windows oriented," says Scaduto. "We don't have to install and manage players. So it's very easy to deliver Windows Media Video to any computer." Because the process is so easy to manage, from video creation to viewing, the university will continue to rely on such technology as a powerful teaching tool.
Consumers are growing increasingly comfortable with online video and, as we've seen with many of its web tool and technology predecessors, they are beginning to expect to use video in a variety of professional contexts, as well. As desktop video technology continues to evolve in terms of ease of creation, use, and security, organizations will likely find additional ways in which to provide value from producing and viewing video content to all of their constituents-from customers to employees to business partners.
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