Notes for Ensemble Demo April 26, 2016

Presenters – Scott Nadzan from http://www.ensemblevideo.com

 

Accounts & Access

  • Supports LDAP, AD and CAS
  • User Roles
    • Institution Admin (Top-level “Middlebury”)
    • Org Admin (e.g. Biology, Communications)
    • Contributor (e.g. faculty)
  • Everyone can see the navigation across the top of Institution>Organization>Library; view/manage others depending on user role
  • LDAP Group Support(100k groups; rep will check support or suggest to limit group exposure)
  • Authentication and user management
    • CAS(supported in self hosted not cloud hosted) or Shibboleth.
    • Can Ensemble read user attribute from CAS or Shibboleth?

 

Storage

  • Deployment Options: http://www.ensemblevideo.com/video-platform/deployment.aspx
    • Self-Hosted
    • Cloud-Hosted
      • CAS is not available for this option
      • Cloud hosting: Option starts at 200GB, Level II 500 GB, Level III 1 TB, monthly streaming quote for level we choose
      • Cloud Infrastructure:
        • -3 sites, Scale Matrix CA, TX & Amazon. Headed to Amazon or Azure
    • Hybrid-Hosted (2 options – primary on-campus w/ cloud caching OR primary in cloud w/local caching)
      • -Hybrid Deployment: Software as a service and local hosted options, both recommended. Manual transition from one deployment to the other.
    • Multi-Tenant
  • -tech and security information available

 

Accessibility

  • ‘Responsive Interface’, size adjustable and resizable
  • Adaptive Streaming: yes – Client type(computer, tablet, phone) and bandwidth automatically identified and quality adjusted
  • Annotation, clickable searchable annotation on video
  • Use their captioning utility or caption, upload caption file, can submit to caption editor, can create caption track, searchable, currently only support one caption, next player will support multiple tracks
  • Search includes captions

 

Canvas/Moodle/Wordpress

  • Video embed through using button in WYSIWYG.
  • Playlist can be embedded
    • Playlist stored with Ensemble
    • Is automatically updated as videos are added
  • Videos can be added with attachments of associated files (ppt, pdf, etc.)
  • Can record video, audio and screen

 

Content Management

  • Upload Workflow’s 4 options
  • Download, Embed, Permalink & Share options can be enabled or disabled (permission at institution level possible)
  • Embed codes, iframe and java
  • Can use named urls
  • Playlists, can enable downloading
  • Shared Library, video’s shared to you (Restricted/Licensed Content)
    • Can restrict streams per video
  • Preview image of video
  • Can deploy a snippet of a video

 

Other

  • Pricing:
    • Self Hosted based on FTE, Midd’s Carnegie # 3,300
    • Cloud based upon capacity (storage and streaming)
      • -Set default and/or custom quotas at the institution, organization, and library levels
    • Ala carte model
      • Ensemble Live
      • Live Stream
      • Live Capture
      • Ensemble Studio
  • Exit Strategy/Large Scale Video Extraction:
    • MPEG4 download available, one by one
    • FTP download available
    • Or hard drive
  • Editing:
    • -Minimal: trim, start & stop
    • -more with screen capture

 

Overall Questions:

  • Per class libraries vs per user: either depending on use case
  • Record from mobile? Yes. (Recording requires separately-licensed app on mobile or desktop)
  • Can you manage the video before the upload is complete? No, but you can after the upload but before the processing is complete.
  • What’s the student view like? Some places use a public or student “portal” like the YouTube homepage with recommended videos, but it’s mostly expected that students will view/interact with videos primarily through Canvas. Admin interface is for admins.
  • Annotations? Text only; editor only (not students, though rep will investigate “team” features for group collaboration).
  • Unicode support – yes; RTL – need to check

Take the library with you

Take the library with youYou CAN use library databases from off campus! Just start at the library website:  go.middlebury.edu/lib. When you’re off campus, links on library web pages like Research Guides, Summon and the Journals list will ask you to log in with Midd credentials.

Questions? Ask a librarian: go.middlebury.edu/askus.

Weekly Web Updates – May 9, 2016

The Office of Communications & Marketing has reorganized the Student Life portion of the site, ensuring that information for students is front-and-center. The URL of the site has changed from /studentlife to /student-life, which is slightly better for search engine optimization. We have put in place redirects for most of the old paths, changed the links in the global site header on many services, and are working with that office to review our logs for broken links and 404s.

We also worked with that office to implement a redesign of the Middlebury Language Schools homepage, header, and footer.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Our WordPress sites now use the GD library to process images, rather than the ImageMagick library. This was already the case on other services we run. We do not anticipate any issues, but please report any trouble manipulating images in WordPress through the Heldpesk.
  • The amount of funding received for a MiddSTART project is now cached locally if the funding deadline has passed, rather than being read out of Banner for each page load, in an attempt to improve site performance.
  • Upgraded the ol2 library for Omeka to resolve an issue with Google Maps.
  • Support for the course list content types on the sites forms.middlebury.edu, forms.miis.edu, davisuwcscholars.org, davisprojectsforpeace.org, and davisfellowsforpeace.org was removed. This feature was not being used on those sites.

24/7 Period at the Davis Family Library

The Davis Family Library will be open 24 hours a day starting Sunday morning, May 8th. Regular hours resume for Friday and Saturday, May 13th and 14th, then 24/7 resumes until 8 pm on Tuesday, May 24th. After 11 pm, you will need your ID to access the building.

Armstrong Library will have regular hours, with extended hours Friday and Saturday, May 20th and 21st (closing at midnight and 10 pm, respectively).

A full calendar of the hours can be found at go/hours

Weekly Web Updates – May 2, 2016

New Features

This week we’ve completed and begun testing an integration between the Course Hub and the Canvas LMS that provisions user accounts and course spaces on request (as we do with Moodle, SANSSpace, etc). This integration is in preparation for a July 1 budget decision on Canvas and will also be in place for an LS pilot of Canvas earlier in the summer.

Upgrades

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Added a “News Tags” taxonomy to the News content type on the Middlebury Drupal site. This will be used by College Communications to tag stories for the MiddNews newsletter.
  • The custom Middlebury MailChimp plugin for WordPress was replaced with the official MailChimp plugin and the two sites using the old plugin were transitioned to the new one.
  • We moved the Policies and Procedures pages in the Language School site, adding server-side rewrites to the new location.
  • When embedding images in content while selecting the option to show the image at full size on click, the image title and image alternate text tag are used to populate the caption, if not empty.

TOMORROW: Using GitHub for Education to Encourage Open Learning and Facilitate Feedback

Join us tomorrow, May 3rd, 12:15-1:30 PM, in Hillcrest 103 for the DLA’s final Behind the Scenes of the year, led by Albert Kim (Math). Albert will be sharing his experiences using GitHub as a feedback tool in his Data Science class this semester. Lunch will be served, so please RSVP at go/DLAscenes. Full description below.

Inspired by a humanist colleague’s approach to grading papers and discussions taking place in statistics pedagogy circles, Albert Kim (Math) presents his use of the GitHub web-based repository hosting service in his Introduction to Data Science course to encourage open and collaborative development of students’ coding skills and to facilitate the delivery of feedback from instructor to student. This short presentation will be followed by discussion of using digital tools for feedback in the classroom, so come with your questions. Lunch will be served, so please RSVP at go/DLAscenes.

Albert Y. Kim is originally from Montreal Quebec. After completing his PhD in statistics at the University of Washington in Seattle, he worked at Google as a Data Scientist for two years, followed by a two-year visiting stint at Reed College. He joined the Middlebury faculty in August 2015.

 

ACTT In-Progress Project Presentation for GoogleApps for Edu and OneDrive

Tuesday, May 17th from 3-4pm LIB 105A or Polycom 712833 The new ACT Team process includes in-progress project presentations. These presentations are meant to inform the community about how things are going, what has been done and what still needs to be done, what is going well and what are the challenges.

Agenda

In this meeting we will look at the GoogleApps for Edu and OneDrive projects. In-progress project presentations are open meetings, anyone may attend. Please feel free to share the invitation with anyone you feel is interested in the topics discussed.

ACTT In-Progress Project Presentation Video Streaming Service

Tuesday, May 10th from 3-4pm LIB 105A or Polycom 712833 The new ACT Team process includes in-progress project presentations. These presentations are meant to inform the community about how things are going, what has been done and what still needs to be done, what is going well and what are the challenges.

Agenda

In this meeting we will look at the Video Streaming Service project. In-progress project presentations are open meetings, anyone may attend. Please feel free to share the invitation with anyone you feel is interested in the topics discussed.