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Media and technology, in the digital age, are in separable. From ensuring discoverability of new content in your library to the world of MOOCs, integrative digital learning environments abound. How do we navigate through this mass of new opportunity while maintaining high quality pedagogy and instruction? 

* LMS * Content Management * Discovery * Metrics * MOOCs * eLearning * Streaming Media *

Interactive virtual laboratories-- everything must change. EdX. Coursera. The world of MOOCs.

Interactive Video: 

Interactive video (also known as "IV") is a type of digital video that supports user interaction. These videos play like regular video files, but include clickable areas, or "hotspots," that perform an action when you click on them. For example, when you click on a hotspot, the video may display information about the object you clicked on, jump to a different part of the video, or open another video file.

Interactive videos are common on YouTube, a popular video sharing website. They allow you to select one or more options while the video is playing. For example, towards the end of a video, you may be asked to select which character in the video you liked best. Once you make your choice, a new video will open and may provide more information about the character you selected. Other examples of interactive videos include card tricks, choose your own adventure videos, and interactive tutorials.

You can create an interactive video in YouTube by using YouTube's "Annotations" feature. This tool allows you to overlay content on top of the video and create clickable hotspots. If you add interactive content to your video, it is helpful to include a few extra seconds of "decision time" that allows the user to make his or her selection. It is also important to make sure each clickable option links to another live video file on YouTube.

Tech Terms, August 1, 2014


Data streaming, commonly seen in the forms of audio and video streaming, is when a multimedia file can be played back without being completely downloaded first. Most files, like shareware and software updates that you download off the Internet, are not streaming data. However, certain audio and video files like Real Audio and QuickTime documents can be streaming files, meaning you can watch a video or listen to a sound file while it's being downloaded to your computer. With a fast Internet connection, you can actually stream live audio or video to your computer. 

Tech Terms, August 5, 2014 recently published this online Sourcebook for Streaming Media Vendors. Their Sourcebook runs the gamut, including video hosting, encoding, legal issues, SEO, mobile, and more.