Innovate to Educate Entry

Florida International University

Jason Obeso, Business Analyst

What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

We developed an application called VIVO that optimizes how students stream their online course videos. VIVO allows for adaptive streaming based on devices used. It adjusts the quality of the video delivered based on changing network conditions to ensure the best possible viewer experience. VIVO also provides ease of use to the instructor by minimizing the time spent to upload media and additionally providing an easily searchable repository.

What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

One of the biggest challenges for our initiative was deciding whether to go with a 3rd party solution or to create the application in-house. After testing / piloting several 3rd party video hosting solutions, we noticed the applications were missing features and stability that were key in improving the quality of media used in online courses. We realized the industry couldn't meet our needs, so we decided to create the application in-house ourselves.

What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Having clearly defined standards (such as ones used for LTI and SCORM)
Identifying the problems students and instructors are facing online
Having open-minded educational leaders and organizations that think "out of the box" to overcome those obstacles.

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