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Streaming Media in the Online Classroom

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Streaming Media

Streaming Media

Streaming media is video/audio content sent in compressed form over the Internet. With streaming media, one does not have to wait until the file is completely downloaded to play because it is sent in a continuous stream. This continuous stream allows it to be played as it arrives. Users can pause, rewind or fast-forward, the media just as they can with a downloaded file. The exception being with live streams.

In this series live streams will not be discussed, instead recorded media will be the focus. Recorded media has the advantage of being editable, whereas live streams takes place in real time. Live streams are not modified as they are streamed to the audience, therefore mistakes are included.

With recorded media the instructor has the ability to pull out all the little golden nuggets of wisdom and rearrange the media to flow in a fluid manner. This allows the instructor to maintain control of the content and the order in which the student receives the materials. This is not the only advantage to using media in the online classroom, but I will discuss this in greater detail later in the series. This series will cover the following topics:

  • Advantages of Streaming Media in the Classroom
  • Disadvantages of Streaming Media in the Classroom
  • Pedagogy for Streaming Media in the Classroom
  • Types of Media and Instructor can create for the classroom
  • Getting Started Creating Streaming Media
  • Tools for Creation of Streaming Media
  • ADA Compliance of Streaming Media
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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

April 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

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